Devin Gardner isn't polished yet, but he's more than capable of leading the Michigan Wolverines while star quarterback Denard Robinson nurses a damaged ulnar nerve in his right elbow.
For the second consecutive week, Gardner guided Michigan (7-3, 5-1) to victory, with the latest being Saturday's 38-31 overtime thriller over the Northwestern Wildcats (7-3, 4-3) at The Big House in Ann Arbor.
Gardner threw for a career-high 298 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, all but ending Northwestern's hopes of winning the Big Ten Legends Division and keeping Michigan in the hunt alongside the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Wildcats' duo of quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark was as advertised. Both played a vital role in their team's success, accounting for 282 total yards of offense (Mark had 126 return yards, too) and a pair of scores.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian completed 6-of-7 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Northwestern's offense was more effective through the air with Siemian running the show.
Michigan linebacker Kenny Demens made a game-changing play with a monstrous 4th-and-2 stop of Tyris Jones in overtime, a play that sealed the victory and sent the Wildcats packing for Evanston.
Here are 10 things we learned from this game.