BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It wasn’t pretty for the Michigan defense Saturday night in the Wolverines’48-41 double-overtime victory over Indiana.
However, for the offense, it was a completely different story, a record-breaking story. U-M quarterback Jake Rudock, who played the best game of his career last week, backed it up again this weekend and eclipsed the unthinkable. Passing for 440 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. The six touchdowns are a U-M single-game record.
U-M wide receiver Jehu Chesson also had a career day receiving. Joining former Wolverines Jeremy Gallon and Roy Roundtree as the only three receivers in school history to record over 200 yards receiving in a single game. Chesson finished the game with 207 yards and four touchdowns.
Chesson is the first Wolverine since Derrick Alexander to pull in four receiving touchdowns in a single game.
"Record setting days, by both those men," U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "If Jake doesn't play the way he does, we don't have a chance. All those attributes - talk about his accuracy, talk about his arm strength, talk about his durability, his toughness, his intelligence. But I still go back to the one that, he is unflappable. He just does not flinch. It doesn't matter what the situation is. He comes off the field, you talk and he gives feedback. He's exactly the same all of the time. He's got ice water in his veins. It's very impressive."
With everything seemingly went wrong on defense, everything seemed to go right on offense. Including completing the long pass, something that has not been able to happen with Rudock and his wide receivers.
Harbaugh said Jehu was a huge factor in making those plays happen and becoming more of a NFL player every week.
"Jehu, again, came to play," Harbaugh said. "I really feel like Jehu, I told Jehu this weekend during practice, he's got everything it takes to be a great player, someday a great pro player. The only thing I think he was missing was tracking the deep ball, making the deep ball catches. And today, boom, he does it. I could go on."