1. Delay play
Brandon Jones' blitz in the first quarter resulted in a sack and fumble by Cincinnati's Munchie Legaux, and it came because Jones did a great job of delaying his blitz, and the coverage down the field was solid. Legaux held the ball, Jones got to him and made the strip.
2. Patience is a virtue
Coach Greg Schiano talked about the running backs needing to trust the offensive line, and Jawan Jamison did it. He waited for holes to open, and several times there looked like nothing was there, but Jamison's patience played huge dividends en route to his 200 rushing yards.
3. The Wildcat?
For the second straight week, Mohamed Sanu lined up in the Wildcat formation with quarterback Chas Dodd split wide, before Dodd moves under center. Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti has said he doesn't like the Wildcat, but it causes defenses to spend 15 minutes of limited practice time each day during game prep.
4. Not all on QB
Dodd was 19 of 33 for 173 yards, and missed a couple of passes badly, but it wasn't always his fault. Mark Harrison cut off a sideline route, as did Brandon Coleman, and a pass just past the outstretched of Sanu near the goalline came when Sanu was bumped off his route and forced to go wider.
5. Slowing the rush
Cignetti did a masterful job of game-planning to take advantage of Cincinnati's aggressiveness early when he called for a flip pass to Joe Martinek on the game's opening drive.
6. Stopping Pead
The defensive game plan called for Rutgers to pinch the edges and not allow Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead to get outside, and the linebackers helped the defensive ends to keep Legaux from getting outside of the pocket when running.
7. Doubling Sanu
Cincinnati paid special attention to Sanu, who often faced a pair of defenders in the pass game. Dodd recognized it and spread the ball around by involving Quron Pratt, Brandon Coleman and tight end D.C. Jefferson in the passing game.
8. Ryan's steadiness
Cornerback Logan Ryan did a masterful job in coverage, including staying with plays and ripping the balls away from receivers when it appeared they could come up with a catch. He also located the ball well on a pass down the field in the fourth quarter and nearly came up with an interception.
9. Rowe's read
Senior David Rowe's speed was a question at cornerback, but not at safety, and he showed it again when he closed quickly toward the sideline and batted down a fourth-down pass with 6:42 left in the game.
10. Civil's block
Jamison made a nifty move at the 5-yard to score on a 12-yard run in the first quarter, but it was possible when left tackle Andre Civil did a nice job of spinning his defender and opening a hole.