10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Army

Brandon Coleman

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 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.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As part of ScarletReport.com's post-game coverage, the "10 in 10" segment gives you 10 not-so-noticeable things that took place in the just-completed game.

It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters, each to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from Saturday's 28-7 win against Army.

1. Eye Discipline
Rutgers' defenders talked about eye discipline, but it didn't work on a fourth-and-2 late in the second quarter. Cornerback Logan Ryan was caught watching a running back in the backfield and missed Army running back Malcolm Brown sneak out for a pass over the middle and a first down.

2. Push ‘em Back
Rutgers took a calculated risk midway through the second quarter when it went for it on fourth-and-1 and Jawan Jamison ran for four yards. It was successful because left guard Antwan Lowery got a tremendous push and created a huge hole as Jamison crossed the first down line before getting touched.

3. Over Pursuit
Teams have gained rushing yards against Rutgers via the cut-back, and Army used it to perfection on a third-and-8 in the second quarter. The play looked like a designed rollout, but Army quarterback Trent Steelman took a few steps to his right and then cut back for a big gain and a first down. It worked because Rutgers' defense was pursuing so hard and didn't recognize the cut-back option.

4. It's About Timing
Rutgers had a very good play call when quarterback Gary Nova rolled out early in the second quarter and had two options. One was short and the other was to Brandon Coleman on the sideline. Coleman was open but Nova waited too long by the time he threw, it led Coleman out of bounds.

5. Low Blow
Rutgers blocked two field goals, and while the first was a nice lay-out by Duron Harmon, the block in the closing seconds of the second quarterback was a result of Army kicker XXX driving the ball too low.

6. Virtuous Patience
Rutgers didn't take many shots down the field, and there were two reasons. The tackles had trouble in one-on-one blocking and struggled in space, so Nova didn't have a lot of time. Also, Army played softer coverage on the outside with a deep safety and receivers weren't able to get open. The hole in Army's pass defense was 4 to 8 yards over the middle, which is where Nova found D.C. Jefferson several times.

7. Where's the Drag
Miles Shuler caught a pair of drag routes in the Kent State win, but it wasn't run against Army because Army's linebackers weren't dropping deep and giving space underneath.

8. Play Design
Jeremy Deering's first quarter catch and run was a play design based on mis-direction. He lined up to the left of the formation and Rutgers ran a clear out on the right side that allowed Deering to come across the formation and catch the pass and move up the right sideline before being tackled.

9. Beaubacty Back
In the second half, Rutgers moved walk-on tight end Beau Bachety into the fullback role to spell Paul Carrezola and had a big block on the first play of the fourth quarter. He sealed off a linebacker and allowed Savon Huggins to run for 12 yards.

10. Halftime Adjustment
Army's offense was shut down the second half because of a change in Rutgers' defense as linebacker Khaseem Greene was moved to concentrate on the quarterback and safety Duron Harmon took the pitch man. It resulted in Army beginning the half with a pair of three-and-outs and only one drive of more than 30 yards in the final 30 minutes.

Greene finished with 22 tackles.

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