Live updates: Rudock, UM rout Rutgers, 49-16
UM blows away Rutgers, 49-16
Michigan dominated Rutgers from start to finishing, winning 49-16 Saturday evening at Michigan Stadium.
Jake Rudock threw for a career-high 337 yards for the Wolverines; that's the first time he's been over 300 as a player at Michigan.
Jake Butt caught four passes for 102 yards, the first time he's been over 100 in a game at Michigan. He had a career-high 56-yard catch.
Leading the way on the ground was De'Veon Smith, who had 15 carries for 73 yards.
Michigan (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) plays next week at Indiana.
Rutgers (3-6, 1-4) plays next week against Nebraska.
UM tacks on another field goal, leads 49-16
Michigan isn't slowing its roll much on offense.
The Wolverines just tacked on another three points with a 28-yard field goal from Kenny Allen early in the fourth quarter.,,
Rudock found Jehu Chesson for 16 yards on one pass, and Michigan was given another 15 on the play on a roughing-the-passer penalty.
Other big plays included a 25-yard run by De'Veon Smith and a 9-yard run by Drake Johnson, who hasn't been used too much in this game.
UM adds field goal, makes it 46-16
This time, Michigan decided to kick.
Kenny Allen booted a 34-yard field goal to extend Michigan's lead to 30 points.
Jake Rudock still is slinging it, even with the big lead. He's over 300 yards for the first time in his brief Michigan career.
The big play on this drive was a 21-yard pass to A.J. Williams.
Drake Johnson also had a nice 10-yard run.
UM scores early in second half
They say winning the time-of-possession battle is key. Michigan is putting that to the test.
The Wolverines are taking almost no time to score against Rutgers' woeful defense.
Michigan has made it 43-16 early in the second half, thanks to a 4-yard TD run by De'Veon Smith, followed by a -- get this -- Jake Rudock scamper for the two-point conversion. Yes, Michigan went for two with a 25-point lead.
The big play on the drive -- there were only two of them -- was a 56-yard pass from Rudock to Jake Butt, the longest catch of his career. His 102 receiving yards are his most for a single game.
Rutgers adds field goal just before half
What a crazy finish to the first half.
First, Michigan was called for "attempting to deceive," whatever the hell that is. Then Rutgers' Janarian Grant -- who returned a kick for a touchdown earlier in the game -- had a long punt return to the 9, setting up Kyle Federico's 29-yard field goal.
Grant's return at first was called back because of a targeting call on Rutgers.
But after the review, there was no targeting, and Rutgers gets an extra three points just before the half.
Michigan makes it 35-13 just before half
The Michigan offense is having a day.
The Wolverines made it 35-13 with 2 minutes left in the half on an 11-yard strike from Jake Rudock to Amara Darboh in the right corner of the end zone.
Michigan has scored on five of its six drives, with a missed field goal accounting for the other possession.
Drake Johnson had a 10-yard run, which was boosted an extra 15 yards when a Rutgers play grabbed his face mask. That put the Wolverines in prime position, after another short kickoff by the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers field goal makes it 28-13 Michigan
Rutgers has tacked on some more points, though it wasn't much due to the Rutgers offense.
Michigan's defense was flagged for a personal-foul penalty and a holding penalty, giving Rutgers 25 free yards and two first downs on the drive.
The drive ended with a 29-yard field by Kyle Federico.
Rutgers completed its first pass of the game on the drive, and then added a big one -- an 18-yarder from Chris Laviano to Vance Matthews, who did a nice job grabbing the ball and staying inbounds.
Michigan makes it 28-10
The Wolverines answered Rutgers' kickoff touchdown with a score of their own and quickly.
After the kickoff, Rutgers tried to catch Michigan off-guard with an onside kick and it might've worked, but a Rutgers player touched the kick before it had traveled the required 10 yards.
Michigan took advantage of the short field and scored quickly, finishing with a 2-yard touchdown by Drake Johnson.
A Jake Rudock pass to Amara Darboh -- who was wide open as could be -- for 28 yards was the big play of the drive.
Rutgers returns kick for a TD
Just like that, Rutgers has pulled within 21-10.
The Scarlet Knights offense has been lousy, so the special teams stepped up -- with Janarion Grant returning a kick 98 yards for a touchdown, stunning the large and chilly crowd here at Michigan Stadium.
Grant is one of the best kick returns in the country.
Earlier this year, he returned a punt and a kick for a touchdown in the same game.
Michigan makes it 21-3
The Wolverines just keep on rolling, behind the right arm of Jake Rudock.
Rudock connected for three big pass plays on this drive, ending with a lateral passto Jabrill Peppers, who took the ball 18 yards down the right sideline for the touchdown, eluding one Rutgers defender after another.
Rudock also found Jake Butt for two big plays on the drive, a 17-yarder and 9-yarder, both securing first downs.
Rudock threw a 14-yard pass to De'Veon Smith.
Michigan adds to lead, makes it 14-3
Jake Rudock showed off his legs to get Michigan another touchdown.
On third-and-4, Rudock appeared to be headed for a sack in the backfield, but escaped danger, scrambled to the outside and lunged or the pylon from the 2. The call on the field was a touchdown, and a review upheld the call.
It appeared Rudock might've stepped out of bounds on the 2, but refs dismissed that.
A 31-yard screen pass from Rudock to De'Veon Smith was the big play of the drive. Rutgers players completely bit on the fake handoffs, even on second-and-20 after Jabrill Peppers lost 10 yards on a rush.
Rutgers cuts UM's lead to 7-3
Rutgers showed a little fight on its second drive of the game.
Specifically, tailback Robert Martin, who busted out a 54-yard run to get deep into Michigan's territory.
Rutgers' drive stalled, but the Scarlet Knights got a second crack at a touchdown when Michigan's Dymonte Thomas was called for a questionable pass-interference call. They didn't take advantage, and had to kick thanks to a sack from Michigan's Chris Wormley.
Kyle Federico made it 7-3 with a 32-yard field goal.
Michigan takes early 7-0 lead
A bad Rutgers punt put Michigan in good field position, and the Wolverines took advantage.
Jake Rudock need three plays to get the Wolverines into the end zone, finishing with a 14-yard strike to Jehu Chesson.
The big play on the drive was the first pass of the drive, a 32-yard pass from Rudock to Sione Houma.
This could be a long day for Rutgers.
Michigan misses field goal
Michigan got a break, but didn't take advantage.
On the first play of the game, Drake Johnson appeared to fumble and lose the ball to Rutgers, but after review, the call was called an incomplete pass and therefore not a fumble.
Jake Rudock drove Michigan into field-goal territory, where Kenny Allen missed from 37 yards.
The wind is blowing strong, so the kicking game will be an adventure today.
Michigan has several on no-dress list
Several Michigan players were not in uniform for Saturday's game against Rutgers at Michigan Stadium.
Tailback Ty Isaac and buck linebacker Lawrence Marshall, who both were not listed on the depth chart this week, did not dress for the game.
Isaac started the Big Ten opener at Maryland, and has played little since then. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was asked this week about Isaac’s absence from the depth chart and he called it “an internal matter.”
Receiver Drake Harris also did not dress for the game and linebacker Ben Gedeon did not play because of injury. Defensive lineman Matt Godin, however, returned to the lineup.