Florida State Film Review: Seminoles' Defense v. Virginia's Offense

Welcome to another edition of the Florida State film review.  FSU's defense dominated Virginia all day.

Drive #1

  • Hopkins, D. kickoff 70 yards to the VA0, Horne,R return 24 yards to the VA24 (Harley, J.), PENALTY FS personal foul 15 yards to the VA39, 1st and 10, VA ball on VA39.  The personal foul here was awful.  Jenije was going down because the guy pushed him.
  •  V 1-10 V39 Verica,M pass incomplete to Burd,K. It was absolutely ridiculous what they got away with.  FSU came out and played cover-2 man under (2 deep with corners and linebackers in man).  Moody is late getting over top but it doesn't cost FSU.  Markus White smoked the right tackle with a nice inside swim.
  •  V 2-10 V39 PENALTY VA holding (Cabbell,B.J) 10 yards to the VA29.  Excellent play by White, Jacobbi McDaniel, and Nigel Bradham cleans up.   Right guard has to tackle McDaniel.
  •  V 2-20 V29 Jones,P rush for 3 yards to the VA32 (Moody, N.).  Markus White and Bradham play this quite well.  Moody takes an iffy angle and could have been called for the horse collar but was not.
  •  V 3-17 V32 Jones,P rush for 3 yards to the VA35 (Dawkins, E.;Bradham, N.).   Excellent job by McDaniel and White!  Bradham cleans it up.
  •  V 4-14 V35 Howell,J punt 50 yards to the FS15, Reid, G. return 7 yards to the FS22 (Aiken,D;Milien,M).  Demps blows a block here otherwise Reid has about 13.  
  • 3 plays, minus 4 yards, TOP 01:58 

Drive #2

  • Hopkins, D. kickoff 45 yards to the VA25, out-of-bounds, VA ball on VA40.   Ridiculous.  Not much analysis here.
  • Va 1-10 at Va40 VIRGINIA drive start at 08:40. Va 1-10 at Va40 Verica,M pass incomplete to Burd,K (Rhodes, X.).  3-step drop from I-formation.  Protection is very good despite Brandon Jenkins getting an excellent jump.  Rhodes makes a great break on the comeback route and crushes the receiver with perfect timing.  Rhodes is a good corner who might turn into a great corner. 
  • Va 2-10 at Va40 Verica,M pass complete to Jones,P for 1 yard to the VA41, fumble forced by Alexander, M., fumble by Jones,P recovered by VA TEAM at VA41, out-of-bounds. Tremendous hit by Mister Alexander on the screen pass.  One of the best FSU hits I have ever seen.
  • Va 3-9 at Va41 Verica,M pass incomplete to Inman,D.  Excellent zone blitz by FSU.  Guy was open but pressure forced a wild throw.  Well executed.   
  • Va 4-9 at Va41 Howell,J punt 29 yards to the FS30, downed. Drive: 3 plays, 1 yards, TOP 01:04   Chad Abram needs to lay his man out here so Greg can catch the ball.  Almost a disaster here as the refs could have given this to UVA off Christian Jones.

Drive #3

  • Hopkins, D. kickoff 70 yards to the VA0, Horne,R return 25 yards to the VA25 (Demps, G.).  Excellent kickoff 6 yards deep!  Either Dent or Haggins misses the tackle (can't see the number).  Should have been stopped at the 17.  
  • Va 1-10 at Va25 VIRGINIA drive start at 07:24. Va 1-10 at Va25 Jones,P rush for 10 yards to the VA35, 1ST DOWN VA (Moody, N.;Reid, G.).  Everybody gets blocked.  Jenkins doesn't squeeze.  McDaniel doesn't hold ground.  Linebackers don't fill.  Ugly.  
  • Va 1-10 at Va35 Verica,M pass incomplete to Milien,M, dropped pass.  Pass to the flats.  Alexander probably stops him for a gain of 4, but this was an ugly throw and I give FSU no credit for it.  Pure bad offense by UVA. 
  • Va 2-10 at Va35 Verica,M pass incomplete to Burd,K.  I-formation shifted to pro-set.  FSU plays cover-2 man (shell).  Throw is iffy but the coverage by Xavier Rhodes on this deep comeback (or square in) is decent.
  • Va 3-10 at Va35 Verica,M pass complete to Jones,P for no gain to the VA35 (Smith, K.).  Stoops brings another zone blitz on 3rd-long.  5 come and Brandon Jenkins drops.  UVA runs a screen.  Well designed, but FSU's players are too talented.  Good recognition by Jenkins.  Excellent hustle by Amp McCloud and Nigel Bradham and they actually run into each other.  Kendall Smith with the nice cleanup and hustle.  
  • Va 4-10 at Va35 Howell,J punt 51 yards to the FS14, fair catch by Reid, G.  Excellent punt.  
  • Drive: 4 plays, 10 yards, TOP 01:29

Drive #4

  • Hopkins, D. kickoff 70 yards to the VA0, touchback. Va 1-10 at Va20 VIRGINIA drive start at 14:56.  Finally got his act together.  
  • Va 1-10 at Va20 Payne,K rush for 3 yards to the VA23 (Bradham, N.;McAllister, D.).  McDaniel blown off the ball by the double team.  Really bad effort there.  
  • Va 2-7 at Va23 Verica,M sacked for loss of 8 yards to the VA15 (Rhodes, X.).  Stoops brings a corner blitz.  Hadn't seen that yet this year.  Good pressure by Jones and Rhodes cleans it up.
  • Va 3-15 at Va15 Verica,M sacked for loss of 5 yards to the VA10 (McAllister, D.).  Tremendous coverage and all 4 rushers eventually close in.  Coverage sack and protection was not terrible.  
  • Va 4-20 at Va10 Howell,J punt 43 yards to the FS47, Reid, G. return -2 yards to the FS45 (Womack,T;Freedman,P).   Don't like the blocking right now on the punt returns.  Not awful but nothing special.  
  • Drive: 3 plays, minus 10 yards, TOP 02:11

Drive #5

  • Hopkins, D. kickoff 70 yards to the VA0, touchback. 
  • Va 1-10 at Va20 VIRGINIA drive start at 10:18. Va 1-10 at Va20 Jones,P rush for loss of 1 yard to the VA19 (Dawkins, E.;Rhodes, X.).  FSU isn't even lined up all the way but boy does Everett Dawkins play this great.  Gets penetration then shuffles down the line to his help.  Great play.  
  • Va 2-11 at Va19 Verica,M pass complete to Payne,K for 10 yards to the VA29 (Smith, K.;Jones, C.), PENALTY FS personal foul (Moody, N.) 15 yards to the VA44, 1ST DOWN VA.   Very nice spin move by Jenkins.  Quick drop-off to the back.  Verica hadn't taken this all day and FSU was giving it.  Moody spears the guy with his helmet and gets flagged.
  • Va 1-10 at Va44 1st and 10. Va 1-10 at Va44 Verica,M pass complete to Payne,K for 16 yards to the FS40, 1ST DOWN VA (Smith, K.;Moody, N.). Looks like there is a coverage bust here.  Rhodes is playing man while one of the backers is playing zone. That means the flat is uncovered.  
  • Va 1-10 at Fs40 Verica,M pass incomplete. Rhodes on the zone blitz right into the backside of a poorly-faked bootleg.  
  • Va 2-10 at Fs40 Jones,P rush for 1 yard to the FS39 (Bradham, N.).  FSU brings the blitz again and hits it.  Numbers.
  • Va 3-9 at Fs39 Payne,K rush for 8 yards to the FS31 (Moody, N.;Dawkins, E.). Pitch to the big man.   UVA blocks this really, really well, and it's a play you don't see coming.  Who pitches to the fullback to the short side when they need 9 yards?  UVA did.  White, Dawkins, Bradham, and Rhodes all pinned inside.
  • Va 4-1 at Fs31 Payne,K rush for 1 yard to the FS30, 1ST DOWN VA (Jenkins, B.).  This play was complete garbage.  Smith flat out crushes the back in mid air and he doesn't even get back to the original line of scrimmage, but the refs give it to him anyway.
  • Va 1-10 at Fs30 PENALTY VA unsportsmanlike conduct (Mihota,A) 15 yards to the FS45.   
  • Va 1-25 at Fs45 1st and 10. Va 1-10 at Fs45 Jones,P rush for 2 yards to the FS43 (White, M.).  Nice job holding ground by everyone.  Just a stack.  Markus White set the edge.
  • Va 2-8 at Fs43 Verica,M sacked for loss of 2 yards to the FS45 (White, M.).   FSU brings the blitz, nice move by Jenkins, Verica refuses to take the checkdown, and White cleans it up.  
  • Va 3-10 at Fs45 Verica,M pass incomplete to Torchia,J, dropped pass.   Outlet pass on 3rd-10 and Mike Harris crushes the tight end as he bobbles the ball.  Never a threat for the first down.  UVA holding ridiculously here.
  • Va 4-10 at Fs45 Howell,J punt 45 yards to the FS0, touchback. 
  • Drive: 10 plays, 35 yards, TOP 04:29  Not a good drive for FSU but the refs didn't help.  

Drive #6

  • Va 1-10 at Va20 VIRGINIA drive start at 02:30. Va 1-10 at Va20 Verica,M pass incomplete to Jones,P.   Screen pass.  Overthrown but FSU had it played very well for a 3-4 yard loss had he caught it.  Excellent job by Jenkins as well.
  • Va 2-10 at Va20 Verica,M pass incomplete to Burd,K.   Quick drop, post, badly thrown behind.  Had he thrown it on target there would have been a nice collision between Parks and the receiver.  
  • Va 3-10 at Va20 Verica,M pass incomplete to Torchia,J.   Tremendous coverage from Mike Harris on the hybrid WR/TE.  In his hip pocket all the way.  UVA tried to go quick verticals on this drive and it was ugly.
  • Va 4-10 at Va20 Howell,J punt 38 yards to the FS42, Reid, G. return 23 yards to the VA35 (Snyder,M;Womack,T). 
  • Drive: 3 plays, 0 yards, TOP 00:24

Drive #7

  • Va 1-10 at Va25 VIRGINIA drive start at 11:58. Va 1-10 at Va25 Jones,P rush for loss of 1 yard to the VA24 (Jenkins, B.).  Tremendous play by Everett Dawkins to ride the hip and make the play.
  • Va 2-11 at Va24 Verica,M pass complete to Burd,K for 76 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN VA, TOUCHDOWN, clock 11:13. Randolph,R kick attempt good. Florida State 27, Virginia 7  Corner zone blitz, Nick Moody has deep responsibility here, and he doesn't play it.  Busted coverage.  As I said in the preview, UVA can't beat FSU unless it has mental busts.
  • Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, TOP 00:45

Drive #8

  • Va 1-10 at Va07 VIRGINIA drive start at 08:31. Va 1-10 at Va07 Verica,M pass complete to Burd,K for 9 yards to the VA16 (Jones, C.).   Soft cover 3, Reid late to break on the ball.
  • Va 2-1 at Va16 Jones,P rush for 3 yards to the VA19, 1ST DOWN VA (Bradham, N.;Jones, C.).   Very nice cutback running on a power to the boundary.
  • Va 1-10 at Va19 PENALTY VA holding (Cabbell,B.J) 9 yards to the VA10.  Finally UVA gets flagged for holding as its right guard executes a takedown.  
  • Va 1-19 at Va10 Jones,P rush for 4 yards to the VA14 (Jenkins, B.). Poorly played by Markus White, loses point of attack.  
  • Va 2-15 at Va14 Verica,M pass complete to Inman,D for 6 yards to the VA20 (Reid, G.).  FSU in soft zone here and UVA only grabs 6 on 2nd-15.  Flip to the running back.  
  • Va 3-9 at Va20 Verica,M pass complete to Payne,K for 13 yards to the VA33, 1ST DOWN VA (Reid, G.).  Poorly played by Christian Jones.  Too much of a spot drop.
  • Va 1-10 at Va33 Payne,K rush for 2 yards to the VA35 (Smith, K.;Jenkins, B.).   Pretty well squeezed by Jenkins.
  • Va 2-8 at Va35 Verica,M pass complete to Inman,D for 24 yards to the FS41, 1ST DOWN VA (Rhodes, X.).  Same zone blitz as first quarter, Markus White drops, 5 come, UVA throws the post over White in front of Rhodes.  Only difference is pressure gets picked up this time so throw isn't wild. Jenije late.
  • Va 1-10 at Fs41 Burd,K rush for no gain to the FS41 (Rhodes, X.).  Great play by Rhodes.  Stayed home on end around.
  • Va 2-10 at Fs41 Verica,M pass complete to Torchia,J for 11 yards to the FS30, 1ST DOWN VA (Harris, M.). 
  • Va 1-10 at Fs30 Timeout Virginia, clock 03:12. 
  • Va 1-10 at Fs30 Verica,M pass intercepted by Reid, G. at the FS0, Reid, G. return 0 yards to the FS0, touchback.   Bad play be the QB.  Not much in terms of a great defensive play.
  • Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, TOP 05:27

After this is "garbage time" and I don't break that down in the interest of time.

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