Driving For Improvement: The 19 ACC Scoring Drives FSU Cannot Allow Again: #'s 13-7

Over the next few days we will be looking for areas in which Florida State can improve in the 2010 season.  Specifically, we are going to review 19 of the 43 scoring drives Florida State allowed in ACC play in order to highlight areas of potential improvement.  Later in the Summer we will offer our estimations of how much Florida State's defense can improve.  And the 88th-ranked defense has a lot of room for improvement.  Last week, we looked at plays 19-14.  Today we'll look back at drives 13-7. 

Today's set of drives allowed all fall into a category.  All were touchdown drives allowed by FSU during which the opponent averaged 13 yards per snap of the football.  (Yes, the next set is worse but let's focus on today's set for now).    To put it in perspective, if  FSU played like this for an entire 66-play game, it would surrender 858 yards and 79 points.

#13  Boston College 80 yards on 7 plays.  Yes, the same BC that had 55 total yards against Clemson.

Bc 1-10 at Bc20 Shinskie, D pass complete to Gunnell, R for 10 yards to the BC30, 1ST DOWN BC (Mangum, K).
Bc 1-10 at Bc30 Harris, M rush for 5 yards to the BC35 (Jenije, O).
Bc 2-5 at Bc35 Harris, M rush for 4 yards to the BC39 (Watson, D;White, M).
Bc 3-1 at Bc39 Shinskie, D pass complete to Larmond, Jr., C for 4 yards to the BC43, 1ST DOWN BC, out-of-bounds (Jenije, O).
Bc 1-10 at Bc43 Shinskie, D pass incomplete.
Bc 2-10 at Bc43 Shinskie, D pass incomplete (Reid, G).
Bc 3-10 at Bc43 Shinskie, D pass incomplete to Larmond, Jr., C, PENALTY FS pass interference 15 yards to the FS42, 1ST DOWN BC
Bc 1-10 at Fs42 Harris, M rush for 42 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN BC, TOUCHDOWN, clock 04:07.
Remember from the previous article how FSU failed to force any 2nd and 8+ or 3rd and 5+ situations?  Not here.  FSU forces two decent leverage downs, but then commits pass interference on 3rd and 10.  Next play BC with the long run.

#'s 12-7 inside... if you have the stomach.

#12  NC State 80 yards on 7 plays. 
Ncs 1-10 at Ncs20 Baker,T. rush over left tackle for 3 yards to the NCS23 (McCray, M;Bradham, N), clock 11:30.
Ncs 2-7 at Ncs23 Wilson,R. sideline pass complete to Baker,T. for 12 yards to the NCS35, 1ST DOWN NCS, out-of-bounds, clock 11:07.
Ncs 1-10 at Ncs35 Baker,T. rush over left tackle for 5 yards to the NCS40 (Smith, K;Robinson, J), clock 10:33.
Ncs 2-5 at Ncs40 Wilson,R. sideline pass complete to Spencer,O. for 6 yards to the NCS46, 1ST DOWN NCS, out-of-bounds, clock 10:09.
Ncs 1-10 at Ncs46 Baker,T. rush left for 9 yards to the FS45 (McCray, M;Mangum, K), clock 09:32.
Ncs 2-1 at Fs45 Baker,T. rush up middle for 16 yards to the FS29, 1ST DOWN NCS (Robinson, J), clock 09:05.
Ncs 1-10 at Fs29 Wilson,R. middle pass complete to Bryan,G. for 29 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN NCS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 08:34.

This was pretty amazing.  6 of NC State's 7 plays went for 5+ yards.  That is decidedly not winning first down.



#11:  Clemson 73 yards on 6 plays.

Cu 1-10 at Cu27 Ellington, A rush for 1 yard to the CU28 (Watson, D;Smith, K).
Cu 2-9 at Cu28 Parker, K rush for 10 yards to the CU38, 1ST DOWN CU (Watson, D;Robinson, J).
Cu 1-10 at Cu38 Spiller, C rush for 13 yards to the FS49, 1ST DOWN CU (Bradham, N).
Cu 1-10 at Fs49 Ellington, A rush for 43 yards to the FS6, 1ST DOWN CU (Robinson, J).
Cu 1-G at Fs06 Spiller, C rush for 4 yards to the FS2 (Robinson, P).
Cu 2-G at Fs02 Parker, K pass complete to Barry, D for 2 yards to the FS0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 04:06.
FSU actually have itself a chance on this drive.  For one play.  The 'Noles stopped Clemson on 1st down, but then Clemson went to the automatic gainer of 2009 v. FSU (QB run).  Clemson ran 5 straight times on this drive for 71 yards, including the big gainer by Ellington as White, Watson, and Mangum missed gaps or took poor angles.


#10 Miami 61 yards on 6 plays
Um 1-10 at Um39 Harris, J. post pass complete to Benjamin, T. for 29 yards to the FS32, 1ST DOWN UM (Jenije, O;Robinson, P), clock 01:17.
Um 1-10 at Fs32 Cooper, G. rush up middle for 2 yards to the FS30 (Mangum, K), clock 00:45.
Um 2-8 at Fs30 Harris, J. deep pass incomplete to Benjamin, T. (Robinson, P), PENALTY FS pass interference (Robinson, P) 15 yards to the FS15, 1ST DOWN UM, NO PLAY, clock 00:11.
Um 1-10 at Fs15 Cooper, G. rush right for 13 yards to the FS2, 1ST DOWN UM, out-of-bounds (Carr, N), clock 00:02.
Um 1-G at Fs02 James, J. rush over left guard for 1 yard to the FS1 (Watson, D;Harris, M), clock 14:48.
Um 2-G at Fs01 James, J. rush over left guard for no gain to the FS1, PENALTY FS offside 0 yards to the FS1, NO PLAY.
Um 2-G at Fs01 Harris, J. rush quarterback sneak for 1 yard to the FS0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 13:43.
Just overall bad defense and again UM didn't even face a 3rd down.  


#9:  NC State opens big, messes around, then scores.
Ncs 1-10 at Ncs20 Wilson,R. deep pass complete to Spencer,O. for 61 yards to the FS19, 1ST DOWN NCS, out-of-bounds (Robinson, J), clock 04:43.
Ncs 1-10 at Fs19 PENALTY NCS false start (Vermiglio,J.) 5 yards to the FS24.
Ncs 1-15 at Fs24 Eugene,J. rush left for loss of 7 yards to the FS31 (White, M), clock 03:42.
Ncs 2-22 at Fs31 PENALTY NCS false start (Vermiglio,J.) 5 yards to the FS36.
Ncs 2-27 at Fs36 Wilson,R. rush quarterback scramble for 14 yards to the FS22 (Bradham, N), PENALTY FS personal foul (Reid, G) 11 yards to the FS11, 1ST DOWN NCS, clock 02:42.
Ncs 1-10 at Fs11 1st and 10.
Ncs 1-10 at Fs11 Wilson,R. crossing pass incomplete to Bryan,G., clock 02:13.
Injured player for FSU is #95-McNeil.
Ncs 2-10 at Fs11 Wilson,R. middle pass complete to Bryan,G. for 4 yards to the FS7 (Robinson, J), clock 02:02.
Ncs 3-6 at Fs07 Wilson,R. crossing pass complete to Williams,Ja. for 7 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN NCS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 01:29.
FSU allows a 61-yard pass to open the drive and squanders some great field position.  An injury and two false starts stall the drive a bit before State throws it in on the only 3rd down of the game.


#8:  5 plays, 79 yards.
Wf 1-10 at Wf21 Adams, J rush left for 16 yards to the WF37, 1ST DOWN WF (McNeil, K).
Wf 1-10 at Wf37 Brown, D rush left for 12 yards to the WF49, 1ST DOWN WF (Robinson, J).
Wf 1-10 at Wf49 Skinner, R pass incomplete to Rinfrette, M (Watson, D).
Wf 2-10 at Wf49 Skinner, R crossing pass complete to Adams, J for 16 yards to the FS35, 1ST DOWN WF (Robinson, J), PENALTY FS personal foul (Mangum, K) 15 yards to the FS20, 1ST DOWN WF.
Wf 1-10 at Fs20 1st and 10.
Wf 1-10 at Fs20 Adams, J rush right for 20 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN WF, TOUCHDOWN, clock 02:12.
Wake didn't even face a 3rd down here and had 4 plays of 10+ yards.  


#7:  The Spiller on K. Smith.   5 plays 80 yards.
Cu 1-10 at Cu20 Spiller, C rush for 8 yards to the CU28 (Bradham, N).
Cu 2-2 at Cu28 Spiller, C rush for 4 yards to the CU32, 1ST DOWN CU (Bradham, N).
Cu 1-10 at Cu32 Parker, K rush for 8 yards to the CU40 (Watson, D).
Cu 2-2 at Cu40 Harper, J rush for 2 yards to the CU42, 1ST DOWN CU (Watson, D).
Cu 1-10 at Cu42 Parker, K pass complete to Spiller, C for 58 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN CU, TOUCHDOWN, clock 11:31.
Clemson outplayed FSU for most of the game despite the early score, but this is the score that put the Tigers ahead.  Clemson faced zero negative leverage downs, gaining 8, 8, and 58 yards on each 1st down it saw (each resulting second down was positively leveraged in Clemson's favor.)

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