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Wisconsin wins thriller over Gophers to keep Axe 31-28

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- John Clay rushed for three touchdowns and gained 159 of his 184 yards in the second half, helping Wisconsin hang on for a 31-28 win over Minnesota on Saturday.

The Badgers (5-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) beat the Gophers for the sixth straight time, picking up Paul Bunyan's Axe and parading it around the stadium after Adam Weber lost a fumble at his own 24-yard line with 30 seconds left to kill Minnesota's last-chance drive.

The Gophers (3-2, 1-1) have a new home, but the game had a familiar feel: They lost to their border rivals after failing to stop the run. Clay reminded the Big Ten that Wisconsin is still a run-first team, despite quarterback Scott Tolzien's early season success.

Tolzien did his part rumbling 47 yards on a rollout to set up Clay's third score with 3 minutes left after Marcus Sherels pulled Minnesota within 24-21 on an 88-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

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