Badgers fall to Minnesota 23-16 in final regular season game, finish 6-6

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Badgers fall to Minnesota 23-16 in the final game of the regular season.

First Quarter:

We were scoreless for much of the first half of this quarter. Shortly after, the Badgers kicked a field goal with just over five minutes left of the first quarter to make it 3-0 Badgers.

Shortly after, Minnesota scored a touchdown after a pass to Daniel Jackson. After the PAT, it was 7-3 Minnesota over the Badgers.

After the first quarter, it was 7-3 Minnesota.

Second Quarter:

Shortly into the second quarter, the Badgers kicked a field goal to make it a 7-6 game. The Badgers offense was slowly moving the ball, but they had been unable to put six points up on the board. At this point in the game, Graham Mertz had completed seven of his 11 passes with 72 passing yards.

Minnesota had done a bit more in the passing game than they had with the run game. However, shortly before halftime, the Gophers moved the ball into the red zone and much of that was due to talented running back Mohamed Ibrahim.

Minnesota kicked a field goal to give them a 10-6 lead heading into halftime.

Third Quarter:

Within the first few minutes of the third quarter, the Gophers moved the ball on offense and kicked a 50-yard field goal to extend their lead 13-6 over the Badgers.

Once the Badgers took over on offense, Mertz threw a 24-yard pass to Dean Engram that brought them closer to scoring range. By this point in the game, the Badgers had 110 offensive passing yards, while the run game had 80.

They were unable to put up six points on that drive. Instead, they kicked a 36-yard field goal to make it a 13-9 game, cutting the Gophers' lead down to four.

Shortly after, the Badgers scored on a touchdown by Chimere Dike. After the PAT, the Badgers took over the lead 16-13.

After the third quarter, it was 16-13 Badgers over the Gophers.

Fourth Quarter:

Minnesota started to get the ball moving more in the passing game. They were able to make it a tie game with a 27-yard field goal. After that, we were tied 16-16.

The Gophers didn't stop there. Their passing game continued to get momentum after a 45-yard touchdown reception by Le'Meke Brockington. After the PAT, it was 23-16 Gophers over the Badgers.

Once the Badgers took over on offense, Mertz, threw an interception and the Gophers took over.

After an unsuccessful drive, the Badgers took over on offense with just a few minutes left of the game.

The Badgers made it into scoring range with Chase Wolf in at quarterback, but were unable to win the game.

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