10 in 10: Rutgers at No. 13 Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 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 road trip to the Horseshoe.

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. Too Much Time -- Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett received plenty of time early to go through his reads. Barrett hit the second or third option on the three biggest plays of the first scoring drive, including the touchdown to tight end Nick Vannett.

2. Tackling Issues Return -- Rutgers had tackling issues at all three levels against Ohio State. On the second Ohio State drive, Lorenzo Waters cost Rutgers 13 yards by going for another big hit instead of wrapping. The Buckeyes scored two plays after Kevin Snyder missed a free shot at a sack.

3. We’re the Mullers -- Rutgers ran the ball best during its first scoring drive of the game – averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Every designed run of the drive featured a well-executed block from right guard Chris Muller. He rode the nose tackle into the ground on the Desmon Peoples touchdown to finish it.

4. Grant’s Costly Cut-Back -- Wide receiver Janarion Grant continues to struggle with responsibilities at the line of scrimmage and it cost Rutgers seven points this time. Grant, instead of taking a short gain out of bounds, cut it back to the middle of the field and fumbled to make it a three-touchdown deficit. New Jersey native Eli Apple scored the touchdown for the Buckeyes.

5. Weaknesses Exposed -- Urban Meyer’s offense identified the Rutgers weaknesses, and attacked them consistently in the first half. Barrett consistently attacked linebackers in coverage and the struggling Nadir Barnwell at cornerback. Barnwell gave up three first downs in coverage on first-half touchdown drives.

6. Won’t Back Down -- Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova came to play. The decision-making was not perfect (he still forces it deep into double coverage) and neither was the accuracy. But the captain played a gritty game. Nova was above average against the pass rush, and never lost his composure during a frustrating afternoon. The biggest offensive play of the first half – 39 yards to Leonte Carroo – was all Nova’s awareness.

7. Barrett Barrage -- Barrett got the time he needed, and the result was another sign of growth for the red-shirt freshman. Barrett put up 354 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. He officially made it a blowout with his untouched, 33-yard touchdown scramble to open the second half.

8. Peoples Elbow -- The Rutgers running game finally showed life after losing Paul James a month ago. Peoples found the holes, and used his shiftiness for a career day. Peoples scored both Rutgers touchdowns, tying a career-high 83 yards.

9. Shutting Down Turay -- Super-weapon Kemoko Turay met his match in the Ohio State offensive line. The red-shirt freshman defensive end had a quiet four quarters of football, and over-ran Barrett during his best opportunity at a sack in the third quarter. Turay finished without recording a statistic.

10. Running It Up? -- Meyer went for it, and succeeded, on fourth down in a game that was already a blowout with the need to impress the BCS selection committee. Yes, it is Rutgers’ job to make the play regardless, but keep in mind that Nova took a knee against Tulane the last time Flood had a chance to run up the score.


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