This Saturday’s Michigan vs Indiana football game was definitely one to remember. Coming into the game, Michigan (7-2) was in contention for the Big Ten title, while Indiana (4-5) was looking for their first Big Ten victory and hoping to spoil Michigan’s season. The game was a classic nail biter, and every possession had a major impact on the game.
Michigan quarterback, Jake Rudock, played an outstanding game as he threw for six touchdowns, 440 yards, and led the Wolverines to a 48-41 victory in double overtime! Rudock was clutch all throughout the game, including throwing a game tying touchdown in regulation as time expired to force the game into overtime. He continued his brilliance in overtime throwing touchdowns on both of Michigan’s possessions, including the game winner in double overtime to Amara Darboh. Rudock’s 6 touchdowns broke a school record, and paired with seven rushes for 64 yards, he was virtually unstoppable
The rest of Michigan’s offense played terrifically as well. Senior wide receiver Jehu Chesson finished with a career high 10 catches for 207 yards and four scores! Darboh also contributed by catching eight ball for 109 yards. Tight end Jake Butt caught seven passes for 82 yards and one touchdown. Coming into the week, Michigan’s defense had allowed the least amount of points in the nation and third fewest rushing yards per game. However, this weekend the Wolverine defense played horrendously.
Indiana’s Jordan Howard ran all over the Michigan defense, rushing the ball 35 times for 238 yards and two scores. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld went 20 for 34 with 220 yards and one touchdown. Simmie Cobbs Jr. caught four passes for 86 yards. In the end, it still wasn't enough for Indiana, as they again came up short for their sixth straight loss, four of those to Top 15 teams, and now 20 consecutive games to Michigan.
On the final play of the game, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson called for a pass after running the ball for the majority of the fourth quarter and into overtime. The throw from Nate Sudfeld was deflected by Delano Hill and Michigan celebrated a victory and a career day for fifth-year senior Jake Rudock. Michigan’s Wolverines are now 8-2 and 5-1 in their conference, and still have a solid chance to win the Big Ten’s East division.