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Game Balls: Michigan vs Rutgers

A big time QB performance and a big hit receive game ball recognition

NCAA Football: Michigan at Rutgers Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines had an easy 42-7 over Rutgers on Saturday.

As always, we have some game balls to pass out, so let’s get to it.

Game Balls- Michigan vs Rutgers

Offense- Quarterback Shea Patterson

This was Shea’s day.

The gameplan had a concentrated effort to not let Shea run on read-option looks. Although Patterson showed elusive ability scrambling to buy time to throw, he didn’t run the ball once vs Rutgers.

In massively windy conditions, Patterson went 18-of-27 for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns. Patterson let it rip, with long passes to Donovan Peoples-Jones, Zach Gentry, Nico Collins, and Oliver Martin.

Even on fade passes, Patterson’s accuracy was on point.

He stepped into deep throws with authority

And bought time to make a beauty of a throw on the run for a score

Defense- Linebacker Josh Ross

The Michigan defense handled Rutgers with relative ease besides an 80-yard TD run early on in the game. The unit recorded 4 sacks, an interception, and held Rutgers to 4-of-12 on third down.

There wasn’t a standout player necessarily on D, as they all played well, but there was a standout HIT.

LB Josh Ross hit a dude so hard he fractured the space time continuum and send this Rutgers wideout back to before mankind invented the wheel.

That is the definition of a hit stick on Madden, my friends.

Ross finished the day with 3 tackles and 1 man sent back in time.

Special Teams- Ambry Thomas

There really wasn’t much going on in the game via special teams. Quinn Nordin didn’t attempt a field goal, Will Hart only punted twice, no punt returns were made, and only two kick returns were had.

The game ball, by default, goes to Ambry Thomas, who happened to have a couple nice kick returns in this one, his longest going for 30 yards after Rutgers scored.

In all, Thomas had two returns for 49 yards. He also had an interception in this one, so he had a good day all around.