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Friday, Oct. 8

The Wisconsin football team hosts Minnesota on Saturday in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. The Badgers are looking for a seventh straight win in the series, which would be the longest for either school since the Axe was introduced in 1948. Saturday's game kicks off 11 a.m. (CT) and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema offered his take on Saturday's matchup with Minnesota following the Badgers' practice Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium.

Bielema previews Battle for the Axe
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 Morning Newsstand

Complacency is a word that is not in J.J. Watt's vocabulary, according to Mike Lucas. But there are four words that he lives by: Dream big. Work hard.
  • UWBadgers.com: Journey has shaped Watt on and off field

Like all of the freshman on the University of Wisconsin football team, running back James White has been learning about the intricacies of the rivalry with Minnesota this week, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: White learning importrance of rivalry game with Minnesota

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema doesn't believe his players will be pouting from their Big Ten opening loss when they face rival Minnesota this week, according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Hangover from loss tough to overcome

In the past two weeks, Jacob Pedersen, 6-foot-4, 238 pounds, has emerged as a second receiving threat at tight end behind Lance Kendricks, Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Pedersen ran a different route to get to the Badgers

Kevin Zeitler, from Wisconsin Lutheran High School, got his first start of the season last week and, despite the 10-point loss to the Spartans, graded out well. He is set to make his second start of the season Saturday, writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Zeitler back on the blocks

Win, lose or draw the week before, there is no question the Wisconsin football team will be amped to play the Gophers come game time. Jordan Schelling and Tom Lea got the players thoughts on the matchup.
  • Yahoo.com: What they're saying...

For the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Golden Gophers, this isn't just Axe Week -- it's desperation week. The border rivals will meet for the 120th time to battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe, and to no one's surprise, there is a lot on the line, Max Henson writes.
  • BadgerHerald.com: The Axe effect

Usually when one college football team is favored by better than three touchdowns over another, the outcome is predictable. The annual rivalry game between Wisconsin and Minnesota, however, rarely is, writes Parker Gabriel.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Wisconsin vs. Minnesota -- Battle for the Axe

The 20th-ranked Badgers have a six-game winning streak in the annual battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe, a rivalry that resumes on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, Colin Fly writes in this preview.
  • AP.org: No. 20 Wisconsin looks to extend Gophers' grief

The Badgers have a nice problem: finding enough carries to satisfy talented duo John Clay and James White, writes Myron P. Medcalf.
  • StarTribune.com: A two-headed running game for Wisconsin

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 Guide to the Gophers

It'll be hard to find a player on the field on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium who will be coveting the Paul Bunyan Axe as much as Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Adam Weber, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Minnesota's senior QB desperate to get hands on Axe
  • ESPN.com: Adam Weber -- Axe would mean 'everything'

Gary Tinsley, a University of Minnesota junior linebacker, is fairly chiseled, but Wisconsin's 260-pound running back, John Clay, packs a heavier load and outweighs him by nearly 40 pounds. Not a big deal to Tinsley, says Marcus R. Fuller.
  • TwinCities.com: Tinsley ready to get physical with Wisconsin

Unfortunately for the Gophers, who play the University of Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, they have been tested more than once this season, writes Tom Mulhern. Freshman wide receiver Connor Cosgrove, son of defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove, was diagnosed with leukemia two weeks ago, while fullback Jon Hoese lost his father early in the season to a stroke.
  • Madison.com: Former Badgers coach Cosgrove in a new fight as son battles cancer

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 Badgers in the Pros

Dave Feldman tests the knowledge of Redskins center and Wisconsin native Casey Rabach in this week's "Know Your Opponent."
  • MyFoxDC.com: Know your opponent -- Casey Rabach Small Video Graphic

Matt Shaughnessy will start on Sunday for Oakland.
  • MercuryNews.com: Raiders DT Henderson out with stress fracture

According to an NFL source, there is fear that Mark Tauscher's injury is serious and he could wind up being sidelined for a significant period of time.
  • NationalFootballPost.com: Packers bracing for injury news on Tauscher

Free agent long-snapper Matt Katula worked out for the Patriots earlier this week.
  • ESPN.com: Snapper and two kickers in for tryouts

Michael Bennett missed practice on Wednesday for Oakland with a hamstring injury.
  • FootballNewsNow.com: Eleven players miss practice Wednesday

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin celebrates with the Axe after beating Minnesota last season in Minneapolis, 31-28.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@UWdigiCollec |  What are we playing for tomorrow? That's right, The Axe: http://ow.ly/2QCwM
Posted Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Shelley Stewart in response to 'Wisconsin defense looks ahead to Minnesota' ... "Can't wait to watch the Badgers rock it this weekend!!! Good luck fellas!!!"    |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

The Badgers are averaging 5.61 yards per carry this season. The last time they averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry was during the Big Ten title season of 1999, behind the running of Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. UW averaged 5.20 yards per carry that season. The school record is 5.38 yards per carry set in 1994.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Minnesota (11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network).


Thursday, Oct. 7

The Wisconsin football team hosts Minnesota on Saturday in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. The Badgers are looking for a seventh straight win in the series, which would be the longest for either school since the Axe was introduced in 1948. Saturday's game kicks off 11 a.m. (CT) and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

Senior defensive backs Niles Brinkley and Jay Valai discussed playing in their final battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe against Minnesota with UWBadgers.com following practice Wednesday.

Brinkley, Valai talk Border Battle preparation
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 Morning Newsstand

On a personal note, the last two weeks have been pretty significant for Bradie Ewing, the UW junior fullback from Richland Center, writes Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Ewing

One of Adam Rittenberg's things to watch for this week is Wisconsin's running back rotation.
  • ESPN.com: What to watch for  |  Predictions

It is no secret Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren didn't like the third-down numbers compiled by his unit, according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW defense struggles with third down

While there weren't a lot of positives to take out of UW's loss on the road to Michigan State, the Badgers did win the turnover battle, intercepting quarterback Kirk Cousins twice and forcing a fumble, writes Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Secondary building off three forced turnovers

By beating Minnesota every year since 2004, no player currently on Wisconsin's roster has lost to the Gophers. Senior tight end Lance Kendricks said he has no interest in finding out how it feels, writes Parker Gabriel.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Rivalry provides incentive to continue streak  |  Five things to watch  |  Border Battle resumes

Freshman James White is getting more time in the spotlight, writes Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: White, not Clay, getting attention for Badgers

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 Guide to the Gophers

A border is about all that separates the style of rushing offenses Wisconsin and Minnesota are trying to achieve. That, and the amount of success each team has found, according to John Hageman.
  • MNDaily.com: Two run-heavy game plans clash in Madison

Juniors Duane Bennett and DeLeon Eskridge will most likely carry the rushing load for the Gophers against a physical Badgers defense, writes Marcus Fuller.
  • TwinCities.com: Gophers likely to run with two-back rotation against Badgers

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 Badgers in the Pros

Go on the field with hard-hitting Jets safety Jim Leonhard as he takes on the Bills in Week 4.
  • NFL.com: Sound FX: Jim Leonhard miked-up Small Video Graphic

DeAndre Levy missed practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury.
  • MLive.com: Lions still without Levy, Scheffler

Mark Tauscher did not practice for Green Bay on Wednesday.
  • GreenBayPressGazette.com: Tauscher, Clifton miss practice

Kraig Urbik is one of five Bills players that need more playing time, according to the blog Buffalo Rumblings.
  • BuffaloRumblings.com: Five Bills players that need more playing time

While its main goal remains bringing high quality football to markets underserved by professional football, the UFL also provides athletes with a second - and sometimes a first - chance to show they belong in the highest echelon of the game. A perfect example of the UFL's vision is Florida Tuskers tight end Jason Pociask.
  • SportsPageMagazine.com: Pociask's allegiance lies with Tuskers

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayLB Blake Sorensen wraps up Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins during the Badgers' game against the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich., Oct. 2, 2010 (Robert Campbell photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BuckyBadger |  BADGER HUDDLE: Get ready to cheer on UW in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe at the official UW pre-game party Oct 9 http://bit.ly/akX3u7
Posted Oct. 6 at 1:15 p.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Shelley Stewart in response to 'Wisconsin defense looks ahead to Minnesota' ... "The axe belongs in Wisconsin!!!!"    |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Since the start of the 2004 season (when head coach Bret Bielema joined the UW coaching staff as defensive coordinator) the Badgers have compiled a 39-4 record at Camp Randall Stadium. That is the best home record in the Big Ten over that span (Ohio State is 40-5 over that time period) and fourth-best in the country.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Minnesota (11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network).


Wednesday, Oct. 6

The Wisconsin football team hosts Minnesota on Saturday in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. The Badgers are looking for a seventh straight win in the series, which would be the longest for either school since the Axe was introduced in 1948. Saturday's game kicks off 11 a.m. (CT) and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

Senior wide receivers and Minnesota natives Isaac Anderson and David Gilreath offered their take on the Badgers' rivalry with the Gophers for UWBadgers.com following Tuesday's practice.

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 Morning Newsstand

Mike Lucas has the story of Chris Borland's experience of having to watch last Saturday's game at Michigan State from his off-campus apartment, and also James White's strong performance against the Spartans.
  • UWBadgers.com: Lucas at Large -- Borland watches, White puts on show

Kevin Zeitler is back with Wisconsin's No. 1 offensive line and Bill Nagy is the latest lineman to moonlight at a different position, writes Jeff Potrykus in a notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers make changes on offense

University of Wisconsin freshman tailback James White's workload will continue to increase, writes Tom Mulhern. White continues to be the talk of the Wisconsin backfield, according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • Madison.com: White to get more chances at running back
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin's White closing the gap

When the Wisconsin coaches studied the defensive breakdowns in the loss to Michigan State, they found two issues that are undeniably troubling but correctable, according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Minor mistakes led to major gains

The Badgers aren't getting the production they expected out of a veteran group of receivers -- no touchdown catches after five games -- and Nick Toon puts himself front and center when it comes to the shortcomings, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Receivers aren't quite the catch so far

For the No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers, winning football is generally synonymous with strong play along the offensive line. So when Wisconsin invaded Spartan Stadium Saturday afternoon and was turned away by Michigan State, it was no surprise that the offensive line struggled, writes Mike Fiametta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers' O-line struggles to find consistency

From the beginning of his weekly press conference Monday, Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema made it clear that he is excited to get back to work following a tough loss to Michigan State in East Lansing Saturday, says Ted Porath.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Bielema faces questions following loss

In a season filled with inconsistency on the offensive side of the ball, the Badgers' football team has found a youthful surge beginning to emerge through the first five games, explains Tom Czaja.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Production from young players a nice surprise

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 Guide to the Gophers

Critics of Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster are a growing legion these days, but he insists he pays them no mind, according to Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Pressure builds on Gophers' coach

Bryan Cupito is still bitter about having never beaten Wisconsin to hoist Paul Bunyan's Axe during his three seasons as the University of Minnesota's starting quarterback from 2004-06. Cupito said Adam Weber needs to beat the Badgers even more, according to Marcus Fuller.
  • TwinCities.com: Weber hopes to do something about 0-3 record vs. Wisconsin

An opportunity for salvation. That's how a number of the Minnesota football players view Saturday's game at No. 20 Wisconsin, the 120th edition of the longest running rivalry in college football, writes Josh Katzenstein.
  • MNDaily.com: Gophers players looking to grab the Axe for the first time

Falling short in close games has been one of the biggest problems since coach Tim Brewster took over in 2007, writes Dave Campbell. The Wisconsin series, which resumes this Saturday, provides as much evidence as any, with Minnesota defeats by seven, three and three points in the last three years.
  • AP.org: Sagging Gophers can lift spirits by grabbing Axe

Ryan Collado is absorbing Wisconsin's offense. He understands the Gophers' read-and-react defensive rudiments. He comprehends how each member of the secondary moves based upon his teammates' actions, and what adjustments Minnesota will make to defend Wisconsin's Power-I attack. Really, there's only one thing about the Gophers game plan for Saturday's game that he doesn't know, says Phil Miller: what position he will play.
  • StarTribune.com: For Collado, any position will do  |  TV apperance frustrates Collado

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 Badgers in the Pros

Oakland running back Michael Bennett suffered a hamstring injury.
  • Twitter.com: Bennett suffers hamstring injury

The emergence of Joel Dreessen in Houston has made at least one writer wonder if Owen Daniels' days with the Texans are numbered.
  • Chron.com: Dreessen making Daniels expendable?

Joe Thomas spoke with the media following Sunday's win.
  • ClevelandBrowns.com: Thomas post-game Small Video Graphic

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR Jared Abbrederis makes a catch during the Badgers' game against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Oct, 2, 2010 (Neil Ament photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BigTenScott |  Bielema says RB John Clay knows that the more success James White has, helps him, his legs remain fresh, they all enjoy each other's success
Posted about 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 5

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Tom Patchak in response to 'Anderson, Gilreath offer insight on rivalry' ... "KEEP THE AXE HERE!! PLAY BOYS PLAY!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

This will be the 120th meeting between Minnesota and Wisconsin with Minnesota leading the series 59-52-8. UW, which leads the series 29-21-6 in Madison, has won 13 of the last 15 meetings between the teams, including the last six in a row. That ties the Badgers' longest winning streak in the series (they won six straight between 1978-83 and again from 1995-2000).

This is the most-played rivalry in the FBS. The series has been played continuously since 1890 (except for 1906). The winner of the game gets possession of Paul Bunyan's Axe.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Minnesota (11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network).


Tuesday, Oct. 5

The Wisconsin football team hosts Minnesota on Saturday in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. The Badgers are looking for a seventh straight win in the series, which would be the longest for either school since the Axe was introduced in 1948. Saturday's game kicks off 11 a.m. (CT) and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media at Monday's press conference.

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 Morning Newsstand

As a means to introduce a new personality and analyst to its audience, the Big Ten Network used a highlight clip of former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Brandon Williams making a touchdown catch against Minnesota in 2005. This was no ordinary catch, either, writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: To the winner: Badgers-Gophers rivalry all about the Axe

Matt Lepay has one word of caution to those who simply assume the Axe will stay in town for another season -- never underestimate the power of a rivalry.
  • UWBadgers.com: Throw out assumptions with Axe on the line

Problems on third downs on both sides of the ball cost the Badgers in their 34-24 loss in their Big Ten Conference opener on Saturday at Michigan State. Yet it was three failed third-downs on the Spartans' final scoring drive that were perhaps the most galling, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Can't blame letdowns on Borland's absence, Doeren says

Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was committed to playing more bodies on the line last year and it worked out with that group having a strong season. Partridge had every intention of doing the same thing this season and he has -- with the notable exception of junior defensive end J.J. Watt, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Rest stops are rare on Watt's road

Adam Hoge breaks down some key plays in the Badgers' loss from Saturday.
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Monday film session I  |  II

How did offensive coordinator Paul Chryst react when he learned of Nick Toon's comments that he wanted the ball more? With a smile and a challenge, writes Jeff Potrykus. "I got no problem if a guy calls for the ball," Chryst said. "In fact, I love it. Now when it comes your way, deliver."
  • JSOnline.com: Frustrated Wisconsin WR Toon calls for the ball

Despite the loss last week, Bret Bielema's ready to move on to the next challenge, writes Nathan Palm.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Bielema knows Badgers need work  |  Grades

Wisconsin meets Minnesota for the 120th time on Saturday -- the most played rivalry in Division I history dating to 1890. The Badgers have won six straight against the Gophers and 13 of 15. One more win will be the longest winning streak by Wisconsin in the history of the rivalry.
  • AP.org: No. 20 Wisconsin looks to rebound against Gophers

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 Guide to the Gophers

Minnesota coach Tim Brewster tries day after day to accentuate the positives. Give the fourth-year coach credit for putting up a brave front since this season has been hellish for a program that already appeared to heading toward the bottom of the Big Ten Conference, writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Brewster's seat gets hotter at Minnesota  |  Book on Minnesota

Sophomore quarterback-turned-receiver MarQueis Gray and linebacker Mike Rallis, two of the University of Minnesota's top players, will try to recover from injuries in time for Saturday's Border Battle at rival Wisconsin, writes Marcus Fuller.
  • TwinCities.com: Gophers hope Gray and Rallis recover from injuries

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 Badgers in the Pros

Buffalo made a roster move yesterday, which means Kraig Urbik is now the backup at both guard spots.
  • BuffaloRumblings.com: Bills waive OT Meredith, activate OG Wrotto

Jim Leonhard took part in a video interview with NewYorkJets.com.
  • NewYorkJets.com: Four Quarters: Week 4 with Jim Leonhard Small Video Graphic

Mark Tauscher has another entry over at TravelWisconsin.com.
  • TravelWisconsin.com: Fall is the perfect time to experience Door County

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayThe Badgers celebrate after an interception during their game against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Oct, 2, 2010 (Robert Campbell photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BadgerFootball |  Bucky's looking for some new songs to play at Camp Randall. Reply w/ your suggestions & they could be a part of "Text4Tunes" on Saturday.
Posted Oct. 4 at 7:40 p.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Jason Anderson in response to 'Bucky's looking for some new songs to play at Camp Randall Stadium this Saturday. Leave your suggestions here and they could be a part of the "Text4Tunes" feature during the game.' ... ""Ladies and Gentlemen" Saliva. Sure to get the stadium rockin!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Freshman RB James White has rushed for 243 yards and six TDs over the last two games and has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week in each of the last two weeks. Among the top 100 rushers in the country, White's 8.34 yards per carry is fifth-best (and is 1.59 yards better than the school single-season record).

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Minnesota (11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network).


Monday, Oct. 4

The Wisconsin football team dropped its first game of the season with a 34-24 loss at Michigan State on Saturday. Check out complete postgame coverage from UWBadgers.com featuring game highlights, photos, postgame reactions, analysis and more.

Head coach Bret Bielema meets with the media at Monday's press conference at 12:30 p.m.

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 Morning Newsstand

Reflecting on Saturday's loss, head coach Bret Bielema said, "There were two storylines: Offensively, it was our failure to stay on the field on third down. Defensively, it was our failure to get off the field on third down.''
  • UWBadgers.com: Badger Rewind: Bielema points to third downs in loss
  • Madison.com: Third-down failures are key in loss to Spartans
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers find 3rd down trouble on both sides of ball

Bret Bielema's football team will have other opportunities in 2010 to prove its lofty preseason ranking was justified, that the talk of winning a Big Ten Conference title was legitimate.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers doomed by shoddy showing  |  Report Card  |  Mistakes all over field doomed Badgers  |  Report  |  Notes

Special teams cost Wisconsin 10 points on two big plays Saturday.
  • JSOnline.com: UW hurt by special teams
  • Madison.com: Badgers punter kicks himself

Bret Bielema likes to say when running back John Clay and wide receiver Nick Toon play well, the team plays well. Sometimes, Bielema will also add tight end Lance Kendricks to the equation. But Michigan State quieted all three standouts in its 34-24 victory on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
  • Madison.com: Key offensive players struggle, and that means a Badgers defeat  |  Grades  |  Gametracker

Nothing really surprised James White about his Big Ten Conference baptism, but the true freshman tailback for the University of Wisconsin football team admits his eyes were wide a couple times.
  • Madison.com: White is one of Badgers' few bright spots

Every time you looked up, it seemed like Michigan State had the ball, and it the down-and-distance was in the Badgers' favor. More often than not though, it also seemed as though the Spartans picked up enough yardage to earn a new set of downs.
  • Yahoo.com: Spartans' big plays hurt UW  |  UW Flat in conference opening loss

In a game the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (4-1, 0-1) knew would be played against a remarkably similar squad in the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans (5-0, 1-0), UW fell 34-24.
  • BadgerHerald.com: UW fails 1st Big Ten test
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers fail first real test in dismal fashion

The string of successful tight ends in the University of Wisconsin football program stretches back like an unbroken chain. From Owen Daniels to Travis Beckum to Garrett Graham and now, to Lance Kendricks.
  • Madison.com: Kendricks takes his place among Badgers' great tight ends
  • JSOnline.com: Kendricks now at elite level

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 Monitoring Michigan State

After having its ability questioned for the majority of the season, the MSU defense stepped up in a big way Saturday, shutting down then-No. 11 Wisconsin in a 34-24 victory.
  • StateNews.com: Earning respect

In a game of big plays, Michigan State wide receiver/return specialist Keshawn Martin might have had the biggest.
  • MLive.com: Martin changes momentum with TD  |  Spartans feel Dantonio's spirit  |  Fourth-down TD seals win

Who actually made the call will likely be debated for some time around the Michigan State campus, but the outcome is something all Spartans fans will be happy with.
  • DetNews.com: Mark Dantonio phones it in and Spartans collect a victory  |  MSU flexes its muscles  |  Spartans show they can run

The Spartans huddled in the locker room around Don Treadwell's BlackBerry not long after their 34-24 victory over No. 11 Wisconsin (4-1) tonight, eager to hear a special message.
  • FreeP.com: MSU posts big win without Mark Dantonio  |  Fans' energy plays role  |  Five things we learned

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 Badgers in the Pros

Travis Beckum had a career-long 25-yard reception in the New York Giants' 17-3 win over Chicago on Sunday night.
  • NFL.com: Beckum's 25-yard reception Small Video Graphic

Joe Thomas started at left tackle as the Cleveland Browns picked up their first win of the season, a 23-20 victory over Cincinnati.
  • NFL.com: Cleveland 23, Cincinnati 20

Jim Leonhard had four tackles and returned four punts for 46 yards in the New York Jets' 38-14 win over Buffalo. On the other side, Lee Evans caught one pass for six yards for the Bills and Kraig Urbik saw playing time.
  • NFL.com: New York Jets 38, Buffalo 14

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayQB Scott Tolzien looks to pass during their game against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Oct, 2, 2010 (Robert Campbell photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BigTenScott |  WIS' James White earns 2nd straight Big Ten Frosh of Week honor after compiling 235 all-purpose yards, including 98 yards & two TDs rushing
Posted Oct. 4 at 9:31 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Elise Rose in response to 'Tolzien named semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy' ... "Bravo!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Junior DE J.J. Watt leads the Badgers with 7.0 tackles for loss (fourth in the Big Ten), is tied for the team lead with 24 tackles and five pass breakups (tied for second in the Big Ten). He also tipped a pass against Michigan State that Devin Smith intercepted, forced a fumble against UNLV that Aaron Henry returned for a touchdown and blocked a field goal against San Jose State.

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