10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Navy

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 21-20 win against Navy at High Point Solutions Stadium.

1. Wonderful touch
On Gary Nova's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Tim Wright, not only did he get to his third receiver on the pass, he put it just over the linebacker and threaded it between the cornerback and safety.

2. Horizontal stretches
Rutgers opted to run a few end-arounds to receiver Mohamed Sanu, which served two purposes. It tested Navy's lateral speed as a defense, and also kept Navy's defense honest by not allowing them to pack the middle and open up the running game.

3. Waters bailing
Red-shirt freshman Lorenzo Waters played early in the second half, and Navy went right after him by faking a run and throwing deep down the middle. After the completion, starter David Rowe was in on the next play.

4. Return of the fullback
Fullback Joe Martinek ran four times for 44 yards, and one of the reasons it was successful is the quick-hitting action of the counter-type play allows for offensive linemen to stay on their blocks for a shorter time while Martinek gets to the hole.

5. Kivelihan's appearance
Reserve safety Patrick Kivlehan played in place of Wayne Warren in the nickel package Rutgers used against the triple-option. It was done because Kivlehan is bigger and can handle being blocked, and he had experience playing that type of offense.

6. Casting a shadow
Rutgers holder J.T. Tartacoff had his left hand, and pink, heavily taped. And when kicker San San Te had his 41-yard field attempt in the last 30 seconds blocked, it was because Tartacoff lost hold of the snap and the ball was flat instead of being on its point, which caused Te to kick the ball waist height into the line of scrimmage.


7. Rotating right guard
Rutgers started senior Art Forst at right guard, but the revolving door continued there as Betim Bujari also played. However, the Scarlet Knights had several nice runs behind Forst, who got to the second level on a few of Jawan Jamison's bigger runs.

8. Ends crushing down
A key against the triple-option was Rutgers' defensive ends beating their blocker to either get up the field, or having the speed to keep a running back from turning the corner until help came from either a linebacker or defensive back.

9. Jamison's vision, dancing
Jamison showed good vision, but could have tacked a few yards on the end of a number of runs if he attacked the defense rather than look for a way to bounce a play outside in hopes of making a big gain.

10. Vallone's tackling
The key to handling the fullback in Navy's offense is a dominant defensive tackle, and Rutgers' Scott Vallone showed he couldn't be blocked by one person. He had 12 tackles, which is one more than he had in Rutgers' first five games.

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