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.