10 in 10: Rutgers at Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- 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.

CINCINNATI – 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 69-38 loss at Cincinnati.

1. Beating the blitz:
Rutgers' blitz, which consisted mostly of combinations involving linebackers Antonio Lowery and Steve Beauharnais and safety Joe Lefeged, couldn't get to Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros, who picked apart the secondary.

2. Harmon for Lefeged:
Rutgers senior strong safety and captain Joe Lefeged had a rough first half, getting beat in coverage and also overrunning several plays in the secondary that led to Cincinnati touchdowns, and was replaced in the second series of the third quarter by sophomore Duron Harmon. Lefeged returned to his normal role in the fourth quarter.

3. Collaros' quickness:
Faced with a second-and-17 in the second quarter, Rutgers overloaded a blitz from Collaros' left side. He quickly read it and ran a draw, going for 21 yards.

4. Cooper for Jones:
Brandon Jones started the game playing in Rutgers' dime package, but had a tough first half and was replaced by Marcus Cooper in the second half.

5. Getting the matchups:
On running back Isaiah Pead's first-quarter 34-yard touchdown reception, Beauharnais was in coverage and couldn't keep up. Throughout the game, Cincinnati kept Rutgers off-balance throughout with its play-calling.

6. The missed blitz pickups:
Several times Chas Dodd was trying to avoid pressure because running back Kordell Young missed blitz pickups. During one drive in the first half Rutgers opted to use running back Joe Martinek instead.

7. Thomas done at running back?:
Freshman Jordan Thomas' time at running back may be over as he lined up in the slot and was involved in catching passes and taking handoffs. He is no longer running out of the backfield.

8. Dodd's intangibles:
He looked off safeties and held a safety with a pump fake on Mark Harrison's fourth touchdown catch, which came early in the fourth quarter and tied a school record.

9. Linebackers losing width:
In the first half, Collaros completed several button hook passes, which were open because linebackers Manny Abreu and Lowery lost their width and were too close to each other.

10. Lack of linebacker activity:
Abreu, Lowery and Beauharnais were consistently a step late, and often got tangled up inside on running plays to allow Pead to get to the outside or through running lanes.

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