Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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Give the Gophers credit -- this one started ugly, but it's a five-point game at halftime.
After two possessions, Minnesota had failed on a fourth down and punted after losing 14 yards on a drive, while the Badgers marched down the field with ease, picking up a pair of touchdowns for a 14-point lead.
John Clay gained 52 yards on 10 first-quarter carries, but didn't touch the ball in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Minnesota rallied with a 24-yard field goal (after their red-zone drive stalled inside the 10), and a 9-yard touchdown pass to MarQueis Gray in the left rear corner of the end zone. Gray made an athletic catch, coming down with a ball that was thrown over his head to avoid a potential interception.
Eric Ellestad whiffed on the point-after, so the halftime score is 14-9 Wisconsin. The Gophers have 162 yards to Wisconsin's 156, and neither team has a turnover.
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