Nov 3, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (12) drops back to throw a pass against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten: Backup QB Gardner, Michigan handles Minnesota 35-13

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No Denard? No problem.

The Michigan Wolverines traveled to TCF Bank to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday and won 35-13.

Starting quarterback Denard Robinson dressed for this game, warmed up during pregame, but was scratched about 20 minutes before kickoff. In his place, third year backup quarterback Devin Gardner led the Wolverines offense and completed 12 of 18 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

On the ground, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries and touchdown. Thomas Rawls and Gardner also added rushing touchdowns.

Mr. Do Everything, Jeremy Gallon, had another huge day for Michigan. He reeled in four catches for 72 yards and an amazing touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. It was quite a toe-tapper grab.

Minnesota struggled on offense, only converting four third downs into first downs. Quarterback Phillip Nelson tossed for 142 yards and a touchdown score, but the Gopher offense was only able to generate 275 total yards.

Michigan (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten) is not mathematically eliminated from the Legends Division title just yet. The Wolverines will host Northwestern next Saturday at noon in hopes of getting a seventh win and a chance to travel to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game.

Minnesota (5-4, 1-4) will travel to Memorial Stadium next Saturday today take on Illinois. On the line for the Gophers is a chance to earn an early bowl bid if it is able to beat the Illini and get a sixth win.

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