The Wisconsin offense pounded the Gophers defense on the ground Saturday. And then they pounded some more. And some more.
When it was all done, Wisconsin had ran for over 300 rushing yards, scored 24 second-half points and defeated the Gophers 38-13 at Camp Randall Stadium.
The Badgers claimed the rivalry trophy, Paul Bunyan's Axe, for the ninth year in a row, according to the Star Tribune.
The Gophers started the quarterback Saturday who they hope will help them end their losing streak against the Badgers. True freshman Phillip Nelson stared his first game, throwing for 149 yards and two touchdowns while also leading the team in rushing yards.
Though he threw two interceptions, Nelson led two touchdown drives, and coach Jerry Kill said he thought "his play was encouraging," according to the Star Tribune.
According to the Pioneer Press, the Gophers coaching staff loves Nelson. Coach Kill told Nelson that he is probably going to start for the rest of the season, according to the Star Tribune.
Kill said he thinks that giving Nelson some experience now will help him in the long run, according to the Star Tribune.
Senior MarQueis Gray played wide receiver, the position he played the majority of his freshman and sophomore seasons, according to the Star Tribune. The unquestioned starter at quarterback to begin the season, Gray will likely remain at wide receiver.