Every Saturday throughout the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to all the action. See what Dienhart had to say about today’s early games: Ohio State’s comeback victory over Purdue in overtime and Wisconsin’s easy rivalry win over Minnesota.
James White raced 15 times through Minnesota’s defense for 175 yards rushing and three touchdowns, carrying Wisconsin to a 38-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, the ninth straight time the Badgers have beaten the Gophers to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe.
Wisconsin ran for 99 yards in the quarter, and the Badgers now lead 24-13. Wisconsin made its lead 17-6 when Kyle French kicked a 33-yard field goal on the last play of a six-play, 22-yard drive. The Badgers began the drive with good field position at the Minnesota 38-yard line after Devin Smith intercepted a Philip Nelson pass.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Wisconsin takes a 14-6 lead over Minnesota to halftime. The Badgers rushed for 71 yards in the quarter. Wisconsin made it 14-6 after James White’s second touchdown of the game, a 34-yard run that capped a five-play, 70-yard drive.
First-time starter Philip Nelson threw for 34 yards and one touchdown and ran for 31 yards in the first quarter, but the Golden Gophers trail 7-6. Wisconsin threw for 87 yards during the quarter. The Badgers took the game’s first lead after James White, out of the Wildcat, scored on a 14-yard touchdown on the last play of a three-play, 59-yard drive. Wisconsin used Joel Stave’s 42-yard pass to fuel the drive.
Week 8 in the Big Ten is chock full of intriguing games. Michigan-Michigan State has arguably been the most talked-about rivalry in the conference over the last five years – from Mike Hart’s “little brother” quip in 2007 all the way through the early-season derogatory comments about Denard Robinson on Twitter by some Michigan State players this season. I can’t wait to get it going Saturday at 3:30 ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After seven weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 8 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
This shapes up as an interesting week, with two key Legends Division clashes on a Big Ten menu that has six games. The headline clash is Nebraska at Northwestern.