Gameballs: Michigan vs. BYU

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The Michigan Wolverines improved to 3-1 on the season after its 31-0 win over the ranked BYU Cougars on Saturday. In a game most thought would be close, Michigan dominated all aspects from the opening kickoff until the final whistle. BYU was coming off of a tough stretch of games, and looked out matched all afternoon. The truth is, this game was over at halftime when Michigan took a 31-0 lead into the locker room. Michigan ran the ball very effectively once again, and had another solid day on the defensive side of the ball. Michigan extended its win streak to three games, and are really starting to turn heads around the country. Coach Harbaugh has these boys playing true Michigan football. The Maize and Blue had another great TEAM win, but a few players performed above the rest and deserve this week’s gameballs.

Gameball: Jake Rudock, Quarterback

I hate to say I told you so…but, I told you so. Last week I awarded Jake Rudock a gameball because of his leadership and his ability to do what he was asked, not more. Once again Jake Rudock has been awarded a gameball for that very reason. Rudock was 14-25, for 195 yards, and 1 TD. He also added 2 TD’s on the ground in Saturday’s contest. The most impressive thing was the fact that he took care of the football. This Michigan team is rallying behind Rudock, and his leadership is growing more with every snap he takes.


Gameball: De’Veon Smith, Running Back

For the third consecutive game, the Wolverines O-Line took care of business. This week’s beneficiary of the great blocking was once again De’Veon Smith. Smith ran for 125 yards, on 16 carries and added 1 TD. On a simple run up the middle in the second quarter, the lineman collapsed into a pile, and we lost sight of Smith for a minute, only to have him emerge and scamper for a 60-yard touchdown. Smith once again showed why he is the cowbell back in Ann Arbor. He showed great burst, as well as toughness on Saturday, always playing through the whistle. Smith did have his ankle roll up on him in the second half, and was forced to miss some action, otherwise he was well on his way to a 200 yard day. In a post game interview De’Veon insisted that he was “all good”, and “focused on Maryland”. The 5’11”, 228lb Junior will look to continue his success next Saturday night when the Wolverines travel to Maryland.


Gameball: Defense

Need I say more? They are playing great football and for the third straight week, the defensive unit has been awarded a gameball.



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Craig Compton
Born and raised in the mitten, and I bleed Maize and Blue. For as long as I can remember, Saturdays in the fall have revolved around Michigan football. I am entering season 2 with TBHR, and will be writing the "Harbaugh's Heroes" segment each week, as well as podcasting and a few other articles from time to time. I look forward to this season! Go Blue!