Wisconsin's senior leaders on both sides of the ball came up big Saturday in the Badgers' 20-7 victory at Minnesota.
Tailback James White rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown, giving him four 100-yard games in a row. His touchdown gave Wisconsin the lead for good at 10-7 late in the second quarter. And linebacker Chris Borland led the Badgers with 12 tackles and added a tackle for loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He was the only Badger with more than four tackles and helped limit Minnesota to 185 total yards.
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White has rushed for a career-high 1,305 yards this season and also has 13 TDs. It was the fourth game in a row he has outrushed teammate Melvin Gordon, who ran for 69 yards against the Gophers.
Borland now has 93 tackles, which leads the team by 31.
Wisconsin forced three turnovers in holding its seventh opponent of the season under 10 points; only Alabama (eight) has done it more often this season.
Wisconsin has won 10 straight against Minnesota, the longest winning streak in the history of the series, which is the most-played in the FBS ranks; Saturday's game marked the 123rd meeting between the teams.
There was some controversy at the end of the game. The winner gets Paul Bunyan's Axe, and Badgers players used the axe to pretend to chop down a goal post. When they ran to the other end of the field to do the same to the other goal post, they were met by a group of Minnesota players -- and by campus police.
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen was upset that the police involved themselves in the fray.
"Do we want them down there, do we want to get in those situations? No, we don't want to get in those situations," Andersen said in his postgame news conference. "But you're supposed to carry yourself like an adult in those scenarios. I don't need somebody pointing a finger in my face when supposedly it's their job to protect and be the security for the stadium."
Wisconsin (9-2) still has a shot at an at-large BCS bid. The Badgers close out the regular season at home next week against Penn State.