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Badgers make most of Gopher mistakes in 35-32 win

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The Badger football teams hoists Paul Bunyan's axe after they won Saturday's game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badger football teams hoists Paul Bunyan's axe after they won Saturday's game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin capped a second-half rally with a pair of safeties and a touchdown off a Minnesota turnover in the fourth quarter, beating the mistake-prone Golden Gophers 35-32 in Big Ten football at Camp Randall Stadium today.

The come-from-behind victory was marred by an injury to Badgers wide receiver Kyle Jefferson, who was hospitalized with potential head and neck injuries after he took a hard hit in the second quarter and was taken off the field in an ambulance.

Wisconsin (6-5, 3-5 Big Ten) became bowl-eligible despite losing four straight to begin conference play.

The Badgers fell behind 21-7 at halftime, but rallied to tie the game at 24 on a 1-yard touchdown run by P.J. Hill -- his second in the second half.

The ensuing kickoff was caught by Minnesota's Troy Stoudermire, but a hit by Wisconsin's Antonio Fenelus jarred the ball loose and sent it bounding backward. After a scrum in the end zone, the ball trickled out of bounds for a safety to give the Badgers a 26-24 lead.

Wisconsin punted on its next possession, giving the ball back to Minnesota on its own 7. Quarterback Adam Weber took a sack and threw an incomplete pass, and Minnesota was called for a false start to set up third-and-16 at the 1. Wisconsin's Mike Newkirk sacked Weber in the end zone, giving the Badgers a 28-24 lead with 10:47 left in the game.

It was the first time Wisconsin had recorded two safeties in a game since Sept. 11, 2004, against UNLV.

The collapse wasn't quite complete for Minnesota (7-4, 3-4). Running back Shady Salamon fumbled a pitch from Weber, and the ball was recovered by Wisconsin linebacker Jonathan Casillas at the Minnesota 11. Wisconsin's John Clay scored on a 5-yard run two plays later, extending the lead to 35-24.

Salamon redeemed himself on the Gophers' next drive, catching a 13-yard touchdown pass from Weber and running up the middle for a two-point conversion to cut Wisconsin's lead to 35-32 with 4:15 left.

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