10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Pittsburgh

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 34-10 win against Pittsburgh at High Point Solutions Stadium.

1. Great prep work
Pittsburgh's offense gets plays off quickly and it is hard to substitute, so Rutgers countered by having their subs ready before a play ended. Time and again Rutgers sent three to five players out just as a play ended to counter the Panthers' quick plays.

2. Why so many runs?
Rutgers struggled to get yards, but by running 42 times it kept Pittsburgh's offense off the field, and allowed the defense time to rest. It may have been frustrating to watch at times, but it served its purpose as Rutgers held the ball for 34 minutes, 57 seconds despite netting 97 yards.

3. Nova's pocket presence
One thing freshman quarterback Gary Nova does well is feel the pressure and slide in the pocket. It worked several times as he bought more time before finding a receiver down field.

4. Mixing up the blitzes
One on play strongside linebacker Kevin Snyder came through the middle and sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, and on the next play cornerback Brandon Jones came from one side and extra defensive back Wayne Warren came from the other to sack Sunseri.

5. Forst sighting
Art Forst spent most of his time on special teams this season, but he was the left guard when Mark Harrison caught his 6-yard touchdown pass. Forst protected well on the play. Also, center David Osei spent time playing left tackle, which helped the depth.

6. Pratt springs Martinek
When fullback Joe Martinek took a third-and-9 screen pass for a 60-yard touchdown, it happened because Rutgers caught Pittsburgh in an all-out blitz and because receiver Quron Pratt had a wonderful down field block to spring the play.

7. Two mistakes lead to 64 yards
Rutgers kept Pittsburgh tailback Ray Graham in check, sans the 64-yard run. And that was a result of linebacker Jamal Merrell over pursuing the play and safety David Rowe not having the speed to track Graham down.

8. Snyder's block
Jeremy Deering's 73-yard kickoff return was a by-product of Snyder's block, which allowed Deering to get through the seam and up the field.

9. Greene's timing
Weakside linebacker Khaseem Greene had 1½ sacks and pressured Pittsburgh's quarterbacks much of the game through smart, well-timed blitzes. Greene wasn't always going all-out at the quarterback at the snap, and sometimes came on a delay.

10. Jefferson's blocking
Rutgers tight end D.C. Jefferson had two catches for 21 yards, but more importantly, he blocked well. On several of Rutgers' big runs, it was his block that created the hole for the running back to pick up yards.


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