The Wisconsin Badgers improved to 10-2 and clinched a spot in the Big Ten championship game with a 34-24 win over the Minnesota Gophers.
No. 14 Wisconsin clinched the Big Ten West with a 34-24 victory over No. 18 Minnesota, and they are set to face No. 6 Ohio State.
The Gophers held a 17-3 lead in the second quarter but allowed 24 unanswered points. They trimmed the Badgers’ lead to three in the fourth quarter, but Badgers quarterback Joel Stave threw a game-clinching touchdown pass.
Stave had his best performance of the season as he threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-18 passing. Running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.
Running back Corey Clement added 89 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Wide receiver Alex Erickson nearly single-handedly carried the passing game with five catches for 160 yards.
For the Gophers, quarterback Mitch Leidner was held to 95 passing yards on 5-of-18 passing, but he contributed to the rushing attack again with 54 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Running back David Cobb rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Tight end Maxx Williams took up nearly the entire passing production with 53 receiving yards on his only catch of the game.