Gardner Goes Wild: Michigan Clips Hawkeyes for Perfect Home Record
Devin Gardner

Nov. 17, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: #23 Michigan 42, Iowa 17
Records: U-M (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten), Iowa (4-7, 2-5 Big Ten)
Attendance: 113,016
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Nov. 24 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), Noon (TV: ABC)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind a six-touchdown performance (three pass, three rush) from junior quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster), the University of Michigan football team (No. 23 AP/No. 23 USA Today) defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 42-17, on Saturday (Nov. 17) in front of 113,016 fans on Senior Day at Michigan Stadium.

Gardner, who started his third consecutive game, threw for a career-high 314 yard and three scores while also adding 37 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He is the first Michigan quarterback to account for six touchdowns in a game since Steve Smith accomplished the feat in 1983.

Vincent Smith

Senior quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach), who ran plays as a running back and wide receiver, led the team with 98 yards rushing on 13 carries. Fifth-year senior receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and senior/junior receiver Jeremy Gallon (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) each tallied five catches in the game and accounted for a combined 216 yards receiving (Gallon, 133; Roundtree, 83).

Leading the Michigan defensive squad, which has not allowed a 200-yard passer all season, was freshman linebacker James Ross III (Orchard Lake, Mich./Saint Mary's Prep), who recorded a career-high 12 tackles. Junior/sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and freshman linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) each notched six takedowns and totaled three tackles-for-loss (Ryan, 1; Bolden, 2).

Iowa received the ball to start the contest but was forced to punt. Gardner started under center, with Robinson lining up at running back. Robinson caught a pass and ran the ball on the 12-play drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Gardner.

On its next possession, Iowa marched 75 yards down field on 14 plays, taking nearly seven minutes off the clock, before quarterback James Vandenberg connected with tight end Henry Krieger Coble from 16 yards to even the score late in the first quarter.


Three plays into the following Michigan drive, Robinson ran the ball from the quarterback position and dashed around the right end for 40 yards. The play helped Robinson surpass 1,000 yards rushing for the third consecutive season. On the seventh play of the drive, Gardner connected with Roundtree from 37 yards to give Michigan a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

The Hawkeyes responded by taking the ball 55 yards on eight plays. The drive ended with a 27-yard field goal, making the score 14-10.

The Wolverines then tacked on another score -- a Gardner one-yard run on fourth down as the Maize and Blue traveled 75 yards on eight plays before finding the end zone with five minutes left in the first half.

With less than two minutes to go in the second quarter, Gardner moved the offense back down the field with help from a 31-yard pass to Gallon in Iowa territory. On the seventh play, Gardner connected with senior running back Vincent Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee) on a screen pass for an 18-yard touchdown pass -- the fourth score Gardner accounted for in the half -- to give Michigan a 28-10 advantage heading into the locker room.

Robinson and Kovacs

The Wolverines took the ball to begin the second half and moved 81 yards down the field over six minutes to score their fifth touchdown of the game, taking a 35-10 lead. On a fourth-and-short deep in the Iowa red zone, Gardner kept the ball on a play-action and dashed around the right end for a three-yard score, his third on the ground in the contest.

Iowa regained possession on the kickoff but was forced into a three-and-out. Michigan took back control of the ball after a 26-yard Iowa punt and later scored on a 26-yard pass from Gardner to freshman tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) to extend the lead to 42-10 late in the third quarter.

With 2:12 left in the game, Iowa scored its second touchdown on a 13-yard pass by Vandenberg, capping a seven-play, 45-yard drive to make the score 42-17. Iowa recovered the ensuing onside kick but was unable to add any additional points.

The Wolverines will travel to Columbus on Saturday (Nov. 24) to conclude the regular season against Ohio State at noon. The game will be televised on ABC.

Contact: Justin Dickens (734) 763-4423

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