10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Syracuse

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 19-16 double-overtime thrilling win at Syracuse.

1. Where was Huggins?
The toughest part of playing running back in college and blitz pickup, and Joe Martinek and Jawan Jamison did an incredible job picking it up. It is also why freshman Savon Huggins spent a lot of the game on the sideline.

2. Where' the power?
When Frank Cignetti was hired as offensive coordinator, it was supposed to signal a return to power running. But on third-and-1 in the first quarter, the play of choice was a pass to fullback Joe Martinek, an early sign of what was thought of the running game.

3. Jackson's hybrid role
Freshman Myles Jackson found the field playing a hybrid-type position. A defensive end, he was standing off the edge of the line of scrimmage, which allows the coaching staff to utilize his speed and length while he continues to gain muscle mass and strength.

4. Blitzing is the game
When nickel back Wayne Warren went out with a hand injury for a play, freshman Jonathan Aiken entered the game. It didn't matter he lacked experience because on the third-down play Aiken blitzed off the left side of the defensive line.

5. A miss costs a big play
A great play call came on receiver screen to Mohamed Sanu, but it was stopped for virtually no game. Why? Receiver Tim Wright missed his block. If he makes the block, it would have been a huge gain.

6. Missed pickups
Antwan Lowery spent most of the game at right guard in place of Betim Bujari, and on Jamison's fumble on Rutgers' first possession, it was a mix-up in blocking assignments that allowed a Syracuse defender to shoot through untouched and force the fumble.

7. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Syracuse tried time-and-again to hit the slant, and Rutgers' cornerbacks did a great job of staying the receivers' hip and covering tightly. It was also what led to David Rowe's interception. It would not have happened had Cooper not had magnificent coverage.

8. Merrell's athleticism
Linebacker Jamal Merrell blocked two kicks not only because he is long, but because he was able to squeeze through a crack in the line and then explode toward the kicker. Because of his ability to get through and remain balanced, he got to the kick.

9. Fullback flair
Rutgers went to Martinek early in the game on passes to the flat, and even went to Michael Burton in the third quarter. It is a way to keep the linebackers from clogging the middle, and at least in theory, make a defense cover the width of the field.

10. Height doesn't mean aggressiveness
Rutgers keeps going to red-shirt freshman Brandon Coleman, but he is not utilizing his 6-foot-6 frame. Instead of going over cornerbacks and being aggressive going for balls in the air, he again allowed a much smaller opponent to play at the same height.

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