10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Louisville

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 Friday's 16-14 loss at Louisville.

1. Baiting Nova
Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova's third interception came when linebacker Dexter Heyman feigned covering the tight end to the left and moved to the right and stepped in front of a pass to Mohamed Sanu with less than two minutes to play.

2. Losing the arms race
Rutgers defense missed tackle after tackle as Louisville runners consistently ran through arm tackles and the swarming defense the Scarlet Knights played in game's past wasn't around.

3. Holding on
Rutgers made a change at holder with Patrick Kivlehan taking over for J.T. Tartacoff, who did it last week with his finger heavily taped.

4. Backside pursuit
One of the problems with Rutgers' running game is the slowness in which some of the running plays develop allows the defense to track down the running back from behind. It happened several times, and make the offensive line look bad when the running back took too long to get to the hole.

5. Blitzed by the run
One of the reasons Louisville had success in the running game was its ability to hit Rutgers away from the point of attack on run blitzes. With the blitz coming from one side, the Cardinals were able to hit the other side of the line of scrimmage.

6. Glaud's standing
Defensive end Ka'Lial Glaud was playing a hybrid role at times for the Scarlet Knights. The converted linebacker had several plays in which he was standing on the edge of the defensive line while Rutgers had three down linemen.

7. Good and bad
Nova did a good job of recognizing when blitzes were coming off the edge, and went to his "hot " receiver on quick slats to counter it. However, his first two interceptions where overthrown, and the third he never saw the linebacker underneath.

8. Lack of pressure
Rutgers wasn't able to get to Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and apply much pressure. Also, the Scarlet Knights' front four rarely got into the backfield when it wasn't aided by a blitz.

9. Right guard settled?
Although Art Forst started at right guard, Betim Bujari played most of the game there, and with mixed results.

10. Burton for Martinek
Rutgers fullback Joe Martinek was a factor in the first half and had a big catch and run in the third quarter for a first down, but Michael Burton took the majority of the snaps in the fourth quarter.


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