Jim Harbaugh came to Piscataway four years ago and rubbed Rutgers’ face in the dirt. The guy had the audacity to call for a two-point conversion in a game Michigan won 78-0. It was utterly ridiculous, the type of thing you pay back in spades when the time comes.
That time came Saturday, when Harbaugh staggered to the banks with his program coming apart at the seams — and Rutgers let him off the hook with one of the most puzzling decisions you will ever see.
With the ball on Michigan’s 25 in overtime and its offense firing on all cylinders, Rutgers ran two conservative plays and then took a two-yard loss on a quarterback kneel-down — an attempt to center the ball for Valentino Ambrosio’s game-winning field goal attempt. The 45-yarder hooked just left, and Michigan prevailed 48-42 two overtimes later.