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December 10, 2013

By the numbers: Devin Gardner ties QB record

With his five-touchdown performance against Ohio State two weeks ago, redshirt junior Devin Gardner has moved into a tie with Steve Smith with four such performances in their careers, a Michigan quarterback record.

  • Gardner and Smith are the only signal-callers in program history with six-touchdown games, with Gardner reaching that mark against Iowa in 2012 and Smith doing it against Illinois in 1981 and Minnesota in 1983. Both players did it by rushing for three touchdowns and passing for three scores.

  • In addition to Gardner and Smith, Denard Robinson accounted for five or more touchdowns three times, Rick Leach did it twice and Don Moorhead accomplished the feat once. These are the only known performances in U-M history, with statistical archives going back to 1947.

  • Among the 14 five-touchdown games, only four have been achieved with a QB rushing for only a single TD: Gardner vs. Ohio State and Notre Dame this past fall, Robinson against Notre Dame in 2011, and Smith against Purdue in 1983.

    Year
    Quarterback
    Opponent Rush
    Pass
    Total
    1981
    Steve Smith
    Illinois
    3
    3
    6
    1983
    Steve Smith
    Minnesota
    3
    3
    6
    2012
    Devin Gardner
    Iowa
    3
    3
    6
    1969
    Don Moorhead
    Washington
    3
    2
    5
    1978
    Rick Leach
    Minnesota
    2
    3
    5
    1978
    Rick Leach
    Northwestern
    3
    2
    5
    1982
    Steve Smith
    Northwestern
    2
    3
    5
    1983
    Steve Smith
    Purdue
    1
    4
    5
    2010
    Denard Robinson
    Indiana
    2
    3
    5
    2011
    Denard Robinson
    Notre Dame
    1
    4
    5
    2011
    Denard Robinson
    Ohio State
    2
    3
    5
    2013
    Devin Gardner
    Notre Dame
    1
    4
    5
    2013
    Devin Gardner
    Indiana
    3
    2
    5
    2013
    Devin Gardner
    Ohio State
    1
    4
    5



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