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 Homecoming game.
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. Second Effort -- When Wisconsin needed a play, running backs Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement got the extra yard or broke the extra tackle. All three Rutgers running backs had similar chances, but could not break free or remain balanced. As a result, Rutgers averaged 3rd and 7 on a day that featured 11 Scarlet Knight punts.
2. Nova in the Middle -- It was a rough go of it for quarterback Gary Nova when it came to reading the middle of the field. Nova’s second-quarter interception came in forcing a pass up the middle surrounded by three Wisconsin jerseys. His accuracy struggled throughout the afternoon when targeting the middle of the field.
3. Hammer Time -- Darius Hamilton absolutely came to play. Hamilton created backfield pressure like no other lineman, and was quick off the line of scrimmage in closing on Wisconsin’s running backs. The slow start for the Badgers came with a lot of disruption from the junior team captain.
4. Same Personnel, Same Problems -- Head coach Kyle Flood and defensive coordinator Joe Rossi stuck with the same faces in the back seven and saw the same struggles from the last two weeks. Take Melvin Gordon’s game-closing touchdown as an example. Safety Lorenzo Waters missed the would-be tackle for loss and the linebackers over-adjusted to the initial run and did not have the speed to recover. Middle linebacker Kevin Snyder is clearly not healthy, and the closing speed remains an issue.
5. Drive Killer -- Rutgers had a chance to strike first at midfield when center Betim Bujari rolled a shotgun snap to Nova for a sack. The bad snap set up a punt-block situation for Wisconsin and the first touchdown of the game.
7. Not So Special Teams -- It was a day of blunders on special teams, highlighted by the blocked punt. Punter Tim Gleeson shanked two punts in the first half, and backup linebacker Myles Nash took 30 yards away from Rutgers with a personal foul on the longest kick return of the season for Janarion Grant. Wisconsin dominated the field position battle as a result.
8. The Switch -- Flood pulled Nova for Chris Laviano in the third quarter. It was the first substation at quarterback for performance reasons this year, but did not change things offensively. Laviano created space via rollouts, but generated just four first downs on his seven drives.
9. Why Stop the Clock? -- Flood called a perplexing timeout in the final seconds of the first half. Stopping the clock on 4th and 1 from the Rutgers 14-yard line with 41 seconds left, Rutgers gave Wisconsin a free chance to draw up a first-down run. The Badgers converted the attempt, but eventually settled for a field goal on the drive.
10. Not Reading the Field -- Rutgers ran a bubble screen to Andre Patton on 3rd and 2 in the first quarter that fell short of the sticks and led to a 21-yard punt. On the play, running back Desmon Peoples was uncovered on the other side of the field for what would have been a first down and then some.