10 in 10: Rutgers vs. USF

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 Thursday's 23-13 win at South Florida.

1. Before the spin
Jawan Jamison's spin move on his game-clinching touchdown run gained all the notoriety, but it was the block of right tackle R.J. Dill that set it up. Dill's job was to get to the second level, and not only did he deliver the block to spring Jamison into the secondary, he screened off another defender.

2. Give him hand
At first glance, it look as if USF tight end Evan Landi simply dropped the pass near the goal line that allowed Rutgers' Wayne Warren to make a key interception in the end zone. But playing a role was Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan, who got his hand on Landi's right arm as the ball arrived and help jar it loose.

3. Run to the cone
Kyle Federico's eventual game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter came after a long reception by Tim Wright, but he cost the Scarlet Knights a few yards when after the catch, he ran back to the middle of the field rather than the corner. He was tackled by USF's safety at the 7-yard line, but if he worked toward the corner he could have gained a few more yards.

4. Moving Daniels
Rutgers' defense was successful against USF quarterback B.J. Daniels again by utilizing a heavy blitz package, sending pressure from varying angles and also keeping containment so he couldn't run. Getting Daniels out of the pocket was a direct correlation to bad throws because of poor footwork.

5. He can block, too
When Gary Nova hit Mark Harrison for a third quarter touchdown, it was beautiful execution. Jamison picked up the blitz on the edge, Nova stepped up in the pocket and threw to Mark Harrison in a spot where it was susceptible to being intercepted. It was low, and where only Harrison could reach it.

6. Nice call
Offensive coordinator Dave Brock had the perfect play call in the second half when he called for receiver Quron Pratt to throw on an end-around. However, rather than set his feet and take his time, Pratt threw it like he was throwing a shot-put. It was still a very well called game by Brock.

7. Something different
After throwing the ball in the flat the first two games, Nova took plenty of shots down the field and also used the receivers and tight end D.C. Jefferson on crossing patterns. The size and physical style of play by Rutgers' receivers and Jefferson was too much for USF's secondary to handle.

8. Coaching confidence
Not only did Rutgers defensive coordinator Robb Smith continue to dial up blitzes late in the fourth quarter and show confidence in his defensive backs to cover down the field. On the defining fourth-and-3 with a few minutes remaining, Smith brought pressure from linebackers Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais and forced Daniels to backpedal before throwing incomplete.

9. Struggle on the left
South Florida is quick at the defensive end positions, and Rutgers left tackle Kaleb Johnson experienced that in the passing game. He had trouble popping out of his stance and getting back, and as the game wore on he was caught off balance a few times when he was caught flat-footed.

10. No mistakes
Nova continued to show development with his decision making and ability to recognize, and it started early in the game on a completion to Jefferson over the middle. Nova saw a blitzer coming through the middle untouched, and realized it left Jefferson open. It resulted in a completion, and was the first of many balls thrown over the middle.


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