What went wrong
Jake Rudock was 14-for-22 for 123 yards, a TD and INT. Rudock has thrown five INTs in three games, equaling his total last year at Iowa. Also glaring were missed throws — to TE Jake Butt in the end zone, to Drake Harris (caught out of bounds), and to a wide-open Drake Johnson. WR Jehu Chesson said there is an issue with timing between Rudock and the receivers, and said that’s on the receivers “because we can control how we run our routes, we can control if we catch the ball or not.”
Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has stressed generating turnovers, and the players have said that has been the focus during practice. The Wolverines answered with two turnovers against the Rebels — an INT by Channing Stribling to end UNLV’s first drive and one by Jeremy Clark. “You create turnovers the whole stadium goes crazy, the coaches go crazy,” Stribling said. “It’s a great feeling when you make a play and you look up and the whole team and the stadium is going crazy.” Michigan was minus-three in turnover margin entering Saturday’s game, and plus-one against UNLV.
Most telling quotes
■Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, on Rudock: “His job is to win football games. It wasn’t an ideal day to throw. It was a swirling wind quite a bit the whole day. I thought he did a good job, managed the game well. For the most part the offense was moving darned near every time we got the ball.”
■Receiver Jehu Chesson, on the quarterback-receivers timing: “It’s fair to say timing is off because that’s why we don’t complete the plays. In practice, it is there. We complete them in practice, sometimes we don’t. It’s just a level of consistency that needs to happen and develop throughout the week.”
What went right
Michigan’s running game has been a staple the last two games. Starting TB De’Veon Smith had 126 yards and three TDs against Oregon State two weeks ago, and Ty Isaac had 114 yards, including a 76-yard TD, against UNLV. Michigan used the game as an opportunity to get 10 players involved. FB Sione Houma, WR Jehu Chesson and Isaac had rushing TDs. Smith finished with 13 carries for 33 yards and Drake Johnson, in his first significant action since returning from a torn knee ligament, had five carries for 28 yards.
BYU at Michigan
Kickoff: Noon Saturday, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
Records: BYU 2-1, Michigan 2-1
Line: Michigan by 4
Series: BYU leads 1-0 (Last: 1984 Holiday Bowl — BYU 24, Michigan 17)
Last week: QB Tanner Mangum rallied BYU in the opener over Nebraska and in Week 2 over Boise State — both in the final minutes. But last weekend, the tables were turned as BYU gave up a late score as then-No. 10 UCLA rallied for a 24-23 victory. Still, Mangum finished 30-for-47 for 244 yards, one TD and one INT. “That’s a good quarterback,” Michigan’s Channing Stribling said. “Great plays for him. Hopefully it doesn’t happen to us.”