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Badgers cherish the Axe despite skirmish

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Madison, WISCONSIN (WXOW)  Paul Bunyan's axe will continue to reside in Madison for at least one more year.

The Badgers with their 10th straight win over Minnesota Saturday.

But it didn't come easy.

Joel Stave threw a pick six to start the second quarter.

Still, the defense was incredible with 3 forced turnovers and holding the Gophers to just 185 yards of total offense.

Needless to say, the Gophers weren't exactly thrilled with Saturday's outcome or the Badgers' celebration.

Some pushing and shoving ensued as the Badgers commenced their traditional chopping down of Minnesota's goal posts.

"It seems like it happens every year.  It's like a formality, I guess.  We're cutting down the goal posts and they're coming out," said linebacker Chris Borland.

"They did that a couple of years ago when we won here as well.  It is what it is.  We won and we got the axe.  That's all the matters," said linebacker Ethan Armstrong.

"They did want us chopping down their goal posts.  I don't know if there's etiquette.  I think this game has always been a little chippy.  So it doesn't surprise me at all," said linebacker Brendan Kelly.

The Badgers moved up to 15th in the latest BCS rankings.

They will host Penn State next Saturday.

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