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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 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.

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 hold a one-half game lead over 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. Nebraska hosts Minnesota later on Saturday.

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.

11/17 15:20:14 ET

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