10 in 10: Rutgers at No. 17 UCF

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.

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 nationally televised 41-17 blowout loss to UCF.

1.) No Safety Help -- Rutgers had Lorenzo Waters back from injury but it made no difference. Both Waters and Jeremy Deering missed tackles, and were too slow in cover-two situations. Deering got beaten in coverage for the first touchdown, and missed the decisive tackle on the second.

2.) Free Rushers -- Quarterback Gary Nova was off yet again, but his life did not become easier with the blitzes utilized by UCF. Nova had to rush his throws with Rutgers unable to pick up extra blitzters. Quarterback Blake Bortles, however, consistently ran around blitzers for easy yardage.

3.) Passing Problems -- Rutgers was in trouble regardless of the quarterback, but Nova did not make things easy. His accuracy decreased significantly against pressure, and the middle of the field remained elusive. Nova continued to force balls into double coverage, and should have had two more interceptions than he did because of balls tipped up by his receivers.

4.) Strength Issues -- UCF blew the Rutgers offensive line off the ball in the first half, and killed the running game. UCF won battles so consistently that Rutgers stuck with throws in many short-yardage situations despite Nova's struggles.

5.) Spark -- Special teams coordinator Joe Rossi had a bounce-back game, with the Michael Burton fake punt providing a brief spark to a flat sidelines. The success of that play goes to Rossi, for finding a wide open running lane based on UCF's punt return film.

6.) Missed Tackles -- The play calling by defensive coordinator Dave Cohen led to mis-matches, but even when the right play came in, Rutgers could not finish. Bortles dodged at least five sacks with his footwork, and running backs Storm Johnson and William Stanback rarely went down on the first hit.

7.) Gause Emerging -- Sophomore linebacker Quentin Gause continues to see more time in lieu of starter and team captain Jamal Merrell. Gause struggled early in coverage when asked to make a play against leading UCF receiver J.J. Worton.

8.) Designed Run -- Offensive coordinator Ron Prince called his second designed run for Nova in as many weeks. This time, a shotgun run for five yards set up third and manageable, and a first down.

9.) Safety Blanket -- Rutgers did not do a lot right offensively, but tight end Tyler Kroft consistently got open and made plays. Kroft finished with eight catches, and kept drives alive when the game was still in doubt.

10.) Playing Hard -- Give cornerback Anthony Cioffi and defensive tackle Darius Hamilton a lot of credit in the effort department. Both played with intensity, and did the best they could to make an impact. Cioffi swarmed to help make tackles, even after getting crushed by Stanback. Hamilton was the only defensive lineman to get penetration and pressure Bortles.

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