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No. 5 Badgers 31, Minnesota 0

December 15, 2017 GMT

Nov. 25

TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Record: 12-0, 9-0 Big Ten

Pregame buzz

The only thing standing in the way of UW and a perfect regular season is Minnesota, which hasn’t had Paul Bunyan’s Axe since the Badgers took it back in 2004. In time, P.J. Fleck may row the Golden Gophers to the top of the Big Ten West Division, but the program is still looking way up at UW. The Badgers should roll.

What we witnessed

The Badgers did roll. UW sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook completed 78.9 percent of his passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, Hornibrook didn’t throw an interception for the first time in Big Ten play this season. UW inside linebacker Ryan Connelly, a Minnesota native, arrived at TCF Bank Stadium with a chip on his shoulder after not getting recruited by the Gophers and got some revenge. The victory helped UW match a school record with its 12th victory and complete its first undefeated regular season since going 7-0 in 1912.

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Water-cooler chatter

The Badgers go a perfect 12-for-12 heading into the postseason. Now, for a position they haven’t been in all season: the underdog role.

Quotable

“That’s history right there, something that’s never been done,” UW left tackle Michael Deiter said. “We’re proud of that. But there’s still more to be had. Really, it’s just another week, and that’s the only way to approach it. But we definitely understand what we’ve done to this point, and it’s been historic.”

The number

60-59-8 | UW’s record against Minnesota, the first time the Badgers have had the lead in a series that began in 1890.

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