Grade Devin Gardner's debut at starting QB and the rest of Wolverines' performances
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But with Robinson out due to injury, Gardner had his number called on Saturday and he answered the bell.
Michigan football writer Kyle Meinke passed out his grades for the game, now it's your chance to grade Gardner and the rest of the Wolverines in our interactive polls.
The first few drives he looked like a guy who'd been playing wide receiver for six months, but the junior shined from there. His final line: Garnder completed 12-of-18 passes for 234 yards and 2 TDs and had 10 rushes for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Michigan moved the chains with consistency once Gardner's initial butterflies went away.
Brady Hoke has been preaching all week "If they can't score, they can't win." Well Minnesota did score, but Michigan still won and the defense looked impressive in doing so, holding strong in the red zone, particularly.
Not much of a factor in the game, what was up with Brendan Gibbons' missed PAT, though? Michigan didn't punt particularly well, but Jeremy Gallon did well on punt return duty. Has anyone seen the Dennis Norfleet lately?
Devin Gardner looked well prepared to step in in Robinson's absence, and credit should go to the coaches for that. But it begs the question, why wasn't this the case against Nebraska?Overall
Put it all together, and what do you get?
Pete Cunningham covers sports for AnnArbor.com.