Khaleke Hudson carried the Michigan defense in many ways last night. He led the team in total tackles, solo tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, and forced fumbles. After the game, Hudson was humble and credited his teammates by saying, “The whole work you put in as a team shows. I just didn’t do this by myself, my teammates helped me in every way.”
But now it appears that his performance was even more remarkable than we thought. Shortly before 8 p.m. this evening, the official Michigan Football Twitter account congratulated Hudson on breaking the single-game tackles for loss record - which had previously been held by Larry Foote.
Now, wait, you might say. My embeded tweet above shows Hudson with 6.5 TFLs but this tweet from the team account says Hudson had 7.5 TFLs. Even the official Michigan record book had been updated to show Hudson as having the second-most TFLs in a single game with 6.5.
While watching the game last night, someone mentioned to me that the CBS stats showed Hudson with one more TFL than Michigan’s official stats did. It appears this discrepancy was brought to the attention of the team, and—given a record was on the line—the film was consulted to determine whether Hudson had been shorted a TFL.
From my time as an official scorer for NCAA events, I can tell you that this type of situation is rare. Adjusting stats after a game is normally a no-no, however film may be used to correct stats in certain circumstances - such as mistaken identity. It’s not immediately clear why Hudson is being credited with an additional TFL now, and the stats from last night’s game still show him with 6.5 TFLs. If there isn’t an NCAA approved reason for adjusting the official stats, it’s possible that Michigan will just recognize this record internally given that it’s a team record and not an NCAA record.
Should the University release a statement clarifying the change, it will be added here.
Update (11/6 at 2:57 p.m.):
The University has released an additional Tweet, crediting Hudson with an additional 0.5 TFL - bringing him to 8.0 TFLs on the game. The additional 0.5 TFL gives him enough to set a new Big Ten record and to tie the NCAA record.
This is a developing story.