10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Cincinnati

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 52-17 loss to Cincinnati.

1. Film Room Study When Cincinnati went with a first quarter onside kick, it was due to film study. It was seen in game prep by the Bearcats staff that the player on the edge of the kick return team was leaving his spot early, and the play was executed perfectly.

2. Accuracy is Key: Quarterback Gary Nova's decisions were better, but accuracy still has to be there. On a throw to Brandon Coleman in the right flat in the first quarter, he was open for an easy first down, but Nova sailed it over the 6-foot-6 Coleman. He also had John Tsimis open on a check down route over the middle, but through it high and hard and it went through Tsimis' hands.

3. Freshman Woes: Cornerback Anthony Cioffi took the blame for Cincinnati's receiver option pass for a touchdown because he saw the option for a receiver reverse run and came up in run support. It allowed a receiver to come across the formation for an easy touchdown catch.

4. Linebacker Coverage: Cincinnati did an outstanding job of easily identifying matchups to pick apart Rutgers' defense. The favorite was isolating a linebacker on running back or slot receiver in the passing game, and whether it was Jamal Merrell, Kevin Snyder or Quentin Gause, it was easy pickings for the Bearcats.

5. Safety Squeeze: Several times the Bearcats hit big plays simply by remaining patient. The quarterback would look one way and allow the safety to turn his hips, and as soon as it happened, the quarterback would go to his next receiver and make an easy completion down the field away from the safety.

6. More Film Study: The fake punt was more film study as Rutgers rushed hard off the edge and didn't keep containment. And since the Bearcats did it in the second quarter from their own territory, it was another example of film study in which the staff saw an opportunity to exploit the way Rutgers attacks the play.

7. Not Nova's Fault: When Nova was intercepted in the first quarter, it wasn't his fault. Coleman ran a poor route in which he made the break at the wrong spot, and made what could have been a better throw look poor.

8. Finding Pressure: Rutgers secondary was further exposed because of the defensive line's lack of ability to get pressure on the quarterback. Because of it, Cincinnati's quarterback was comfortable and pressure free in the pocket.

9. Energy Needed: Rutgers kick return game had plenty of chances to make big plays but did not, and Cincinnati continually beat the Scarlet Knights down the field and made tackles. The Bearcats showed energy, and the Scarlet Knights lost theirs by halftime.

10.Giving Space: The Scarlet Knights' young cornerbacks continued to give plenty of space to receivers at the edge on the line of scrimmage, which made for easy throws in the passing game for one of the nation's most accurate passers.


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