Denard Robinson returns, Devin Gardner explodes and Michigan pummels Iowa, 42-17
ANN ARBOR -- Denard Robinson had a proper home farewell, Devin Gardner exploded and Michigan's new-look offense looked borderline flawless.
And, perhaps more importantly, the Wolverines look more than ready for Urban Meyer and Ohio State.
Gardner combined for a record-tying six touchdowns while Robinson spent time at running back, quarterback and wide receiver as No. 23 Michigan racked up 513 yards of total offense in a 42-17 dismantling of Iowa on senior day at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines (8-3, 5-1) will look to make it two in a row over the Buckeyes next weekend in Columbus.
For the game, Gardner went 18 of 23 through the air for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran 9 times for 37 yards and 3 scores.
As for Robinson? The new hybrid running back/quarterback/wide receiver ran 13 times for 98 yards and made 2 catches for 24 yards in his final game at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan is now a perfect 14-0 at home under Brady Hoke.
-- The new-look offense using Gardner as a quarterback and Robinson as a multi-tool worked perfectly for Michigan, especially early. Iowa had no idea what the Wolverines were doing, at times, as Michigan racked up 28 points and 331 yards before the break. The Wolverines scored touchdowns on their first six possessions of the game.
-- Michigan's wide receivers caught just about everything thrown their way, especially Jeremy Gallon and Roy Roundtree. Gallon finished with 5 catches for 133 yards, while Roundtree had 5 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
-- Robinson's new role was intriguing, to say the least. He led the team in rushing, took snaps at quarterback and made two catches. No one's really sure if he can throw yet or not, but it's safe to say he'll have a role when Michigan takes on Ohio State next week.
-- Gardner becomes the second Michigan player, ever, to combine for 6 touchdowns in a game. Former quarterback Steve Smith did it twice.
-- Michigan freshman linebacker James Ross III earned a start over the injured Desmond Morgan, and performed well. He led the team with 11 tackles.
-- Junior running back Fitz Toussaint picked up 31 yards on his first 3 carries, but then was forced to leave the game with a rather gruesome left leg/ankle injury. Toussaint appeared to have his ankle snapped in an awkward position, and was eventually carted off the field in the first quarter.
-- Gardner's only miscue of the game came early in the fourth quarter when he was intercepted by Iowa corner Micah Hyde. A tremendous effort by Hyde, for the record.
-- Michigan sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan missed the game due to injury.
ISSUE OF THE WEEK: FINAL VERDICT
Robinson got his senior day moment. And, not only that, Michigan's offense appeared better off for it.
No one's really sure whether or not he can actually throw a pass, but with Gardner at quarterback, he really doesn't have to. Ohio State now, suddenly, has an awful lot of film work to do.
How much more explosive is Michigan's offense now with Devin Gardner and Denard Robinson on the field at the same time?