Michigan needed Denard Robinson back in the lineup if the Wolverines were to bounce back from a 23-9 loss to the Nebraska Huskers...
Prior to Saturday's game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Michigan coach Brady Hoke announced that Robinson wouldn't start, and that former backup Devin Gardner would take over duties in his absence.
Bad news was on the way, or so some thought.
Gardner wasn't really expected to be a star; rather, he was expected to manage the offense and help Michigan squeak by with a victory.
But that didn't happen.
Instead, the Wolverines got the quarterback they recruited, and Gardner threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns in a convincing 35-13 Big Ten victory over the Gophers in Minneapolis.
Robinson's reliever completed 12 of 18 passes and threw just one interception. However, he made plenty of drive-extending plays with his feet, too, rushing for a modest 21 yards and a touchdown.