Schiano's Saturday review

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano spoke with the media Saturday morning after he had a chance to watch the game film of Friday's 27-10 win at Army. Schiano spoke about the Scarlet Knights' short-yardage failures, the unsuccessfful fake punt, his disappointment in the replay system, whether left tackle Anthony Davis is focused on the NFL, the play of freshman quarterback Tom Savage.

Short-yardage situations continued to be a bugaboo for Rutgers' offense as it failed several times to pick up a first down via the run.

Tailback Joe Martinek was stopped for no gain on a third-and-2 in the first quarter of the Scarlet Knights' 27-10 win at Army on Saturday, and quarterback Tom Savage was stopped on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 on consecutive plays midway through the second quarter.

"We didn't get it done, so it's back to the drawing board to figure out it,'' Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Saturday after he had a chance for a quick review of the game film.

However, one thing did come out of Savage being stopped on third down. Schiano said he should have challenged the spot on the play because he believes Savage got the first down. Later in the half Schiano did challenge the spot of a Martinek second-down run, and it was changed to give the Scarlet Knights a first down.

"I always protect the seven on-field guys because they're officiating very fast, very big, powerful, 22 guys,'' Schiano said. "I don't know how seven guys can do that with the naked eye with the speed these guys play. When you're sitting in the comfort of a booth, reviewing calls on the t.v. monitor than I don't really (have) a lot of patience.

"If you say we're evaluating every call, then evaluate every call.''

Fake fiasco
Rutgers' fake punt on the first possession of the second half nearly cost the Scarlet Knights dearly as a stagnant Army offense used the great change in field position to drive 60 yards and pull the Black Knights within 17-10.

But Schiano had an issue with an illegal formation call on the Scarlet Knights, and also no pass interference call against Army despite obvious contact between the defender and intended receiver Duron Harmon.

"Let's just say we have a difference of opinion on the rule on pass interference. I'm going to get to the bottom of it,'' Schiano said. "The illegal formation (on the play), I'm not quite sure I understand it, but we'll get to the bottom of it.''

According to the rules, pass interference cannot be called if a ball is thrown high and deep from a kicking formation.

"The rule is made so people don't try to throw the ball up in the air to make it look like a punt,'' Schiano said. "I think we've all been in agreement that is was very clearly a pass along the sideline. It wasn't a towering throw. It wasn't very high.''

A.D.'s aftermath
Rutgers junior left tackle Anthony Davis did not start because he was late for a team lunch, and there has been talk Davis has his mind on the NFL. But Schiano doesn't think that is the case. "I wouldn't make too much about that,'' Schiano said. "I'm sure we've all been late to something before.''

However, there is a possibility Davis could leave early, and that would make him the third Scarlet Knight to leave after his junior season in three seasons. Running back Ray Rice and receiver Kenny Britt left after their junior seasons.

"We talked about it, and we're going to visit it again at the end of the season,'' Schiano said. "I think that's the best way to handle it, and just take care of business right now. It's your appearance that is being evaluated.''

Injury news
More bumps and bruises could materialize in the next 48 hours, but Schiano said it looked like left tackle Desmond Stapleton (ankle) could be the only one to miss time because of injury suffered at Army.

"It was a physical game,'' Schiano said. "I don't know if there will be any that will carry into next week, other than Desmond Stapleton.''

Rating Savage
Savage made his first road start and became the second true freshman quarterback in Rutgers history to win a road game. Savage, playing his first road game, was 10 of 20 for 164 yards and mishandled the ball a couple times, but did not turn the ball over.

"I thought that Tom played well,'' Schiano said. "I think he did very well with the ball with the difficult conditions. At least he didn't have any outward appearance of the road, with that type of stuff affecting him.''

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