10 in 10: Tulane 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 Saturday’s battle against Tulane.

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. Making His Read -- The 58th career touchdown pass for quarterback Gary Nova displayed a good job of going through his reads out of a timeout. Running back Desmon Peoples was the first option, but got knocked off his route by a linebacker. Nova then read Leonte Carroo’s route, and put it where only he could come down with it.

2. The Kemoko Dragon -- The fifth sack of the season for Kemoko Turay was the latest in extreme feats of athleticism. In a non-blitzing play call, Turay stopped and changed direction twice to shake his blocker before swallowing the quarterback to force Tulane out of field goal range.

3. The Not So Good -- Turay’s inexperience showed in the 86-yard touchdown. An over pursuit and loss of balance inside stopped the chance at a no gain, and then Tulane running back Sherman Baddie out-ran Johnathan Aiken to the sideline.

4. Missing in Action -- Rutgers most missed tight end Tyler Kroft’s presence as a blocker. New starter Nick Arcidiacono and walk-on Matt Flanagan did not have the same impact in the running game.

5. Oops, He Did it Again -- Nova continues to show a lack of awareness when it comes to the line of scrimmage. Yet again on a scramble, Nova committed an illegal forward pass. This time, it forced a Rutgers punt.

6. Magic Mike -- Sophomore L.J. Liston held his own at middle linebacker in lieu of the injured Kevin Snyder. Liston was active, and did a good job getting sideline to sideline.

7. Third Down Protection -- Nova did not have a comfortable pocket when it came to clear passing situations. Including the illegal forward pass play, Tulane did a good job in pressuring Nova which kept Rutgers at 30 percent in third down conversions.

8. Ejection -- Johnathan Aiken led with his helmet into backup Tulane quarterback Devin Powell. The first targeting penalty on Rutgers, Aiken is suspended for the first half of next week’s game against Michigan. With Delon Stephenson injured, walk-on Andre Hunt could start against the Wolverines.

9. Martin’s Role -- Rutgers lost cornerback Anthony Cioffi at halftime to an apparent leg injury. Cioffi holds a significant special teams role as a gunner on kick and punt teams. That job went to true freshman running back Robert Martin, who downed one punt.

10. Freshman Jitters -- Long snapper Alan Lucy showed more inconsistencies Saturday when he rolled a snap to punter Tim Gleeson. Gleeson bailed him out, but the struggles could cost Rutgers big if it does not get fixed. Of course, Rob Jones and Andrew Depaola spoiled Rutgers over the last half decade.


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