Live blog: Devin Gardner gets the start as Michigan welcomes Northwestern into Michigan Stadium
ANN ARBOR --
First overtime -- Michigan gets the ball first and scores first. Gardner keeps it on a one-yard bootleg. On Northwestern's possession, Kenny Demens stones Tyris Jones for a loss.
Michigan wins: 38-31.
3:31-0:00 -- HOLD ON, folks. Michigan gets the ball back with just 18 seconds left, down three. Devin Gardner finds Roy Roundtree on a tipped pass for 53 yards down to the Michigan 9, and Brendan Gibbons bangs home a 26-yarder as time expires.
Michigan 31, Northwestern 31
3:59-3:31 -- One play, one turnover. After a huge return by Dennis Norfleet, Devin Gardner throws an interception. Northwestern ball on the Michigan 47.
8:45-3:59 -- Back and forth we go. Trevor Siemian relieves an injured Kain Colter, and lasers a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tony Jones -- Wildcats back in front. Devin Gardner, you're up. Northwestern 31, Michigan 28
13:08-8:45 -- Michigan goes 91 yards in 11 plays, and Devin Funchess caps it off with a tremendous leaping 8-yard touchdown grab in traffic to give Michigan the lead. Make it: Michigan 28, Northwestern 24.
1:43-13:08 -- Michigan gets a much-needed stop after Jordan Kovacs blasts Kain Colter on third and long. Michigan gets it back on its own 9, down 3.
3:57-1:43 -- Michigan faces a 3rd and forever on its own 12 -- but gets a huge pass interference penalty. Two plays later, Fitz Toussaint scores on a 28-yard pass play from Gardner. Michigan right back in it: Northwestern 24, Michigan 21
9:27-3:57 -- Northwestern tacks on a field goal, 13-play, 53-yard field goal. A 34-yarder by Jeff Budzien gives the Wildcats a 10-point edge. Northwestern 24, Michigan 14
11:00-9:27 -- Michigan offense does next to nothing and Gardner's nearly intercepted over the middle. Wildcats get the ball right back on their own 30.
15:00-11:00 -- Just like it did during its first drive of the game, Northwestern marches down the field to open the second half with little trouble. Kain Colter finds a wide open Dan Vitale in the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Drive goes 75 yards in 10 plays -- not a good series for the Michigan defense. Northwestern 21, Michigan 14
:25-:00 -- At the half, it's tied -- 14-14.
2:03-:25 -- Northwestern goes to pro-style quarterback Trevor Siemian for its two-minute drill, and it pays off. Siemian rips off a 21-yard completion on third down before firing a beautiful 19-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Dickerson. Big series for the Wildcats. Michigan 14, Northwestern 14
3:38-2:03 -- Quick 3 and out by the Michigan offense will give Northwestern another shot to score before the half. Wildcats ball on their own 44.
6:17-3:38 -- Michigan having better luck handling Northwestern's speed now, forces another punt. Michigan gets it back on its own 6 after a misplay by Dennis Norfleet.
11:14-6:17 -- Michigan does what Northwestern can't -- cash in on a fumble. Thomas Rawls caps a 10-play, 37-yard scoring drive with a one-yard plunge. Michigan still struggling to block anyone, but it leads, regardless. Michigan 14, Northwestern 7
14:11-11:14 -- Michigan will see your fumble and raise you another. Wolverines sack Kain Colter on 3rd and 5, force a fumble. Joe Bolden recovers. Michigan gets it back on the Northwestern 37.
1:12-14:11 -- Well, Fitz Toussaint breaks off a 50-yard gain down inside the Northwestern 5. But, he fumbles -- and loses it. Been that kind of year for Toussaint, Northwestern gets it back on its own 3.
2:27-1:12 -- That series went quite a bit better for Michigan's defense. Wolverines do a great job of swarming Kain Colter on third down, force an incompletion. Three and out leads to a punt. Michigan gets it back on its own 33.
8:19-2:27 -- Devin Gardner answers. After firing off a 33-yard completion to Roy Roundtree, Gardner caps a 78-yard scoring drive with an 8-yard bootleg run. Big response by Michigan with a 10-play march to give its defense a breather. All tied up. Northwestern 7, Michigan 7
12:57--8:19 -- Northwestern completes a 19-yard pass on 3rd and 12 from deep in its own territory, and then breezes down the field on an almost flawless drive. Wildcats break off four plays of 10 yards or more, and Venric Mark caps it with three-yard scoring run. It's the first opening-quarter touchdown Michigan has allowed since the season-opener. Northwestern 7, Michigan 0
15:00-12:57 -- Michigan picks up one first down, but nothing more. Jerald Robinson can't hang onto a third down pass (throw from Gardner looked good), and Michigan punts. Northwestern starts at its own 22.
• Northwestern wins the toss, defers. Michigan will get the ball first.
• Michigan senior captain Jordan Kovacs will wear No. 11, gets the Wistert Brothers "Michigan Football Legend" number.
• Jack Kennedy is taking reps as the team's backup quarterback again today. So, it looks like Bellomy is down on the old depth chart again.
• Lost in the Denard Robinson shuffle is the fact that Michigan will honor the Wistert brothers this afternoon -- the No. 11 will be un-retired and brought back into circulation as a "Michigan Football Legend."
• Denard Robinson came out on the field for warmups, just like he did last week. And just like last week, he really didn't look like he could throw the football. Russell Bellomy's dressed again, too. But again, no word on his status.
Devin Gardner will make his second straight start, and Denard Robinson will once again watch the game from the sidelines.
Michigan announced roughly two hours prior to kickoff Saturday that Gardner will get the nod over Robinson once again as the Wolverines host Northwestern at 12 p.m. (ESPN).
Gardner was terrific last week at Minnesota in a 35-13 victory, throwing for 234 yards and a touchdown while running for another.
Will he be able to recapture his magic once again this week?
We'll find out soon.
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