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10 in 10: Rutgers at No. 16 Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- Scarlet Report brings you 10 not-so-noticeable keys in the 49-16 loss for Rutgers at Michigan. Live from the Wolverines' campus, we present this week's 10-in-10 feature.

 

 

1. Quarterback Mess – Coach Kyle Flood kept the same strategy at quarterback, where a struggling Chris Laviano remained in until the final nine minutes of action. Backup Hayden Rettig would not have made a difference even if he started, but the lack of meaningful opportunities is perplexing during the blowout string.

2. Matthews Value – Rutgers clearly missed Leonte Carroo at the starting X receiver position and needed a healthier version of Carlton Agudosi, but walk-on Vance Matthews still deserves credit. He gave Rutgers multiple value plays, including his first career interception and a critical fumble recovery.

3. Block Hunter – Walk-on Andre Hunt was a defensive liability again in his expanded role, but he played a strong special teams game. Hunt laid the key block on Janarion Grant's 98-yard touchdown return that kept things competitive for a while.

4. Under Attack – Michigan attacked safety Anthony Cioffi consistently in the first half, and beat him for four significant gains.

5. Good Clock Management? – For the first time perhaps all season, Rutgers managed the clock perfectly in the second quarter. Flood went against the grain with two timeouts to force a punt on Michigan. Grant's one-man show continued with a 67-yard return for a field goal as time expired.

6. Edge Dominant – Rutgers never contained the edge defensively, so the big play was always there. Whether it was the three first-half screens, the Jabrill Peppers run or one of many outside tosses for first downs, Michigan consistently had a first-down option on third and medium.

7. Swarm and No Finish – Defensive end Quanzell Lambert had a rough first quarter. He got off the line of scrimmage well, but missed out on three separate sack opportunities. Michigan running back De’Veon Smith twice picked him up in the backfield, Lambert missed a tackle on quarterback Jake Rudock’s touchdown scramble.

8. No Gough – Flood replaced kickoff specialist Chris Gough with senior Kyle Federico. Federico kept it in bounds, but leg strength differential was clear.

9. Field Position Fail – Rutgers had the wind in its favor on the first punt of the game, but after sophomore long snapper Alan Lucy rolled it to Joey Roth, the ball went just 29 yards. Michigan took the lead three plays later.

10. Five Time – Rutgers center Derrick Nelson and Laviano mishandled a snap for the fifth straight game. This time, it was the first play from scrimmage and buried a drive inside the Rutgers 20-yard line. Nelson added a snap infraction penalty to his continued struggles in the third quarter.


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