Two Point Conversion Call Heats Rivalry

A late two point conversion call by Wisconsin, after the game was out of reach, adds fuel to the flames of the border battle.

MADISON, Wis. -- On Saturday, the Badgers got out to a 14 to nothing lead and never looked back from there. The Gophers made it close heading into half time, kicking a field goal and then scoring on a beautiful nine-yard touchdown strike from Adam Weber to MarQueis Gray.

Wisconsin started with the ball in the second half and scored after a controversial call in which Minnesota stripped the ball from Wisconsin wide receiver but the play was ruled dead and Wisconsin retained possession. The Badgers then marched down and scored to make the game 21 to nine.

The controversy was far from over. With 6:39 left in the game, Wisconsin scored a touchdown on a James White one-yard run to make the score 41-16 in favor of the Badgers. Surprisingly, the Badger offense stayed on the field to go for two but were shut down on the pass attempt.

After the game, Coach Brewster was asked what he thought of the late two-point conversion call from Wisconsin. "I was very upset and I made sure he (Bret Bielema) understood and made sure he knew. I thought he was wrong. There's no excuse for it period," said Coach Brewster. When asked what he said to Bielema, Brewster responded, "I just told him that I didn't agree with his decision. And I thought it was a very poor decision by a head football coach. And he'll have to live with that. Because it was wrong and heck, everybody in here knows it and everybody in college football knows it. It was wrong."

Adam Weber explained how plays like the decision to go for two are what keeps rivalry heated. "That's part of rivalry games. It leaves a little bitter taste in your mouth and I know when Wisconsin comes back to Minnesota next year it's something we'll probably remember for these younger guys. You know that's what keep rivalries going and that's what kind of fuels you for those weeks because there's bad feelings between everybody," said Weber.

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