10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Syracuse

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.

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 Saturday's 13-10 loss to Syracuse.

1. Lowery in the backfield:
One of the twists of the Wildcat was having offensive lineman Antwan Lowery in the backfield as a blocker, and it worked well as Jeremy Deering ran for 166 yards.

2. Jones for Ryan:
Defensive back Logan Ryan committed a pass interference penalty in the first quarter and was replaced in nickel packages by Brandon Jones.

3. Art Forst at tight end
Rutgers used a variety of new looks to counter Syracuse's aggressive defense, including using offensive lineman Art Forst as a "tight end" during one of Deering's runs with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

4. Bing off the edge:
Rutgers doesn't use the corner blitz much, but it worked well in the third quarter when Brandon Bing came off the edge to sack Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib. It was an example of how Rutgers used different looks to confuse Syracuse's offense. 5. Lefeged's blitzing
Rutgers strong safety Joe Lefeged spent plenty of time near the line of scrimmage, blitzing Nassib as the Scarlet Knights attacked the left side of Syracuse's offensive line. Nassib was sacked six times, 6. Sullivan's punting
With punter Teddy Dellaganna out with a left injury, walk-on lefty Kyle Sullivan punted. He had nice hang time and averaged 39.6 yards on six punts. He also had four punts downed inside the 20-yard line and Syracuse had three punt return yards.

7. Don't blame Te
Placekicker San San Te missed field goal attempts of 47 and 45 yards, and neither time was the snap and hold clean. Te said he didn't hit either kick well.

8. Lack of running back usage:
With running back Joe Martinek out with an ankle injury, sophomore De'Antwan Williams got three carries for eight yards. The only other running back to carry out of a conventional set was Kordell Young, who had two attempts for minus-11 yards.

9. Khaseem Greene's reaction time
Red-shirt sophomore Khaseem Greene's second-quarter interception came not only because he made a nice catch and got a foot inbounds, but because he made a great read and raced about 25 yards to get in position to make the play as Nassib.

10. Larrow's in the mix
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Michael Larrow would play at defensive tackle, and he was active with four tackles, including a sack, and gave Scott Vallone and Charlie Noonan plenty of rest time while not losing a lot on the field.


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