ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Down to their last play of regulation at Indiana, Jake Rudock’s demeanor was the same as it had been all game: cool, calm and collected.
Cliché’ or not, that’s the description fellow offensive starter, center Graham Glasgow said, when asked about Rudock’s attitude before throwing his fourth touchdown pass that would tie the game at-34 with a few seconds remaining.
“He literally was the exact same,” Glasgow recalled of Rudock right before he threw the clutch game saving throw that would force over-time. “He came into the huddle and made eye contact with us and really didn’t say anything besides the play call. I had a feeling we were going to complete the pass and be good to go.”
Good to go, indeed, as the Wolverines would eventually win 48-41 in double OT behind Rudock, who would throw for two more touchdowns to add to his U-M-record six touchdown passes.
But even with his career day in a Michigan uniform, Glasgow says Rudock still was the same guy in the huddle, despite all of his success.
“No, he doesn’t (get excited),” Glasgow said of Ruodck getting excited in the huddle. “He certainly doesn’t. But it’s nice to have that type of guy leading the team instead of some guy coming into the huddle screaming, or someone who seems like they need to be screamed at.”
In the end, Rudock would throw for a career-high 440-yards, and would be named co-Big Ten offensive player of the week for his performance.
“I told you guys a few weeks back I thought Jake was a great quarterback,” Glasgow said. “Even with him stepping up to the plate, throwing all these yards, all these touchdowns, having great games, he’s still the same fantastic game manager. I think he’s unbelievably smart. And I think he’s just getting accustomed to the guys around him, accustomed to the wide receivers, and now that is starting to show.