As part of ScarletReport.com's media day coverage, the "10 in 10" segment gives you 10 not-so-noticeable things that took place during the 38-25 victory over Howard.
It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from High Point Solutions Stadium.
1. The Dagger -- Rutgers iced the game when running back Paul James scored from 31 yards out on a swing pass from Gary Nova. Credit junior Leonte Carroo for the finish in the end zone. James juked the first would-be tackler, and sped into the end zone after Carroo’s downfield block on the safety spring him.
2. More Missed Tackles -- The second of three Howard rushing touchdowns came when safety Lorenzo Waters went for the big hit instead of the clean tackle. Waters lowered his shoulders into the running back with no attempt to wrap up. The result was a touchdown.
3. Quanzilla -- Sophomore defensive end Quanzell Lambert was silently a play-maker on Saturday out of the R position. Lambert forced a punt when he dropped into coverage on third down and broke up an incompletion. The interception by Gareef Glashen comes with an assist from Lambert, who did not bight on play action and hit the quarterback as the pass was released.
4. Fumble Folly -- The mishandled exchange that led to a Paul James fumble and blocked field goal should never have happened. The Rutgers back field would have been empty enough to recover the fumble if left guard Kaleb Johnson properly blocked his assignment. Lineman Ibrahma Kebe blew past Johnson for the recovery.
5. Conceding the First Score -- Rutgers blew a timeout with 10 men on the field and gave up a touchdown coming out of it. Not a good home start for the Scarlet Knights. On the play, Howard ran a counter delay for 15 yards. No Rutgers played touched him after defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick got caught between two linemen inside.
6. Middle Trouble -- Linebacker Kevin Snyder continued struggles in coverage out of the middle linebacker position. Snyder faced off in the slot against receiver Myles Williams, who initiailly beat him for a first down. Snyder bounced back with a forced fumble and improved closing speed.
7. 10 to 3 Connection -- Quarterback Gary Nova and Carroo made one of the cleanest touchdown connections you will ever see. Some of the big Rutgers plays came thanks to superior talent, but this one was all about the execution. Nova perfectly threaded a pass to Carroo on a post route that allowed him to remain in stride and explode untouched for a 38-yard touchdown.
8. Nova’s Decisions -- Nova had a solid overall game that is one of his best if you just look at the numbers – 15-for-19, 282 yards and four touchdowns. His decision improved after the first drive when he looked off an open John Tsimis on third down to throw a near interception to Carroo in double coverage.
9. Plenty of Options -- The first read-option test of the year arrived for the Rutgers defense, which has plenty of room for improvement before Navy’s run-heavy attack. Howard ran eight read-option plays for 37 yards with the lone interception coming out of a read option scramble.
10. Very Illegal Procedure -- So much for the praise of Kyle Federico on kickoffs. Two of his first four kickoffs landed out of bounds without coming close to the end zone.