10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Connecticut

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- ScarletReport.com's post-game package goes much deeper 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.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- 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 40-22 loss at Connecticut.

1. Forcing the issue
Several times, including when a drive stalled in the second quarter and led to a Rutgers field goal, quarterback Chas Dodd tried to thread a pass into the triple-covered Mohamed Sanu.

2. Exchange issues
The fumbled snap that led to UConn's second-quarter touchdown return was a result of Caleb Ruch not getting the ball back to Dodd, and the impact was felt the rest of the way as Dodd stayed under center a touch longer on snaps thereafter.

3. Specialists not so special
UConn's Nick Williams is a very good kick returner, but give credit to the blockers. While Williams hit the holes well, there is no question the holes were huge. And while Williams deserves credit for his kickoff returns, the blockers were the stars as they pushed Rutgers around.

4. Seven step no-no
Dodd was sacked four times and hurried, but the play-action was deemed fruitless not only by the lack of a running game, but by the offensive line's inability to hold a block long enough to give Dodd time to set up and throw on longer patterns. Several sacks came because Dodd didn't have time to set up.

5. Deering's day
Coach Greg Schiano said running back Jeremy Deering was decisive in his runs last week, and that was evident against the Huskies, but no always good. He didn't show patience nor vision in locating holes made by the offensive line.

6. Where's the linebacker?
UConn's first two plays netted 24 yards and a touchdown, and each time the hole was enormous and the linebacker responsible for being there was nowhere to be found. After the second play, Jamal Merrell was replaced by freshman Kevin Snyder.

7. No pressure-cooker
UConn's dual-quarterback, which dictates its spread/dropback approach, gave Rutgers fits as its linebackers looked slow and the defensive line had little success getting pressure. The Huskies attempted 17 passes and were rarely pressured.

8. Kirksey for Francis
When Justin Francis missed part of the first half with a right calf laceration, freshman Kenneth Kirksey played and had trouble getting penetration. He was pushed along the line of scrimmage and enabled the Huskies' run game to flourish.

9. Coleman's comfort
Red-shirt freshman Brandon Coleman had six catches for 223 yards and two scores, including a 92-yarder, but the most impressive was a 45-yarder in the second quarter. It was a jump ball, and unlike earlier in the season, Coleman extended his arms and used his 6-foot-6 frame to his advantage to come down with the catch.

10. Missing D.C.
Rutgers has little success running the ball (minus-9 yards with the sacks factored in) and part of it could be attributed to not having tight end D.C. Jefferson, who was out with a knee injury. Jefferson has had a very good season blocking, and Rutgers ran behind him a week ago against Cincinnati.

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