ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sometimes during a football game when things go right, players can seem to do no wrong.
This was the case for Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock throughout the Wolverines' 49-16 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Playing arguablly the best game of his entire playing career, and the stats show it, his play - including arms and legs - propelled U-M to new heights throughout the game. Finishing with a 337-yards, a career high, two touchdowns through the air and one touchdown on the ground.
Despite playing so well all game, the play that stood out to head coach Jim Harbaugh the most was the effort Rudock showed as he ran for a diving touchdown towards the pylon.
"He was just on fire," Harbaugh said. "He had a great game, making all the appropriate throws, all the right reads and he was accurate and appropriate all game long. It was a windy, blustery day too. He played great, played great with his feet. I mean, I don't know how he got that second touchdown, that looked like a play that would be sacked in the backfield. And even when he got on the perimeter on the edge, I had a great look at it and didn't think there was any way. Just a heck of an individual effort play on that one.
"He's really getting a good chemistry with Jake Butt, with Jehu Chesson and with Amara Darboh."
Coming back from the brutal hit he suffered against Minnesota that sidelined him for the majority of the game, he didn't need to prove just how tough he really is. His teammates knew it, his coach knew it and he proved to the rest of the world that he was tough.
Something that Harbaugh himself knew all along.
"I've really already learned that," Harbaugh said. "Our team has already known that Jake's a very tough guy. He's tough as a two-dollar steak and continues to show that. That's a courage play, too. I've been in that situation. When he makes that turn up the boundary you know they're coming. I mean, everybody is coming and they're coming for that spot at the pylon, that one yard at the pylon to keep you out of there. He knew that, guaranteed he knew it and he stuck his nose in there and gave no quota whatsoever during the entire play. Toughness is respected by everybody that plays this game and watches it. He's got it."