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“I’ve just been waiting my turn,” Gardner said. “I felt that I did the most I could with it.”

Brendan Gibbons made the most of his opportunity as well, going 3 for 3 on field goals, including a career-long 38-yard kick against Minnesota. He was 1 of 2 previously this year, making a chip shot, and 1 of 5 last season.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence in him and hopefully that interjects even more confidence into him,” Hoke said.