Badgers Retain Axe In Beating Gophers 41-34

David Gilreath made an electrifying return to his home state, racking up 226 return yards to help Number 24 Wisconsin to a 41-34 victory over Minnesota this afternoon.

Zach Brown rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns for the Badgers, in place of the injured P.J. Hill.

Wisconsin overcame injuries all season long to win at least nine games for the fourth year in a row -- the first time that's happened in the program's history. With the win they improve to 9-3, 5-3 in the Big Ten.

Adam Weber threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns for Minnesota, which finished 1-11. The Golden Gophers were 0-8 in conference play, the first time they went winless in the Big Ten since 1983.

Minnesota lost Paul Bunyan's Axe to its border rivals for the fourth straight year.