The struggles continue for the Michigan Wolverines as they fall to 2-4 (0-2) on the season, after a 26-24 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. High Point Solutions Stadium was rocking under the lights as the Scarlet Knights picked up its first Big Ten victory at home. A victory that was apparently meaningful enough for the students to rush the field and rip down the goalposts.
The Wolverines finally found some offensive momentum this week, but had no assistance on the defensive side of the ball as they allowed 476 total yards, including 402 yards and three touchdowns through the air. TBHR hands out just one game ball this week to a player on the offensive side.
Game Ball: Devin Gardner, Quarterback
Devin Gardner did not have a career game by any means, but is awarded the game ball after having somewhat of a “comeback” performance. After being benched two weeks ago and losing his starting job last week, Gardner played pretty well Saturday night. He was 13 of 22 for 178 yards and ran for 40 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns. He did throw a costly interception, and was dropped for a sack twice, but overall he looked a lot better than he has in other outings this season.
Gardner completed six-of-eight passes for 84 yards in the first quarter. He has completed 77.8 percent (28-of-36) of his passes in the first quarter this season, a stat that can really boost the Wolverines offense if he can produce similar numbers in quarters two through four.
Gardner’s highlight of the night came with 9:17 to play in the fourth quarter by way of a 19-yard touchdown scramble. The touchdown cut the deficit to two. Unfortunately, his efforts were not enough to tally a win for the Wolverines.
His 178 passing yards tied him with Tom Brady (5,351) for seventh on U-M’s all-time career passing yardage list.
If Devin Gardner can continue to improve week to week, the Wolverines will really benefit offensively.
Derek Devine is a contributing blogger for TBHR. You can follow him on Twitter here.