ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns and a career-high 337 yards and ran for a score to lead No. 16 Michigan to a 49-16 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.
The Wolverines (7-2, 4-1) were able to coast to an easy victory after wild finishes in their last two games. They beat the Gophers last week on a goal-line stand and botched a punt to lose to Michigan State on the final play the week before.
The Scarlet Knights (3-6, 1-5) have lost three in a row, giving up at least 48 points in each of the lopsided setbacks. They have to close the regular season with three victories to be eligible for a fifth consecutive bowl.
Michigan scored TDs on five straight possessions to take a 35-13 lead late in the first half.
De'Veon Smith, the sixth Wolverines player to score, ran for a 4-yard touchdown early in the third quarter, and Rudock sprinted into the end zone on a two-point conversion to put Michigan up 43-16.
Rudock completed 18 of 25 passes and surpassed the 200-yard mark for the first time since his Michigan debut in the season opener.