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Michigan's Devin Gardner throws for 235, a TD -- and zero picks


Michigan junior quarterback Devin Gardner has made nine starts in his career. Saturday's win over visiting Minnesota was the first time he didn't have a turnover in those nine starts.

Michigan won 42-13, pulling away from a 14-7 halftime lead. Minnesota was without coach Jerry Kill, who suffered a seizure Saturday morning.

Gardner was 13 of 17 for 235 yards and a TD and zero interceptions, snapping a string of nine consecutive games with a pick (the previous eight starts and a relief appearance last season). Gardner also ran seven times for 17 yards and helped Michigan go 10 of 13 on third downs.

Seven of Gardner's completions went to sophomore tight end Devin Countess, who had 151 receiving yards and scored once.

Michigan finished with 348 yards, with one of its touchdowns coming via an interception return in the final two minutes. The Wolverines had committed 12 turnovers in its first five games.

The Wolverines have won 18 in a row at home, the longest active streak among BCS conference schools and their longest since winning 28 in a row in Ann Arbor from 1969-73 under Bo Schembechler.

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