Devin Gardner has proved a capable replacement for star quarterback Denard Robinson, helping keep Michigan's Big Ten title hopes alive.
With Robinson's status unclear, the 23rd-ranked Wolverines try to stay in the race by avoiding another upset to Iowa on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
Robinson has missed the past two games with nerve damage in his elbow, and coach Brady Hoke would only say he's "day to day" regarding the senior's availability for this week's game. While Michigan has missed Robinson's dynamic running ability, Gardner has been a more prolific passer with 230-plus yards in back-to-back victories.
Robinson hasn't topped 200 yards passing since a win over Massachusetts on Sept. 15 but has compiled 946 on the ground in his eight games.
Gardner rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries last Saturday against Northwestern and threw for 286 and two TDs, but Michigan barely pulled out a 38-31 home victory. His 53-yard pass to Roy Roundtree set up the tying field goal...