Five Stars of the Game

Every game has stars. Here are the top five from Wisconsin's 37-34 loss to Minnesota

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Number 5: Minnesota running back Marion Barber III—Barber ran for a game-high 139 yards and one touchdown and also garnered 24 yards on kick returns.

 

Number 4: Minnesota safety Justin Isom—Isom made as many big plays as anyone on the field Saturday. The Gopher safety was placed in "bracket" coverage against Wisconsin receivers Lee Evans and Brandon Williams and came up with an interception and two pass breakups. He also made three big-play saving tackles on Wisconsin running backs, stepping up to fill running lanes in strong fashion. Isom finished with eight tackles.

 

Number 3: Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney—Maroney was a one-man highlight show for much of the game, darting, dashing, weaving and sprinting to the tune of 135 yards on just 15 carries. Maroney picked up nine yards per carry, a rushing touchdown and 96 yards on five kick returns.

 

Number 2: Minnesota kicker Rhys Lloyd—Lloyd made three field goals, none, of course, bigger than his 35-yard game winner as time expired. Lloyd's punts were adequate and his kickoffs were solid.

 

Number 1: Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi—Sorgi had a career day and put forth a valiant effort. The Badger signal-caller took a number of big hits Saturday, just two weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery. Sorgi showed no ill effects, making good decisions with the ball and playing as well as he has in his career. Sorgi completed 23 of 34 passes and tallied career highs in yards (305) and touchdown passes (four). He did throw one interception, but without Sorgi's stellar performance, the Badgers would not have stood a chance to win.


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