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October 20, 2012

Rutgers vs. Temple: Did you Notice?

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Rutgers exploded in the second half this afternoon and moved to 7-0 on the year with a 35-10 defeat over Temple. In the midst of the victory at Lincoln Financial Field, did you notice...

Two new captains?
Brandon Jones and Ka'Lial Glaud took the field as captains with Mason Robinson and Khaseem Greene for the coin toss. Glaud and Jones are both south Jersey natives who played their high school football at Winslow Township, only about a hour outside of Philadelphia. Rutgers actually won the coin toss and opted to kickoff and put its defense on the field first.

The d-linemen?
To start the second drive of the game, Kenneth Kirksey and Darius Hamilton lined up as the team's defensive tackles while Scott Vallone was on the sidelines. Hamilton got credit for the tackle on first down while Kirksey pushed his way into the backfield to help limit the Owls to a 1-yard run. Both players stayed on the field for the next play which resulted in only a 3-yard rush.

Greene on special teams?
Linebacker Khaseem Greene showed up on special teams, running Temple returner Matt Brown out of bounds for a 12-yard gain that came after a 34-yard punt from Justin Doerner in the latter part of the first quarter.

The first quarter disparities?
Rutgers ran only seven first quarter plays without a first down, dimming in comparison to Temples 115 yard first quarter in which it ran 22 plays and nettd five first downs. Coming into the game, the RU defense was giving up an average of 60 yards per game and the Owls wound up running off 74 rushing yards in the first 15 minutes of play.

The Harris dynamic?
Temple running back Montel Harris was shaken up after a 2-yard run deep in RU territory early in the first quarter and was forced to leave the game. On the ensuing play, running back Matt Brown was dropped for a one-yard loss and then running back Kenneth Harper was flagged for a false start. Then, on a 3rd down play, quarterback Chris Coyer was stopped for no gain. That led to an unsuccessful 48-yard field goal attempt by Brandon McManus.

Shuler clearing out?
Miles Shuler got a good jump off the line of scrimmage and ran his defender downfield, clearing the way for Jawan Jamison on a wheel route that was good for a 25-yard gain in the second quarter.

Penalties for points?
Penalties came back to cost Rutgers some points in the second quarter. Two offsides penalties by Antwan Lowery on three plays took a bit of the air out of a second-quarter drive in which RU was moving the ball downfield. The two penalties proved costly as that series ended on a 4th and 1 that was not converted. Then, later in the quarter, a Mason Robinson participating without a helmet penalty gave Temple an extra 15 yards and resulted in 49-yard Brandon McManus field goal that probably would not have been attempted if not for the penalty.

Jamison's juke?
Although it will be replayed on many highlight reels, Jawan Jamison's juke of Temple linebacker Sean Daniels was one of the more memorable plays of the season from the sophomore running back. Jamison took a screen pass and shook Daniels to clear the way for a 32-yard touchdown which put Rutgers up for the first time of the game in the third quarter.

Flood miked up?
Following a questionable out of bounds kickoff call around the five minute mark of the third quarter, Kyle Flood was very animated in his objections. When the referee made the official call over the stadium loudspeaker, Flood was close enough so that his cries of 'No' could be heard throughout Lincoln Financial Field.

D.C's block?
One play after it took almost the entire Temple defense to bring down D.C. Jefferson for a 14-yard gain, he lined up on the wing and came up with a forceful block that cleared the way for a Jamison sweep that gained 11 yards.

Vallone running down the play?
On a 2nd down run at the ten-minute mark of the fourth quarter, defensive tackle Scott Vallone provided heavy pursuit on a sweep and did a nice job of chasing the run and helping to force a 1-yard loss on a tackle credited to Darius Hamilton.

The Philly Pigeons?
Whenever play was not taking place on the sound end of the field, a group of about a dozen pigeons constantly hung out between the 10 and 20-yard line at that end of the field. The pigeons relocated to the other 10-yard line in the north end of the field when play commenced on the south side end of Lincoln Financial Field.

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