Off. Recap: Offense Dazzles in Statement Win

The Michigan Insider beaks down U-M's dominating win over No. 22 BYU and more.

Story by Josh Newkirk

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Led by Jake Rudock’s four total touchdowns, Michigan offense played with efficiency, dominating No. 22 BYU 31-0 in front of sellout crowd at Michigan Stadium today.

Rudock, who had six total turnovers with five interceptions in U-M’s first three games, completed 16-of-25 passes for 194 yard with two touchdowns passing and running – with most notably no turnovers –- which he pointed out afterwards.

“Obviously you want to cut down turnovers,” Rudock said. “We’re just being smart with the ball. Having your feet as another check down opportunity. The way they were rushing and the way our offensive line handled it and our backs came up blocking them, you just saw some creases you could slide to. And it just opened up to be able to run for it.”

Rudock, of course, was talking about his touchdown runs of three and 17 yards respectively.

“Those runs kind of opened up in the red zone,” Rudock said. “You got to give them credit, they covered our guys well. But if they are covering them so well, sometimes it opens up running lanes.”

Adding: “I think once you start scoring points, that when you start thinking things are going good,” Rudock said. “Being able to score unanswered points and our defense playing lights out, giving up no points, and whenever you get a shutout it makes it a lot easier on the offense. So I just think it’s a full team effort.”

Michigan (3-1) opens up Big Ten play next Saturday at Maryland (2-2) at 8 p.m. ET.

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