10 in 10: Rutgers at Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- 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.

PITTSBURGH. – As part of ScarletReport.com's post-game coverage, the "10 in 10" segment giveS you 10 not-so-noticeable things that took place in 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 Rutgers' 41-21 loss to Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Saturday.

1. Deering in the Wildcat:
Mohamed Sanu's foot was enough of a problem for freshman Jeremy Deering to run the Wildcat, and his style was designed to move the ball up the field through the middle. He ran five times for 25 yards.

2. Cooper over Ryan:
When Rutgers went into its nickel package, converted receiver Marcus Cooper played ahead of Logan Ryan. It came a week after Ryan wasn't involved in the packages against Army.

3. Thomas returning kicks:
One adjustment on the kick return unit was the insertion of speedy freshman running back Jordan Thomas. His only kick return went for nine yards, but came after the ball bounced around a bit.

4. DE on TE:
Rutgers decided it liked the matchup of having a defensive end try and defend the pass in the red zone against Pittsburgh tight end Mike Cruz. On his 3-yard TD catch in the first quarter, Alex Silvestro said he blew the assignment. On Cruz's 11-yard TD catch in the third quarter. Jonathan Freeny had the coverage.

5. Indecisive Dodd:
Rutgers allowed seven sacks, but not all are pinned on the offensive line. Several times quarterback Chas Dodd couldn't locate an open receiver, and rather than throw the ball away, he took a sack.

6. Mixing and matching:
Rutgers continued to shuffle the offensive linemen, but a successful combination was never found. Caleb Ruch and Antwan Lowery both had chances at right guard, and Devon Watkis played right tackle but none had success slowing Pittsburgh's defensive line.

7. Matchup mismatches:
Pittsburgh was able to get 6-foot-5 receiver Jon Baldwin isolated against cornerback David Rowe for a few passes down the field, and got running back Ray Graham on the left side with a pair of blockers for a nice gain in the third quarter as a pair of receivers made nice blocks for Graham to dart between a pair of defenders.

8. Dodd-less first downs:
On the first play of the first four Rutgers drives of the second half, Dodd was on the sideline as Rutgers ran the "Wildcat" package.

9. Mission Impossible:
Rutgers had 12 third-down opportunities, but only two of them were third and less than five yards. Joe Martinek scored on a TD (1 yard) on one of them, and Deering gained five yards on a third-and-1 later. Eight times the Scarlet Knights faced third-and-10 or more.

10. No pressure:
Rutgers' defensive line couldn't get pressure on quarterback Tino Sunseri, which caused the defensive backs to cover. It didn't help that Rutgers corners were often playing off the receivers early in the game, giving Sunseri a few early passes to get in a rhythm.

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