10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Howard

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.

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 26-0 win against Howard at High Point Solutions Stadium.

1. The look
Gary Nova's second-quarter 32-yard touchdown to Brandon Coleman wasn't as simple as finding Coleman in the seam of the defense. Nova looked at tight end Tyler Kroft over the middle and the Howard safety drifted that way before Nova went back to Coleman.

2. Blocking an adjustment
Rutgers blocked two punts, with the first coming when Miles Shuler used his speed and came off the edge and easily got to the punter. When Howard shifted its alignment to account for Shuler, Wayne Warren came through the middle two punts later to get his hand on one.

3. Flippin' out
The first and second down plays during Rutgers' goal line stand were made because of middle linebacker Steve Beauharnais' penetration through the middle. On first down, Beauharnais did a flip while diving over the line of scrimmage to alter the path of the play.

4. Passing East-West
Much of the passing game is to the sides, with Nova taking a few shots deep but not throwing between the hash marks in the short and middle level very often. The philosophy is based on allowing Rutgers' receivers to catch the ball and make a big play with their feet, and minimizing the quarterback's need to read the middle of the field , which is more trafficked with defenders.

5. Two tight loose
Rutgers opened the game with two tight ends -- D.C. Jefferson and Kroft – and the personnel several times. However, it wasn't the conventional two tight end set. Instead, Kroft was part of a bunch formation which could create issues for defenses moving forward.

6. Robinson's savvy
Mason Robinson made a heads up play and gained some yards on a third quarter punt return when the ball ticked off a Howard player. Since it wasn't downed but hit the player, Robinson had a freebie since if he muffed it after that it would not have counted as a fumble. He scooped up the ball and gained a few years.

7. Scheming Smith
Rutgers had 13 tackles for loss, including nine on running plays, and defensive coordinator Robb Smith deserves a ton of credit. He designed a scheme to use the strongside linebacker to come off the edge against Howard's spread and disrupt the run, which is why Jamal Merrell (14 tackles) and Kevin Snyder combined for 20 tackles.

8. Stick and go
The contrast of styles in running back Ben Martin and Jawan Jamison are vast. Jamison is elusive, and Martin is a one-cut back. What does it mean? During a run left late in the fourth quarter Martin had room for a cut-back, but was slow shuffling his feet. His strength is putting one foot in the ground and turning up field, which he did on a 9-yard run earlier in the quarter.

9. Mad Max
Red-shirt freshman Max Issaka made his debut as defensive end, and while his stamina was an issue after missing training camp he was active rushing the passer after the injury to Marcus Thompson. Issaka showed good explosion and got up the field quickly.

10. Player's coach
When the players sang the alma mater at the end, coach Kyle Flood did so with a huge smile and with his arms around Beau Bachety and Steve Beauharnais. After it, he hugged about a half-dozen players before heading to the edge of the stands to say hi to a group of people.


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