Michigan might no longer be in contention for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but the Wolverines are still showing that they're one of the best teams in the Big Ten.
The competition wasn't exactly stiff Saturday, and because of that, Michigan unleashed a dominating blowout at the Big House, a 49-16 demolition of visiting Rutgers.
Jake Rudock had a monstrous day passing the ball, completing 18 of his 25 passing attempts for 337 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He added a four-yard touchdown run, as well.
Rudock's performance was part of a big 487-yard day for the Wolverines' offense. The defense was equally impressive, limiting the Knights to just 225 total yards, including just 97 on the ground.
Michigan scored five touchdowns in the first half, starting the scoring with a Rudock touchdown pass to Jehu Chesson. After a Rutgers field goal, Rudock finished the first quarter with his touchdown run.
The second quarter was a scoring bonanza. Jabrill Peppers and Drake Johnson had rushing touchdowns for Michigan, and Rudock hit Amara Darboh for a score, as well. Rutgers also scored three times in the quarter, but the offense never hit the end zone. Janarion Grant had a 98-yard kick-return touchdown, and Kyle Federico kicked a pair of field goals.
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In the third quarter, De'Veon Smith followed up a big completion from Rudock to Jake Butt with a four-yard touchdown run, and Jim Harbaugh, for some reason, went for two, converting. While Harbaugh didn't say this after the game, there was speculation his decision stemmed from his anger over trash talk from Rutgers player at halftime.
Michigan added a pair of field goals to get the score to the final 49-16.
Four different Wolverines scored rushing touchdowns on Saturday, with Butt catching four passes for 102 yards.
Rutgers, meanwhile, couldn't do a thing. Knights quarterback Chris Laviano completed just 11 passes and threw an interception. And despite Robert Martin gaining 81 yards on the ground, he received just 10 carries.
Michigan improved to 7-2 with the win and remains just one game back of undefeated Ohio State and Michigan State in the Big Ten East race.
Rutgers dropped to 3-6 with the loss and would be ineligible for a postseason appearance with one more defeat.