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Florida State football film review: Gators 1st quarter

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D-D At Formation Play Analysis
1-10 at Uf35 UF ball on UF35.
Hardin,A. kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, Williams, K. return 13 yards to the FS13 (Thompson,Ch.).
1-10 at Fs13 Winston, J. at QB for Florida State.
1-10 at Fs13 PENALTY FS false start (Jackson, T.) 5 yards to the FS8, clock 14:55. Senior. At home. First play of the game.
1-15 at Fs08 11 Williams, K. rush up middle for 5 yards to the FS13 (Morrison,A.), clock 14:37. Wham blocking with O'Leary against the weakside DE. This is a tactic to discourage aggressive DEs from getting upfield and was probably called with the idea of blindsiding Dante Fowler. The Gators have flipped Fowler over to the strongside though, so the wham block intended for Fowler ends up hitting Brian Cox. Still, the blocking is excellent and Karlos makes a good cutback for a nice 5 yard gain.
2-10 at Fs13 11 Gun Winston, J. screen pass complete to Williams, K. for 4 yards to the FS17 (Taylor,M.), clock 14:19. Probably Houston, but can't see all the routes. Definitely slant-flat into the boundary. UF is in man coverage so the corner runs with the slant and Williams is wide open in the flat. Really impressive closing speed from Michael Taylor to minimize the gain.
3-6 at Fs17 11 Gun Winston, J. crossing pass incomplete to Wilson, J. (Tabor,J.), clock 13:50. UF overloads the right side of the line, bringing one more than FSU can block on that side (possible missed protection check by Jameis) and playing tight man coverage behind it. Really need one of the receivers to make a play and get open but none does. Jameis fires off-target from his backfoot.
4-6 at Fs17 Beatty, C. punt 37 yards to the UF46, Debose,A. return to the FS49, out-of-bounds, PENALTY UF roughing the kicker (Thompson,Ch.) 15 yards to the FS32, 1ST DOWN FS, NO PLAY, clock 13:40. Great acting job by Beatty as his foot barely brushes the first rusher's helmet.
1-10 at Fs32 11 Empty Winston, J. slant pass intercepted by Gorman,J. at the FS39, Gorman,J. return 0 yards to the FS39. 11 Personnel, with Pender flexed wide into the boundary. Slants to the short side. Mario Pender needs to run this route flatter to shield the ball from the defender, Winston may not need to lead a back so much. This is the risk you run when you put a running back outside.
Drive: 4 plays, 19 yards, TOP 01:24
1-10 at Fs39 FLORIDA drive start at 13:36. Really disappointing to turn it over immediately after getting an unearned first down.
1-10 at Fs39 Harris,T. at QB for Florida.
1-10 at Fs39 4-2-5 Jones,M. rush over left end for 4 yards to the FS35 (Northrup, R.), clock 13:18. Inside zone. Really good push by the Florida OL. The double team pushes Eddie Goldman backwards and Mario Edwards Jr gets outleveraged from his 0 point rush stance. Nice job by Matt Jones squeezing through a crack to make a 2 yard gain into a 4 yard gain.
2-6 at Fs35 4-2-5 Harris,T. crossing pass incomplete to Powell,B., clock 12:52. Play action rollout and the intermediate crosser from the opposite side is open but Harris can't hit it. Good rush discipline and contain by Mario Edwards Jr.
3-6 at Fs35 4-2-5 Harris,T. deep pass incomplete to Dunbar,Q., clock 12:42. Really good job by the Gators' left guard of picking up Demarcus Walker looping inside creates a very nice pocket for Treon. Throw on the corner is off but the coverage is there anyway.
4-6 at Fs35 Timeout Florida, clock 12:42.
4-6 at Fs35 Hardin,A. field goal attempt from 52 GOOD, clock 12:37. Great sudden change defense. Aided by UF trying to go 3-4 wide and throw it. UF is making a conscious decision to break tendency and be aggressive, but it allows FSU to play its best personnel group and the matchups are very favorable to FSU overall.
Florida 3, Florida State 0
Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, TOP 01:04
Hardin,A. kickoff 63 yards to the FS2, Whitfield, K. return 21 yards to the FS23 (Gorman,J.).
1-10 at Fs23 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 12:32.
1-10 at Fs23 11 Gun Trey Cook, D. rush up middle for 2 yards to the FS25 (Cox,B.), clock 12:16. Inside zone with both DTs being double teamed. OL doesn't get off the combo block to the linebackers and the play is stopped for a short gain.
2-8 at Fs25 11 Gun Winston, J. slant pass incomplete to Wilson, J., clock 11:56. Double slants and Winston throws late behind Bobo. Looks like he may be trying to throw it backside to lead Wilson away from the crashing linebacker.
3-8 at Fs25 21 Gun Bunch Winston, J. post pass intercepted by Wilson,Q. at the FS48, Wilson,Q. return 0 yards to the FS48. Just a bad throw on the post route. A lower throw further in front of the receiver goes for a big gain, though the checkdown is smarter play. Tremendous catch by the safety.
Drive: 3 plays, 2 yards, TOP 00:43 Can't get right on offense right now.
1-10 at Fs48 FLORIDA drive start at 11:49.
1-10 at Fs48 4-2-5 Taylor,Kel. rush over left end for 5 yards to the FS43 (Northrup, R.), clock 11:34. Power shifted inside a gap, with the backside tackle pulling through the hole. Looks like Eddie Goldman reads this as a zone run and steps with the guard rather than squeezing the hole as you would vs. power. Neat play.
2-5 at Fs43 4-2-5 Taylor,Kel. rush up middle for 1 yard to the FS42 (Northrup, R.;Walker, D.), clock 11:00. Zone read, Walker crashes and Harris gives anyway. Bad read by the QB. Goldman stones the double team.
3-4 at Fs42 4-2-5 Harris,T. crossing pass complete to Pittman,L. for 5 yards to the FS37, 1ST DOWN UF (Ramsey, J.), clock 10:24. Drag route vs. man coverage. Ramsey has to scrape over the top of the linebacker taking the back in the flat. Not the best coverage Ramsey has ever played.
1-10 at Fs37 4-2-5 Powell,B. rush left for 3 yards to the FS34 (Hunter, T.), clock 09:34. Jet sweep and Hunter is slow to rotate down, letting the ball carrier get the corner for a short gain.
2-7 at Fs34 4-2-5 Taylor,Kel. rush over left guard for 4 yards to the FS30 (Edwards, M.;Goldman, E.), clock 09:15. Traditional power scheme. Goldman and MEJ need to squeeze the hole better, though Edwards does a good job of shedding and making the tackle.
3-3 at Fs30 4-2-5 Harris,T. screen pass complete to Powell,B. for 4 yards to the FS26, 1ST DOWN UF (Hunter, T.), clock 08:35. Sprint out left vs. blitz. Harris gets it out quickly to the flat for a first down. Tip your cap on this one.
1-10 at Fs26 4-2-5 Timeout Florida, clock 08:13.
1-10 at Fs26 4-2-5 Taylor,Kel. rush over right guard for 4 yards to the FS22 (Walker, D.;Northrup, R.), clock 07:50. Inside zone and Demarcus Walker gets sealed backside initially, creating a cutback lane, before shedding and making the tackle from behind.
2-6 at Fs22 4-2-5 Harris,T. flag pass incomplete to Robinson,D., clock 07:36. Hunter is late reacting to the corner route and it's wide open, but Harris throws it out of bounds.
3-6 at Fs22 4-2-5 Harris,T. sideline pass incomplete to Taylor,Kel. (Andrews, N.), clock 07:30. FSU shows a double A gap blitz, then backs out. Tremendous job by Terrence Smith of finding the crossing route that is Harris's first read and disrupting it. Harris scrambles and eventually gets it out to the back on the flat route, but Nate Andrews in coverage forces a high throw that's incomplete. If Harris had been more patient and allowed the drive concept to develop, the dig would have come open.
4-6 at Fs22 Hardin,A. field goal attempt from 39 GOOD, clock 07:25.
Florida 6, Florida State 0 Allowed a couple first downs before buckling down. Still great defense considering the total lack of help from the offense.
Drive: 10 plays, 26 yards, TOP 04:30
Hardin,A. kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, Williams, K. return 14 yards to the FS14 (Lane,A.;Showers,V.), PENALTY FS holding (Levenberry, E.) 7 yards to the FS7, 1st and 10, FS ball on FS7.
1-10 at Fs07 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 07:19.
1-10 at Fs07 21 Twins Cook, D. rush left for 21 yards to the FS28, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds (Maye,M.), clock 07:09. Inside zone weak, away from an overload blitz on the strong side by the Gators. Nice block on the edge by Bobo Wilson. What Roderick Johnson does on this play is ridiculous. Blocks the DE, then climbs to the linebacker, engages him and runs him 15 yards downfield before the whistle blows. Tremendous balance and footwork from the true freshman.
1-10 at Fs28 PENALTY FS false start (Johnson, R.) 6 yards to the FS22, clock 06:49. Well, that's what you get with freshmen. Great one play, make you shake your head the next.
1-16 at Fs22 21 Cook, D. rush right for loss of 1 yard to the FS21 (Morrison,A.), clock 06:20. T-scheme and Matias misses the backside cutoff of the linebacker, who makes the tackle.
2-17 at Fs21 11 Gun Trips Winston, J. slant pass complete to Greene, R. for 1 yard to the FS22 (Morrison,A.), clock 05:45. Tunnel screen doesn't fool the Gators D at ALL and Rashad gets blown up for no gain. After having some success with this play early in the season, it's back to being a nearly guaranteed tackle for no gain. In fairness, UF had a twist on that slowed it up.
3-16 at Fs22 11 Gun Winston, J. screen pass complete to Cook, D. for 13 yards to the FS35, out-of-bounds (Morrison,A.), PENALTY UF offside defense 5 yards to the FS27, NO PLAY, clock 05:14. With nothing open deep, Winston checks it down to Cook who nearly gets the first down. FSU gets away with some pretty solid holding on this play, but no harm done since the penalties would have offset.
3-11 at Fs27 10 Gun Trips Winston, J. TA pass incomplete, QB hurry by Neal,K., clock 04:56. Big protection breakdown as Dante Fowler comes free up the middle. Think this was on Matias. Tremendous job by Winston to avoid the sack ad throw it away.
4-11 at Fs27 Beatty, C. punt 43 yards to the UF30, Debose,A. return 0 yards to the UF30.
Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards, TOP 02:32 Penalties and getting behind schedule are killing the offense when they aren't turning it over.
1-10 at Uf30 FLORIDA drive start at 04:47.
1-10 at Uf30 4-2-5 Harris,T. deep pass complete to Powell,B. for 42 yards to the FS28, 1ST DOWN UF, clock 04:33. Out'n'Up from the slot and Ramsey bites hard. Andews is playing single high, but is rolled over to the other side of the field and doesn't take a great angle. Either Andrews was lined up wrong or Ramsey was playing way too aggressive for the lack of help to his side. Great catch by the freshman Powell. Bud's note: broadcast didn't show but live in the booth this looked like really poor job by Andrews. Also, great catch.
Official Review: call on the field is a complete pass.
Official Review: Call on the field is confirmed.
1-10 at Fs28 4-2-5 Jones,M. rush over right end for 2 yards to the FS26 (Northrup, R.;Goldman, E.), clock 04:00. FSU is completely outnumbered in the boundary and if the back can get to the corner it's going to be a big play. Derrick Mitchell Jr gets tremendous penetration playside and cuts Jones off, forcing him to cut back into the teeth of the defense.
2-8 at Fs26 4-2-5 Jones,M. rush over right end for 5 yards to the FS21 (Northrup, R.;Walker, D.), clock 03:22. Trap play with the guard pulling around the end. Terrance Smith is in position to meet the back in the hole and just misses. He is clearly not healthy.
3-3 at Fs21 4-2-5 Harris,T. screen pass complete to Powell,B. for loss of 5 yards to the FS26, clock 02:45. Big protection breakdown as both Ramsey and Hunter blitz off the edge and both are unblocked. Harris double clutches then throws a low pass that Powell has to go to the ground to corral.
4-8 at Fs26 Hardin,A. field goal attempt from 43 GOOD, clock 02:15.
Florida 9, Florida State 0 4 and out. Unfortunately one of the 4 was a big play that moved the ball into FG range.
Drive: 5 plays, 44 yards, TOP 02:33
Hardin,A. kickoff 61 yards to the FS4, Whitfield, K. return 0 yards to the FS4. Whitfield muffs it then falls on it at the 4. FSU is very multiple in the ways they cripple themselves with bad field position.
1-10 at Fs04 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 02:14.
1-10 at Fs04 21 Williams, K. rush left for loss of 2 yards to the FS2 (Bullard,J.), clock 01:57. Bobby Hart gets completely whipped by Bullard, who bulldozes his way into the backfield and makes the tackle for loss.
2-12 at Fs02 11 Gun Trips Winston, J. sideline pass intercepted by Poole,B. at the FS9, Poole,B. return 0 yards to the FS9. FSU runs a sprint out play, flooding the zone. Winston expects Poole to take the flat and tries to hit the intermediate route but Poole is actually in an intermediate buzz zone and elevates to make the pick. Missed this read. Needed to hit the flat route and take what the defense is giving.
Drive: 2 plays, minus 2 yards, TOP 00:45
1-G at Fs09 FLORIDA drive start at 01:29.
1-G at Fs09 4-2-5 Harris,T. MR pass intercepted by Smith, Terr. at the FS6, Smith, Terr. return 94 yards to the UF0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 01:12. Play action sprint out, with the tight end faking a block then rotating out to the flat. Ball bounces off the tight end's hands into the trailing Terrance Smith, who completes one of the slowest non-lineman 94 yard INT returns you'll ever see, aided by some ferocious blocking by Jalen Ramsey. Seriously, I think he killed a guy. Also should not that Tyler Hunter lowered the boom on the tight end, so it would have gone for no gain even if he caught it.
Drive: 1 plays, 0 yards, TOP 00:17
Injured player for Florida is #55-Johnson. Walks off the field.
Aguayo, R. kick attempt good.
Florida 9, Florida State 7
Aguayo, R. kickoff 65 yards to the UF0, touchback.
1-10 at Uf25 FLORIDA drive start at 01:12.
1-10 at Uf25 4-2-5 Taylor,Kel. rush over left tackle for 5 yards to the UF30 (Casher, C.), clock 00:58. Outside zone. DL squeezes the hole playside and Casher sheds and makes the tackle on the cutback.
2-5 at Uf30 4-2-5 Harris,T. rush quarterback draw for loss of 2 yards to the UF28 (Casher, C.), clock 00:19. Jake jet sweep, QB dive. Chris Casher stays at home and makes the tackle while Reggie Northrup scrapes outside.
Drive: 2 plays, 3 yards, TOP 02:57
Florida 9, Florida State 7