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Michigan vs. Minnesota: Devin Gardner leads Wolverines to 35-13 victory

Devin Gardner stepped up in place of Denard Robinson and led Michigan to a 35-13 win at Minnesota.

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Michigan, MSU unranked in latest AP Poll

Nebraska moved up three spots in the AP Top 25 after beating Michigan State on Saturday.


Michigan, Michigan State unanked in Coaches Poll

The Cornhuskers moved up five spots in the USA Today Coaches' Poll with a win over Michigan State.


Denard Robinson could return next week

Robinson is likely to return next week after missing his team's win over Minnesota with injury.


Wolverines whack Gophers, keep Little Brown Jug

The Michigan Wolverines kept the Little Brown Jug in Ann Arbor as they handled the Minnesota Golden Gophers despite star quarterback Denard Robinson sitting out with an injury.


Wolverines lead Gophers 21-10 early in 4th quarter

The Michigan Wolverines have opened up a 21-10 lead after three quarters of play at TCF Bank Stadium.

Michigan extended their 7-point halftime lead to 14 with 5:05 left in the third quarter after yet another long touchdown drive. The 7-play, 86-yard drive was the third Wolverines touchdown drive that covered at least 86 yards. Devin Gardner's 10-yard fade pass to Jeremy Gallon capped off the drive.

Gardner has done an admirable job filling in for injured quarterback Denard Robinson, completing 10-of-16 passes for 176 yards and two scores. Gallon has four catches for 72 yards, including a long 47-yarder.

Minnesota's offense has been mostly stymied since their touchdown early in the second quarter. Freshman quarterback Philip Nelson is just 10-of-20 for 130 yards and one touchdown. The Gophers have gained 92 yards on the ground, with Donnell Kirkwood's 44 yards leading the way. Derrick Engel has two catches for 45 yards.

Minnesota cut the score to 21-10 on a 26-yard field goal by Jordan Wettstein early in the fourth quarter.


Wolverines lead Gophers 14-7 at half

A late first half touchdown gave the Michigan Wolverines a 14-7 lead over the Minnesota Golden Gophers heading into halftime of Saturday's contest.

Michigan's offense bounced back from a slow start, as quarterback Devin Gardner began to find a rhythm. Gardner orchestrated a 12-play, 91-yard touchdown drive midway through the second quarter, which was capped off by a 45-yard bomb to Drew Dileo. The score tied the game at 7-7 and ended a long touchdown drought for the Wolverines:

After a failed Minnesota drive, Gardner and the Michigan offense went on the march again, going 90 yards on 13 plays for another touchdown. Running back Thomas Rawls' two-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left in the half finished off the long drive.

Gardner finished the half 8-of-12 passing for 119 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also made some things happen on the ground, with 25 yards on seven carries. Rawls leads Michigan in rushing with eight carries for 27 yards, while Dileo leads the Wolverines in receiving with three catches for 58 yards.

Minnesota missed a long field goal with time expiring in the half.


Gophers lead Wolverines 7-0 early in 2nd quarter

With star quarterback Denard Robinson out due to an injury, the Michigan Wolverines offense stumbled early in the first quarter of their Big Ten contest against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers lead 7-0 early in second quarter.

Michigan managed just nine yards of offense in the first quarter and did not tally a first down. Backup quarterback Devin Gardner has already thrown one interception and was sacked once as well. Gardner was 1-of-3 for seven yards passing in the quarter.

Minnesota's offense has had a little more success, racking up up 93 yards. The Gophers have made it a point to get the ground game going, with 16 rushes for 57 yards. Running backs Donnell Kirkwood and Rodrick Williams Jr both have 20 yards rushing, while quarterback Philip Nelson has 17 yards on the ground.

Minnesota got on the board on the first play of the second quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to John Rabe.


Denard Robinson out vs. Minnesota

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is out with an undisclosed injury after suffering a hurt elbow last week.


Michigan vs. Minnesota 2012: TV, time and spread

Michigan is a 12.5-point favorite over Minnesota.


Hoke says Denard Robinson is feeling good

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said Denard Robinson feels good, and should be ready to go when the Wolverines take on Minnesota on Saturday.


Devin Gardner receives most reps at QB

Devin Gardner, who spent two years as a quarterback before converting to wide receiver this offseason, took the most reps at quarterback for Michigan, as the Wolverines get ready to take on Minnesota this weekend.


Denard Robinson injury: Michigan QB improving

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's arm injury continues to improve, and the senior remains on track to play this Saturday against Minnesota.


Mario Ojemudia likely to play Saturday

Mario Ojemudia will likely play for the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.


Backup QBs see more practice time for Michigan

Denard Robinson is still expected to start on Saturday against Minnesota, but backups Russell Bellomy and Devin Gardner are seeing increased snaps in practice this week as a precaution.


Denard Robinson to play against Gophers

The Michigan Wolverines expect quarterback Denard Robinson to be active on Saturday against Minnesota.

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