Sunday, October 20, 2013
Week 8 helmet stickers
By Chantel Jennings
Michigan took care of the Hoosiers on Saturday, 63-47. The Wolverines' offensive performance was spectacular, but their defensive performance didn't quite live up to Michigan’s standards. All in all, they walked away with a win and now have a bye week to fix the problems that have emerged. Here are three players who weren’t problems for Michigan on Saturday and earned themselves helmet stickers for their performances.
WR Jeremy Gallon. The senior set a Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards. He said he didn’t really sense he was on the verge of a record, and after the game guessed how many yards he had accounted for and said “200 or maybe 250." Gallon was the main target for the Wolverines receiving corps against the Hoosiers. Just seven games into his final season he has already surpassed his previous season bests for yardage and touchdowns.
QB Devin Gardner. The junior threw for a program-record 503 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while adding 81 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. His 584 yards of total offense was also a program record and was one yard shy of the conference total-yardage record. Gardner put together a consistent game while playing behind a new offensive line (new starters at both guard positions) and commanded the offense to show up in big moments.
S Thomas Gordon. His stat line was pretty bare -- no tackles, no pass break ups, no fumble recoveries. But his two fourth-quarter interceptions came in defining moments for this team. Gordon's first pick was with just under eight minutes remaining and with the Wolverines clinging to a two-point lead. Just a few plays earlier, Gardner had fumbled the snap and the Hoosiers had recovered at the two-yard line. With Michigan needing a play, Gordon picked of IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld at the 35-yard line and returned it 30 yards, setting up the Wolverines for a touchdown. A few possessions later, Gordon picked off QB Tre Roberson at the 6-yard line and returned it 11 yards, giving the Wolverines some breathing room with a nine-point lead.