Denard Robinson, the Wolverines’ three-year starting quarterback who missed the previous two and a half games because of an injury to the ulnar nerve in his right arm, started his final home game at … tailback.
But it was Devin Gardner who grabbed the statistical headlines.
Gardner made his third straight start at quarterback and was nearly flawless as he accounted for three passing touchdowns and three rushing. The onlyMichiganquarterback to account for six touchdowns in a game was Steve Smith, who accomplished that total twice, in 1981 againstIllinoisand in 1983 againstMinnesota.
The Devin-Denard-Denard-Devin Show combined for a 449 total yards in a 42-17 victory overIowa.Michiganscored on its first six possessions beforeGardnerthrew an interception early in the fourth quarter. Robinson had 98 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Michigan improved to 8-3, 6-1 Big Ten heading into the regular-season finale but while the Wolverines are taking care of their own business as they try to get to the Big Ten championship, they still need help from Nebraska.NebraskadefeatedMichiganthree weeks ago and has the tiebreak if the teams are tied.