Notes: Post Game Gets Heated Between Rivals

As if Wisconsin and Minnesota's football rivalry couldn't get any more intense, a little post game altercation in front of the Gophers student section certainly got the Badgers fired up following their 20-7 win at TCF Bank Stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS - Senior defensive tackle, and Minnesota native, Beau Allen says it's proper protocol that the winning team gets the opportunity to mimic chopping down both goal posts following a victory in college football's most played series.

"The way it's worked for years is the winners of the axe get to go chop down the goal post, so that's pretty exciting," said Allen.

Seeing as Minnesota has gone 10 years since getting the opportunity to run around the field with Paul Bunyan's Axe, the Gophers evidently missed the memo.

Following Wisconsin's 20-7 win over Minnesota, the 10th straight in the series, Wisconsin had no problem chopping down the goal post on the west end of the stadium, but the problem occurred when the Badgers made their way to the east end in front of the Gophers' student section and marching band.

Although the Minnesota players had finished singing the fight song, a large majority of them stood in front of the goal post, not wanting to have the loss rubbed in its faces yet again.

"It's just a pride thing," said Minnesota quarterback Phillip nelson, now 0-2 as a starter vs. Wisconsin. "Nobody's going to come into our end zone and start chopping it down. That's just kind of standing up for ourselves."

No punches were thrown and a few minor shoving matches broke out when Wisconsin's seniors fake chopping down the goal post from a distance.

"I think this game has always been a little chippy," said Brendan Kelly, another senior Minnesota native.

Involved in the rivalry for the first time, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen wasn't aware of the post game tradition beforehand. By the time he finished his on-the-field media obligations, Andersen came over to attempt to get his team off the field, as which time a stadium security officer, according to Andersen, got in his face and began pointed UW back toward its end of the field.

"Whatever it is, it's not right," said Andersen. "The kids, in my opinion, were not out of control. Do we want down there, get in those situations? No we don't want to get in those situations, but you're supposed to carry yourself like an adult in those scenarios. I don't need someone pointing a finger in my face when supposedly it's their job to protect the kids and be the security for the stadium. It makes me mad."

Plenty to Play For

At the same time Wisconsin was playing Minnesota, Ohio State jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead to eventually cruise to a 42-14 victory over Indiana in Columbus, the Buckeyes 19th straight win over the Hoosiers.

Based on Ohio State holding the tiebreaker on Wisconsin because of its 31-24 victory at the Horseshoe Sept.28, the Buckeyes will advance to their first Big Ten championship game regardless of what happens next weekend.

Ohio State will play Michigan State, which wrapped up the Legends Division championship with a 30-6 win at Northwestern, and the Badgers will need the Buckeyes to win in order to have a chance to leapfrog the Spartans in the standings.

Wisconsin began the week sitting at No.19 in the BCS standings, but will likely move up the rankings considering Minnesota was ranked No.25 in the BCS, wins by Arizona State and Ohio State to improve UW's computer numbers and No.14 UCLA losing to the Sun Devils.

"We've had a great season so far and everybody's happy, but we have one regular season game left," said freshman center Dan Voltz. ‘We're hungry to get that win and just control what we can control After next week, it's kind of out of hands."

The other important thing for Wisconsin seniors is finishing undefeated at home, where the Badgers are 6-0 and are outscoring opponents 247-to-36.

"We've got a great record at home, especially in November, and we love playing in front of our fans," said senior Chris Borland. "It will be the last time for 20-plus seniors, so we're going to come out firing."

6-for-6

One of only six Minnesota natives on the roster, Kelly took a lot of pride in having a flawless bragging rights record for the rest of his life.

"That's something you can't put a number on," said Kelly. "Beau (Allen) and I were talking about that, being Minnesota seniors and finishing with that axe. It's a legacy we want to keep going forever."

Extra Points: Wisconsin's captains were Allen, Kelly and sophomore left tackle Tyler Marz, another Minnesota native … Borland said this was the first game that he remembers playing in where Wisconsin had heated benches on the sidelines … Wisconsin is 12-4 in November road games since the start of 2006 … Wisconsin leads the series 39-24-3 since Paul Bunyan's Axe was introduced in 1948.


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