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COL FB: Michigan 42, Iowa 17

Nov. 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Devin Gardner threw three touchdown passes and ran for three scores Saturday in No. 23 Michigan's 42-17 drubbing of Iowa.

Gardner, making his third start in place of injured quarterback Denard Robinson, completed 18-of-23 passes for 314 yards and carried the ball nine times for 37 yards.

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Robinson's dinged right elbow was well enough Saturday for him to put in some time at running back. He carried 13 times and led Michigan (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) in rushing with 98 yards.

The Wolverines defense limited Iowa (4-7, 2-5) to 10 points in the first half and held the Hawkeyes scoreless in the second half until James Vandenberg threw a 13-yard TD pass to Mark Weisman with 2:12 left in the game.

Vandenberg finished 19-of-26 for 181 and two touchdowns.

The win put the Wolverines a half-game ahead of Nebraska in the Big Two Legends Division. The loss rendered Iowa ineligible for the post-season for the first time in 11 years.

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