10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Arkansas

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 35-26 win against Arkansas at Razorback Stadium.

1. Picking on the CB
Many times Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova was able to recognize where the single coverage would be prior to the snap, and that is what he saw in the fourth quarter when Mark Harrison was matched up 1-on-1 on the outside without a safety able to get over there. A perfect pass and Harrison's strength resulted in a 61-yard touchdown pass.

2. Patience is a virtue
Jawan Jamison's near-safety turned 24-yard run in the fourth quarter was a product of Jamison's patience but the offensive line gets some credit. The big guys up from didn't get a push, but also didn't allow penetration, and that enabled Jamison to spin to his left and turn a near disaster into a big gainer.

3. Altered coverage
Cobi Hamilton's 80-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter was largely a result of a bad mismatch in which Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene was trying to cover the speedy Hamilton. Arkansas lived on passes across the middle, but less depth from the linebackers after Hamilton's catch was a key adjustment.

4. Body manipulation
When Rutgers held Arkanas on fourth down in the first quarter, a lot of credit went to defensive tackle Scott Vallone's body control. He was able to turn his body and get past the offensive line, then quickly change direction and make the tackle.

5. Route depth
Several times in the early going Rutgers receivers ran third-down routes a yard short of the first down marker, and Tim Wright did it in the first quarter. He caught the ball near the sideline and couldn't turn up field, and he was 1-yard short of the first down.

6. Civil work
Andre Civil's length, leverage and athleticism earned him the start at right guard. He was more equipped than Taj Alexander to handle Arkansas' speed and quickness.

7. Nova shining bright
Yes, Gary Nova was sensational, and shining example was the "wheel route" touchdown to Jamison. Nova's pre-snap read showed Jamison would be matched up with a linebacker, and then Nova made a stellar throw, on Jamison's back shoulder, which allowed the running back to adjust to the ball in the air much quicker than the defender could.

8. Quick calling
Brandon Coleman's 19-yard touchdown reception at the end of the second quarter was a by-product of Rutgers hurrying to the line of scrimmage after the previous play. Arkansas' cornerback was late to get over at the start of the play, and Coleman set the corner up for a post pattern before breaking off to a corner-post pattern and an easy score.

9. Three is nice
Rutgers defensive coordinator Robb Smith began the game with a blitz, but decided the best defense was the rush three defensive lineman and drop eight into coverage. There were a few blitzes mixed in, but Rutgers regularly had eight guys in coverage in an effort to frustrate quarterback Tyler Wilson.

10. Holding the linebacker
Rutgers may not have run the ball for big yardage, but it did enough to make play action work, and that was how Nova connected with tight end Paul Carrezola for a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter and how he and tight end Tyler Kroft connected for 42 yards in the fourth quarter.


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