ORLANDO, Fla. – Jake Rudock ended his college career the same way he ended his high school career -- with a win at Tinker Field.
This time, however, the stakes were higher, as he led No. 14 Michigan to a dominating 41-7 win against No. 19 Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, taking home game MVP for his effort.
“We have to win, that’s the first thing,” said Rudock, who threw for 278 yards while completing 20-of-31 passes and three touchdowns. “Then (my MVP), that’s a little icing on the cake.”
Adding: "It’s awesome to be able to do that, being able to end my high school career and college career in the same stadium, going out with a win, you never imagine those things happening – and then you do. You’re just thankful. Just blessed for how all things worked out.”
After coming from Iowa as a graduate transfer, things certainly worked out for Rudock, who finished the season with 3,017 yards and 20 touchdowns passes, becoming only the second Wolverine passer ever to throw for over 3,000 yards in one season.
“A lot of new things occurred this year,” Rudock said. “Obviously, transferring, that's a big thing to do. It's tough. It's -- I'm just really excited about what we were able to do. Ten wins is no small feat in college football. It's very difficult to get there. And I'm just so thankful that we were able to do that as a team. That's the biggest thing.”