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Minnesota running back Rodney Smith (1) runs past Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Johnson lifts No. 16 Minnesota over No. 9 Auburn in Outback

Jan. 1, 2020 7:04 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the clock winding down on a dominating performance in the Outback Bowl, Minnesota fans broke into a chant of “Row The Boat, Row The Boat, Row The Boat." The never-give-up mantra coach P.J. Fleck used to help change the culture of Golden Gophers football continues to inspire a...

Minnesota, Auburn meet for 1st time in Outback Bowl

Dec. 31, 2019 4:32 PM EST

Outback Bowl: No. 16 Minnesota (10-2, 7-2 Big 10) vs. No. 9 Auburn (9-3, 5-3 SEC), Wednesday, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: Auburn by 7. Series Record: First meeting. WHAT’S AT STAKE The last time Minnesota finished the season in the AP Top 25 was 2003, when it beat Oregon in the Sun Bowl and wound up No. 20 in...

Penn State football coach James Franklin voices his frustration with critics during an NCAA college football press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions lost to Minnesota 31-26 last Saturday. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)

Penn State hires OC Kirk Ciarrocca away from Minnesota

Dec. 26, 2019 9:20 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Penn State has hired Kirk Ciarrocca as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, after he held the same role for Big Ten foe Minnesota for the past three seasons. Ciarrocca replaces Ricky Rahne, who was named head coach at OId Dominion earlier this month. Penn State head coach...

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus (87) holds Paul Bunyan's Axe in celebration after Wisconsin beat Minnesota 38-17 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Badgers get Axe back, blame Minnesota for too many displays

Nov. 30, 2019 9:53 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota beat Wisconsin last year to stop a 14-game losing streak in the series, the Gophers had much to celebrate. The Badgers, as it turned out, didn’t appreciate the lengths of the revelry that took place across the border over the past year. After Wisconsin took back...

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus (87) hands Paul Bunyan's Axe to teammate linebacker Zack Baun (56) after Wisconsin beat Minnesota 38-17 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Badgers take back Axe in snowy 38-17 win vs. Gophers

Nov. 30, 2019 8:57 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As soon as Wisconsin’s victory over Minnesota went final, the swarm of white-uniformed Badgers raced toward Paul Bunyan’s Axe for a gleeful reunion with the traveling trophy they lost last year. They ceremonially chopped at the goal post, while others turned somersaults and...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Minnesota players celebrate with the Paul Bunyan Axe trophy after beating Wisconsin 37-15 in an NCAA college football game, in Madison, Wis. There's far more at stake in the final game of the season for Minnesota than just a traveling trophy, for once, as the ninth-ranked Gophers host 13th-ranked Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan's Axe and a first-ever spot in the Big Ten championship game. The Badgers have been there five times before. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

As Gophers aim for title game, Badgers seek to take back Axe

Nov. 29, 2019 10:22 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The empty display case in the locker room at Wisconsin has created a daily source of purpose this year for the players passing by — the unwelcome memory of watching Minnesota hoist Paul Bunyan’s Axe on their home field. “It’s always an image that’s in...

Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor runs during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Badgers, Gophers vie for Axe, spot in Big 10 title game

Nov. 27, 2019 5:46 PM EST

No. 13 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP) at No. 9 Minnesota (10-1, 7-1, No. 8), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Wisconsin by 2 1/2. Series record: Tied 60-60-8. WHAT’S AT STAKE Wisconsin: After back-to-back losses on the road in October to Illinois and Ohio State pushed them two games behind...

Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan, left, drops back to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Despite loss, big prizes still in sight for No. 11 Minnesota

Nov. 22, 2019 12:16 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No. 11 Minnesota had its perfect season ruined and playoff hopes dented last week. Despite all that, big prizes remain out there. The Golden Gophers will try to bounce back and remain in line for a spot in the Big Ten championship game when they visit struggling Northwestern on...