UM winning TD to Darboh designed on the fly
Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock's game-winning touchdown to Amara Darboh was designed on the fly.
Rudock's program-record sixth touchdown, a 25-yarder to Darboh in the second overtime of the 48-41 victory on Saturday, was the difference. Delano Hill broke up Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld's fourth-down throw to seal the victory.
"That was something our coaches drew up. It's not even on the wrist band," Rudock said on the "Inside Michigan Football" show on Sunday morning. "Just something they thought of. The great on-field adjustments of our coaching staff were able to give us a chance."
Rudock praised the offensive line for its protection. He took only one sack. He also ran for 64 yards on seven carries, including two big third-down runs in the first half.
"Where do you start with him?" said tight end Jake Butt, who caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the first overtime. "This guy's been fighting all season. He made plays down the stretch we needed to make. It speaks a lot about his preparation, who he is as a guy."
Michigan is 8-2, 5-1 Big Ten and plays at Penn State on Saturday before returning home for the regular-season finale against Ohio State.
"We can only control what we control," Butt said on the show. "Obviously, our goal is to win the Big Ten championship at the end of this year, so we needed this one. It's just special when you go out there and face the adversity we faced and just to be able to capitalize and get that win."