The Michigan Wolverines improved to 8-2 (5-1 Big Ten) on Saturday when they squeaked by the Indiana Hoosiers with a 7-point victory. The Wolverines outlasted Indiana in a double overtime thriller. The contest was close all afternoon as Michigan didn’t have an answer for the Indiana rushing attack. Jordan Howard lead the Hoosiers with 238 yards and 2 TD’s, as he carried the rock a whopping 35 times. As time expired in the fourth quarter, Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock found Jehu Chesson for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown was Chesson’s fourth of the game, and put the Wolverines down just one. A Kenny Allen extra point squared things up, and fans were treated to some “free football”.
Michigan won the overtime coin toss, and elected to put their defense on the field first. Indiana marched down, and started overtime off with a 1-yard Jordan Howard rushing touchdown. Michigan answered right back with a 21 yard pass from Rudock to junior tight end, Jake Butt, to send the game into a second overtime. With the college overtime rules, Michigan’s offense was back on the field to start the second overtime. They wasted no time, as the first play was good for a 25 yard passing touchdown from Rudock to Amara Darboh. The Wolverine defense took the field looking for their first real stop of the game. To nobody’s surprise, Indiana put the ball in Howard’s hands, and thanks to a few big plays, the Hoosiers found themselves with a 1st and goal opportunity. Michigan’s stout defense got three straight stops to force a 4th and goal with the game on the line. The Hoosiers decided to turn from the run game, as Nate Sudfeld attempted a pass to Mitchel Paige on the goal line. The ball was batted around a bit, and eventually fell to the ground thanks to a great defensive play by Wolverine safety, Delano Hill. At the end of the day, it was another great TEAM win, but a few players stood out on Saturday. Let’s see who deserves this weeks gameballs.
Gameball: Jake Rudock, Quarterback
“Some people may not have their minds made up yet on whether or not Jake Rudock should be the guy leading the Wolverines. My mind was made after the Utah game. Jake Rudock is the guy.” – Gameballs: Michigan vs. UNLV
“This Michigan team is rallying behind Rudock, and his leadership is growing more with every snap he takes.” – Gameballs: Michigan vs. BYU
“Each week we see a new, better, version of Jake Rudock. Each week the quarterback play seems to improve, and the leadership is much more obvious.” – Gameballs: Michigan vs. Rutgers
Man…Jake Rudock is making me look somewhat intelligent.
Listen…if you don’t already know, Jake Rudock is good…really good. On Saturday, he single handedly torched the Hoosiers defense. We thought Rudock was good after his 18-25, 337 yards, 2 TD performance last week versus Rutgers, but he out did himself this week. Rudock was 33-46, with 440 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 INT. Rudock also added 64 yards with his legs, including a 23 yard scamper at one point. The 64 rushing yards led the Wolverine rushing attack. If you watched this game at all, heck, even if you are just looking at stats, I would hope you agree with me when I say that Rudock was the best Wolverine on the field all day. This kid is a leader on and off the field. Be excited Wolverine faithful, his best football is ahead of him!
Gameball: Jehu Chesson, Wide Receiver
Rudock’s passes had to go to someone right?! Although coming into Saturday’s contest, Chesson ranked 3rd amongst Wolverine receivers when it came to yardage and catches, that didn’t stop him from having a HUGE day. Jehu tallied a 10 catch, 207 yard, 4 touchdown day against a weak Hoosier secondary. It seemed like Chesson was open the entire first half as he went into half time with 3 touchdowns. He of course added has fourth touchdown grab as time was expiring in regulation. Chesson played a great game on Saturday and the Wolverines will need him to be at his best the next two weeks. When Michigan has Chesson, Darboh, and Butt playing at the levels they did on Saturday (they all had great games), the Michigan offense can be very dangerous.