10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Ohio

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.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – 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 38-26 win against Ohio at High Point Solutions Stadium.

1. Single-mindedness
Because of Ohio's option running game, Rutgers pushed the safeties closer to the line of scrimmage, which forced plenty of 1-on-1 coverage from the cornerbacks. The spread-option attack also left the safeties with plenty of coverage down the field.

2. Multiple alignments
Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti gives other teams plenty to prepare for from a schematic standpoint, including lining up Savon Huggins in the slot and receiver Mohamed Sanu in the backfield on one play in the first quarter.

3. The need to contain
Keeping containment wasn't only a key in stopping Ohio's running game. In the first quarter, defensive end Ka'Lial Glaud pressured quarterback Tyler Tettleton, but he escaped the rush because no one was in the middle, and he ran for 18 yards.

4. In a hurry
Several times on Rutgers' first drive, the Scarlet Knights got the matchup they wanted when Ohio could not substitute because they didn't huddle between plays.

5. Beautiful timing
On Sanu's 4-yard touchdown catch it the third quarter, quarterback Chas Dodd beat the double team by throwing a fade route before Sanu came out of his break, and before Ohio's safety could react and make a play on the ball.

6. H-back back
Rutgers is back to using a fullback, but also using the tight end as an H-back. Tight ends D.C. Jefferson and Paul Carrezola each lined up in the backfield, and in Jefferson's case, he delivered a crushing block on Jeremy Deering's 13-yard first-quarter run.

7. Hot pickup
Several times Dodd was able to recognize a blitz coming from the edge with his pre-snap reads, and was able to beat the Bobcats by throwing to a receiver coming from the blitz area.

8. The athletic right
Right guard Betim Bujari and right tackle Kaleb Johnson made their first career starts, and didn't disappoint. Both made mistakes, but Bujari showed his athleticism and power on several of the plays he pulled on, and Johnson showed to be a tenacious blocker in his first career action. There is a reason Rutgers ran right.

9. In Dodd, there is trust
Dodd hit Quron Pratt for 20 yards on a third-and-9 early in the fourth quarter, and the ball was thrown before Pratt turned out of his break. It is the trust built between Dodd and the receivers during the offseason and training camp, and Dodd completed several passes on the day by making the throws before the receivers finished their cuts.

10. Snyder's quickness
Ohio had to settle for a field goal in the third quarter because on third-and-1 from Rutgers' 16-yard line, strongside linebacker Kevin Snyder beat Tettlehorn to the edge, and forced the Ohio ball carrier to cut back into a swarming defense.


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