Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 10? Find out in this post.
Devin Gardner replaced Denard Robinson in a surprise quarterback switch by Michigan right before kickoff, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score to lead the Wolverines past Minnesota 35-13 on Saturday.
In the third quarter, Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon stood out. He caught two passes for 57 yards and one touchdown, and the Wolverines now lead 21-7. The last 21 points have been scored by Michigan. Gallon’s 10 -yard touchdown grab polished off a seven-play, 86-yard drive to give Michigan the lead, 21-7. The Wolverines used a 47-yard pass from quarterback Devin Gardner to fuel the drive.
Michigan scored 14 points in the second quarter, and the Wolverines now lead 14-7. Michigan finished with 112 yards through the air and 71 on the ground in the quarter. The last 14 points have been scored by the Wolverines.
On Saturday’s pregame football TV show, BTN profiled two former Big Ten football players who will be forever linked after a collision in a 1997 football game between Michigan and Penn State. In the feature story, Michigan safety Daydrion Taylor and Penn State tight end Bob Stephenson discuss the hit and what life has been like for the past 15 years since then. Watch the full feature here and read their own words in this post.
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Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game at Minnesota, which is live on BTN/BTN2Go. Robinson suffered nerve damage in his right elbow that forced him out of last week’s loss at Nebraska. The Wolverines announced right before Saturday’s kickoff that Robinson won’t play because of an undisclosed injury. Devin Gardner, who was recently moved back to quarterback from wide receiver, is starting in his place.
The first quarter saw both teams combine for no points and one turnover, and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota is in a prime position for points on Michigan’s 10-yard line to open the second quarter.