It’s rivalry week.
And for Minnesota fans, you probably knew what was going to take place: another loss to Wisconsin. After all, it’s been 15 years since Minnesota has actually beaten Wisconsin.
Well, mark 2018 a special season. Not only did the Golden Gophers get their sixth win of the season, becoming bowl eligible — but Minnesota actually beat Wisconsin to close out the regular season.
The 37-15 victory got the Golden Gophers to 6-6 on the season, with a 3-6 record in Big Ten play. Mohamed Ibrahim led the way on the ground with his 121 yards and a TD, outpacing Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor and his 120 yards with no scores.
After the game, Minnesota finally got to take Paul Bunyan’s Axe away from the Badgers:
.@GopherFootball takes the Axe back!
For the first time in 15 years, Paul Bunyan's most prized possession returns to Minneapolis.
Gophers 37, Badgers 15: pic.twitter.com/9MIBOiFQW1
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 24, 2018
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck also got a wonderful bath in celebration:
PJ Fleck was not ready for the bath pic.twitter.com/F2jkF86cLF
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 24, 2018