10 in 10: Rutgers vs. West Virginia

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 41-31 loss to West Virginia.

1. Keeping containment
When West Virginia's Tavon Austin went 80 yards around the right end on a reverse in the second quarter, it caught Rutgers shifted to the other side. Containment was also lost by defensive end Jamil Merrell, who crashed to the middle and left the side open.

2. Catching and blocking
WVU's receivers are known for their abilities to make plays down the field, but not how they did against Rutgers. WVU's receivers continuously did a phenomenal job blocking down the field, which allowed several big runs.

3. Forst at right guard
Art Forst started against at right guard, and he spent the game there as Betim Bujari was out with a left foot/ankle injury and Antwan Lowery was not used.

4. Speed kills
Several times a Rutgers defender shot a gap and was in West Virginia's backfield, but Austin's speed on reverses was too much to contend with. Although a Scarlet Knight was in position to make a tackle for a big loss, several times Austin got past him with his speed.

5. Freshman decisions
Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova continued to make what, at this time, are termed freshman mistakes. A classic one came midway through the third quarter when he scrambled right and tried to throw a 5-yard pass between two defenders on the sideline on a third-and-7. Even if completed, it would have created a fourth-and-2, but the ball was intercepted.

6. Osei, did you see?
When left guard Desmond Wynn went down with a leg injury in the second half, former starting center David Osei play in his place. The athletic Osei could give another dimension to the position because of his ability to pull.

7. Jamison by Stapleton
When running back Jawan Jamison went around the right side on an 18-yard scoring run late in the second quarter, backup right tackle Desmond Stapleton led the way with a huge block to free the play.

8. Fake folly
Brandon Coleman was open when Rutgers faked a field goal in the fourth quarter, but holder Patrick Kivlehan's throw was late and also floated, which allowed a WVU defensive back time to recover and break up the play.

9. Where's the ball
Rutgers basically gifted WVU a touchdown on Stedman Bailey's 19-yard catch midway through the third quarter when cornerback Brandon Jones turned around late and batted what would have been an incomplete pass into Bailey's hands.

10. Running on empty
Rutgers had success running the ball much of the game, but when WVU took a 34-31 lead late in the fourth quarter, the Scarlet Knights went with two straight pass calls, the second of which Nova fumbled and WVU recovered.


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