Badgers Bury Gophers

The Minnesota defense had no answer for the power running game of Wisconsin. The ground attack was lead by John Clay a 6-foot-1, 248-pound bruiser who carried the ball 21 times for 111 yards and three touchdowns. True freshman James White added 118 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries to help the Badgers bury the Gophers 41-23.

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin gashed the Minnesota defense on the ground to retain Paul Bunyan's Axe in 41-23 Saturday. The physical running styles of Badger running backs John Clay and James White wore down the Gopher defense for a combine 229 rushing yards and five touchdowns in front of a Homecoming crowd at Camp Randle Stadium.

Wisconsin came out committed to the run early. They mixed in Clay and White for 13 carries on their first two drives. John Clay capped off Wisconsin's second possession with a 1-yard touchdown plunge for a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

Minnesota held Wisconsin to seven yards on only three carries in the second quarter but had no answer for the Badger ground attack in the second half. The Badger running backs accounted for four touchdown runs over the remaining two quarters.

White put the Badgers up 21-9 with an 8-yard touchdown scamper on the first possession of the second half. Clay responded with his own touchdown later in the third quarter on a 4-yard rumble.

The punishing 6-foot-1 248-pound John Clay and the hard-nosed running style of freshman James White really started to wear the defense down in the fourth quarter. The duo carried the ball 12 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns, an 8-yard run by Clay then a 1-yarder by White.

"I thought that was the story line for the game is our inability to tackle, our inability to shut down the run, to slow the running game down in the second half and their ability to run it," coach Tim Brewster admitted after the game.

"You know White rushes for 119 and Clay rushed for 111. And that's certainly not a recipe for success for your defense when you got two guys rushing for over 100 in a game."

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