The latest installment of college football’s longest continuous rivalry, which has been played annually since 1907, the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 20-17, in overtime at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Saturday.

These two Big Ten Conference West Division programs were originally scheduled to meet on November 28, but the game was canceled due to positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests among Minnesota’s student-athletes and staff members.

Fortunately, the league’s “Champions Week” allowed the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe to still happen.

Redshirt junior quarterback Tanner Morgan completed 13-of-25 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, the first to redshirt freshman tailback Cam Wiley and the other to Mike Brown-Stephens, another redshirt freshman.

After Wisconsin’s quarterback, redshirt freshman Graham Mertz, was injured on a late third-quarter scramble, redshirt sophomore Chase Wolf stepped in and found senior Jack Dunn for a four-yard score.

Redshirt senior Garrett Groshek, who entered the afternoon with 105 yards on 30 carries this season, ran for 154 yards and a touchdown, averaging 6.4 yards per attempt.

The Golden Gophers had a chance to move ahead by three points on the first possession of overtime, but redshirt senior Anders Gelecinskyj failed to convert a 36-yard field goal.

Needing only three to win their second-straight in the series, Badgers redshirt junior Collin Larsh buried his 30-yard attempt to bring the game to its final.

While the loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Minnesota, head coach P.J. Fleck was proud of the effort his young men showed and credited Paul Chryst’s team.

Redshirt junior running back Mohamed Ibrahim continued to be a bright spot for the Golden Gophers, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark on the season and establishing a new program-record with his eighth consecutive triple-digit-yard rushing game.

Now standing at 3-4, Fleck is leaving the door open for Minnesota possibly accepting a bowl invitation.