Drive Log Review: UTC (Finally Finished @ 9PM Eastern!)

I am probably not going to review each play this week, since most of us want to move on and focus on Wake.  FSU is the only D1 team that has yet to play a D1 school, and I know we're all excited about the prospects of a challenging game.

I'll have a decent bit of stuff up tonight, and I'll be doing a Radio Appearance (details to come).  For now, enjoy this Drive Chart...

 


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Here are some preliminary statistical thoughts:

  • FSU had 13 possessions in this contest.  Folks, we are seeing these new clock rules take effect.  I really doubt we get more than 11 Possessions against Wake.
  • FSU had 19 Carries by running backs.  17 gained 2 or more yards (89%), 14 gained 3 or more yards (74%).  These numbers seem good, but against a team like UTC, they really highlight the deficiencies of our offensive line.  When we really need to gain two yards, against a team with a legitimate Nose Tackle, will they be able to do it?  At this point, these guys are not strong enough to do that.  We will have to be creative.  That Burden falls squarely on the coaching staff.

So, here we go...  It's DriveLog Time!

1st Quarter
UTC FSU
Florida State at 15:00
UTC FSU

Zach Hobby kickoff for 54 yards returned by Jordan Hazard for 4 yards to the Chatt 20. 0 7




Chattanooga at 14:27
UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 20 Erroll Wynn rush for 5 yards to the Chatt 25. 0 0
2nd and 5 at UTC 25 Erroll Wynn rush for no gain to the Chatt 25.

3rd and 5 at UTC 25 Tony Pastore pass complete to Justin Buckhalter for 13 yards to the Chatt 38 for a 1ST down.

1st and 10 at UTC 38 Erroll Wynn rush for 2 yards to the Chatt 40.

2nd and 8 at UTC 40 Erroll Wynn rush for 2 yards to the Chatt 42.

3rd and 6 at UTC 42 Tony Pastore pass incomplete to Justin Buckhalter.

4th and 6 at UTC 42 Jeff Lloyd punt for 24 yards out-of-bounds.


DRIVE TOTALS: Chatt drive: 6 plays 22 yards, 03:27 Chatt PUNT

  1. A kickoff to the 16?  I am not amused.  There isn't much reason to hope for better until Gano returns.
  2. Moses McCray is an absolute beast as a freshman.  He tallied 3 tackles on this drive and shows great balance; just what we expect from a former top-notch wrestler.  Don't be surprised if he and Budd Thacker get the start against Wake.
  3. A 24 yard punt is horrendous.  I'm sure that UTC would claim this was a directional kick, aimed to eliminate any return by the 'Noles.
Florida State at 11:33
UTC FSU
1st and 10 at FSU 34 Christian Ponder pass complete to Taiwan Easterling for 9 yards to the FlaSt 43. 0 7
2nd and 1 at FSU 43 Bert Reed rush for 2 yards to the FlaSt 45 for a 1ST down.

1st and 10 at FSU 45 Christian Ponder pass complete to Antone Smith for a loss of 3 yards to the FlaSt 42.

2nd and 13 at FSU 42 Antone Smith rush for 11 yards to the Chatt 47.

3rd and 2 at UTC 47 Christian Ponder pass complete to Taiwan Easterling for 3 yards to the Chatt 44 for a 1ST down.

1st and 10 at UTC 44 Christian Ponder pass complete to Corey Surrency for 44 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. 0 6

Zach Hobby extra point GOOD. 0 7

Zach Hobby kickoff for 66 yards returned by Raeshon Ball for 23 yards to the Chatt 27.


DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 6 plays 66 yards, 03:00 FlaSt TD

  • Ed E. Is no longer kicking extra points ;)
  • Despite the screen pass, this drive looked pretty crisp.  I like Easterling's explosiveness.  I know Bert Reed is faster, but Easterling seems to have better burst, and he is definitely stronger. 
  • It was so refreshing to see an FSU QB put a deep ball on the receiver's correct shoulder.  Ponder looked good on this drive. 
  • Surrency is the best player on this team.  This statement is bold, I know.  Apologies to Everette Brown, but Surrency clearly stands out on the field.  He has great body control, uses his hands very well, and made a nice catch here for the TD.

 

Chattanooga at 8:33
UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 27 Erroll Wynn rush for 1 yard to the Chatt 28. 0 7
2nd and 9 at UTC 28 Tony Pastore sacked by Everette Brown for a loss of 13 yards to the Chatt 15.

3rd and 22 at UTC 15 Erroll Wynn rush for 3 yards to the Chatt 18.

4th and 19 at UTC 18 Jeff Lloyd punt for 28 yards, downed at the Chatt 46.


DRIVE TOTALS: Chatt drive: 3 plays -9 yards, 02:10 Chatt PUNT

  • Everette Brown shows great burst as he drops Pastore for a loss of 13. 
  • UTC gave us great field position all day with their horrendus punting.  28 yards... really?

 

Florida State at 6:23
UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 46 Christian Ponder pass complete to Greg Carr for 13 yards to the Chatt 33 for a 1ST down. 0 7
1st and 10 at UTC 33 Christian Ponder pass complete to Bert Reed for 7 yards to the Chatt 26.

2nd and 3 at UTC 26 Antone Smith rush for 14 yards to the Chatt 12 for a 1ST down.

1st and 10 at UTC 12 Christian Ponder pass incomplete.

2nd and 10 at UTC 12 Antone Smith rush for 12 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. 0 13

Zach Hobby extra point GOOD. 0 14

Zach Hobby kickoff for 30 yards out-of-bounds.


DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 5 plays 46 yards, 01:48 FlaSt TD

  • Welcome back Antone!  Deuce looked more explosive in this game than he did against WCU.
  • I'm glad to see Ponder throwing a variety oif routes.  He is accurate on outside stuff and his only miss of the drive was a flag to Easterling.
  • The offensive line looked good here as Smith burst up the middle for the TD.  I'm glad to see our guys use their quickness to gain position.

 

Chattanooga at 4:35
UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 40 Tony Pastore pass incomplete. 0 14
2nd and 10 at UTC 40 Erroll Wynn rush for a loss of 2 yards to the Chatt 38.

3rd and 12 at UTC 38 Tony Pastore pass complete to Jordan Hazard for 62 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. 6 14

Craig Camay extra point GOOD. 7 14
1st and Goal at UTC 30 Chattanooga penalty 15 yard personal foul accepted.


Craig Camay kickoff for 50 yards returned by Seddrick Holloway for 6 yards to the FlaSt 41.


DRIVE TOTALS: Chatt drive: 3 plays 60 yards, 01:00 Chatt TD

  • No Comment
  • Comment:  Tony Carter was the corner victimized here, if I remember correctly.
  • Also on the scoring play was a Holding call on our free safety (not sure who it was)

 

Florida State at 3:35
UTC FSU
1st and 10 at FSU 41 Antone Smith rush for 5 yards to the FlaSt 41, Chattanooga penalty 15 yard face mask accepted for a 1ST down. 7 14
1st and 10 at UTC 39 Christian Ponder pass complete to Corey Surrency for 39 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. 7 20

Zach Hobby extra point GOOD. 7 21

Zach Hobby kickoff for 65 yards returned by Jordan Hazard for 17 yards to the Chatt 22.


DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 2 plays 59 yards, 00:28 FlaSt TD

  • 2 Plays, 59 yards, score.  I like that.
  • The scoring play was a beautiful fake.  Ponder pumped the bubble, then hit Surrency in stride. 
  • It seems Jimbo rewards those who block by calling big plays for them in the next week.
  • Ponder started off 7-8.  If he starts 7-8 against Wake, we will roll.

 

Chattanooga at 3:07 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 22 Erroll Wynn rush for no gain to the Chatt 22. 7 21
2nd and 10 at UTC 22 Tony Pastore pass complete to Erroll Wynn for 30 yards to the FlaSt 48 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at FSU 48 Shaun Kermah rush for 2 yards to the FlaSt 46.
2nd and 8 at FSU 46 Tony Pastore pass incomplete to N/A.
3rd and 8 at FSU 46 Chattanooga penalty 5 yard false start accepted.
3rd and 13 at UTC 49 Tony Pastore pass complete to Jordan Hazard for 4 yards to the FlaSt 47.
End of 1st Quarter
  • The big pass here was a screen.  Mickey's defense is always susceptible to screens, and this was a good play by UTC.
  • Derek Nicholson had 2 tackles on this drive.
  • Is it blashphemous to say I'll take this year's linebackers over last year's?  Seriously, these guys wrap up MUCH better and appear to be more disciplined. 

 

Florida State at 14:49 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at FSU 7 Christian Ponder sacked for a loss of 2 yards to the FlaSt 5. 7 21
2nd and 12 at FSU 5 Antone Smith rush for 11 yards to the FlaSt 16.
3rd and 1 at FSU 16 Antone Smith rush for 5 yards to the FlaSt 21 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at FSU 21 Antone Smith rush for 2 yards to the FlaSt 23.
2nd and 8 at FSU 23 Christian Ponder pass complete to Bert Reed for 8 yards to the FlaSt 31 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at FSU 31 Christian Ponder pass complete to Jarmon Fortson for 21 yards to the FlaSt 31, Florida St penalty 14 yard illegal block accepted.
1st and 3 at FSU 38 Bert Reed rush for 33 yards to the Chatt 29 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at UTC 29 Christian Ponder pass incomplete.
2nd and 10 at UTC 29 Antone Smith rush for 3 yards to the Chatt 26.
3rd and 7 at UTC 26 Christian Ponder pass incomplete to Bert Reed.
4th and 7 at UTC 26 Zach Hobby 44 yard field goal MISSED.
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 11 plays 67 yards, 05:06 FlaSt FGA
  • This drive had sloppiness, lack of foocus and laziness written all over it.  The linemen didn't move their feet very wekk and looked slow.  Rod Owens got a nice gain by Jarmon fortson called back with an illegal block.  Then Owens, probably still thinking about the penalty, dropped a short route along the sideline.  That stuff cannot happen against Wake. 
  • Antone still gets tripped up way too easily. 
  • Zach Hobby, please make your field goals.

 

Chattanooga at 9:43 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 26 Erroll Wynn rush for 2 yards to the Chatt 28. 7 21
2nd and 8 at UTC 28 Tony Pastore sacked by Everette Brown for a loss of 12 yards to the Chatt 16.
3rd and 20 at UTC 16 Erroll Wynn rush for 3 yards to the Chatt 19.
4th and 17 at UTC 19 Jeff Lloyd punt for 34 yards, returned by Tony Carter for no gain, fumbled, recovered by FlaSt N/A at the FlaSt 47.
DRIVE TOTALS: Chatt drive: 3 plays -7 yards, 02:01 Chatt PUNT
  • Two big sacks for Everette Brown in this game.  
  • Our Defensive ends were playing head up on the tackle, even on the strong side (TE).  This is presumably to help out our defensive tackles, and really makes the 2 sacks by EB even more impressive. 
  • Moses McCray continues to impress with excellent penetration. 

 

Florida State at 7:42 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at FSU 47 Antone Smith rush for 3 yards to the 50 yard line. 7 21
2nd and 7 at FSU 50 Christian Ponder rush for 12 yards to the Chatt 38 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at UTC 38 Christian Ponder pass incomplete to Taiwan Easterling.
2nd and 10 at UTC 38 Antone Smith rush for a loss of 3 yards to the Chatt 41.
3rd and 13 at UTC 41 Timeout FLORIDA ST, clock 05:49.
3rd and 13 at UTC 41 Christian Ponder pass complete to Greg Carr for 20 yards to the Chatt 21 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at UTC 21 Christian Ponder pass incomplete to Corey Surrency.
2nd and 10 at UTC 21 Antone Smith rush for 10 yards to the Chatt 11 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at UTC 11 Christian Ponder pass incomplete.
2nd and 10 at UTC 11 Antone Smith rush for 3 yards to the Chatt 8.
3rd and 7 at UTC 8 Timeout FLORIDA ST, clock 04:11.
3rd and 7 at UTC 8 Christian Ponder pass complete to Antone Smith for 8 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. 7 27
Zach Hobby extra point MISSED.
Zach Hobby kickoff for 69 yards returned by Raeshon Ball for 30 yards to the Chatt 31.
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 10 plays 53 yards, 03:37 FlaSt TD
  • I will again voice my concerns over using our starting QB on draws against garbage opponents.
  • The 2nd and 10 was an OPTION look.  Wake Forest, do you have enough to think about now?
  • Easterling's Drop was the second of the game for the 'Nole wide receiving corps.  Ponder was playing a great game and those drops sort of cloud the story.  He played better in game #2 than game #1, despite worse numbers.
  • I am not sure why, but this series looked out of sync.  The offensive line's blocking wasn't spectacular, and we suffered a loss on 2nd and 10 as Antone was stopped for -3.  Trickett will probably kindly remind them of the importance of bringing consistent intensity. 
  • Smith showed his versatility as he took the swing pass and beat his man to the corner.

 

Chattanooga at 4:05 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 31 Erroll Wynn rush for 3 yards to the Chatt 34. 7 27
2nd and 7 at UTC 34 Timeout CHATTANOOGA, clock 03:09.
2nd and 7 at UTC 34 Tony Pastore pass complete to Clint Woods for a loss of 3 yards, fumbled, recovered by FlaSt at the Chatt 31.
DRIVE TOTALS: Chatt drive: 2 plays 0 yards, 01:12 Chatt FUMB
  • Kenny Ingram delivered a crushing blow to force the fumble.  I'm encouraged by his play early in the season.
  • What if we utilized Kenny (6'5") as a front-side pass rusher?  He's difficult to throw over and would definitely screw with the opposing QB's throwing angles. 

 

Florida State at 2:53 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 31 Christian Ponder pass complete to Taiwan Easterling for 5 yards to the Chatt 26. 7 27
2nd and 5 at UTC 26 Timeout FLORIDA ST, clock 02:02.
2nd and 5 at UTC 26 Jermaine Thomas rush for a loss of 2 yards to the Chatt 28.
3rd and 7 at UTC 28 Christian Ponder pass complete to Rod Owens for 9 yards to the Chatt 19 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at UTC 19 Christian Ponder sacked by Jarvis Newson for a loss of 6 yards to the Chatt 25.
2nd and 16 at UTC 25 Christian Ponder pass incomplete to Corey Surrency.
3rd and 16 at UTC 25 Christian Ponder pass incomplete.
4th and 16 at UTC 25 Zach Hobby 43 yard field goal GOOD. 7 30
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 7 plays 6 yards, 02:53 FlaSt FG
End of 2nd Quarter
  • Maybe the offensive line just doesn't like the 2nd quarter?  I wasn't impressed with our tackle play and wonder if there won't be a change forthcoming.  We produced 2 failure plays (Thomas loss of 2, and Ponder Sacked for a loss of 6)
  • Ponder hasn't yet thrown a flag route well (Corner type).  Maybe this is a weakness of his, or maybe it is a limited sample set.  I'm not willing to yet make that judgment.  
  • Hobby makes the field goal that he should make. 

 

3rd Quarter UTC FSU
Chattanooga at 15:00 UTC FSU
Craig Camay kickoff for 54 yards returned by Taiwan Easterling for 28 yards to the FlaSt 44. 7 30
Florida State at 15:00 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at FSU 44 Antone Smith rush for 2 yards to the FlaSt 46. 7 30
2nd and 8 at FSU 46 Christian Ponder rush for 5 yards to the Chatt 49.
3rd and 3 at UTC 49 Christian Ponder pass incomplete.
4th and 3 at UTC 49 Shawn Powell punt for 42 yards, downed at the Chatt 7.
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 3 plays 7 yards, 01:47 FlaSt PUNT
  • Easterling should handle punt and kickoff return duties. 
  • Rod Owens didn't have a great game today. 
  • This was a nice punt.  I'll discuss punting in-depth (yay) in a later article.

 

Chattanooga at 13:13 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 7 Erroll Wynn rush for a loss of 1 yard to the Chatt 6. 7 30
2nd and 11 at UTC 6 Erroll Wynn rush for a loss of 1 yard to the Chatt 5.
3rd and 12 at UTC 5 Jare Gault pass incomplete.
4th and 12 at UTC 5 Team punt blocked by Team for no gain to the Chatt 0 for a SAFETY. 7 32
1st and Goal at UTC 20 Jeff Lloyd punt for 50 yards, returned by Bert Reed for 27 yards to the Chatt 43.
DRIVE TOTALS: Chatt drive: 3 plays -2 yards, 01:40 FlaSt SAF
  • Moses McCray owned this series as he blew up his man on the first play to completely set the tone.
  • Markus white continued to show why he is one f our better defenders.  The guy has a crazy motor.  It's like Mike Vrabel of Grant Winstrom.
  • I'm not really impressed by the punt block.  It's nice, but victimizing the special teams of an overwhelmed squad isn't really all that impressive.

 

Florida State at 11:33 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 43 D'Vontrey Richardson rush for a loss of 1 yard to the Chatt 44. 7 32
2nd and 11 at UTC 44 D'Vontrey Richardson pass incomplete to Jarmon Fortson.
3rd and 11 at UTC 44 D'Vontrey Richardson pass complete to Corey Surrency for 4 yards to the Chatt 40.
4th and 7 at UTC 40 Shawn Powell punt for 29 yards, fair catch by Jordan Hazard at the Chatt 11.
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 3 plays 3 yards, 01:42 FlaSt PUNT
  • This game should put all of the D'Vo lovers to rest.  He didn't look nearly as comfortable today..  Hopefully this is because we were preparing for Wake Forest.
  • Fortson dropped the 2nd down pass (Drop #3 for the 'Noles, if you're coutning, and I am). 

 

Chattanooga at 9:51 UTC FSU
1st and 10 at UTC 11 Jare Gault pass complete to Chris Pitchford for 5 yards to the Chatt 16. 7 32
2nd and 5 at UTC 16 Jare Gault pass complete to Thomas Hinton for 11 yards to the Chatt 27 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at UTC 27 Jare Gault rush for 12 yards to the Chatt 39 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at UTC 39 Erroll Wynn rush for 3 yards to the Chatt 42.
2nd and 7 at UTC 42 Jare Gault sac
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