From ESPN: With Paul Bunyan's Axe back in his team's possession for another year, Melvin Gordon jumped for joy in the locker room after a victory over a bitter Big Ten rival.
A Wisconsin win Saturday night to claim a berth in next week's league championship game sure made it easier for Gordon to withstand any pain from a sore right ankle.
Gordon ran for 151 yards and accounted for two scores, Joel Stave threw for 215 yards and two touchdown passes and the 14th-ranked Badgers rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Minnesota (No. 18 CFP, No. 22 AP) 34-24 to take the West Division title.
Melvin, he looked great. He was jumping around pretty good there in the locker room," coach Gary Andersen said. "He should be just fine."
Next stop: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis next week to play Ohio State for the Big Ten title.
It was not easy. Physical Minnesota (8-4, 5-3) let a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter slip away. David Cobb ran for 118 yards on 25 carries, including a 40-yard score.
Stave's 17-yard touchdown pass to Robert Wheelwright with 4:41 left in the game gave the Badgers (10-2, 7-1) a 10-point lead, and Wisconsin's defense held from there.
"We'll bounce back but there aren't any of (us) happy about the axe," Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said.
Wisconsin (10-2, 7-1) completed another rally from an early hole. Just two weeks ago, the Badgers fell behind early to Nebraska before storming back for a big victory. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=400547967
The Badgers have a good chance to win the Championship since the Buckeyes lost their star quarterback when he broke his leg against Michigan. So, if the Badgers win next week, they will be bowling in a major bowl game.