Florida State football film review: Clemson 3rd quarter

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

With the launch of our new technology and a sinus infection, I didn't get to this last week. But I did see your emails asking for it. The fourth quarter will follow.

FSU's offense stuck with its plan, while the defense was more disciplined and physical playing man coverage. FSU's depth also started to take over.

Found a video of these plays, too, so click and find the spots.

Down Distance Play O-Form D-Form Comment/Analysis
BENTON kickoff 62 yards to the FS3, JOYNER, L. return 23 yards to the FS26 (R. SMITH), PENALTY FS holding (JONES, C.) 10 yards to the FS16, 1st and 10, FS ball on FS16. Legit holding call.
1-10 at Fs16 THOMPSON, C. rush left for 3 yards to the FS19 (MEEKS), clock 14:37. 22 335 Inside zone, squeezed by Clemson's No. 5. Well blocked mostly.
2-7 at Fs19 Manuel, EJ sideline pass incomplete to DENT, G., dropped pass, clock 14:15. 11 gun 335 Really bad drop here by Dent on the flat half of the curl/flat. Doesn't secure it before attempting to run.
3-7 at Fs19 Manuel, EJ middle pass complete to GREENE, R. for 11 yards to the FS30, 1ST DOWN FS (BREELAND), clock 14:07. 11 gun 335 Manuel is calm in the pocket v. blitz and while the throw isn't great, he does a very nice job of getting through his reads.
1-10 at Fs30 Manuel, EJ middle pass incomplete to SMITH, R., dropped pass, clock 13:54. 12 335 Bootleg, Clemson covers it, think he could have waited longer or maybe someone busted a route. Not really a bad drop here considering coverage.
2-10 at Fs30 THOMPSON, C. rush left for 1 yard to the FS31, out-of-bounds (CHRISTIAN), clock 13:47. 12 335 Toss to the boundary, very nice pull by Cam Erving, but Greene can't get backer blocked and Cam should pick him up.
3-9 at Fs31 Manuel, EJ post pass incomplete to SHAW, K., clock 13:19. 10 gun 325 Pass pro v. 3 man rush is OK, Manuel fires too high for an open Shaw.
Drive: 6 plays, 15 yards, TOP 01:43 Some mistakes, not that many great plays by Clemson.
4-9 at Fs31 BEATTY, C. punt 36 yards to the CU33, out-of-bounds. Awful punt. Unacceptable. But... freshman.
1-10 at Cu33 S. WATKINS rush left for 5 yards to the CU38 (JONES, C.), clock 12:54. 11 gun 425 Outside counter, Carradine plays it OK but Watkins may want to bounce this.
2-5 at Cu38 S. WATKINS rush left for 4 yards to the CU42, out-of-bounds (BROOKS, T.), clock 12:40. 11 gun 425 Seems like same play, Jones needs to keep outside leverage better. Brooks is fast here though his angle may actually be a bit flat.
3-1 at Cu42 BOYD rush over left tackle for 4 yards to the CU46, 1ST DOWN CU (JOYNER, L.), clock 12:29. 11 gun 425 QB power, McCloud gets blocked way too easily.
1-10 at Cu46 BOYD screen pass complete to S. WATKINS for 2 yards to the CU48 (WILLIAMS, V.), clock 12:08. 00 gun 425 Bubble, played very well by Hunter, Vince Williams and Nick Waisome.
2-8 at Cu48 S. WATKINS deep pass complete to ELLINGTON for 52 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN CU, TOUCHDOWN, clock 11:48. 11 gun 425 Christian Jones bites on the fake and Brooks does not take a great angle here, though Ellington is good in space. Nice play by Clemson.
CATANZARO kick attempt good.
Clemson 28, Florida State 14
Drive: 5 plays, 67 yards, TOP 01:23 Fail, obviously.
PINION kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, touchback.
1-10 at Fs25 Manuel, EJ screen pass complete to BENJAMIN, K. for 64 yards to the CU11, 1ST DOWN FS (WILLARD), clock 11:35. 11 gun 335 This is a shovel sweep not a screen. This play seems like a huge F-You to Clemson, almost after all of their trickery. It's a play Clemson runs. FSU blocks it very well, with Erving, Jackson, Pryor and O'Leary all getting in on the action. Greene may have a BITB there, too.

1-10 at Cu11 PENALTY FS false start (WATSON, M.) 5 yards to the CU16, clock 11:24.
1-15 at Cu16 THOMPSON, C. rush right for 2 yards to the CU14 (SHUEY), PENALTY FS holding 10 yards to the CU26, NO PLAY, clock 10:51.
1-25 at Cu26 Manuel, EJ rush right for 17 yards to the CU9 (ROBINSON), clock 10:31. 21 335 Manuel checks to this based on the defense. Great job.Manuel needs to wait for his blocker and he has a walk-in TD IMO.
2-8 at Cu09 THOMPSON, C. rush OL for 9 yards to the CU0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 10:09. 21 335 Great cut by Lonnie Pryor and block by Rodney Smith and Nick O'Leary on the option run.
HOPKINS, D. kick attempt good.
Clemson 28, Florida State 21
Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, TOP 01:44 Explosive response.
HOPKINS, D. kickoff 55 yards to the CU10, S. WATKINS return 26 yards to the CU36 (DARBY, R.). Great job by Darby to get him down, but FSU has to stay in its rush lanes.
1-10 at Cu36 BOYD rush over left tackle for 3 yards to the CU39 (CARRADINE, C.), clock 09:48. 11 gun 425 Very well played by Carradine on the read play.
2-7 at Cu39 BOYD slant pass incomplete to HOPKINS (WAISOME, N.), clock 09:34. 11 gun 425 Quick slant and Waisome reads it and quick breaks it up. Aggressive play because FSU has safety help over top allowing him to be.
3-7 at Cu39 BOYD rush QX for 14 yards to the FS47, 1ST DOWN CU (JONES, C.), clock 09:25. 11 gun 425 FSU loses rush lane integrity. Selfish. And WTF is McAllister doing chasing the RB? Played a good game but there is no place for that. Strange.
1-10 at Fs47 ELLINGTON rush OL for 5 yards to the FS42, out-of-bounds (CARRADINE, C.), clock 09:13. 11 gun 425 Option reverse off counter is actually not played badly. Smart play by Clemson.
2-5 at Fs42 ELLINGTON rush left for 5 yards to the FS37, 1ST DOWN CU (JONES, C.), clock 08:40. 11 gun 425 Clemson outnumbers FSU and this is a nice run.
1-10 at Fs37 ELLINGTON rush EL for 2 yards to the FS35 (BROOKS, T.), clock 08:09. 11 gun 425 Reverse, played OK, Ellington slips and is held to 2.
2-8 at Fs35 BOYD sideline pass incomplete to S. WATKINS, clock 08:02. 11 gun 425 Clemson tries a double move, FSU covers it beautifully, Werner gets pressure, Boyd throws it away.
3-8 at Fs35 BOYD rush QX for 2 yards to the FS33 (JONES, C.;MCALLISTER, D.), clock 07:32. 11 gun 425 Werner with a nice bull move outside, can't finish, Boyd slips Jernigan, and Vince but good pursuit by McAllister. Great coverage.
4-6 at Fs33 CATANZARO field goal attempt from 50 GOOD, clock 07:07.
Clemson 31, Florida State 21
Drive: 9 plays, 31 yards, TOP 03:11
PINION kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, JOYNER, L. return 90 yards to the CU10 (C. DAVIS). Karlos Williams almost gets called for a pointless clip here. Excellent return.
1-G at Cu10 Manuel, EJ rush OL for 1 yard to the CU9 (ST. ANTHONY), clock 06:39. 21 335 Option to boundary. Not sure why Erving passes 91 up to find a backer. Smart of Manuel to cut it up.
2-G at Cu09 Manuel, EJ sideline pass complete to GREENE, R. for 9 yards to the CU0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 06:15. 21 gun 335 Excellent job of reading coverage while executing PA fake, Clemson overplays the front and Manuel sees and accurately hits the backside. Very good blitz pickup by Pryor. Excellent job.
HOPKINS, D. kick attempt good.
Clemson 31, Florida State 28
Drive: 2 plays, 10 yards, TOP 00:38
HOPKINS, D. kickoff 65 yards to the CU0, touchback.
1-10 at Cu25 Timeout Clemson, clock 06:15.
1-10 at Cu25 BOYD TA pass incomplete to FORD, QB hurry by DAWKINS, E., clock 06:09. 11 gun 425 Dawkins has a very nice hurry on Boyd who throws it away. Good pressure up gut. FSU is the better conditioned team IMO.
2-10 at Cu25 BOYD screen pass complete to ELLINGTON for 1 yard to the CU26 (HUNTER, T.), clock 05:50. 11 gun 425 Very good open field tackle by Hunter against the dangerous Ellington on the swing.
3-9 at Cu26 BOYD post pass incomplete to S. WATKINS, clock 05:30. 11 gun 335 FSU does not want this matchup, but Clemson gets it and Jones does a great job in coverage on Watkins. Blitz forces throw earlier than Clemson wants. Joyner needs to be deeper over the top IMO.
Drive: 3 plays, 6 yards, TOP 00:57
4-9 at Cu26 PENALTY FS substitution infraction 5 yards to the CU31, clock 05:30. wtf
4-4 at Cu31 BENTON punt 33 yards to the FS36, downed. Caught a break here. Bad punt.
1-10 at Fs36 THOMPSON, C. rush left for loss of 1 yard to the FS35 (BLANKS), clock 05:01. 20 gun 335 OZ, Erving actually blocks his man so well that it screws up Pryor's block.
2-11 at Fs35 Manuel, EJ middle pass complete to SHAW, K. for 9 yards to the FS44 (BREWER), clock 04:22. 11 gun 335 3 step curl flat, Clemson plays it horrible, easy play. Clemson v. that combo all night was terrible.
3-2 at Fs44 Manuel, EJ middle pass complete to SHAW, K. for 8 yards to the CU48, 1ST DOWN FS (WILLARD), clock 03:58. 11 gun 335 Good patience and finds the open man.Similar play to previous, probably wanted to go front side, but... backside open again so he hit it.
1-10 at Cu48 Manuel, EJ crossing pass complete to DENT, G. for 17 yards to the CU31, 1ST DOWN FS (HALL), clock 03:24. 11 gun 335 Decent coverage by Clemson, but protection is flawless and their rush sucks. Manuel takes his time and finds the crosser.
1-10 at Cu31 THOMPSON, C. rush over right guard for 9 yards to the CU22 (BLANKS), clock 03:00. 11 gun 335 Draw, pull Matias, well blocked.
2-1 at Cu22 THOMPSON, C. rush left for 3 yards to the CU19, PENALTY FS holding (O'LEARY, N.) 10 yards to the CU29, clock 02:44. 11 gun 335 Awesome run by Chris Thompson is called back on a hold called on O'Leary. There was none. But LG did hold.What did they give Thompson in rehab? Mercy.

2-8 at Cu29 Manuel, EJ FY pass complete to SMITH, R. for 29 yards to the CU0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 02:37, PENALTY CU pass interference declined. 11 gun 335 Clemson plays solo on the back with Rodney Smith, they communicate and Smith said he knew it was a TD as soon as he saw the coverage. Senior QB to senior wide receiver. Beautiful.
HOPKINS, D. kick attempt good.
Florida State 35, Clemson 31
Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, TOP 02:41
HOPKINS, D. kickoff 65 yards to the CU0, touchback.
1-10 at Cu25 BOYD rush quarterback draw for 2 yards to the CU27 (WERNER, B.), clock 02:22. 11 gun 425 Not sure here. ESPN's camera angle sucks.
2-8 at Cu27 BOYD rush QX for 4 yards to the CU31, clock 02:00. 11 gun 425 McAllister an explosive burst from his 3-tech spot, flushes boyd.
3-4 at Cu31 BOYD slant pass incomplete to HOPKINS (RHODES, X.), clock 01:45. 10 gun 425 Slant thrown behind him, good route, but Rhodes makes him pay for poor throw by swatting arm.
4-4 at Cu31 BENTON punt 46 yards to the FS23, downed. Good punt turns great because Greene doesn't catch it and it bounces 12 more yards.
Drive: 3 plays, 6 yards, TOP 01:04
1-10 at Fs23 THOMPSON, C. rush right for 3 yards to the FS26 (BARNES;WILLARD), clock 01:16. 20 gun 335 Stretch to boundary, Clemson strings and Thompson runs out of room.
2-7 at Fs26 Manuel, EJ deep pass incomplete to BENJAMIN, K., PENALTY CU pass interference (ROBINSON) 15 yards to the FS41, 1ST DOWN FS, NO PLAY, clock 00:51. 20 gun 335 Single coverage with a shorter guy on Benjamin, Manuel throws it up and there's the PI flag.
1-10 at Fs41 Manuel, EJ sideline pass complete to THOMPSON, C. for 5 yards to the FS46 (BREELAND), clock 00:31. 11 gun 335 Good play on the curl flat by EJ. Clemson finally jumps curl, he pulls it down and finds Thompson on the flat.
2-5 at Fs46 Manuel, EJ rush right for 2 yards to the FS48, out-of-bounds, clock 00:06. 11 gun 335 Check to QB sweep. Stork has a bad angle here and probably should cut his man if he can't reach him. Squeezed to sidelines.
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