10 in 10: Rutgers at South Florida

TAMPA -- 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.

TAMPA – 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 Wednesday's 28-27 loss at South Florida.

1. Warren at linebacker
Early in the first quarter Rutgers used a special package when safety Wayne Warren lined at linebacker. It was designed to give the Scarlet Knights more speed against USF's athletes.

2. Misdirection from the Wildcat
Rather than have Jordan Thomas come the slot and take a handoff in the Wildcat and race for the corner, he quickly stopped and doubled back toward the line of scrimmage in an effort to slow USF's defensive pursuit. It was a concept Rutgers used several times.

3. Offensive line mixing and matching
Devon Watkis started at right tackle and Art Forst at left guard, but Forst didn't play much as Desmond Wynn played significant minutes at left guard. In the end, it didn't matter that Andre Civil was also mixed into the equation because Rutgers still couldn't run the ball or protect the passer on deep drops.

4. Tempo, tempo, tempo
The Scarlet Knights tried to change the tempo and move quickly before allowing USF's defense to set up, and moderate success was found in short passes designed to have the receivers make plays in one-on-one situations.

5. Setting up the trick
When receiver Mohamed Sanu took a backward pass from quarterback Chas Dodd and threw a 21-yard touchdown to Mark Harrison early in the third quarter, it was a beautiful set-up. USF's secondary bit and left Harrison open because of all the short passes Dodd completed to the outside in the first half.

6. USF's twist
The Bulls had success with a flip pass from quarterback B.J. Daniels to running back Mo Plancher, who caught three passes for 45 yards. It was a play Rutgers hadn't seen on film or practiced against, according to linebacker Steve Beauharnais, but an adjustment was made and defensive end Jonathan Freeny made a tackle for a short gain in the third quarter.

7. Merry-go-defensive line
With depth an issue at defensive tackle, Rutgers rotated Alex Silvestro and Freeny into the middle and played Justin Francis at tackle and end. The lack of size was noticeable at times as USF was able to get a tremendous surge at the line of scrimmage.

8. Deering's decisiveness
Freshman receiver Jeremy Deering ran nine times for 69 yards out of the Wildcat, and his showed very good vision and was decisive in his reads and ability to cut up the field.

9. Why few deep passes
Dodd tried to throw the ball down the field only a handful of times, and the protection was never there. Even on a 40-yard pass to Mark Harrison, Dodd was hit hard. Afterward, Dodd said more plays were in to take chances down the field, but time to throw the ball wasn't there.

10. Not just the OL
On the fourth-and-3 from the USF 41-yard line late in the fourth quarter, running back Kordell Young didn't pick up the blitz. He was looking for someone to block when Dodd was hit by a blitzing (and untouched) linebacker.


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