ANN ARBOR, Mich. – All season long, the knock on Jake Rudock was that he couldn’t make the deep throw down the field. And through three quarters of the season, that was the case.
Then, well, at Indiana Rudock went off, throwing for a U-M record six touchdowns passes, that went for 34, 15, 64, 5, 21 and 25-yards, only further justifying that he has found his rhythm with the deep pass.
“I think once you start seeing them get caught, I think that’s a big confidence booster for myself and our receivers.” said Rudock, who finished with career-high 440-yards in U-M’s 48-41 double-OT win at IU. “Just seeing the ball go in the hands on the game field is different than practice.
“Assuming we are going to get the looks that we want, we never want to get reckless with the ball, that’s never anything we want to do,” added Rudock. “But you got to give our guys chances.”
Was there certain moment when Rudock knew he was in store for a special game or that his throws were just that much better than normal?
“You try to feel that every game, be honest” Rudock said. “To have the confidence that you need to make all the throws that you need to. But I couldn’t really pinpoint (when), I knew we were rolling in the pass game, which is always a good thing.”
Adding: “We were throwing the ball pretty well, we had some big plays. We had Jehu (Chesson) big on a dig, which was huge. He did the rest. Whenever you can do things like that. You might say it’s a little different or special, but we got to try to recreate that the best we can.”
In the end, Rudock was name co-Big Ten offensive player of the week for his performance. And now will always be in Michigan’s record books for his big time game against the Hoosiers.
“I never thought it would happen, to be honesty there is so much great history here,” Rudock said of record performance. “It’s amazing to be able to say or put your name in the book somewhere. But records don’t mean anything unless you get the win at the end of the day. That’s what I am most happy about.”