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 fans 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, and this week's piece includes the post-game video breakdown.

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 28-24 win against Arkansas.

1. Rugby right?
Rutgers freshman Janarion Grant turned the game's momentum on his punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter, but it was set up by poor directional punting. The rugby-style punt was supposed to be down the sideline, where the coverage was set up, but it went to the middle of the field. Grant fielded it and had plenty of open space. That was the last of Arkansas' rugby punting.

2. Knowing the assignment
Rutgers allowed Arkansas to pick up a first down on a fake punt in the first quarter, and it was done because the Scarlet Knights missed picking up the tight end on the play. Also, Grant reacted slowly to come from his punt return position to try and impact the play.

3. Poise vs. Pressing
Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova was brilliant in the fourth quarter, but is interception for a touchdown in the first quarter was a result of two mistakes. He was hurried and rushed his throw after stepping up in the pocket, and then didn't throw the ball far enough to the sideline.

4. Taking the bait
When Arkansas hit a halfback option for a touchdown pass in the third quarter, it was because Rutgers' linebacker didn't recognize the tight end sneaking out, which left safety Lorenzo Waters to chase back in coverage.

5. Incomplete Inaccuracy
When the Scarlet Knights trailed 24-7, Nova threw three straight incomplete passes, but the receiver was open each time. However, Nova's accuracy failed as passes to Ruhann Peele, Paul Carrezola and Brandon Coleman were poorly thrown, leading to a Rutgers punt.

6. Barnwell's physical play
True freshman Nadir Barnwell started at cornerback for Rutgers in place of Ian Thomas, and he showed his value in the running game by coming up and making tackles. He made eight tackles, second on the team, and he was very good in getting off blocks and helping stop Arkansas running game.

7. Goodwin gets call
With the Scarlet Knights pushing for the go-head score after Grant's second big punt return, the staff opted for freshman Justin Goodwin. He carried once and didn't gain a yard, but with Paul James out, the Scarlet Knights went back to Savon Huggins to kill the clock in the final few minutes.

8. Changing formations
Offensive coordinator Ron Prince mixed up formations, and one time in the first half had Quron Pratt in the backfield and Paul James at fullback. A quick hand-off to James resulted in nice run.

9. Hardly a kick
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood went to backup kicker Nick Borgese late in the first half after Kyle Federico missed badly on a 32-yard field goal that was struck low and partially blocked at the line of scrimmage. On extra points, Borgese did a very good job of getting the ball high in the air quickly, thus making it much harder to block.

10. Triple option
Nova started out strong and on his first pass of the game he went to his third option on the play and completed a pass to tight end Tyler Kroft for 33 yards. He showed patience and an ability to get through his reads on the play.

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