ANN ARBOR, Mich. Michigan Wolverines added another W to their Win/Loss column today in a Big Ten contest vs. the Rutgers' Scarlet Knights, 49-16. Michigan is now 7-2 overall, 4-1 Big Ten. Currently ranked #17, CFP. Rutgers fell to 3-6 overall, 1-5 Big Ten.
A stellar performance was had by Jake Rudock who returned to play today after getting banged up pretty well last week vs. Minnesota. Harbaugh commented on Rudock's performance, "On fire, he had a, he had a great game, making all the appropriate throws, all the right reads, all uh, the a accurate and appropriate all day long. Kind of a windy and blustery day too. Um, just uh played great, played great with his feet." He was 18 for 25 in passing to ten different receivers for 337 yards and two touchdowns to Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson. Jake Butt was the top receiver with 102 yards. He would have had another 51 yards, except for a controversial penalty late in the first half. Coach on questionable intent to deceive play: "I was pretty offended by that, you know that that was called an unsportsmanlike conduct ... everything was to not deceive." Kurt Flood, the Rutgers' coach thought it was the right call.
The offense also logged in 150 yards rushing for four touchdowns by De'veon Smith, Drake Johnson, Jabrill Peppers and Jake Rudock. Kenny Allen was two for three on Field Goals for six points. The Wolverine Offense was on fire putting up a total of 487 offensive yards and scoring 8 out of 9 trips into the redzone.
Going into today, Michigan's defense was ranked #1 in the country. The Wolverine defense came up with 58 tackles with four sacks for a combined loss of 32 yards. Chris Wormley produced two tackles for a loss of 21 yards. Jarrod Wilson was responsible for the game's lone interception. Jarrod Wilson stated, "Our remaining opponents feel the wrath of us losing to Michigan State."
Coach Harbaugh was excited, "Also want to congratulate Jourdan Lewis, ah, for he broke a record today: for most pass break ups in a season." Jourdan Lewis' response, "no, uh, I didn't know it till, yea, after they told me in the fourth quarter." Does it mean anything to you: "Of course, being up there with some of those legends, it just feels amazing, you know. It's another stepping stone for us being a great defense."
Jabrill Peppers skills caught Coach Harbaugh's attention. "I was celebrating, I thought he was about to yell at me for uh you know my celebration, but he just stopped me, he was like 'Man, I know you were good .. but you're really good.' .. We just shared a laugh together, it was a special moment." Peppers played offense and defense again this week contributing with rushing and receiving yards as well as three solo and three assists for tackle.
Rutgers put 16 points on the board today. The Knights have come up short in the last three games with 33 points total scored to the combined total 146 for their opponents: Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan. There isn't any room left for "L" in the Win-Loss count if the Scarlet Knights want be bowl eligible at the end of the season.
Next week, the Hoosiers of Indiana will host the Wolverines at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington at 3:30 EST. Indiana started their season with 4-0, but have yet to put a W in the column since Big Ten play has commenced.