Wisconsin Badgers Retain Paul Bunyan’s Axe With 20-17 OT Win

The Wisconsin Badgers (3-3) defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-4) this afternoon, 20-17 in overtime, at Camp Randall Stadium.

Even in a crazy year, we still have some things remain the same. Paul Bunyan’s Axe is staying home in Madison where it belongs. Thanks for coming out, Gophers!

It’s like that old saying: “It’s better to win ugly than lose pretty.”

Wisconsin now leads the all-time series against Minnesota 62-60-8, winning 25 of the last 31 meetings.

Colin Larsh hit a 30-yard field goal in overtime to win it for the Badgers. It was a strange cast of heroes for UW today.

Senior Garrett Groshek rushed the ball 24 times for 154 yards and a rushing touchdown along with 4 receptions for 13 yards.

Garrett Groshek: “Whether it was zero or 30 or anywhere in between, I was willing to do whatever to help us win the game.”

Chase Wolf took over for good for Graham Mertz late in the third quarter after Mertz took a hit to the helmet which looked like a concussion and Mertz was seen in street clothes on the sideline in the fourth quarter.

Paul Chryst on Chase Wolf’s TD pass: “We had a little package for him and we tried to use that in the beginning of the second half. Obviously came up with a big play and showed poised on that play. He has a lot of respect in the locker room, and shows up every day and competes.”

Mertz went 12-for-20 today for 132 yards. Wolf went 4-for-5 for 15 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

It wasn’t always pretty at times during the game, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but both the offense and defense made just enough plays to get this win.

With all the adversity that this program has faced this season with injuries and covid issues, this program deserved this win. And it’s great to finally have a reason to celebrate again in 2020 (for the first time since November 14 to be specific).

The regular season has come to a close with a 3-3 record, it’s not the record or type of season we were expecting or hoping for, but the program has a chance to finish off the season with a win over rival Minnesota and a bowl game victory, which we’ll find out later today or tomorrow where UW will be headed.

I’ve said it several times before in my blogs, but the experience that all the youth has been getting this season is invaluable and will only benefit the program.

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