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Friday, December 5, 2014

Six-for-six: Rutgers players on missed Big Ten plays against Penn State

(For The Trentonian — John Blaine)
By Tyler Barto 
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a six-part entry series each day in which Rutgers players reflect on their first season in the Big Ten. 

Each post will cover a different topic of the season. Today, five review the play this season they'd most like to have back. See Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 here.

Football players by nature are critical — the loads of film study, coaching critiques and practice dissection are evidence enough.

There will always be plays that get away, and that's no different in Rutgers' first season in the Big Ten. Still, it's no surprise five players polled picked moments from the Scarlet Knights' loss to blossoming rival Penn State.

Gary Nova: "I'd probably say Penn State. It was right after the first interception, then we came back on the field and I threw another interception. That ended that play right play. After the first interception it was like, 'Alright, it happened.' After that everyone's confidence went down and the momentum shifted."

Kaleb Johnson: "Penn State game, I gave up a sack on that last drive."

Darius Hamilton: "Any open sack I had on (Christian) Hackenberg that I missed. He's very elusive."

Kevin Snyder: "It was the slant route against Penn State. It was the one at the end of the game they ended up breaking. When those two guys were all there, I saw all that happening. I slowed up for just a second or two steps, and then he busted out and I had to go run for about 50 yards. I talked to (linebackers) coach (Bob) Fraser and he said, 'What do you think would've happened if you kept running right there?' Even during the game I felt it. Three guys converge on him and I slowed down for two steps, and the next thing you know, there he went. It makes you think."

Inside Rutgers' final defensive drive against Penn State

Leonte Carroo: "Probably the last drive in the Penn State game. Probably that last play where Gary threw his interception. I feel like the same thing with coach (Ralph) Friedgen — if he could call a different play he would in that situation. I just felt like that last drive, that last play where he threw the interception, I wish we could have that back."

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