Colorado @ Florida State: The Seminole Play-by-Play Review: 1st half

Here is the 1st Quarter.  The 2nd quarter is after the jump (hit "continue reading" ). 

I will have the second half up later, probably later tonight.  What do you think?

Play Commentary
Esco, J kickoff 46 yards to the CU24, Sumler,Demetriu return 0 yards to the CU24. Pooch kicked
1st & 10 at COL 24 Hawkins, Cody sacked for loss of 8 yards to the CU16 (Moffett, N). Misdirection Play action, attempting to block Moffett with a center, as the Tackle doubled down.  Neefy is way too fast off the edge.
2nd & 18 at COL 16 Sumler,Demetriu rush over left guard for 10 yards to the CU26 (McClure, D;Watson, D). Well run Draw Play
3rd & 8 at COL 26 Hawkins, Cody rush for loss of 2 yards to the CU24, fumble forced by Brown, E, fumble by Hawkins, Cody recovered by FS Moffett, N at CU27. Shotgun 4 wide, Brown wasn't touched.  This should have absolutely been scored a sack.  Great job by the 'Noles of falling on the ball & not trying to pick it up & run with it in traffic.  
Drive: 3 plays, 3 yards, TOP 01:16, Col fumble. We used some zone on this drive & our defense seemed overwhelmingly fast.
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 13:44.
1st & 10 at COL 27 Smith, A rush over left tackle for 9 yards to the CU18 (Perkins,Anthony). 1RB, 3WR (Trips Right).  Colorado plays 7 in the box.  The line moves in unison, & open up a huge hole.  Colorado was in zone, but went to man-switching here.
2nd & 1 at COL 18 Smith, A rush over right guard for 6 yards to the CU12, 1ST DOWN FS (Walters, Ryan;Perkins,Anthony). 1RB, 2 TE (Surrat as H-Back), Twins Right.  Nice block by Surrat.  Line fired off fast.
1st & 10 at COL 12 Smith, A rush right for 10 yards to the CU2, 1ST DOWN FS (Perkins,Anthony). 1 RB, 2 TE (Surrat as H-B), Twins Right.  4 of 5 lineman on the ground, cut blocking.  Also, motion w/ Surrat for 2nd time in a row. 
1st & Goal at COL 2 Smith, A rush up middle for 2 yards to the CU0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 12:01. 1 RB, 2 TE (Surrat as H-B), Twins Left.  HB motion left.  Man coverage.  Caz & Surrat bury their man on a straight blast block.
Gano, G kick attempt good.
Florida State 7, Colorado 0
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 4 plays 27 yards, 01:01 FlaSt TD Drive: 4 plays, 27 yards, TOP 01:43 Interesting look this week with Surrat as the H-Back.  That was similar to what we saw at LSU a few years ago.  The line fired off quickly & got their men on the ground.  Antone rushing harder than I've seen him run at FSU.  Good wideout blocking as well.  No Shotgun on the drive.
Esco, J kickoff 70 yards to the CU0, Smith, Josh return 18 yards to the CU18 (Givens, L.). Bradham & Givens cover kicks like mad men.  I'm glad to see our young guys giving their all on special teams.
COLORADO drive start at 11:57.
1st & 10 at COL 18 Stewart, Rodney rush left for 9 yards to the CU27 (Rolle, M). Colorado in offset I right.  Really well blocked & designed counter to the right.  Everette got collapsed inside.
2nd & 1 at COL 27 Hawkins, Cody deep pass incomplete to Moyd, Kevin. Moyd is a tailback they snuck through the middle & down the sideline on this play action.  Looks like we were in zone, difficult to tell here because they cut back from commercial break.  Any help here guys?
3rd & 1 at COL 27 Moyd, Kevin rush over left tackle for 5 yards to the CU32, 1ST DOWN CU (Watson, D). CU used end around action here to freeze the LB's on the run up the middle.  We did the "LB's In the gaps" pre-snap look.
1st & 10 at COL 32 Stewart, Rodney rush TL for 9 yards to the CU41, out-of-bounds (Verdell, T). We went zone against their 3wr I look quite often.  Again, the buffs faked the h&off to the motion WR, & then pitch to the tailback going the other way.  McNiel was in here, & Brown probably makes this play.  
2nd & 1 at COL 41 Stewart, Rodney rush over left guard for 3 yards to the CU44, 1ST DOWN CU (Nicholson, D). Direct Snap, qb motioned out.  Looks as if we played this pretty well, disregarded the QB running out, & stayed in man coverage.  
1st & 10 at COL 44 Hawkins, Cody sacked for loss of 9 yards to the CU35 (Mincey, J), PENALTY CU intentional grounding (Hawkins, Cody) 0 yards to the CU35. Colorado goes to the GUN here.  We play it man.  Same play that Neefy sacked earlier.  Hawkins sees pressure & launches downfield for the grounding.   Mincey had an idiot late hit here, not called.  NIGEL BRADHAM PANCAKED THE GUY HE WAS COVERING!  ITS LEGAL TO HIT WITHIN FIVE YARDS, & WOW!  BRADHAM KNOCKS THE RB DOWN!  WAY TO GO BEAST MODE!
2ND& 19 at COL 35 Stewart, Rodney rush over left end for 8 yards to the CU43 (Nicholson, D;Rolle, M). Draw, over Bradham overruns, cutback inside.
3rd & 11 at COL 44 PENALTY CU false start 5 yards to the CU38.  PENALTY FS personal foul 15 yards to the FS47, 1ST DOWN CU. Watson flied in & crushed QB Hawkins after whistle blew. 
1st & 10 at FSU 47 Sumler,Demetriu rush MIM for 1 yard to the FS46 (Watson, D). Kendrick Stewart stacks it up, Watson cleans it up.
2nd & 9 at FSU 46 PENALTY CU false start (Geer, Riar-- guy assigned to Block Moffett) 5 yards to the CU49.
2nd & 14 at COL 49 Scott, Darrell rush left for 4 yards to the FS47 (Bradham, N.). Bunch set, trips right, motion to right, h& to left.  Nigel scrapes, makes tackle, but could use better angle.  FSU is getting used to seeing this play now, as Colorado ran some variation of it several times.
3rd & 10 at FSU 47 Hawkins, Cody deep in pass complete to Smith, Josh for 17 yards to the FS30, 1ST DOWN CU (Robinson, P.). K-Gun (early 90's Bills) look.  We're in zone.  Watch this if you can, but somehow we mess up a stunt & a zone blitz (Everette & Kendrick.)  Hawkins finds the zone's soft spot.  
1st & 10 at FSU 30 Hawkins, Cody FY pass complete to Smith, Josh for 30 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN CU, TOUCHDOWN, clock 07:27. 3 Wide I form look again.  Play action.  Press man on TD WR, PRob loses him, Hawkins makes a great throw in stride.  No way did Prob think Hawkins had that much time.  I have full confidence in PROB.  
Goodman, Aric kick attempt good.
Colorado 7, Florida State 7
DRIVE TOTALS: Colo drive: 11 plays 82 yards, 04:34 Colo TD
Davis, Jameson kickoff 70 yards to the FS0, Garvin, M return 25 yards to the FS25 (Moyd, Kevin;McKay, Gardner). Garvin took this from 3 yards deep in the end zone.  
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 07:20.
1st & 10 at FSU 25 Smith, A rush left for 3 yards to the FS28 (Lucas, Maurice). 1 rib gun 4 wide stack.  This was a well designed play, & four linemen had very good blocks.  Unfortunately, McMahon got absolutely embarassed here as he was driven 2 yards deep in the backfield by Colorado's only decent defender, DT Hypolite.  That really screwed up the whole play.  Credit Antone for finding a little crease.
2nd & 7 at FSU 28 Ponder, C middle pass incomplete to Parker, P, dropped pass. 1 RB, K-Gun Look.  Ponder checks here at line.  Three step drop out of shotgun, ball out quickly, good job of stepping & throwing.  INCOMPLETE # 1: Parker drops the ball, on a 5 yard hitch over the middle.  Parker was the hot here, it looks like, as CU brought the blitz.  Pass was on target.  
3rd & 7 at FSU 28 PENALTY FS delay of game (Ponder, C) 5 yards to the FS23. BAD PENATY # 1:  Took forever to call the play, then Ponder called a check at the line.  Still though, it looked like we got the snap off from the TV Camera.  Can anyone confirm if the in-stadium play clock & the TV Play clock were meshing today?
3rd & 12 at FSU 23 Ponder, C rush left for 2 yards to the FS25 (Jones, Brad;Smart, Jeff). Designed run, safe.  
4th & 10 at FSU 25 Powell, S. punt 33 yards to the CU42, out-of-bounds. This ball bounced at the CU 47, a pretty bad punt on Powell's part.  He had time to get it off.
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 3 plays 0 yards, 01:37 FlaSt PUNT Drive: 3 plays, 0 yards, TOP 01:30 This drive was all about personal accountability.  McMahon absolutely killed the first play because he didn't fire off very well.  If Parker would have caught the ball on the 2nd down, we face a 3rd & short situation.  Ponder/ or Jimbo need to get the play out quicker, & Ponder had to monitor the clock.  I really question the penalty, as it looks like he got it off.
COLORADO drive start at 05:50.
1st & 10 at COL 42 Hawkins, Cody deep pass incomplete to Williams,Patric. Colorado is again in the Offset/I or Wingback look.  Play action, Markus White gets good pressure & forces Hawkins to roll right.  Total throwaway.  Good win on first down.  Interestingly, we were in Cover 3, a ZONE defense!
2nd & 10 at COL 42 Stewart, Rodney rush over left tackle for 14 yards to the FS44, 1ST DOWN CU (Rolle, M;Watson, D). Offset I again, Twin WR.  We're caught in a blitz here, to the B & C gaps, & the RB goes through the cleared out hole.  Mincey needs to stay more disciplined.  Good job by Myron to make the TD saving tackle.
1st & 10 at FSU 44 Hawkins, Cody deep pass incomplete to Stewart, Rodney. Shotgun 2 back look.  Interestingly enough, we have 8 men within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, &  our corner & FS are more than 10 yards off the ball.  One of the weirdest plays I saw today.  We DOUBLE COVER the fullback.  No Blitz.  Watson had GREAT coverage on the downfield RB.
2nd & 10 at FSU 44 Stewart, Rodney rush left for 7 yards to the FS37, out-of-bounds (Mangum, K). Shotgun 2 backs again, & we have 8 men within THREE YARDS of the LOS.  Very strange look, as 7 of 8 are inside the tackle box as well.  Everette Brown definitely lost his contain.  Credit Nicholson for scraping off his block & pursuing.  Credit Mangum for delivering a nice hit.  We really need better awareness here.  If you have 7 men lined up inside the tackles, w/in 3 yards of the LOS, the outside man does NOT need to help down inside.  A veteran QB would have audibled to a quick pass & beat this look.  
3rd & 3 at FSU 37 Hawkins, Cody post pass incomplete to Smith, Josh (Jenije, O). 2 wide right, offset I right, no Gun look, TE right.  This look makes you declare your Defense, early.  We went man, but I didn't like that we were 7 & 9 yards off the ball, respectively, on a 3rd n 3 look.  Before the snap, we bring Myron as a Blitzer, as well as the OLB.  Play action, & GREAT COVERAGE by Jenijie, about 20 yards down field!  That was so refreshing to see!  Also, if you're wondering how int he world we didn't get pressure with 6 rushers against 5 blockers, Play action & Holding (Markus White).  Still though, Jamie Robinson did a poor job getting over from his centerfield position.
4th & 3 at FSU 37 Hawkins, Cody screen pass complete to Behrens, Jake for 2 yards to the FS35 (Nicholson, D). 2 wide right, offset I right, no Gun look, TE right.  Dan Hawkins proving he underst&s the concept of field position point expectancy.  We're in Man, & bring two.  Hawkins throws to the FB on the flat, & Nicholson makes a GREAT play to get over there & make the tackle!  The FB had a 2-3 yard head start, yet Derek still got there!
DRIVE TOTALS: Colo drive: 6 plays 23 yards, 01:21 Colo DOWNS Drive: 6 plays, 23 yards, TOP 01:21
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 04:29.
1st & 10 at FSU 35 Ponder, C sideline pass complete to Piurowski, C for 13 yards to the FS48, 1ST DOWN FS (Perkins,Anthony;Jones, Brad). ESPN stupidly shows a shot of the Colorado OC, instead of our formation.  Judging from the quick shot, we were in 1RB 2TE, NO GUN.  I guess this look is fine since one of the TE's is Caz.  No idea who the other TE was.  PA, Ponder rolls right, looks like he will run, then flips it to Caz.  Ponder is really fast, but here, he needed to throw the ball to Caz earlier.  This play could have been disastrous, as we had a man downfield, a TE already blocking before the pass was thrown (thought Ponder was running), & Ponder was very close to crossing the line before he threw.  This looks great on the stat sheet, but Ponder's first incomplete (Preston's drop) was much better than this.
1st & 10 at FSU 48 Thomas, J. rush right for 1 yard to the FS49 (Smart, Jeff). 1RB 2TE, NO GUN, even.  Colorado only has 7 men in the box, & the MLB is almost 8 yards deep.  Great reverse out, h&off look (UGA does this a lot).  This is a trap all the way.  Unfortunately, we don't block it very well, & a frosh TE doesn't block ANYONE.  Zebrie also gets owned here.  Great job by Thomas to know the hole wasn't going to open, make the first man miss, & get outside for one.  This wasn't impatience on his part.
2nd & 9 at FSU 49 Thomas, J. rush over left tackle for 3 yards to the CU48 (Lucas, Maurice). GUN, 1 RB, 3WR (TRIPS LEFT), TE RIGHT.  I thought this would be a bubble screen as the Colorado DB's were in man, but were at least 9 yards off the ball.  7 in the box for Colorado.  HIGH SNAP BY MCMAHON!  This was a really good play.  Why?  We had 6 to block 7, but got 3 yards to set up 3rd & manageable.  The zone scheme worked here, as we ran away from the TE side overload.  Rodney Hudson did a GREAT job here, as he was a full step up field before the DT moved.  Thomas didn't look great here, & his 1-yard run was much more impressive; if he breaks one tackle here, we had this blocked for a huge gain.  Credit the frosh for not dancing, however.
3rd & 6 at COL 48 Ponder, C middle pass complete to Piurowski, C for 5 yards to the CU43 (Walters, Ryan;Mohler, Shaun). GUN, 1 RB, 3WR (TRIPS LEFT), TE RIGHT.  Colorado in the exact same look.  Fortson or Carr Motions right, Colorado switches to Zone.  2 blitzers come as well.  3 step drop, Quick, hard pass right into Caz's torso.  I checked the film twice, Caz was the only open man, & this was an excellent example of a young QB growing.  He did NOT do this at Wake last week, at all.  Stepped into his throw, fairly quick release, rocket pass.  Also, pretty good blitz pickup by the freshman Thomas.  I'm glad to see Ponder is finding his hot routes.  The announcers here were idiots here, as they wanted CP to throw downfield, even though Colorado had a 6 man rush, & nothing was developing downfield.  
4th & 1 at COL 43 Thomas, J. rush right for 3 yards to the CU40, 1ST DOWN FS (Walters, Ryan). Big I, double Tight.  This scared me, since I don't think we can successfully blow any D1 team off the ball.  9 in the Box for CU, but not exceptionally close to the line.  Heck of a double team by Caz & Zebrie!  Surrat nice block as well!  The ultimate credit here, however, goes to Thomas for his excellent vision.  I like him a lot.  He reminds me of Curtis Martin, vision wise.  
1st & 10 at COL 40 PENALTY FS false start (Reed, B) 5 yards to the CU45. No GUN, 1 RB, 3WR (TRIPS LEFT), TE RIGHT.  I think we're using this formation to settle Christian down, as it really makes the defense show at least a partial h&, pre-snap.  Fortson motions right, & BAD PENALTY # 2:  Bret Reed leaves a half second early.  I was SO pissed at this moment.  Why?  Because we had this play!  Reed on a takeoff against a safety, great play action fake, Christian's eyes were totally on Reed, way deep!  Bert, you have great speed, there is no need to leave early.  
1st & 15 at COL 45 Ponder, C rush right for 11 yards to the CU34, out-of-bounds (Walters, Ryan). K-Gun look (think old Jim Kelley Bills: GUN,  with 2 wide left, one right, one TE, & one RB).  Colorado has only 6 in the box, yet the announcers still want FSU to go downfield.  We were going downfield on the LAST DAM PLAY!, but Reed's false start killed it.  Now, the play:  I apologize for calling this a zone-reed during the game yesterday.  This was a designed QB run.  Ponder fakes the veer-zone type h&off, the line moves left, the backside defensive end collapses, & Ponder keeps (so I think it's a read).  It's not a read, however, because as you can see, Thomas immediately turns & blocks a pursuing LB (great timing by him).  Ponder is of course, very very quick, & picks up 11 as Greg Carr holds his block for 7 seconds of real time!  Also, excellent job by CP to not do any rid style diving.
2nd & 4 at COL 34 Thomas, J. rush up middle for 4 yards to the CU30, fumble forced by Perkins,Anthony, fumble by Thomas, J. recovered by CU Walters, Ryan at CU27. I Form, Twins left, TE right.  Surrat bounce motions left, & for the first time I can remember, we drive block someone!  Now, Surrat did miss his man here, but Thomas hit the hole so fast, it wasn't a huge deal.  Unfortunately, Thomas is stripped as he is fighting for yards 4 & 5.  
Drive: 7 plays, 38 yards, TOP 03:50, Thomas Fumbled. This drive was looking really good.  Make no mistake here, Colorado hadn't stopped FSU yet on this drive.  FSU blew a golden opportunity for a TD when Reed jumped (had it open), & then the Freshman Thomas was stripped.  The strip was just a good strip, & that sometimes happens.  He wasn't holding the ball carelessly.  Here's a question: Ponder was 2-2 on this drive; how much did this fumble hurt his rhythm?  
Colorado at 0:39 COLORADO drive start at 00:39.
1st & 10 at COL 27 Hawkins, Cody screen pass complete to Stewart, Rodney for 2 yards to the CU29, out-of-bounds (Robinson, P.). Shotgun 2 backs, no TE.  We are in the loosest man coverage in the history of Football.  This screen could have gone for more, but Prob whips his man.  Nigel made a great recovery after almost running himself out of position.
2nd & 8 at COL 29 Stewart, Rodney rush over left tackle for 2 yards to the CU31 (Bradham, N.). Offset I right, Twins right, TE right.  We go man, walk Jamie Robinson into the box, & EVERETTE BROWN DESTROYS HIS MAN TO BLOW THIS PLAY UP!  Everette stoned a pulling guard 3-4 yards in the backfield.  
Colorado 7, Florida State 7

 

Start of 2nd quarter, clock 15:00.
3rd & 6 at COL 31 Hawkins, Cody sideline pass complete to Smith, Josh for 7 yards to the CU38, 1ST DOWN CU, out-of-bounds (Carter, T). K-GUN, we play man, this was good coverage by us, & it just so happens that Colorado's only open man fit perfectly into the only throwing lane he had.  Still though, wasn't happy with the push from the DT's.  No blitz here, as we had 2 LB's play zone over the middle, & actually had Myron cover their slot guy.  This was risky, since it could be exploited deep, but was very well executed.  Good play by both teams.  Colorado's call matched up well.  This happens, can't really fault anyone here.
1st & 10 at COL 38 Hawkins, Cody TA pass incomplete, QB hurry by White, M.,. K-Gun, TE st&ing up.  We play man & load the box with 8.  PA, we don't bite badly, & nobody is open as Hawkins throws it away as Markus applies the pressure on the rollout.  Good first down discipline.
2nd & 10 at COL 38 Scott, Darrell rush up middle for 6 yards to the CU44 (Watson, D). NH.  3-Wide- I.  Motion the QB out this time we chase with a LB., but rather, adjust.  Direct snap for 2nd time today.  Watson overruns this a bit, which worked in Colorado's favor since they blocked it like a trap.  Cool looking play.  Never seen a direct snap play blocked like a trap.
3rd & 4 at COL 44 Hawkins, Cody deep pass incomplete to Devenny,Patrick. K-GUN, TE SPLIT.  We stay in 4-3.  Questionable personnel decision?  Maybe.  Then, however, we bring ALL 3 linebackers up, even with the Dline to create a 7 man flat look.  The DB's are still off the ball a good ways.  I thought this would be an easy pitch & catch for a first down.  We bring 2 initially, then Nicholson checks that his man is a blocker & also comes.  Colorado runs (from left): 6 yard curl (covered), streak (covered), streak, 7 yard in (double covered).  Wait!  that's 4 defenders for 4 wideouts, how can you double cover someone?  You can't!  Darius McClure had a major bust here.  Nobody was within 20 yards of the streaking TE.  Fortunately, Hawkins overshot him by 2 yards.  Also, the pressure didn't really get there.  I think we had 2 guys run into each other.  
4th & 4 at COL 44 DiLallo, Matt punt 39 yards to the FS17, downed. Tony Carter back to return??
Drive: 6 plays, 17 yards, TOP 02:04 This was a very good defensive drive that almost turned into disaster thanks to the bust.  
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 13:35.
1st & 10 at FSU 18 Smith, A rush left for 1 yard to the FS19 (Jones, Brad). K-Gun.  Datko misses block which causes Antone to delay & move.  
2nd & 9 at FSU 19 Ponder, C sideline pass incomplete to Parker, P. Double TE Even Single back.  PA roll right.  Nice job by  FR. Te to hold his block.  Ponder's throw isn’t great here as he tries to his Parker on the out.  Bad TV angle, but looks like he was a second or half second late on the throw.  He did zip it though, which is important on the out.  INCOMPLETE # 2  This was the right read here, for the record.  
3rd & 9 at FSU 19 Ponder, C TA pass incomplete to Parker, P, QB hurry by Lucas, Maurice. INCOMPLETE # 3.  Multiple screw-up's here.  Easterling & Surrency don't line up in tight, so Ponder has to tell them to come in.  This wastes time, but good job by Christian to recognize their mistake.  He doesn't get a look at the D until the clock is at 0:06.  Now, if you watch this, it looks like they he had Antone in the flat for a second.  He didn't.  Why?  He doesn't even read Antone on this play; smith is just a decoy.  Why?  The play is a middle screen to Parker.  Unfortunately for this drive, Colorado has the PERFECT play called!  They are in a big-time zone blitz here.  Ponder didn't do anything wrong here at all.  We had this, but for the dropping lineman.  He actually did a good job of holding the ball for as long as he did.  Throw was fairly safe, as Dlineman has his back turn.  We had this set up.  There is only 1 read on this play: either throw it to Parker, or get rid of it.  
4th & 9 at FSU 19 Powell, S. punt 40 yards to the CU41, downed. Rugby punt.
Drive: 3 plays, 1 yards, TOP 00:57
COLORADO drive start at 12:38.
1st & 10 at COL 41 Stewart, Rodney rush draw play for 5 yards to the CU46 (Thacker, B;Smith, K). Very well blocked draw.  Good hustle play by Thacker.  
2nd & 5 at COL 46 Hawkins, Cody screen pass incomplete to Stewart, Rodney. Flare screen.  Enjoy the Nigel for 3 years.  His speed is scary.  Wow.  This never had a chance.  
3rd & 5 at COL 46 Hawkins, Cody slant pass complete to Crawford, Cody for 7 yards to the FS47, 1ST DOWN CU. Spread.  We play Man, with Nigel in a zone.  Really nice throw by Hawkins here on the slant.  Tight window here.  
1st & 10 at FSU 47 Hawkins, Cody deep pass intercepted by Robinson, J at the FS22, Robinson, J return 0 yards to the FS22. Trips left GUN.  Really good pressure by the Strong side DE.  Zone look, I think.  Jamie Robinson step for step with the INT.  Play was a fake bubble screen with a deep route.  Would be a really hard throw to make.  I like it when Mickey makes college QB's make NFL throws. 
Drive: 4 plays, 12 yards, TOP 01:15; INT
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 11:23.
1st & 10 at FSU 22 Parker, P rush right for 1 yard to the FS23 (Smart, Jeff;Burton, Marcus). 2 BACK GUN, old Ward Fast Break look.  Man cover all the way.  H& to Parker on sweep from RB spot.  
2nd & 9 at FSU 23 Ponder, C middle pass intercepted by Cunningham,Curt at the FS22, Cunningham,Curt return 10 yards to the FS12 (Smith, A). 4 wide stack look.  NON-COMPLETE # 4.  Ponder wants to go to Carr on the 8 yard stop.  Carr was open.  I THINK Parker was slightly more open, but the Carr read wasn't a bad read.  Not much pressure.  Now, this play happens because Furlong doesn't get his man on the cut block, & his man gets his h&s up to bat this ball.  Christian runs forward, catches the ball, & rushes forward with the ball, bobbling it, & never getting control, hits it to a Dlineman.  This was positively Rixian.  I appreciate the hustle & the awesome effort, but knock that pass down.  This was should be scored a fumble, not a pick.  Also, great hustle by the captain smith, to make the tackle.  This was so fluky, they I doubt we see this ever again.  I'll assign the incomplete to Furlong for doing a horrible job on his block.  I blame Ponder for trying to do too much in catching his own pass. Batting the ball down is the correct play here.  
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 2 plays 1 yards, 00:49 FlaSt INT Drive: 2 plays, 1 yards, TOP 00:49 Wow.  Weird. 
COLORADO drive start at 10:34. The defense gets a chance to fulfill a goal: no TD off sudden change.
1st & 10 at FSU 12 Stewart, Rodney rush right for loss of 2 yards to the FS14 (Ingram, K). 4WR GUN, Motion to 3WR 2RB.  Straight Man.  Excellent job by Neefy Moffett to crush his man.  Excellent pursuit by the D.  Important win on first down.  
2nd & 12 at FSU 14 Hawkins, Cody crossing pass complete to Williams,Patric for 4 yards to the FS10 (Garvin, M). 4 WR GUN.  We play man, with 6 guys lined up along line, 1 LB deep.  This is a Nickel set for us (serious, but also a joke).  Did I mention how much I love the idea of Kenny Ingram blitzing & jumping with his h&s up?  The guy is 6'6" & destroys throwing angles.  he will produce an important INT off a tipped ball this season.  This is great defense by the 'Noles.  6 man Blitz, force the quick throw, DB's know where the hots are, & immediately make the tackle.  
3rd & 8 at FSU 10 Hawkins, Cody slant pass incomplete to Williams,Patric. Colorado ran the same play, FSU ran the same blitz! just flipped.  The DB laid a great hit on the WR who had no chance.  The ball was drilled, WR had zero chance, even if he caught it he would have fumbled or been way short.
4th & 8 at FSU 10 Goodman, Aric field goal attempt from 27 MISSED - wide left, spot at FS20, clock 09:14. Good pressure, but not blocked.  
Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, TOP 01:20
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 09:14.
1st & 10 at FSU 20 Smith, A rush over left guard for 6 yards to the FS26 (Dykes, D.J.). I form, HB lead Draw (Old Dallas Cowboys Emmit Smith staple).
2nd & 4 at FSU 26 Smith, A rush over left tackle for 2 yards to the FS28 (Lucas, Maurice;Sipili, Michael). A rare poor block by Hudson.
3rd & 2 at FSU 28 Reed, B rush ER for 5 yards to the FS33, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds. H& to Reed as he comes in motion.  Surrat throws a hell of a block.  
1st & 10 at FSU 33 Ponder, C flag pass incomplete to Fortson, J.. NON-COMPLETE # 5  I-Form, play Action.  Correct read, I think, as he had Fortson deep.  He was a half second late, IMO, but still made a good throw that Fortson could have had.  This IS his fault, as it would have been a difficult catch.  Colorado did not bite badly on the fake.  If he throws throws this a split second earlier on time, it's a huge gain as the safety can't get over.  NO DB touched the pass.  
2nd & 10 at FSU 33 Smith, A rush over left tackle for 2 yards to the FS35 (Hypolite,George). A rare poor read by Antone on the zone play.  Needed to bounce it, could have had 5 before being touched.  Caz had a pancake.
3rd & 8 at FSU 35 Ponder, C deep in pass complete to Fortson, J. for 17 yards to the CU48, 1ST DOWN FS (Dykes, D.J.). Where to start?  This was a big 3rd down.  4-wide GUN.  He hits Fortson on a deep square in.  This was an absolute laser.  3 important things:  1) This was a very difficult throw, as he had to get it over a linebacker & over the referee.  2) The ball was thrown behind Fortson, & this was a difficult catch to make.  3) IF he throws this to Fortson in stride, it's a 25+ yard completion.  4) Excellent pass protection by the line.  A slow developing route needs great blocking, & Ponder had four full seconds.  5)  I think this is where he started to trust his reads in the game.  he had Antone underneath for 5, & maybe Antone can pick up 8, but this is why CP was named the starter: to exploit weaknesses downfield.  In time, he will hit Fortson in stride for a big hitter.  Well done all around, especially The line & Fortson.  Also, he looked off a safety on this, something he did NOT do last week.
1st & 10 at COL 48 Ponder, C post pass incomplete to Carr, G. NONCOMPLETE # 6 TWIN WR I-FORM.  PA, they don't bite much.  Now, there were reasonable explanations for the first 5 non-completes, most of which were not solely Ponder's fault, if his at all.  This one was.  The protection was GREAT.  Nobody was open.  He threw the ball way late, to Carr, who wasn't open.  Ponder looked like a freshman here, & really needed to either use his legs to run, or just launch this to the end zone, where he MIGHT have had a shot.  This was a dangerous, ill advised, poorly thrown pass.  I would love to be a fly on the wall on Monday when Jimbo & CP talk this one over.
2nd & 10 at COL 48 Thomas, J. rush over right tackle for 7 yards to the CU41 (Mohler, Shaun). Thomas runs with authority on a  quick hitter up the middle out of 3 WR Single back, NO gun.  Nice job by Hudson to seal the DT.  
3rd & 3 at COL 41 Ponder, C flag pass incomplete to Reed, B. NON-COMPLETE # 7  Sprint out left, 2 man route as Caz & Antone stay in to block.  Ponder has Easterling for a second, but Ponder is cautious.  When he does square his shoulders, nobody is open, & Ponder throws this ball high & to the sidelines.  If you miss your short throwing window, what should you do?  Run.  In this case, however, he would have been tackled quickly.  This play was designed to be a man-buster (the motion is a tell), but CU played a great zone.  Ponder realized he missed his window of opportunity & didn't act stupid, as he threw the ball where it had no chance to be picked off.  The crowd booed, & the announcers said it was well off the mark, but there wasn't a spot for him to throw after the initial window.  This is the play I watched the most (5 or 6 times).  Watch it if you can, this window is tiny, if at all.
4th & 3 at COL 41 PENALTY FS delay of game (Powell, S.) 5 yards to the CU46. ACCEPTABLE PENALTY # 1: Delay of game on punt  Get more room to punt.  Also, I was very angry that we didn't go for this.  The coverage on the eventual punt was poor.   
4th & 8 at COL 46 Powell, S. punt 35 yards to the CU11, Smith, Josh return 6 yards to the CU17 (Wright, R). The coverage on the eventual punt was poor.   
Drive: 9 plays, 34 yards, TOP 04:06 PUNT
COLORADO drive start at 05:08.
1st & 10 at COL 17 Scott, Darrell rush over left guard for 7 yards to the CU24 (Lawson, R;Thacker, B). Walk on Jon Jones??!!! (# 58 DT) Got crushed here, huge hole.
2nd & 3 at COL 24 Stewart, Rodney rush left for 7 yards to the CU31, 1ST DOWN CU (McClure, D). Bradham & McClure miscommunicate as both overrun this play.  
1st & 10 at COL 31 Hawkins, Cody deep pass incomplete to Smith, Josh, QB hurry by White, M.,. Twin WR Right, TE Right, Strong I right, Play Action, 2 man route with 8 blockers, we blitz one, Markus White gets really good pressure, Hawkins throw is a bit off, but make no mistake, this was BUST # 2, as Smith had 4-5 yards on all defenders.  Garvin was the defender.  
2nd & 10 at COL 31 Sumler,Demetriu rush over left tackle for loss of 1 yard to the CU30 (Nicholson, D). Same formation, we're in a double twist, perfect call, Nicholson cleans this up.  Nice jump off the ball by the entire Dline (EB, KSTEW, BUDD, WHITE-- notice that walk on Jones is NOT in on this play.  Glad we get Griffin back this week).
3rd & 11 at COL 30 Hawkins, Cody screen pass incomplete to Sumler,Demetriu. K- GUN.  Announcers commentate that WR smith is visibly gassed.  We're in loose man & stay in 4-3 defense.  Obvious blitz coming.  We bring 6, force a quick throw, & Kendall Smith absolutely OWNED the RB, crushing him into the backfield before the throw even got off.  Thus, the play never had a shot.  
4th & 11 at COL 30 DiLallo, Matt punt 38 yards to the FS32, fair catch by Reed, B. YAY-- an essential cover corner is NOT back to return the punt.
Drive: 5 plays, 13 yards, TOP 01:57  PUNT A very up & down defensive series, featuring the big run through the walk-on DT, & BUST # 2 on Garvin, but also fierce pressure.
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 03:11.
1st & 10 at FSU 32 Ponder, C sideline pass complete to Carr, G for 13 yards to the FS45, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds (Brown, Jalil). 4-WR Stack, GUN.  I like this formation a lot.  Very nice protection by the entire line.  Ponder with the 7 step drop, hits Carr in stride on a Laser Out.  Excellent throwing lane.  Excellent job to step up.  This was  a beauty!  Excellent throwing lane as well.  Excellent job of trusting his route & throwing before the break, & excellent route by Carr.  Excellent.
1st & 10 at FSU 45 Ponder, C pass incomplete to Carr, G. Same Formation (4-WR Stack Gun).  FSU runs a similar play.  Ponder has to double clutch for a second, because Zebrie lets his man jump into the air.  Now, why does this play not go for a completion?  There are two explanations:  The first, is that Gregg Carr ran the wrong route.  This is possible, since Ponder looked really confused to the sideline, & the WR's had an automatic check:  you can see the WR's & Christian point (acknowledging the check).  Carr does NOT check or point, so maybe he missed it.  The second, is that he had Carr open on the stop route when the Defensive End jumped, but the window to throw closed, & he zipped the ball to the sideline.   If this is it, he did a hell of a job selling the idea that Carr ran the wrong route.  This might have happened as well, because the refs were about to call grounding, & Ponder knew he had to act this way to get them to hold off the flag.  
Either way, I can't see blaming him for this.  Watch & tell me what you think, but I'm going with "Carr's Fault" on this one.
2nd & 10 at FSU 45 PENALTY FS false start (Parker, P) 5 yards to the FS40. BAD PENALTY # 2
2nd & 15 at FSU 40 Smith, A rush left for 60 yards to the CU0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 02:29. I- Form.  We can't even line up.  Colorado stunts against the grain of our zone scheme.  Smith makes a slight stutter move to draw the defender into Surrat, who Surrat levels.  Parker throws a highly questionable block.  Datko holds for half a second, but is smart to let go & makes it look like a push.  Parker gets a piece of his guy, & Antone says "what turf toe"?  Very impressive speed.  Several CU defenders on the ground.  Antone put some serious space between him & the defender.  Talent is scary.  You can line up wrong, completely miscommunicate on the previous play, & still hit a big one.  # of CU defenders on the ground: 5.  Also, great hustle by Preston Parker.  
Gano, G kick attempt good.
Florida State 14, Colorado 7
Drive: 3 plays, 68 yards, TOP 00:42  ANTONE TD.
Esco, J kickoff 69 yards to the CU1, Smith, Josh return 3 yards to the CU4 (Wright, R;Garvin, M). Returner fumbles the ball, & Garvin actually has a shot to bury him at the 1, but he misses.  Up & down day for Garvin.  
COLORADO drive start at 02:20.
1st & 10 at COL 4 Stewart, Rodney rush left for 1 yard to the CU5 (Brown, E). Mincey & Brown both do a great job to shed their blocks with their h&s, while Moffett is disciplined on the back side!
2nd & 9 at COL 5 Timeout Florida State, clock 02:10. 2 years ago, under Jeffy, we would not have a timeout to use here, much less 3.  
2nd & 9 at COL 5 Hawkins, Cody pass complete to McKnight,Scotty for no gain to the CU5 (Rolle, M). Way loose man, 3wr, no gun, no blitz, quick pass to wr is slightly behind him b/c of insane pressure from Moffett & Thacker.  Myron rushes up, breaks down, squares his hips, & wraps the WR for no gain.  GREAT ,GREAT PLAY!
Timeout Florida State, clock 02:01. 2 years ago, under Jeffy, we would not have a timeout to use here, much less 3.  
3rd & 9 at COL 5 Scott, Darrell rush left for 2 yards to the CU7 (Thacker, B). Safe run, not a draw.  Mincey & Thacker excellent job.  
Timeout Florida State, clock 01:57. 2 years ago, under Jeffy, we would not have a timeout to use here, much less 3.  
4th & 7 at COL 7 PENALTY CU false start (Jones, Brad) 4 yards to the CU3.
4th & 11 at COL 3 DiLallo, Matt punt BLOCKED, recovered by CU TEAM at CU0, Watson, D safety, clock 01:54 (blocked by Watson, D). Dakota Watson is just a beast, physically.  We were in full block here, & the up-back was destroyed.  Also, Watson's jump was so fast; I think he read something (not the ball).  
Florida State 16, Colorado 7
DRIVE TOTALS: FlaSt drive: 0 plays -97 yards, 00:00 FlaSt SAF Drive: 3 plays, minus 1 yards, TOP 00:26 This drive was all about the "welcome back crew."  Mincey & Moffett were beasts, & owned the LOS.  Watson blocked the punt with plenty of room to spare.  Welcome back guys!!
DiLallo, Matt kickoff 44 yards to the FS36, Reed, B return 41 yards to the CU23 (Dykes, D.J.). Hey, a player other than a starting corner is returning a kick!  Sweet!
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 01:44.
1st & 10 at COL 23 Ponder, C HT pass complete to Carr, G for 11 yards to the CU12, 1ST DOWN FS (McKay, Gardner). 4-WR Stack set again.  No blitz, & Ponder had 3 options open.  Antone in the flat, Surrency on Antone's side on an 8 yard hitch, or Carr on a 5 yard hitch.  Personally, I think he chose the worst of the 3 options.  I can't criticize him, however, when he stays in the pocket, steps up, & delivers a strike.  For purposes of this, I have to assume that was his first read.  Carr takes his hitch, makes a move, & drags a tackler for 6 more.  Read that again.  Carr has changed.  
1st & 10 at COL 12 Ponder, C rush right for loss of 1 yard to the CU13 (Brown,Cha'pelle;Brown, Jalil). Ponder needed to be calmer down here, as he looked rushed.  The play was a zone read (think Vince young) from 4WR Gun.  Zebrie blew his block.  Also, for whatever reason, Surrency & Easterling ran the motion of a bubble screen.  Very weird.  Watch if you can.  
2nd & 11 at COL 13 Ponder, C flag pass incomplete to Easterling, T. NON- COMPLETE # 9 Best throw he made all day.  4 wide gun.  Colorado brings blitz , we pick it up.  Now, yesterday some thought he had another guy open.  He made up his mind to throw at the 0:48 mark, & at that time, his read was correct.  This ball was beautifully thrown to the corner of the end zone.  Easterling couldn't get the foot down, but the DB never had a chance.  I question the personnel use here.  Why not have Surrency, Carr, Fortson, Parker, or even Owens run that route!?  This was a great throw.  He had ZERO margin for error here, & this was the right read.  
3rd & 11 at COL 13 PENALTY FS delay of game (Ponder, C) 5 yards to the CU18. BAD PENALTY # 3.  I think this is on Jimbo.  Why?  Ponder went to the sideline immediately to get the play.  He didn't return to the huddle until 0:11.  If he arrived at the sidelines with :32 of the 40 second clock left, that means it took Fisher 18 seconds to call the play, leaving Christian basically no time.  Now, we did get this snap off, but Antone tried to call a timeout (delay of game when you don't have one).  So, yeah, Chris Webber Clusterjob.  Frustrating.
3rd & 16 at COL 18 Ponder, C post pass incomplete to Parker, P. NON- COMPLETE # 10: 4 WR Stack GUN:  Many problems on this play.  Bad block by Zebrie (driven back & let man inside.  Very very Lazy route by Fortson or Carr, couldn't tell (didn't threaten defense).  Ponder had to throw off his back foot here (well, didn't HAVE TO, but the pressure was in his face).  He launched it out of the end zone.  I do think he had him if he could have stepped up & thrown on time.  Also, Antone out in the flat on a 3rd & 16?  Not a real option.  I didn't like the blocking, route running, or the QB play on this play.  I also didn't like Fisher's call here., as there weren't any routes to threaten the defense downfield or over the middle, except for Parker.
4th & 16 at COL 18 Gano, G field goal attempt from 36 GOOD, clock 00:34.
Florida State 19, Colorado 7
Drive: 5 plays, 5 yards, TOP 01:10 FG 
Esco, J kickoff 40 yards to the CU30, Sipili, Michael return 8 yards to the CU38 (Lampkin, B.). Very very glad to see Lampkin on special teams & NOT playing on defense, where he cost FSU last week.  
COLORADO drive start at 00:29.
1st & 10 at COL 38 Hawkins, Cody sacked for loss of 7 yards to the CU31 (Brown, E). Every Dlineman beat his man here.  In fact, Mincey took up 2 blockers, & that made Brown's spin move all the more effective.
End of half, clock 00:00.
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