10 in 10: Rutgers vs Houston

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – 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 to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from the ugly 49-14 loss.

1.) Young Look -- Receivers Leonte Carroo and Quron Pratt did not practice leading up to the game, but were available late in the first drive. Head coach Kyle Flood, instead, opted to play those that saw big workloads in the bye week – Carlton Agudosi, Andre Patton and John Tsimis. Patton started the first snap, and Tsimis logged his first career reception at the eight-minute mark.

2.) Failure to Communicate -- As soon as safety Lorenzo Waters went out of the game with a high-ankle sprain, Rutgers was in even more trouble. Waters has the most experience in the playbook of any defensive back, and communication suffered.

3.) Blocking Receivers -- Why burn a Tsimis red-shirt or play Agudosi at the line of scrimmage over a playmaker like Janarion Grant? Both excelled in run blocking early on. Tsimis set up Justin Goodwin's longest run of the first quarter by holding a block on a Houston safety. Agudosi picked two linebackers on the 5-yard score.

4.) Johnson Still Struggling -- Sophomore Tejay Johnson had a second straight tough game. Used less frequently in coverage, his bad angle led to the second Houston touchdown of the day. Biting on an O'Korn pump fake, Johnson was out of position and did not close the sideline on Kenneth Farrow's 40-yard score.

5.) Mismatches All Day -- Give former five-star recruit Deontay Greenberry plenty of credit for a stellar game, but his numbers could have been a lot lower. Houston lined Greenberry up primarily in the slot, and Rutgers used linebackers Kevin Snyder and Steve Longa against him in man coverage far too often. Greenberry finished with a dominant eight for 168 and three touchdowns.

6.) Offensive Play Calls -- Take away the strange red-zone halfback pass call out of a timeout, and the Rutgers offense still struggled to find any kind of rhythm in its game plan. Rutgers gave up on the run after early success, leading to two more Homecoming interceptions for Gary Nova, then stuck with it so long that Houston started stuffing the box.

7.) Lack of Confidence -- The mid-game play calling showed no confidence in Nova after his two early interceptions. Rutgers once ran the ball 13 times in a row before re-opening the pass. The play-calling showed little faith in the passing game, and had Nova pressing even harder to make a throw that never came.

8.) Going to Dodd -- Flood had no choice but to bench Nova, and made the right call to get him out when he did. But did backup Chas Dodd show enough to warrant a look against Temple? Maybe. Dodd threw accurately against the prevent defense, but his first deep ball fell into Houston's hands after Brandon Coleman could not secure the catch.

9.) Huggins Underutilized -- Rutgers essentially dropped running back Savon Huggins to third team for Homecoming. Starting Goodwin, fullback Michael Burton saw most of the action at tailback behind him. Huggins' first two touches were on a 1-yard run and his failed halfback pass. Burton remained a between-the-tackles option after his costly fumble.

10.) Winning Up Front -- As much as both sides struggles, Rutgers got some solid performances on both sides of the line. The Scarlet Knights generated solid pass rush with its front four. On offense, moving Andre Civil into a starting role at right tackle set up five yards per carry and created a sack-free afternoon.


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