BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Michigan offense came to play on Saturday.Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE
While the running game couldn’t find established ground, the passing game certainly did. It established itself in a big way thanks to a career and record day by quarterback Jake Rudock. Throw in receiver Jehu Chesson’s career day and it equals out to an impressive performance.
Albeit a porous performance by the Hoosier defense, everything was going right for Rudock on Saturday. His receivers were open, he made all the throws he wanted and even broke off multiple scrambles that came at opportune times in key moments in the drive.
Most importantly, Rudock was able to complete the long pass. Something that Harbaugh believes is due to the relationships he has established with both the receivers and tight ends on the roster.
"Yeah, I think that was," Harbaugh said. "The one to Amara was pretty darn good too. Jake Butt, some incredible plays. And they were keying on Jake all night. Jake Rudock and Jake Butt in particular have a really good rapport right now. At times he's covered and Jake is throwing to a spot and Jake is using his wide catch radius and body positioning and making big plays."
Rudock finished the game with 440 yards, six touchdowns and an interception. He also added over 60 yards rushing on the ground. Six touchdown passes in a single game is a U-M school record.
Chesson finished the game with four receiving touchdowns, the first to acheiev that feat since Derrick Alexander.