Nov. 17, 2012
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Today's announced attendance of 113,016 marks the 244th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan improved to 41-13-4 in the all-time series against Iowa. The Wolverines snapped a three-game losing streak to Iowa.
Today's win is Michigan's 14th straight victory at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines have not lost at home since falling to Wisconsin on Nov. 20, 2010. Michigan boasted back-to-back undefeated seasons for the second time in 35 years; U-M also went perfect at home from 2003-04, posting a 13-0 record over the stretch.
U-M honored its 23-member senior class in a brief pre-game ceremony.
Michigan has posted 500 yards of total offense in three games this season -- vs. Massachusetts (585, Sept. 15), vs. Illinois (527, Oct. 13) and vs. Iowa (513, Nov. 17). U-M recorded 314 passing yards vs. the Hawkeyes, its most since posting 362 at Northwestern last season.
The Wolverines have held their opposition to less than 200 passing yards in all 11 games this season.
Junior quarterback Devin Gardner completed 18-of-23 passes for a career-best 314 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball nine times for 37 yards and three touchdowns. He is the first Wolverine player to account for six touchdowns since Steve Smith scored three rushing and three passing touchdowns at Minnesota in 1983. He has posted at least three touchdowns in every game he has started at quarterback this season.
It is Gardner's second straight multi-rushing touchdown effort. He is the first Wolverine player to rush for three touchdowns since Denard Robinson posted three against San Diego State last season. Gardner owns eight career rushing touchdowns and six this season.
Gardner has improved his passing completions and yardage in each of the last three games. His previous highs were 16 completions and 286 yards, which he recorded against Northwestern (Nov. 10). Gardner has surpassed 200 yards passing in all three season starts.
Senior quarterback Denard Robinson made his second collegiate start at running back. He also started at running back against Wisconsin on Nov. 14, 2009. Robinson lined up at three different positions in the contest -- 10 at running back, eight at quarterback and three at wide receiver. Robinson posted his first career reception, a four-yard gain, in the first quarter.
Robinson upped his season rushing yardage to 1,044, surpassing 1,000 rushing yards on the year to post the 32nd 1,000-yard rushing campaign in U-M history. He is the fourth U-M player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three different seasons with the Maize and Blue. Jamie Morris (1985-87), Tyrone Wheatley (1992-94) and Mike Hart (2004, 06-07) are the only other three Wolverines to accomplish the feat.
Robinson increased his career rushing yardage to 4,273 to move to fourth place among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, passing Tyrone Wheatley (1991-94). He needs 120 yards to reach the third spot, currently held by Jamie Morris (4,393, 1984-87).
Fifth-year senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree posted five receptions for 83 yards, averaging 16.6 yards per catch. With 148 career receptions, Roundtree moved to seventh among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. He also improved his career receiving yards to 2,185 to move to 10th among Michigan's all-time leaders, passing Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard (2,146, 1989-91).
Senior/junior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon registered five catches and a career-best 133 receiving yards. It was his second 100-yard receiving game; his previous best was 107 yards, which he recorded in the season opener vs. Alabama. Gallon surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in his career, ending the game with 1,119.
Senior running back Vincent Smith posted his seventh career receiving touchdown on an 18-yard grab late in the third quarter. It is his first receiving touchdown since last season's home slate against Minnesota.
Freshman tight end Devin Funchess recorded his fifth career touchdown on a 29-yard catch in third quarter. With his five touchdowns, Funchess is tied for fourth all-time among season receiving touchdown leaders by tight ends. Eric Kattus boasts the record in the category with eight in 1985.
Senior/junior wide receiver Joe Reynolds posted his first career catch, for 12 yards in first quarter
Fifth-year senior linebacker Kenny Demens has posted a tackle-for-loss in four straight games.
Freshman linebacker Joe Bolden recorded a career-best two tackles-for-loss.
Freshman linebacker James Ross III led the Wolverines with a career-best 12 tackles. His previous best was four, which he recorded against Air Force on Sept. 8.