By Brett Stolpestad
The Minnesota Gophers were denied the axe by Wisconsin Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.
The Wisconsin Badgers seized Paul Bunyan's Axe Saturday in the annual battle against the Gophers, outscoring them 38-13. Wisconsin offensive performances by Montee Ball and James White had a lot to do with the victory with a combined 341 rushing yards, the Minnesota Daily reported.
The Gophers struggled to stop the Wisconsin offense but did see some promising sings from their rookie quarterback Philip Nelson, the Star Tribune reported.
Philip Nelson, 19, threw for two touchdowns in Saturday's game with 149 yards, completing 13 of 24 pass attempts, the Minnesota Daily reported.
With their third consecutive loss, the Gophers move to a record of 4-3 with no wins in the Big Ten conference.