Rutgers-Tulane: 10 in 10

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- ScarletReport.com's post-game game package goes much deeper than than the stats and the nuts and bolts of the game. The "10 in 10" feature gives Rutgers 10 not-so-noticeable notes that each can be read in 10 seconds or less. The breezy format is perfect for office water-cooler talk the day after a game.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. --As part of ScarletReport.com's post-game coverage the "10 in 10" segment is designed to give you 10 not-so-noticeable things that took place in the just-completed game.

It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters, each to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from Saturday's 17-14 loss to Tulane.

1. OL rotation:
Art Forst started at right tackle, but in obvious passing situations he moved to right guard while Devon Watkis played right tackle. Antonio Lowery was the odd-man out in such instances.

2. McEvoy's shift:
Colin McEvoy moved from defense to play fullback, and made one sensational spinning catch in the fourth quarter. He is the brother of prized Bergen Catholic recruit Tanner McEvoy.

3. Rockin' Ruiz:
Fabian Ruiz made an early appearance, and made a big block to spring Mohamed Sanu on his 91-yard touchdown run. It shows Rutgers wants a tight end who can block, and Ruiz did it there, but was flagged for a penalty later in the game.

4. Running game confidence:
The lack of confidence in the conventional running game was shown on a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter when Rutgers went to the "Wildcat." Alas, there was a penalty to negate a 3-yard gain.

5. Martinek screening:
Detractors of the Rutgers' offense pointed to a lack of screen passes to slow down blitzes and heavy rushes, and running back Joe Martinek caught one for 25 yards in the fourth quarter.

6. Bing momentarily benched:
Red-shirt freshman Logan Ryan spent time playing first-team cornerback after Brandon Bing missed a tackle and yielded a pass completion, but it didn't last the rest of the game as Bing returned. Afterward, Ryan said he didn't tackle well and needed to be more aggressive in coverage.

7. Protecting Sanu's body:
Freshman Jeremy Deering gave Sanu some rest by running the "Wildcat," and he showed his speed and athleticism to get to the edge in the second quarter. However, the play was called back because of J.T. Tartacoff's hold.

8. Dodd's pocket presence:
Chas Dodd saw his first extensive playing time, and he did a nice job of sliding in the pocket and also throwing the ball away when nothing was open.

9. Receivers open for Dodd:
Dodd was able to find receivers open on crossing patterns and did a tremendous job of getting the ball out quickly while also showcasing his strong arm, but he did miss a pair of open receivers (Mark Harrison and Deering) down the field that could have changed the games' outcome.

10. Trick no treat:
Tulane coach Bob Toledo's offensive reputation at UCLA was built off trick plays, and the Green Wave nailed two of them with two halfback passes (including one back to quarterback Joe Kemp for a touchdown.


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