Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his immediate thoughts from every game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern’s wins over Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State, respectively, in this post.
Devin Gardner accounted for six touchdowns to help No. 23 Michigan rout Iowa 42-17 Saturday. The Wolverines (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) weren’t stopped on offense by the hapless Hawkeyes (4-7, 2-5) until Gardner threw an interception early in the fourth quarter.
Michigan’s offense looked sharp in the third quarter, scoring 14 points, and the Wolverines now lead 42-10. Michigan finished with 110 yards through the air and 64 on the ground in the quarter. The Wolverines’ defense shut down Iowa, allowing only 11 yards of offense in the quarter.
Michigan got things going through the air, passing for 183 yards in the quarter, and the Wolverines now lead 28-10. Michigan has erupted for 14 straight points. The Wolverines broke the 7-7 deadlock when Devin Gardner found Roy Roundtree open for a 37-yard touchdown pass to finish off a six-play, 79-yard scoring drive. Denard Robinson’s 40-yard run from the 30-yard line pushed Michigan into enemy territory.
Iowa’s Henry Krieger-Coble caught two passes for 20 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. No. 24 Michigan struck first when Devin Gardner turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard touchdown run, the final play of a 12-play, 70-yard drive.
The focus this week is on Madison, where Ohio State will try to move to 11-0. Wisconsin has a spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up but would like to win a share of the league title. To have a shot, the Badgers must down the Buckeyes.
If and when Denard Robinson returns from his right elbow injury, who should Michigan start at quarterback? Is it Robinson, or Devin Gardner, the replacement the past two games? The question may seem crazy, considering Robinson’s experience and ability to rack up big statistical days, but Gardner has impressed in two starts.
The Leaders representative in Indy has been decided. Now, over the next two weeks, Nebraska and Michigan will battle it out to see who represents the Legends.
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Week 12 is upon us, and the questions persist for each school. Chief among them this week centers around Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips and his ability to pass the football against Ohio State. If Phillips can’t chuck it effectively, the Badgers may have a difficult time beating the Buckeyes. He certainly didn’t need to throw much last week at Indiana. But he likely will vs. Ohio State.
All eyes will be on Madison, Wis., where No. 6 Ohio State plays Wisconsin in a Week 12 that lacks compelling storylines. The Buckeyes are 10-0 and in search of perfection. The last time Ohio State came to Wisconsin, it got drummed, 31-18, in 2010. The Badgers already have the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up, but a victory over the Buckeyes would be Wisconsin’s most impressive win of the season and give it momentum.