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                    === Gardner, Michigan dominate Iowa ===
 
 Ann  Arbor,  MI  (Sports  Network)  -  Making  his  third  straight  start  at
 quarterback  in place of Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner tossed three touchdown
 passes  and  rushed for  three more  on Saturday,  as the 23rd-ranked Michigan
 Wolverines dominated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 42-17, at Michigan Stadium.
 
 Gardner  completed  18-of-23 passes  for  a  career-high  314 yards  with  one
 interception,  while Robinson,  who had missed the last two games with a right
 elbow  injury, started the  game at running back and rushed for 98 yards on 13
 carries to go with two catches for 24 yards.
 
 "It  means a lot,"  Robinson said of being able to play in his final home game
 at  Michigan. "It is  hard to put into words what this means to me, just to be
 able  to lead this team  as one of the guys picked by the team to be a captain
 and their leader. It is kind of hard to swallow right now because it is coming
 to an end."
 
 Jeremy  Gallon led  the receiving corps with five catches for 133 yards, while
 Roy  Roundtree,  Devin Funchess and Vincent  Smith each added a touchdown grab
 for  the  Wolverines (8-3, 6-1  Big Ten), who are  tied with Nebraska atop the
 Legends Division.
 
 Michigan  has  won two  straight since  an Oct.  27 loss  at Nebraska gave the
 Cornhuskers  the  tie-breaker for  the division crown  with one game remaining
 for both teams.
 
 James  Vandenberg  finished 19-of-26  for 181 yards  and two touchdown passes,
 while  C.J.  Fiedorowicz hauled in eight  passes for 99 yards for the Hawkeyes
 (4-7, 2-5), who failed to become bowl eligible for the first time in 11 years.
 
 Iowa had no answers for the speed and versatility of the Michigan offense with
 both  Gardner  and Robinson on  the field at the  same time, as the Wolverines
 scored touchdowns on their first six touches.
 
 "This  has  been something  that we've  talked about  for 18 months," Michigan
 coach  Brady Hoke said  of having Gardner and Robinson in the backfield at the
 same time. "If we get to this point, how do we want to do it, how would you do
 it, where would you use the skill sets of the guys in the game."
 
 After Michigan forced a three-and-out on the game's opening drive, Gardner led
 the Wolverines on a 12-play, 70-yard scoring march.
 
 Gardner  completed  three  straight  passes on  the  drive  before  Fitzgerald
 Toussaint converted a 3rd-and-3 with a 10-yard run to the Iowa 15.
 
 Toussaint sustained a serious left leg injury on the play and had to be carted
 off  the field, but  the Wolverine run game picked up where the junior running
 back left off.
 
 Robinson,  who  added an 8-yard reception  early in the drive, then rushed for
 eight  yards to the  Iowa 7 and Gardner capped the trek with a 1-yard surge to
 give Michigan a 7-0 lead with 8:27 left in the first.
 
 Iowa  answered  with a lengthy  drive of their  own, as Vandenberg converted a
 4th-and-1  from the  Michigan  30  with a  2-yard  surge.  Three plays  later,
 Vandenberg  found Henry  Krieger Coble down the  middle of the field for a 16-
 yard touchdown to knot the game with under two minutes left in the first.
 
 On  the Wolverines' ensuing drive, Robinson scrambled around the right end for
 40  yards  to the  Iowa 30  before Gardner capped  the 7-play, 79-yard scoring
 march  when he  converted a 3rd-and-17 to  Roundtree, who was wide open in the
 front  of  the end zone for  a 37-yard score and  14-7 lead with less than two
 minutes gone in the second quarter.
 
 A  roughing  the passer penalty  on Michigan  kept the Hawkeyes' ensuing drive
 alive,  but Iowa was unable to pick up another first down and they settled for
 a 27-yard field goal from Mike Meyer to pull within 14-10 with 9:26 left.
 
 After  Robinson  kept the Wolverines' next  drive alive with a 6-yard surge on
 3rd-and-2,  Gardner  aired it out for  Gallon, who got under the 51-yard heave
 and made the grab to move Michigan to the Iowa 10.
 
 Michigan  couldn't  score on any of  its next three plays, but on 4th-and-goal
 from  the 1-yard  line, Gardner faked a handoff, bootlegged right and outran a
 defender into the end zone to give Michigan a 21-10 lead with 5:10 left.
 
 A   quick  three-and-out  from  the  Hawkeyes  gave  possession  back  to  the
 Wolverines.  Gardner  then led his squad  87 yards in seven plays, capping the
 trek  with a  screen to Smith, who  followed a convoy of blockers into the end
 zone  for an  18-yard touchdown to make  it a 28-10 margin with under a minute
 left in the half.
 
 Michigan  turned  the opening  possession of  the second  half into points, as
 Gardner  kept the march alive with a 19-yard scramble. Gardner then hit Gallon
 for  31 more  to the Iowa 6  and on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Gardner
 faked  a  handoff, rolled  right and  surged into  the end  zone to extend the
 margin to 35-10 early in the third.
 
 Michigan quickly forced a three-and-out before Gardner led the Wolverines on a
 6-play,  60-yard  scoring drive, which  he capped with a  29-yard TD toss to a
 wide open Devin Funchess for a 42-10 lead with 4:33 left in the third.
 
 Iowa turned Michigan's lone punt into points late in the fourth, as Vandenberg
 capped  a 7-play,  45-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Mark Weisman
 to account for the final margin.
 
 "We  got  too far behind," Weisman  admitted. "We had  to try to put points up
 quickly and we just didn't get it done."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Gardner  is the  first Michigan quarterback to account for six touchdowns in a
 game since Steve Smith accomplished the feat in 1983 ... Michigan wraps up its
 regular season with a trip to Ohio State to face the sixth-ranked Buckeyes ...
 The Wolverines have won 14 straight home games ... Iowa had won the last three
 meetings between these schools ... Michigan outgained Iowa, 513-309.
 
 
 
 11/17 19:53:22 ET

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