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Wisconsin Post-game Notes
Minnesota at Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium
Nov. 15, 2008


ATTENDANCE
Todays attendance was 81,228. Camp Randall Stadium has now played host to 38 consecutive sellouts. The Badgers have drawn at least 70,000 fans to 101 straight home games (among those 101 games, 91 have been sellouts). Since the grand re-opening of Camp Randall prior to the 2004 season, UW has played in front of at least 80,000 fans in each of its 32 home games.

WISCONSIN CAPTAINS
DL Mike Newkirk, OL Kraig Urbik, LB DeAndre Levy, FB Chris Pressley

HEAD COACH BRET BIELEMA
Third-year UW head coach Bret Bielema now owns a 27-10 (.730) record at the helm of the Badger program.

NEXT UP
Wisconsin finishes up regular-season action at home on Nov. 22 when it hosts Cal Poly, the nations No. 3-ranked Football Championship Subdivision team, in a 2:30 p.m. matchup at Camp Randall Stadium.

TEAM NOTES

  • Todays win over Minnesota gives the Badgers six victories for the season, making them bowl-eligible for the seventh consecutive season. UW has never before played in bowl games in seven straight seasons.
  • Todays game was the 118th meeting between Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is the most-played rivalry in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). The Golden Gophers now lead the series 59-51-8. Wisconsin has won 12 of the last 14 meetings, including seven straight in Madison.
  • The 14-point deficit that Wisconsin erased in todays victory (Minnesota led 21-7 at halftime) was the largest deficit the Badgers have erased in a win since they defeated Illinois 30-24 after trailing 21-3 on Oct. 28, 2006.
  • Wisconsins two fourth-quarter safeties that put the Badgers ahead 28-24 today were the schools first safeties since recording two against UNLV on Sept. 11, 2004.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
  • Sophomore Bill Nagy started today at right guard his third career start after regular starting right guard Kraig Urbik moved to right tackle in place of injured starter Eric Vanden Heuvel.
  • Junior Dustin Sherer completed 18 of 31 passes for 242 yards, one TD and no interceptions today. His 18 completions and 242 passing yards are both career highs.
  • Junior Shane Carter started at free safety today, his first start since the Ohio State game on Oct. 4.
  • Junior OBrien Schofields fumble recovery on Minnesotas first possession of the game was the first of his career.
  • Freshman Philip Welchs 47-yard field goal in the third quarter was the second-longest of his brief UW career (longest is 52 yards). He is now 18 of 22 for the season. His 18 field goals rank fifth on UWs single-season list and are just four short of the school record of 22 set by Rich Thompson in 1992. Welch has kicked at least one field goal in all but one (Penn State) game this season.
  • Junior P.J. Hills pair of 1-yard TD runs in the second half were his 10th and 11th this season, and 39th and 40th of his career, leaving him in fourth place on the UW career rushing TDs list (two behind Anthony Davis who had 42). Hill joins Ron Dayne as the only two players in school history to reach at least 10 rushing TDs in each of their first three seasons. Hill finished todays game with 24 carries for 117 yards and the two TDs.
  • Sophomore Isaac Anderson, a Minneapolis native who had nine catches for 99 yards this season entering todays game, registered career highs today in receptions (six) and receiving yards (114). The last Badger wide receiver with a 100-yard receiving performance was Paul Hubbard (7-134) against Michigan on Nov. 10, 2007.
  • Today marked the first time Wisconsin had a 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game since Zach Brown rushed for 108 yards and Paul Hubbard (134) and Travis Beckum (106) each eclipsed the century mark in receiving yards against Michigan on Nov. 10, 2007.
  • Sophomore Niles Brinkley registered his fourth interception of the season to end Minnesotas final drive late in the fourth quarter. Brinkley leads the Badgers in interceptions this season.

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