10 in 10: Rutgers vs. UConn

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.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- 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 19-3 win against UConn at High Point Solutions Stadium.

1. Changing the DL
The shift on the defensive line in Isaac Holmes' absence was noticeable as it caused the Scarlet Knights to shift things around. Scott Vallone moved from 3-technique to nose guard and Jamil Merrell moved from defensive end to 3-technique, and the Scarlet Knights didn't miss a beat as UConn was held to 53 rushing yards.

2. Making Them Miss
Former coach Greg Schiano spoke about it the need for a running back that can make yards when nothing was blocked, and it showed time and again against the Huskies. The most obvious moment Jawan Jamison can be that player came on third-and-1 midway through the second quarter when he looked like he would be stopped behind the line of scrimmage but bounced and weaved for four yards.

3. Sight Problems
On UConn's first drive of the game, Rutgers secondary busted a coverage and a running back was wide open along the sideline. But UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer didn't see him and threw incomplete to the left side.

4. Pressure Points
Rutgers didn't blitz a lot against the passing game, but it did on the first play of the fourth quarter when defensive coordinator Robb Smith sent eight players at Whitmer on a third-and-16 and forced an early pass that was incomplete and forced a punt.

5. Protecting Nova
Rutgers opened the game with three straight screen passes. It didn't result in a first down, but it was key to slowing down UConn's pass rush. How? Rather than getting up the field quickly, like it does, it made the Huskies pay attention to the screen and have a reactionary mentality.

6. Game-plan Talk
It was often methodical, but the game plan made sense. UConn couldn't run the ball and its passing game was suspect, so Rutgers kept its passing game to the outside with short, safe throws that would not result in a turnover and instead made the game about the Huskies having to drive 60-plus yards for a score.

7. Changing the Call
It seemed like a simple pass when quarterback Gary Nova threw quickly to his right so Mark Harrison could catch it and make a 1-on-1 move and race to the corner for a 14-yard touchdown. It was a designed run but Nova changed the play at the line of scrimmage, and he did it quickly, and connected for the touchdown.

8. Three Tight
Sam Bergen's injury forced tight end Paul Carrezola into a fullback role, and when Rutgers was grinding the running game in the fourth quarter, it did so with tight ends D.C. Jefferson and Tyler Kroft playing at the line of scrimmage and Carrzola in the backfield.

9. The Need for Pressure
Rutgers defense survived against UConn's passing game in the first half despite not getting much pressure on Whitmer. UConn was 5 of 8 on third down before the break because Whitmer was able to stand back and wait for routes to develop because the front four was not getting much pressure.

10. Kicking Issues
Placekicker Kyle Federico hurt his kicking leg in the second half and it forced Nick DeLouisa into action. He missed an extra point in the fourth quarter and didn't make solid contact on it.


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