MADISON, Wis. -- On a drive aided by timely penalties and a controversial no fumble call the Badgers swung the momentum of Saturday's game. Minnesota fought hard going into halftime with some momentum down only 14-9 but Wisconsin's first offensive drive of the third quarter really changed the complexion of the game.
"It was a big, big point in the game," Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster said. "Big, big point in the game. Our ability to get off the field in the first possession in the second half was very important to us and I thought we had opportunities to get off the field."
Minneseota's biggest opportunity to get off the field came when Wisconsin wide receiver Lance Kendricks caught a pass and was hit by linebacker Aaron Hill. Hill appeared to strip the ball away from Kendricks as he was falling to the ground. The referees ruled no fumble due to the wide receiver's forward progress being stopped.
"I'm not gonna comment on it but, you know, there's a fumble there," Brewster said. "There's a fumble there that we recovered. That's really disappointing."
The Gophers continued to extend Wisconsin's drive with three untimely penalties highlighted by a defensive holding call on third down which give the Badgers a first down. James White capped of the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. The Badgers didn't slow down scoring two more unanswered touchdowns to take a 35-9 lead and putting the game out of reach for good.
"You think back on the past couple years of how close we were and coming in at half time being down by five," Minnesota senior quarterback Adam Weber said. "Really having some momentum and carrying into the second half. Just not being able to finish it in the second half. It hurts. It'll sting for the rest of my life."
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