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December 28, 2013
Game Notebook: Rutgers comes up short
Play of the Day:
10-3 in the first quarter and needed an offensive response. On 2nd-and-7
the RU 28, quarterback Chas Dodd generated just that, lofting a
51-yard completion down the right sideline to wide receiver
who beat Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson. The play gave
much-needed shot in the arm, and Dodd's 14-yard hookup with
Coleman three plays
later tied the score at 10.
Rutgers was trailing 3-0 and preparing to punt to Notre
going three and out on its opening drive. Nick Marsh's kick was
muffed by T.J.
Jones at the ND 28, and a hit by a hustling Anthony Cioffi
prevented Jones from
getting a grasp on it. Instead, linebacker Quentin Gause scooped
up the loose
ball and put Rutgers in position to earn its first points of the
Really multiple moments in one. Janarion Grant's kickoff returns of 51, 44 and 32 yards were another indication of what the freshman is capable of doing when he has the ball in open space and the lift he can provide a team. Integrating Grant into the offense next season will be a necessary task for coordinator Ron Prince.
"But when you put a defense together, if you do one thing, you're going to give up something else, and we had made the decision that we were going to try to limit the big plays. To do that, if you start getting in press man coverage, now you're opening up opportunities for big plays."
Longa on what he takes out of this game:
Chas Dodd on if
he felt like the offense left some points out on the field:
Nation whack of the game: