|Devin Gardner was highly effective throughout Saturday's victory (image via Bleacher Report)|
Let's see less of this guy on offense . . . Jerald Robinson. I know former players keep picking him to break out each year, but he has done very little in his opportunities. Maybe he's just one of those guys who's an all-star in practice but can't get it done in games. That happens sometimes.
Let's see more of this guy on defense . . . Kenny Demens. Yeah, I know he's a starter. He was pulled out of the game for long stretches of the game, though, and Joe Bolden was inserted. Bolden isn't ready to play in these Big Ten games. I like him and I think he'll be good, but he's just not there yet. Demens played almost every snap last year and seemed to do fine, so in these tight games, I'd like to see the senior playing as much as possible.
Let's see less of this guy on defense . . . Kain Colter. Yeesh, that guy scared me.
Play of the game . . . Devin Gardner to Roy Roundtree. That pass at the end of regulation, which was tipped by the defender and caught by Roundtree as he fell to the ground, set up the game-tying field goal by Brendan Gibbons. It wasn't the game-winning touchdown by Gardner or the game-sealing tackle by Kenny Demens, but those plays don't happen without that highlight-reel catch by Roundtree.
MVP of the game . . . Devin Gardner. I almost picked Roundtree, but Gardner accounted for four touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) and made a ton of huge plays in that game. He scrambled for first downs, chucked the ball at Fitzgerald Toussaint to prevent a safety, threw the pass to Roundtree, and scored the winning touchdown. He finished the game 16/29 for 286 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception; he also rushed 9 times for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns.