10 in 10: Quick Lane Bowl

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 Friday afternoon against North Carolina.

It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from Ford Field.


1. Who Wants it More? -- Rutgers did, and it wasn’t even close. From the first drive until the game became out of reach, the Scarlet Knights fought harder and the post-game reactions displayed just how much the Quick Lane Bowl meant to them.

2. Undercover -- Rutgers found something that worked against Maryland and stuck with it in the passing game. Get a receiver open underneath the safeties, and attack. Andre Patton opened the scoring with the safeties’ attention diverted elsewhere. They built a 20-0 halftime lead with that strategy.

3. No Big Plays -- Defensive coordinator Joe Rossi called a strong game, and it clearly frustrated the UNC offense. He forced the Tar Heels to attack in the short game. The dinking and dunking never worked until Rutgers went into prevent defense in the fourth quarter. Rutgers made quarterback Marquise Williams a single-threat quarterback but taking away his feet. Williams, UNC’s leading rusher, ran for 51 yards on 15 attempts. The same game plan failed Rutgers in the past, but was perfect for struggling Carolina.

4. Bad Hands -- Rutgers lost out on multiple first downs because of drops by receivers and tight ends. Of course, Nova escaped two interceptions via North Carolina drops by defensive backs, but five drops becomes costly against a future competition.

5. Ugly Moments -- Rutgers was a mess on special teams, and coach Kyle Flood has some offseason fixes required. Two straight successful UNC onside kicks? A blocked punt? A missed extra point? More bad snapping? Flood and special teams coach Bob Fraser have a lot of spring cleaning ahead of them.

6. Embarrassment of Riches -- Enjoy the running back problem coming to Piscataway this summer. Rutgers brings back a loaded arsenal of tailbacks with starting experience, including two stellar sophomores in Josh Hicks and Robert Martin. With so many capable bodies at the position, Rutgers has both a strong recruiting pitch to the 2016 and 2017 classes, and more than enough talent at the position.

7. Getting Off Blocks -- The Rutgers linebackers were inconsistent against the run, which allowed multiple strong drives by UNC. Middle linebacker Kevin Snyder made plays when the ball was in front of him, but did not attack the sidelines with enough burst. Strongside linebacker Quentin Gause struggled in shedding blocks.

8. Complete Player -- Leonte Carroo was not 100 percent as a receiver, but he did his job. Along with 43 receiving yards, Carroo bought in as a run blocker. The touchdown run by Josh Hicks came thanks to a third-level block by Carroo against the free safety.

9. Running Waters -- Safety Lorezno Waters received, and deserved, plenty of criticism as a senior captain. Not on Friday. Waters excelled against the run in his final college football game. He was in on 12 tackles and all over the football. Waters swarmed his way to two fumbles and a blocked field goal on his way out. Waters saved Rutgers seven points with an ankle tackle on Williams after the blocked punt.

10. 1/11th -- Michael Burton was nearly perfect in his final college football game. Credit the offensive line and two talented freshman tailbacks for the production. But Rutgers does not sniff 340 rushing yards without Burton blocking at fullback.


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