Game recap

OFFENSIVE MVP

Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin

The often-maligned quarterback was efficient Saturday, completing 15 of 19 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns. With the Gophers keeping running back Jonathan Taylor in check early, Hornibrook spread the ball to six receivers, keeping Minnesota guessing.

DEFENSIVE MVP

Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin

The junior linebacker from Eden Prairie made his presence known all game long, finishing with six tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. His first sack of Demry Croft for a 12-yard loss ruined good field position for the Gophers in the second quarter, and his second sack for a loss of 12 yards moved the Gophers from the Wisconsin 35 to the 47.

By the numbers

1950 The last time the Gophers suffered back-to-back shutout losses in the same season.

2 First-half first downs by the Gophers, one on a 25-yard run by Rodney Smith, the other on a Wisconsin pass interference penalty.

17 First-quarter yards by the Gophers, all on the ground.

262-46 Wisconsin’s first-half edge in yards, on 40 plays to the Gophers’ 19.

60-59-8 The Badgers’ edge over the Gophers in the series. Saturday’s win gave Wisconsin the lead in the series for the first time.

Randy Johnson