Florida State football film review: Nevada 1st quarter

Every week we break down the result of the previous game. Who really played well for the Seminoles against Nevada? Read to find out.

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Down/Distance Yard Formation Result TN Comment
AGUAYO, R. kickoff 65 yards to the NEV0, touchback.
1-10 at Nev25 COMBS, Devin at QB for Nevada.
1-10 at Nev25 34 COMBS, Devin SH pass complete to WIMBERLY, B. for 5 yards to the NEV30 (JOYNER, L.), clock 14:34. Speed option fake with a counter shovel pass. Lawrence Stample gets out of his gap and creates a big lane for the runner. Joyner is there to clean up the mess.
2-5 at Nev30 335 SOLOMON, Chris rush over right end for 2 yards to the NEV32 (JONES, C.;MCALLISTER, D.), clock 13:58. Inverted veer. The initial steps by the defense are excellent, but whe McAllister gets off his block and starts to get penetration, he does not come under control and allows the running back to run around him. Christian Jones is blocked initially but sheds well and makes a physical tackle. Need to see more of this from him.
3-3 at Nev32 425 COMBS, Devin ML pass complete to BRADLEY, Aaron for 8 yards to the NEV40, 1ST DOWN NEV (BROOKS, T.), clock 13:32. FSU blitzes Joyner off the edge. Telvin is a little late expanding and the defense's spacing is off. QB recognizes it and completes the out route for a first down.
1-10 at Nev40 425 SOLOMON, Chris rush over left tackle for 3 yards to the NEV43 (SMITH, TEL.), clock 12:57. Inverted veer again. Telvin Smith is frozen by the QB's ride step and is slightly late filling. If he reads the OL's blocks instead of watching the ball, this play goes for no gain.
2-7 at Nev43 425 SOLOMON, Chris rush over left guard for 1 yard to the NEV44 (MCALLISTER, D.;JOYNER, L.), clock 12:26. Now this is awesome run defense. Edwards, McAllister and Jernigan all defeat their blocks while staying in their gaps and leave the running back with no where to go. Joyner, who blitzed off the corner, makes the tackle.
3-6 at Nev44 326 COMBS, Devin deep pass incomplete to WIMBERLY, B., QB hurry by MCALLISTER, D., clock 12:01. Overload blitz from the offense's right gets Telvin a free shot at the QB. Hits like these add up in a hurry.
4-6 at Nev44 TENPENNY, Chase punt 46 yards to the FS10, SHAW, K. return 7 yards to the FS17 (MCNEAL, J.).
Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards, TOP 03:13
1-10 at Fs17 WINSTON, J. at QB for Florida State.
1-10 at Fs17 21 pistol FREEMAN, D. rush right for 18 yards to the FS35, 1ST DOWN FS (MITCHELL, E.;MCNEAL, J.), clock 11:40. Nevada drops a safety to the strong so FSU runs inside zone to the weak side of the field. Great job by the right side of the line. Bobby Hart walls his man off and Stork and Carter execute a textbook combo block on the tackle and linebacker.
1-10 at Fs35 21 WINSTON, J. rush QX for 2 yards to the FS37 (HEKKING, Brock), clock 11:20. This is a naked boot and a run all the way. It doesn't appear that anyone is even running a route. It looks like Nevada likes to rotate to the strong side and the plan early is to run weak side. Brock Hekking (aka MulletGuy and Nevada's best defender) is initially sucked in but chases the play down the line and makes the tackle.
2-8 at Fs37 21 FREEMAN, D. rush over left tackle for 1 yard to the FS38 (JONES, Lenny), clock 10:49. Too much penetration allowed by Stork and Erving slows down the ball carrier and allows the unblocked backside DE to chase down Freeman.
3-7 at Fs38 PENALTY FS false start (STORK, B.) 5 yards to the FS33, clock 10:22.
3-12 at Fs33 11 gun WINSTON, J. crossing pass complete to SHAW, K. for 22 yards to the NEV45, 1ST DOWN FS (KEETON, Bryson), PENALTY NEV roughing passer (YATES, Rykeem) 15 yards to the NEV30, 1ST DOWN FS, clock 10:04. Three verts. Winston finds the hole behind the linebacker and in front of the safety vs. cover 3. Excellent timing and accuracy.
1-10 at Nev30 21 bunch FREEMAN, D. rush right for 12 yards to the NEV18, 1ST DOWN FS (SEAU, Ian), clock 09:46. Nevada is blitzing from the weak side. Toss sweep away from the blitz. Good hustle by Bobby Hart to get out and get a DB blocked 10 yards downfield.
1-10 at Nev18 21 FREEMAN, D. rush over left end for no gain to the NEV18 (LYONS, Matthew). Winston sees the strong safety rolling down into the box and checks to a weakside run. Unfortunately there are a number of failures here. Cam Erving and Bryan Stork allow too much penetration and I'm pretty sure Matias missed an assignment here and combo blocked when he should have gone straight for the linebacker.
2-10 at Nev18 11 WINSTON, J. rush QX for 7 yards to the NEV11 (LYONS, Matthew;MCNEAL, J.), clock 08:19. The reverse rollout works perfectly and forces the backside LB to choose between chasing the QB or covering the receiver. The defender takes the QB and Winston needs to make him pay for it by throwing to the open receiver. Bad decision to keep it.
3-3 at Nev11 11 gun WINSTON, J. MR pass complete to GREENE, R. for 8 yards to the NEV3, 1ST DOWN FS (LANE JR., Bryan;LYONS, Matthew), clock 07:52. This is actually an incorrect read by Winston. Nevada is playing Cover 2 and doesn't have enough underneath defenders to the 3 receiver side. Kenny Shaw is wide open. Rashad is running a slant directly towards a linebacker. However, Winston does see the linebacker and places the throw behind Rashad so he can pivot away from the defender and get upfield. Classic example of throwing a receiver open.
1-G at Nev03 23 WILDER, J. rush over left end for 2 yards to the NEV1 (MCNEAL, J.), clock 07:20. Jacobbi McDaniel appears to be a little bit late getting across the formation and through the hole.
2-G at Nev01 23 WILDER, J. rush over right guard for 1 yard to the NEV0, clock 06:55, PENALTY FS false start (NEWBERRY, G.) 5 yards to the NEV6, NO PLAY, clock 06:48. Penalty on Newberry takes a touchdown off the board.
2-G at Nev06 Timeout Florida State, clock 06:33.
2-G at Nev06 11 gun WINSTON, J. crossing pass incomplete to GREENE, R., clock 06:28. Post-dig concept. Coverage was pretty tight. Winston may have been throwing this away.
3-G at Nev06 11 gun WINSTON, J. crossing pass incomplete to BENJAMIN, K., clock 06:23. Double post route combined with a mesh concept underneath. So close to a touchdown. Throw was high (good in tight area) and Benjamin goes up and gets it. Heel just touches.
Official Review: The rule on the field stands. FSU is charged a T.O. because it lost the challenge
4-G at Nev06 Timeout Florida State, clock 06:23.
4-G at Nev06 AGUAYO, R. field goal attempt from 23 GOOD, clock 06:19. The penalty hurt, but FSU must improve in the tight zone from the 10 yard line to the 3 yardline. Winston does not look as comfortable or accurate as he does in the rest of the field.
Florida State 3, Nevada 0
Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, TOP 05:33
AGUAYO, R. kickoff 65 yards to the NEV0, MITCHELL, E. return 25 yards to the NEV25 (BROOKS, T.).
1-10 at Nev25 34 SOLOMON, Chris rush over left end for 8 yards to the NEV33 (JONES, C.;BROOKS, T.), clock 05:55. Dan Hicks lost contain and Tyler Hunter stayed blocked, allowing a seam on the backside.
2-2 at Nev33 425 COMBS, Devin slant pass complete to TURNER, Richy for 2 yards to the NEV35, 1ST DOWN NEV (JONES, C.), clock 05:32. Pretty good job of reading and reacting to the tunnel screen by Christian Jones, but Nevada only needed 2 yards for the first down.
1-10 at Nev35 PENALTY NEV false start (LAVULO, Fred) 5 yards to the NEV30, clock 05:08.
1-15 at Nev30 Timeout Nevada, clock 04:48.
1-15 at Nev30 425 COMBS, Devin slant pass incomplete to TURNER, Richy, PENALTY FS offside defense (HICKS, D.) 5 yards to the NEV35, NO PLAY, clock 04:43. Not sure what Darby is doing on this play. Bail technique?
1-10 at Nev35 425 COMBS, Devin rush QX for 4 yards to the NEV39, out-of-bounds, clock 04:29. Christian Jones gets a free run at the quarterback and ends up facedown on the field.
2-6 at Nev39 425 COMBS, Devin WS pass complete to TURNER, Richy for 4 yards to the NEV43 (SMITH, TEL.), clock 03:42. Bubble screen to a numbers advantage. Darby gets blocked to the ground. Gotta stay upright and at least get in the way.
3-2 at Nev43 425 SOLOMON, Chris rush over left end for 5 yards to the NEV48, 1ST DOWN NEV (EDWARDS, M.;HICKS, D.), clock 03:12. Inverted veer. DL cannot allow themselves to be sealed. like this.
1-10 at Nev48 425 COMBS, Devin rush quarterback draw for loss of 2 yards to the NEV46 (SMITH, TEL.), PENALTY FS offside defense (LAWRENCESTAMPLE) 5 yards to the FS47, NO PLAY, clock 02:43. Low snap forces Combs to eat it.
1-5 at Fs47 5-2 SOLOMON, Chris rush over right end for 3 yards to the FS44 (JONES, C.;SMITH, TEL.), clock 02:11. Wham blocking the intended hole does not develop. The back finds a small crease backside.
2-2 at Fs44 34 LYTLE, Nate rush over right guard for 2 yards to the FS42, 1ST DOWN NEV (HUNTER, T.), clock 01:36. Hunter blitzes off the edge and has a free shot at the running back but can only flail an arm at him.
1-10 at Fs42 34 COMBS, Devin rush left for 3 yards to the FS39 (BROOKS, T.), clock 00:57. Inverted veer again and Dan Hicks chases hard. QB pulls and gets positive yards around the end. He pays a price for it as Terrence Brooks lights him up. This is the play where he is injured.
2-7 at Fs39 Timeout Nevada, clock 00:35.
2-7 at Fs39 34 SOLOMON, Chris rush over right tackle for 23 yards to the FS16, 1ST DOWN NEV (RAMSEY, J.), clock 00:25. This is a really neat play by Nevada. It's basically a counter trey from pistol, but the right tackle drops back into a pass blocking stance to invite the defensive end upfield. Lawrence-Stample takes the bait and a huge gap opens up. Christian Jones and Telvin are both far too passive on this run and are flat footed when the pulling linemen come through. They both get blown up.
1-10 at Fs16 34 SOLOMON, Chris rush over right guard for 2 yards to the FS14 (JONES, C.;LAWRENCESTAMPLE), clock 00:09. Really good run fits on this play and the back has no where to go.

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