As part of ScarletReport.com's media day coverage, the "10 in 10" segment gives you 10 not-so-noticeable things that took place Saturday afternoon against Michigan State.
It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from Spartan Stadium.
1. Same Personnel, Same Problems -- Rutgers did not generate pressure against Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, and it led to struggles from the same guys in the back seven. MSU’s first score came when safety Lorenzo Waters took a bad angle and a slant to his side of the field. The second came when both Steve Longa and Waters missed tackles against Jeremy Langford. Free safety Delon Stephenson whiffed on the third score with a clear shot at Langford. How little confidence does Rutgers have in its second-team players?
2. Lights Go Out -- It wasn’t a game to remember for quarterback Gary Nova. With a bad planting foot and glove on his throwing hand, the arm strength and accuracy suffered significantly. Nova’s first-quarter interception was on him. He put too much air under a pass to Andre Patton that the safety sniffed out the whole way.
3. Well Scouted -- Michigan State came prepared for Rutgers rush specialist Kemoko Turay. Turay faced consistent double teams, and broke through just once. Turay had his best game against the run to date, however, with an expanded role because of Julian Pinnix-Odrick’s injury.
4. My Favorite Martin -- It had no impact on the result, but Rutgers hit Michigan State’s rush defense on the mouth and came out as winners. True freshman Robert Martin followed his blocks and broke tackles. His offensive line played strong assignment football in the run, and the result is 4.2 yards per carry against the eighth best rush defense in the country.
5. Fading Away -- Rutgers went for the third-and-long fade a little too often. Nova threw three of them in the first half – two to Leonte Carroo – and all of them let to punts on the next play.
6. No Fly Zone -- For all of the talking done during the week, Carroo was a non-factor against Pat Narduzzi’s defense. Carroo caunt just one pass for six yards.
7. Missing Barnwell -- Nadir Barnwell’s apparent shoulder injury from last week was the toughest absence for Rutgers. MSU consistently attacked cornerbacks Anthony Cioffi and Dre Boggs, including the Tony Lippett fourth-down score against the true freshman in coverage. On the other side, senior Gareef Glashen played a strong game at corner.
8. Take What’s There -- Michigan State ignored Rutgers receiver John Tsimis, and Nova took advantage. Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen call three swing passes to Tsimis, all for medium gains. Tsimis led Rutgers with five receptions for 39 yards.
9. Big Game Dave -- Defensive end David Milewski played a strong, high-motor game. He flew around against the run, and was twice the last line of defense in stopping big gains for the Spartans.
10. Not So Special Teams -- The long-snapping improved, but Rutgers simply has not been Rutgers on special teams lately. Joe Roth recorded his second 10-yard punt in as many weeks. Rutgers fell asleep on a fake field goal run for a first down, and could not fall on a muffed punt in the first quarter