10 in 10: Rutgers at Navy

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 Saturday’s battle against Navy.

It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.


1. Slow Start for New Faces -- Cornerback Dre Boggs and safety Davon Jacobs, in their first career starts, were responsible for the quick strike score for Navy on the first drive. Jacobs took the wrong angle on a pitch with Boggs dominated against a block on the 19-yard run to the right side. The next play was a touchdown.

2. Bruising Burton -- A 1-yard gain by Paul James turned into a 38-yard touchdown run on fourth down thanks to the senior fullback. Tight end Matt Flanagan perfectly chipped the tight end, which allowed Michael Burton to pick up the free linebacker and spring James down the right sideline. Burton was a common denominator of greatness when it came to three different tailbacks making noise on the ground.

3. Trust in the Red Zone? -- Averaging 8.25 yards per carry in the first half, offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen put the pressure on Gary Nova on third and goal from the three. In a shotgun formation, Nova sailed the ball over Janarion Grant’s head instead of attempting a third straight run. Rutgers returned to the run after that drive, following it with a quarterback sneak score and Justin Goodwin run.

4. Stick To Your Guns -- Friedgen did not abandon the run no matter which tailback was in the game. James ran for 96 yards before his right leg injury, and “the Fridge” did not blink after he went down. Friedgen road Desmon Peoples the rest of the way to take a two-possession lead. The offensive line showed a better push off the snap than it did last week and the result was 5.1 yards per carry and 284 total rushing yards.

5. Glashen Gashed -- Saturday is likely a day cornerback Gareef Glashen wants to forget. Navy’s pass heavy look left Glashen beat for multiple big gains in coverage. Boggs showed mild improvement from Penn State as the other starting cornerback.

6. Navy Shakes It Up -- It is obvious that coach Ken Niumatalolo watched the Rutgers secondary on film because he chose to attack it in a unconvential offensive look out of the triple option. After attempting just 6.3 passes per game going into Saturday, Navy attempted 22 passes, including four straight on the decisive final drive.

7. The Hammer -- Right guard Chris Muller delivered a clean, bull hammer block to spring Peoples for a big gain. On a delayed screen, Muller and center Betim Bujari each picked up blockers on a big gain for Peoples. Muller’s hit was one of the biggest of the day.

8. Decreased Responsibility -- Rutgers asked significantly less of Nova than it did last week. The result was a positive one – zero turnovers at quarterback and a 79 percent completion clip.

9. Master Holder -- For the second straight game, holder Mike Bimonte bailed out freshman long snapper Alan Lucy. Bimonte picked one out of the air two feet above his head on an extra point. Against Penn State, it was a snap behind him for the lone Kyle Federico field goal of the game.

10. Issues at Corner -- Anthony Cioffi replaced Boggs at cornerback in the second half, but did not fare much better. The final Navy touchdown came when Cioffi lost track of Jersey boy Brendan Dudeck in the end zone on a bootleg.


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