1. Robb Smith Comes Through
Special teams guru Robb Smith saw something in the South Florida kickoff coverage. Before Jeremy Deering's return, Smith approached Schiano about adjusting the blocking with USF over-pursuing to one side and it led to a 98-yard return.
2. The Huggins Injury
True freshman running back Savon Huggins injured his right leg on a three-yard run in the first half. On the play, center Caleb Ruch fell into Huggins in mid-tackle. There is no official word on Huggins, but Schiano is concerned.
3. More Questionable Fourth-Quarter Play-calling
Quarterback Chas Dodd comes off the bench and completes a 20-yard throw to Mohamed Sanu in his first pass attempt in more than a month. So what does offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti call after that? Two runs up the middle and a pass short of the chains on third down.
4. Wynn's Woes
Fifth-year senior left guard Desmond Wynn did not have his best game to put it lightly. Wynn false-started twice and let USF defensive lineman Ryne Giddins in the backfield twice for TFLs in the first half. Wynn was also in on a deathblow of a chop-block penalty with Rutgers driving at the end of the game.
5. Seeking the Best Five
Rutgers used the same five on the offensive line to start the game, but continued to work in both David Osei and Desmond Stapleton off the bench. Osei came in at right guard for Art Forst in the second quarter and the two split reps the rest of the way. Stapleton replaced Andre Civil at left tackle at halftime.
6. Mind Games
The mere threat of a blocked punt was enough to force punting mistakes on South Florida. Rutgers did not block one, but the sped-up kick time for South Florida led to ducks of 32 and 15 yards.
7. Perfect USF Play-call
Rutgers blitzed the house on a 2nd-and-18 play in the second quarter, but South Florida was ready for it, calling a perfectly-executed wide receiver screen. Victor Marc took it 23 yards untouched for a score.
8. Negative Plays
Red-shirt freshman running back Jawan Jamison and his offensive line had a rough first quarter running the football. After five separate negative rushes in the first quarter, Rutgers put in Savon Huggins for a change of pace.
9. Shuler Time
Put Miles Shuler in the history books with his first career touch. Rutgers showed the fake reverse with Shuler against Louisville and handed him the ball this week out of the same package. The true freshman speedster moved the chains on a nine-yard carry.
10. Pre-game Pep-Talk
UFC Middleweight champion Frankie "The Answer" Edgar, who works with the Rutgers wrestling team, gave the team a pep-talk the night before the game. It worked.