10 in 10: Rutgers Can't Convert vs Indiana

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Scarlet Report's 10 in 10 and interviews with coordinators Drew Mehringer and Jay Niemann break down the details of a 33-27 loss to Indiana that knocks Rutgers to 2-7 on the season.

1. Third and Nope – Third-down conversions dropped from 52.6 percent against Minnesota to 6.3 percent against a poor Indiana defense. Look no farther than that for the reason Rutgers netted 268 total yards before the final field-goal drive.

2. The RevivalSaquan Hampton still isn't where he needs to be, but he looked completely rejuvenated after a bye week. Hampton showed signs of why Chris Ash pegged him as an impact player out of training camp. Hampton is spot on when the tackle is in front of him, and his interception showcased athleticism and awareness.

3. Give and Take – This was the most involved Kemoko Turay Rutgers fans saw since his red-shirt freshman season. While the most visable players were his sack and multiple third-down pressures, he was also the reason for Indiana's game-winning touchdown pass.

4. Safety Shakeup – After a few early mistakes, Rutgers switched its look at safety and went with Hampton and the returning Kiy Hester for most of the second half. After the personnel change, the Rutgers defense gave up 13 points and forced two turnovers.

5. Approaching the Record Books – The NCAA record for punts in a season is 101, while the Big Ten Conference record is 86. After another exhausting day for Michael Cintron, he has a legitimate shot to set an unwanted record of his own with 69 punts on the season.

6. Vintage Rutgers – Vince Okruch's unit made the 2006 Rutgers players in attendance proud ... sort of. Special teams took advantage of some massive Indiana mistakes in special teams. A fumbled kickoff and two blocked kicks for Rutgers special teams is the attempted rebound after Minnesota. Of course, the 2006 team could also return kicks properly, and had weapons like Joe Radigan and the McCourtys...

7. Read Faster – Credit Giovanni Rescigno for his knowledge of the offense and ability to run through his reads. The problem? Take five seconds to do it, and it left him vulnerable for some huge hits in the pocket. Already beat up, Rescigno took another pounding after he held the ball too long.

8. See More Seymour – JJ Denman's reactivation did not stop red-shirt freshman Kamaal Seymour from his first home start. Seymour's athleticism gave Rutgers more opportunities in the running game, including a third-quarter Rescigno score.

9. Early Execution Errors – The play calls were not the problem on the first two Indiana touchdowns. First, Deonte Roberts was too slow to the edge against his read-option assignment. On the following drive, an experienced senior like Cioffi should know better. Wrap up the ball carrier or tackle through him – doing half of both doesn't work.

10. Timeout Traps – Both teams made massive mistakes out of timeouts in the early stages. For Rutgers, its first timeout of the half immediately proceeded Cioffi's missed tackle on a touchdown. For the Hoosiers, a red-zone timeout came the play before a redemptive interception for Roberts.


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