Nov. 21, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football junior quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) was named today (Wednesday, Nov. 21) as the Manning Award Player of the Week for his six-touchdown performance in the Wolverines' 42-17 victory last Saturday (Nov. 17) against Iowa. Gardner received the honor over seven other Manning Award "Stars of the Week" after earning the most votes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
It marks the second consecutive week Gardner earned the award. Earlier this week, Gardner also was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week.
Gardner completed 18 of 23 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns and rushed nine times for 37 yards and three touchdowns against the Hawkeyes. He set career highs in completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and total yards (351). Leading the Wolverines to six consecutive touchdown drives to open the game, Gardner became the first Michigan player to score six touchdowns in one game since Steve Smith threw for three touchdowns and rushed for three scores at Minnesota in 1983. He also became only the sixth player in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2000 to throw for 300 yards, pass for three touchdowns and rush for three scores in the same game.
In three games as starting quarterback, Gardner has completed 46 of 70 passes for 834 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions and rushed 28 times for 105 yards and six touchdowns in wins over Minnesota, Northwestern and Iowa.
No. 20 Michigan (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) travels to face No. 4 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) on Saturday (Nov. 24) at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:07 p.m., and the game will be televised on ABC.
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