10 in 10: Penn State at Rutgers

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 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.

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 season opener against Washington State.

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. Not Getting it Done Inside -- It was a tough night for the entire Rutgers offensive line, but a bad holding penalty by left guard Kaleb Johnson and the ability of Penn State to penetrate up the middle scared the Scarlet Knights out of their running game.

2. Miles and Miles of Heart -- Junior captain Darius Hamilton left it all on the field and then some. He proved that an undersized defensive tackle can single-handedly impact a game – even against a Big Ten offensive line.

3. Nova Gets the Block -- Nova’s 14-yard touchdown scramble was stunning on its own, but it never happens without a huge play in the backfield by Paul James. James knocked a blitzing linebacker backward to set up the open field.

4. Nova’s Game -- This was as bad as it gets, and that includes games like Kent State and Virginia Tech. Nova was inaccurate and consistently made bad decisions and his illegal forward pass was ridiculous. But, you can’t blame Nova for wanting to play and you can’t blame him for working his tail off to try to help this team win. Sometimes, the skill just is not there.

5. Boggs Island -- It was not a good debut for Dre Boggs at cornerback. He was overaggressive against the bubble screen and was exposed on the big pass play to set up Bill Belton’s game winner. That will improve with time, and the added responsibility after Nadir Barnwell’s injury was asking a lot for a true freshman.

6. Hackenberg Rises -- Sophomore Christian Hackenberg played poorly, and in many ways did not live up to the hype he brought to New Jersey. But what do good quarterbacks do? They make the one throw at the end that they need to make. Hackenberg did that and Nova did not.

7. Milewski-ing -- Senior defensive end David Milewski came up huge when Rutgers needed momentum. Penn State’s first drive of the second half fell apart just short of field goal range thanks to two blitzes and pass deflections by Milewski.

8. Bad Spike -- Whomever made the final decision on a spike going into halftime made a mistake. With 17 seconds on the clock on third down, Nova clocked the ball to set up a field goal instead of taking a shot into the end zone. Yes, it is a long shot but those four points would have been the difference between a win and a loss. Did Nova not know it was third down?

9. Missed Opportunity -- Rutgers could have scored again on the first play from scrimmage. Wide receiver John Tsimis could not hold his block long enough on a James 15-yard run, which allowed Mike Hull to stop James before he hit the open field for 88 yards.

10. Pack the Point -- Rutgers game-day folks deserve a thumbs up and so do the fans that actually made it inside on time. It was a memorable environment for recruits and fans alike. Penn State’s fans were not nearly as visible as they could have been, although they took over in the final minute.


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