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Who stood out for Wisconsin in its 31-17 win over Minnesota?

BadgerNation awards the game balls from Wisconsin’s 31-17 victory over Minnesota.

OFFENSE

Corey Clement - Wisconsin's best player on offense was at it again Saturday, earning himself another game ball in the process. Clement had the majority of the carries against Minnesota by a large margin, running the ball a total of 26 times, 19 more than redshirt freshman Bradrick Shaw. Clement averaged only 3.8 yards per carry, didn’t have a run longer than 11 yards and committed a fumble in the fourth quarter, but the senior grinded out 100 yards and scored a team-high two touchdowns on the ground.

Bart Houston - Wisconsin’s passing game on offense has been MIA in several games this season, but the senior signal caller played a solid game against the Gophers. Seeing half the snaps in the first half and all the snaps in the second half after Alex Hornibrook left with an injury, Houston completed 9 of 14 passes for 123 yards and no touchdowns. Although there no Wisconsin scores came by way of the passing game, this was a solid outing considering some of the performances we’ve seen in the past.

Jazz Peavy - Another mainstay on this list, do-it-all athlete Jazz Peavy lead all Badgers receivers in both receptions (four) and receiving yards (47). He had a critical drop on a third-and-14 that denied the Badgers a first down, but the junior made up for it with a 71-yard run on a jet sweep that set up a critical fourth-quarter score.

DEFENSE

T.J. Edwards – The sophomore linebacker was all over the field against the Gophers and has been improving consistently each week. Edwards recorded a team-high 11 tackles (eighth solo) and two tackles for loss. Despite losing its season-opening inside linebacker starters to season-ending juries, Wisconsin’s play in the middle of its defense continues to be impressive. That’s thanks to players like Edwards.

Sojourn Shelton - The senior defensive back had himself a game, capitalizing on Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner’s bad second half with two of UW’s four interceptions. The first interception Shelton returned 40 yards to set up the game-tying score. Per usual, Shelton proved to be the definition of a ball hawk for Wisconsin.

T.J. Watt - Saturday was a good day for Wisconsin linebackers named T.J. This time, junior linebacker T.J. Watt receives the honor as well after a solid nice performance in which he recorded six tackles (four solos) and a team-best 1.5 sacks.


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