Florida State Film Review: Clemson 1st Quarter

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Florida State's first quarter didn't go very well. A blown coverage gave Clemson a score on its opening drive, and two badly blown calls gave them another. Florida State did move the ball, though.

Down Distance Play O-Form D-Form Analysis
HOPKINS, D. kickoff 65 yards to the CU0, touchback.
1-10 at Cu25 BOYD sideline pass complete to COOPER for 7 yards to the CU32 (RHODES, X.), clock 14:45. 12 43 Play action boot, Well played by the defense, Rhodes slightly too inside and TE slips out.
2-3 at Cu32 BOYD rush over right guard for 5 yards to the CU37, 1ST DOWN CU (BROOKS, T.), clock 14:28. 11 gun 425 QB keep inside off jet sweep action. Dawkins good penetration, but gets turned around. Backers hesitate and don't attack downhill thanks to motion.
1-10 at Cu37 ELLINGTON rush right for 3 yards to the CU40 (JONES, C.), clock 14:15. 11 gun 425 Double fake end around hand to the RB. Werner loses contain, but Christian Jones has excellent pursuit.
2-7 at Cu40 BOYD slant pass complete to HOPKINS for no gain to the CU40 (RHODES, X.), clock 13:53. 00 gun 425 Middle screen set up to Hopkins, excellent block shedding by Xavier Rhodes as he knifes through for the tackle.
3-7 at Cu40 BOYD FY pass complete to HOPKINS for 60 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN CU, TOUCHDOWN, clock 13:34. 11 gun 425 FSU brings a fire zone here, with Telvin Smith and Tyler Hunter coming, Werner dropping. I think they're playing 3-3 coverage behind it, and Brooks has deep responsibility. He thinks Rhodes has the guy IMO, and doesn't really see him. Fisher said his positing here was OK and his play on the ball was poor. I disagree. Preventing big plays is goal #1 v. Clemson and this is too risky a positioning.
1-G at Fs03 Timeout Clemson, clock 13:34. Clemson wastes a timeout on its XP team? WTF.
CATANZARO kick attempt good.
Clemson 7, Florida State 0
Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, TOP 01:33 Fail, obviously.
BENTON kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, JOYNER, L. return 25 yards to the FS25 (R. SMITH;BENTON), PENALTY FS holding (WILDER, J.) 10 yards to the FS15, 1st and 10, FS ball on FS15. Cannot have penalties here. The real issue, however, is that balls into the end zone should not be returned. Just take the 25.
1-10 at Fs15 Manuel, EJ middle pass complete to SMITH, R. for 19 yards to the FS34, 1ST DOWN FS (HALL), clock 13:14. 11 335 3-step curl/flat combo, hits curl, Clemson tackling is awful.
1-10 at Fs34 THOMPSON, C. rush over left end for 7 yards to the FS41 (ST. ANTHONY), clock 12:51. 21 335 Inside zone, nice blocks by Matias, Erving and Pryor. O'Leary not terrible.
2-3 at Fs41 Manuel, EJ screen pass complete to O'LEARY, N. for 15 yards to the CU44, 1ST DOWN FS (BLANKS), clock 12:29. 12 335 PA stretch boundary boot to field, good fake by O'Leary to slip out, Manuel puts it over the defender, plenty of room to run. Clemson's defense sucks.
1-10 at Cu44 PRYOR, L. rush over left end for 3 yards to the CU41 (BLANKS), clock 11:59. 21 gun 335 Stretch to boundary Matias doesn't move his feet on contact and gets beat inside. Pryor good job to get 3.
2-7 at Cu41 Manuel, EJ rush right for 28 yards to the CU13, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds, clock 11:21. 11 gun 335 QB sweep to field, no fake, excellent combo by Watson/Jackson, O'Leary gets a nice block, as does Thompson, Clemson out-leveraged, not sure they are lined up right, easy big run for Manuel. Good down-field effort by Rodney Smith.
1-10 at Cu13 Timeout Florida State, clock 10:59. Should not have to use a damn TO when on script. Unacceptable.
1-10 at Cu13 PRYOR, L. rush left for 13 yards to the CU0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 10:54. 21 gun 335 ZR stretch to field, good give, Clemson DE slow off the ball and Erving washes him. Blitz by Clemson is unfortunate call for them and gave FSU easy angles. Good wr blocking.

HOPKINS, D. kick attempt good.
Clemson 7, Florida State 7
Drive: 6 plays, 85 yards, TOP 02:37 14 yards/play and an answer. I think this drive helped Fisher to realize that the terrible D he saw on film was that bad.
HOPKINS, D. kickoff 52 yards to the CU13, S. WATKINS return 8 yards to the CU21 (STEVENS, T.). Excellent kick coverage, but ball needs to be deeper.
1-10 at Cu21 ELLINGTON rush over right guard for 3 yards to the CU24 (WERNER, B.;JERNIGAN, T.), clock 10:29. 11 gun 425 Misdirection gets backer flow, well executed inside power play by Clemson.
2-7 at Cu24 BOYD sideline pass incomplete to HOPKINS, clock 10:17. 11 gun 425 PA, deep ball very well covered (Rhodes), Boyd is surprised, checks down and fires wildly.
3-7 at Cu24 BOYD deep out pass complete to S. WATKINS for 12 yards to the CU36, 1ST DOWN CU (HUNTER, T.), clock 10:11. 11 gun 425 Twist up front doesn't get home, Watkins in the slot beats Tyler Hunter on an out. CU ran off outside defender with streak.
1-10 at Cu36 BOYD screen pass complete to ELLINGTON for 39 yards to the FS25, 1ST DOWN CU (JOYNER, L.), clock 09:56. 11 gun 425 Trick play freeze throwback screen. FSU has this defended for a gain or two or three, but Clemson's offensive lineman just hugs Tank Carradine, spinning him around. Huge blown no-call by the ACC refs. Instead of first-& 18 from the Clemson 28, it's a huge gain. Again, not FSU's fault.
1-10 at Fs25 BOYD rush QX for 2 yards to the FS23 (MCALLISTER, D.), clock 09:32. 11 gun 425 Play-action, FSU brings a delayed blitz, Telvin Smith undisciplined (shocking, and people ask why he doesn't play more) comes in out of control, Boyd easily sidesteps him. Very nice call by stoops, good coverage everywhere, and poor job by Smith. 9-yard sack turns into a gain of 2 on the scramble. Musberger is talking about how Boyd is lighter, faster, etc., but that's just shitty discipline by Smith. Break down and make a tackle.
2-8 at Fs23 BOYD pass complete to S. WATKINS for 5 yards to the FS18 (CARRADINE, C.), clock 08:53. 11 gun 425 Motion shovel to boundary, Watkins is very quick by Tank Carradine is a bit slow to react here. Good pursuit by Williams.
3-3 at Fs18 BOYD rush quarterback draw for 2 yards to the FS16 (MCALLISTER, D.), clock 08:29. 11 gun 425 Fake end around QB draw.
4-1 at Fs16 BENTON screen pass complete to D. SMITH for 1 yard to the FS15, 1ST DOWN CU (BROOKS, T.;CARRADINE, C.), clock 08:00. Fake field goal, FSU plays it perfectly and stops it, refs blow the call even after Fisher challenges.

1-10 at Fs15 S. WATKINS rush up middle for 9 yards to the FS6 (MCCLOUD, A.;JOYNER, L.), clock 07:13. 12 gun 43 Anthony McCloud is way too high in his stance and gets destroyed here. Really bad job of holding his gap. Clemson OL does what it should and punishes him for poor technique.
2-1 at Fs06 ELLINGTON rush over right tackle for 6 yards to the FS0, 1ST DOWN CU, TOUCHDOWN, clock 07:01. 12 gun 425 IZ to the field, Jones shoots a gap, Williams misses a tackle. Nice cutback by Ellington. Dawkins too far inside IMO.
CATANZARO kick attempt good.
Clemson 14, Florida State 7
Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, TOP 03:55 Definitely not bad defense on the whole. Got bent over by the refs here TWICE even after challenge.
BENTON kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, JOYNER, L. return 17 yards to the FS17 (D. SMITH). Very good kick. Nice coverage. Not much FSU could do here.
1-10 at Fs17 THOMPSON, C. rush OR for loss of 1 yard to the FS16 (HALL), clock 06:38. 21 335 Option to the open side. Clemson blitzes this, well timed, forces early pitch, can't get wide enough. Rock paper scissors.
2-11 at Fs16 Manuel, EJ screen pass complete to THOMPSON, C. for 5 yards to the FS21, out-of-bounds (BLANKS), clock 06:06. 11 gun 335 3 step game, Clemson coverage deep, swing pass to Thompson, good ball. Nice moves by Chris Thompson, poor tackling Clemson
3-6 at Fs21 Manuel, EJ rush QX for 17 yards to the FS38, 1ST DOWN FS, clock 05:44. 10 gun 425 FSU has something BIG set up here to Benjamin deep, but Cam Erving gets beat inside on a spin move. Steps weren't correct. Manuel flushes and scrambles for 17. Smart to slide.
1-10 at Fs38 THOMPSON, C. rush left for no gain to the FS38, out-of-bounds (WILLARD), clock 05:25. 21 335 Zone to the boundary, Clemson plays its blocks well, but I think Thompson misses the hole here. Not totally sure.
2-10 at Fs38 Manuel, EJ crossing pass complete to DENT, G. for 16 yards to the CU46, 1ST DOWN FS (MEEKS), clock 05:06. 11 335 PA, protection is excellent, Manuel hits Dent in stride on crossing route. Nice play.
1-10 at Cu46 Manuel, EJ middle pass complete to BENJAMIN, K. for 7 yards to the CU39 (BLANKS), clock 04:34. 11 335 Curl flat combo again v. zone. Poor throw, but Benjamin makes a very nice off-balance catch. But then he dances for no reason. Just go forward, TE-sized wideout.
2-3 at Cu39 Manuel, EJ rush left for 6 yards to the CU33, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds, clock 04:03. 11 gun 335 QB sweep to field, no fake, excellent combo by Watson/Jackson, O'Leary gets a nice block, as does Wilder, Clemson out-leveraged, not sure they are lined up right, easy big run for Manuel. Nice by Erving and Matias, too.
1-10 at Cu33 Manuel, EJ screen pass incomplete to O'LEARY, N., clock 03:38. 11 335 Boot FSU ran on first series, O'Leary covered, needs to feel coverage and get up-field to give Manuel throwing opportunity. EJ throws it away.
2-10 at Cu33 PENALTY FS false start (O'LEARY, N.) 5 yards to the CU38, clock 03:38.
2-15 at Cu38 Manuel, EJ crossing pass incomplete to PRYOR, L. (D. WILLIAMS), clock 03:33. 21 gun 335 Don't like this. 21 gun set with no play action. Ball gets deflected at line. Take this out of the playbook. Run it or use play-action from that set.
3-15 at Cu38 Manuel, EJ screen pass complete to THOMPSON, C. for 12 yards to the CU26 (BLANKS), clock 03:09. 10 gun 335 Big blitz by Clemson from the field, FSU handles it, Manuel flips to Thompson who gets a nice gain. Clemson wanted to force quick throw and they did.
Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, TOP 04:14 Not the best. Credit Clemson for some of its calls being well timed.
4-3 at Cu26 HOPKINS, D. field goal attempt from 44 MISSED - wide right, spot at CU27, clock 02:41. Elite kicker, you say?
1-10 at Cu27 BOYD middle pass complete to JA. BROWN for 14 yards to the CU41, 1ST DOWN CU (BROOKS, T.), clock 02:32. 11 gun 425 Veer PA and Tyler Hunter is thrown to the ground by Clemson's receiver, which is a good way to get open. Nice physical play by him on his only catch of the night as Hunter otherwise shut him down.
1-10 at Cu41 ELLINGTON rush left for 12 yards to the FS47, 1ST DOWN CU, out-of-bounds (BROOKS, T.), clock 02:22. 11 gun 425 Rhodes loses contain and the ball is bounced outside. Similar to what we saw early v. Wake Forest.
1-10 at Fs47 BOYD sacked for loss of 1 yard to the FS48 (CARRADINE, C.), clock 01:48. 11 gun 425 Another delayed blitz from Telvin, good overall pressure and Boyd is ultimately cleaned up by Tank Carradine. Very nice coverage down-field.
2-11 at Fs48 BOYD sacked for loss of 11 yards to the CU41 (CARRADINE, C.), clock 01:23. 11 gun 335 FSU brings a little stunt and blitz here into PA, Clemson's blocking is all sorts of screwed up and Tank Carradine comes clean. Nice defensive play-calls here on consecutive downs, but this is a Clemson mistake.

3-22 at Cu41 BOYD middle pass incomplete to S. WATKINS, QB hurry by WERNER, B.. 11 gun 425 Nice pressure up front forces a running sidearm throw from Boyd that he almost completes to Watkins. Clemson is talented.
4-22 at Cu41 Timeout Clemson, clock 01:03.
4-22 at Cu41 BENTON punt 33 yards to the FS26, fair catch by GREENE, R.. Hey, catching punts! Good idea!
Drive: 5 plays, 14 yards, TOP 01:45 Very good defense. Had Clemson off balance.
1-10 at Fs26 Manuel, EJ middle pass complete to O'LEARY, N. for 5 yards to the FS31 (ST. ANTHONY), clock 00:38. 11 gun 335 Curl flat combo, no PA, nice catch by O'Leary and good ball.
2-5 at Fs31 THOMPSON, C. rush over left end for 41 yards to the CU28, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds (MEEKS), clock 00:13. 11 gun 335 ZR stretch to the boundary. Excellent blocks by Erving, O'Leary, Matias, Stork, Jackson and Watson. Thomspon cuts this all the way back to the backside B gap, then makes Clemson's defender miss and races 40 yards. Very nice.
1-10 at Cu28 PENALTY FS false start (STORK, B.) 5 yards to the CU33, clock 00:04. Was Clemson barking signals here?
Drive: 2 plays, 41 yards, TOP 01:26
Clemson 14, Florida State 7
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