By Matt Sugam
PHILADELPHIA – No. 15 Rutgers defeated Big East foe Temple 35-10 to improve to 7-0 and remain atop the Big East standings. Here’s what we learned:
1. Rutgers is great at halftime adjustments.
They’ve outscored opponents 69-3 in the third quarter. That shows how good Rutgers is at halftime adjustments in a nutshell. And after a putrid first half on both sides of the ball, Rutgers looked like a completely different team in the second half, rallying from a 10 point deficit and scoring 35 unanswered points. Whatever Kyle Flood says at halftime and whatever tweaks that the coaching staff make work. Really well.
2. Rutgers defense isn’t unstoppable against the run.
They looked it for the first six games of the season. Sure, they played a few teams that were pass-first teams in Tulane and Arkansas. But holding opponents to 60.8 yards per game is no easy task no matter what kind of offense it is. Well they won’t be No. 2 in the country against the run after Temple ran for 119 yards. However, 74 of those yards were in the first quarter. So really, they looked as good as advertised for three quarters of the game.
3. Jawan Jamison got back on track.
After six straight 100-yard games, Jamison was held to just 64 yards on 28 carries against Syracuse. Questions arose about the wear and tear of being Rutgers’ workhorse running back. He put the questions to rest with 114 yards on 19 carries today. Not to mention 81 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches.
4. Rutgers misses kicker Kyle Federico.
With 6:10 left in the second quarter, Rutgers went for it on fourth and one from Temple’s 18-yard line. Down 7-0, clearly they weren’t comfortable trotting out Nick Borgese for the 35-yard attempt. If Federico was playing there’s no question Rutgers would have opted for the field goal.