10 in 10: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

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 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 24-22 loss at North Carolina.

1.Speed at linebacker
Khaseem Greene was all over the place with his speed, tracking down ball carriers, but the Scarlet Knights' lack of speed at the position across the board showed when North Carolina broke several big plays by out-racing the linebacker to the edge.

2.The batted passes
Rutgers quarterback Chas Dodd's height is always a question, and the Tar Heels took advantage when there were able to disengage an offensive lineman and get their hand in the air. If the offensive lineman stays on the block, the defender's arms stay down.

3.Two-fullback setup
Rutgers is having trouble getting the running game going, at one point used dual-fullback formation by lining up Michael Burton and Joe Martinek in the backfield.

4.Martinek's blitz-pickup
Martinek wasn't perfect in pass protection, but he was very good in recognizing and picking up the blitz to give Dodd more time to throw.

5.One down means three moves
When left tackle Andre Civil missed a series because of a leg injury, it had a big impact on the offensive line. Desmond Stapleton moved from right tackle to left tackle, David Osei move from center to right tackle and backup Caleb Ruch played center.

6. Sanu, then who?
Receiver Mohamed Sanu had a career day, and was open time and again. However, it also meant the rest of the Scarlet Knights receivers weren't getting open (or were dropping passes the few times they did).

7.The Deering play
Dodd did a nice job in the face of pressure all game, but his inability to get the ball far enough on a third-and-goal to Jeremy Deering cost the Scarlet Knights a touchdown. Part of the quarterback's job is to take the hit to deliver a pass, and Dodd delivering the pass, but Deering had to shoe-string it and couldn't get in the end zone as he came up a few yards short and Rutgers settled for a field goal.

8. Lack of running game
Rutgers could not get any push from its offensive line in the running game. There were consistently beaten and gave the running backs few lanes. It comes down to firing off the ball, and Rutgers was slow in doing so when it came to running the ball.

9. Bujari's presence
Red-shirt freshman Betim Bujari spent time playing right guard in place of Antwan Lowery, who had several plays were he opted to double team a defensive lineman and allow someone else a clear path to Dodd.

10.A power running team?
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano wants to be a power running team, but when Rutgers had first-and-goal at the 2-yard line in the first quarter, two of the plays were designed passes. On fourth down, De'Antwan Williams was stopped inches shy of the goal line.


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