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Florida State football film review: The Citadel 1st quarter

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D-D Yard Formation Play Comment
1-10 at Cit35 FS ball on FS35.

Aguayo, R. kickoff 65 yards to the CIT0, touchback.
1-10 at Cit25 Aaron Miller at QB for The Citadel.
1-10 at Cit25 4-2-5 Aaron Miller rush over right guard for 2 yards to the CIT27 (Walker, D.), clock 14:42. FSU aligns in a 4-3 look, with Jalen Ramsey playing the sam backer position and the MLB 8-9 yards deep. QB follow play where the QB fakes the handoff to the deep back then follows him through the hole. Ramsey aggressively takes on the lead blocker in the hole and the defensive line rallies to the ball.
2-8 at Cit27 4-2-5 Jake Stenson rush TL for 23 yards to the 50 yardline, 1ST DOWN CIT (Northrup, R.), clock 14:11. How not to defend perimeter rushes, starring the FSU defense. Triple option play. Waisome maintains outside leverage and turns the play inside, but Nate Andrews and Tyler Hunter both take poor angles and/or run into blocks. Waisome makes the tackle from behind 20 yards downfield.
1-10 at Cit50 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush over left guard for 4 yards to the FS46 (Northrup, R.;LawrenceStample), clock 13:37. Triple option play, give to the dive back. Nile-Lawrence Stample gives ground then sheds and makes the tackle as the back goes by.
2-6 at Fs46 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush over left tackle for 4 yards to the FS42 (LawrenceStample;Smith, Terr.), clock 12:54. Same play, same result. NLS does a better job maintaining his base and attacking the back earlier in the play.
3-2 at Fs42 4-2-5 Aaron Miller rush over left guard for 1 yard to the FS41 (Northrup, R.;Smith, Terr.), clock 12:31. Another QB follow play based on the same triple option play they've been running several times in a row. Beautiful gap fill by Reggie Northrup stuffs the play for a short gain.
4-1 at Fs41 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush up middle for no gain to the FS41 (Hunter, T.). Lead dive play. Terrance Smith with a wonderfully timed blitz slices behind the DL and right into the lead blocker and ball carrier's path, blowing up the play for no gain.

Drive: 6 plays, 34 yards, TOP 02:42
1-10 at Fs41 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 12:18.
1-10 at Fs41 Winston, J. at QB for Florida State.
1-10 at Fs41 21 Bunch Williams, K. rush left for 10 yards to the CIT49, 1ST DOWN FS (Walker Smith;Carl Robinson), clock 12:11. Toss sweep to the bunch side. Cam Erving out front blocks his man completely off the field 15 yards downfield.
1-10 at Cit49 21 Whitfield, K. rush EL for 21 yards to the CIT28, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds (Nick Willis), clock 11:50. IZ fake, give to Kermit Whitfield on the orbit motion. Really nice block on the perimeter by Rashad Greene springs the run for a big gain.
1-10 at Cit28 11 Gun Winston, J. screen pass complete to O'Leary, N. for 7 yards to the CIT21 (DeVonta Delaney;Rah Muhammad), clock 11:18. Play action, screen to the TE leaking out the back side. Nice job by Winston of getting the ball over the head of the unblocked DE. Bobby Hart and Christian Green both fail to get their blocks downfield or this play may go for a TD.
2-3 at Cit21 11 Williams, K. rush over left tackle for 20 yards to the CIT1, 1ST DOWN FS (Walker Smith), clock 10:53. Outside zone. This is how you draw it up. Barron gets a great seal on the center, Jackson and Matias climb to the second level to get the backers and Karlos is into the secondary untouched.
1-G at Cit01 22 Williams, K. rush over right tackle for no gain to the CIT1 (Nick Willis;Joe Crochet), clock 10:21. Inside zone. Karlos misses a clear cutback lane behind Jackson that would have led to an easy TD.
2-G at Cit01 22 Williams, K. rush over left end for 1 yard to the CIT0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 09:48. Doesn't really matter where Karlos goes with the ball on this run as the FSU OL pushes the entire defense backwards into the endzone.

Aguayo, R. kick attempt good.

Florida State 7, The Citadel 0

Drive: 6 plays, 59 yards, TOP 02:30
. Aguayo, R. kickoff 65 yards to the CIT0, touchback
1-10 at Cit25 THE CITADEL drive start at 09:48.
1-10 at Cit25 4-2-5 Jake Stenson rush right for 1 yard to the CIT26 (Darby, R.), clock 09:33. Load option. Demarcus Walker attacks the QB and forces an early pitch, which allows the rest of the defense to rally to the pitch man.
2-9 at Cit26 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush up middle for 2 yards to the CIT28 (Northrup, R.), clock 09:02. Triple option, give to the dive back. Aggressive fill and a knockback tackle from the deep MLB position by Northrup.
3-7 at Cit28 4-2-5 Vinny Miller rush TL for 15 yards to the CIT43, 1ST DOWN CIT (Ramsey, J.;Hunter, T.), clock 08:30. Triple option, pitch to the outside. Nick Waisome gets off the WR's block but completely whiffs on the tackle. Tyler Hunter with a poor angle overruns the play.
1-10 at Cit43 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush up middle for 4 yards to the CIT47 (Shanks, J.), clock 07:53. Triple option, give to the dive back. Justin Shanks sheds and makes the tackle, but allows himself to get knocked back and the back falls forward for 4 yards.
2-6 at Cit47 4-2-5 Vinny Miller rush left for 6 yards to the FS47, 1ST DOWN CIT (Northrup, R.), clock 07:29. Toss sweep to the wing back. The Citadel catches FSU in a corner blitz which removes a defender from the play side. Additionally, FSU's safeties are aligned very deep on this play, delaying their ability come up in run support.
1-10 at Fs47 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush over left guard for 4 yards to the FS43 (Edwards, M.;Smith, Terr.), clock 06:54. Triple option, give to the dive back. Citadel switches it up here and the dive back attacks the B gap instead of the A gap. Good recognition and fill by Terrance Smith.
2-6 at Fs43 4-2-5 Aaron Miller deep pass incomplete to Jake Stenson (Andrews, N.), clock 06:28. Play action fake, verticals to the play side. Darby is completely fooled by the fake, but the deep aligned Nate Andrews is able to react and break up the pass.
3-6 at Fs43 4-2-5 Vinny Miller rush TL for 1 yard to the FS42 (Northrup, R.;Darby, R.), clock 06:07. Counter option is beautifully defended. All three options are defended. Reggie Northrup is able to slice through traffic to make the tackle.
4-5 at Fs42 Timeout The Citadel, clock 05:43.
4-5 at Fs42 Will Vanvick punt 42 yards to the FS0, touchback.
1-10 at Fs20 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 05:36.
1-10 at Fs20 20 Pony Winston, J. deep out pass complete to Wilson, J. for 16 yards to the FS36, 1ST DOWN FS (Nick Willis), clock 05:22. Play action OZ. Nice patience by Jameis to let Bobo Wilson to clear the underneath coverage on a deep crosser.
1-10 at Fs36 12 Winston, J. WS pass complete to Greene, R. for 19 yards to the CIT45, 1ST DOWN FS (Nick Willis), clock 05:06. Play action OZ, throwback WR screen. Cam Erving whiffs on his block.
1-10 at Cit45 11 Gun Winston, J. screen pass complete to Pender, M. for 11 yards to the CIT34, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds (Rah Muhammad), clock 04:40. Flare screen to Mario Pender. This is a called play rather than a check down as the receivers are blocking the whole way rather than running actual routes.
1-10 at Cit34 21 Twins Pender, M. rush left for 13 yards to the CIT21, 1ST DOWN FS (Nick Willis), clock 04:16. Inside zone. Cam Erving gets a beautiful seal and the unblocked DE chases Jameis on the bootleg fake, leaving a gaping cutback lane. Very similar to Pender's TD against OSU.
1-10 at Cit21 20 Pony Winston, J. screen pass complete to Stevenson, F. for 9 yards to the CIT12, out-of-bounds (Julian Baxter), clock 03:49. Play action outside zone. Flat pass to the fullback who was faking a lead block. Clever.
2-1 at Cit12 20 Pony Winston, J. screen pass complete to Wilson, J. for 12 yards to the CIT0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 03:43. Packaged play, OZ with a bubble. The Citadel is playing 2 over 2 to the bubble side, making it an easy choice for the QB. Bobo does the rest.
1-10 at Cit25 THE CITADEL drive start at 03:43.
1-10 at Cit25 4-2-5 Aaron Miller rush over right guard for 3 yards to the CIT28 (Casher, C.), clock 03:21. Another QB follow play. Nice fill by Jalen Ramsey.
2-7 at Cit28 Timeout The Citadel, clock 02:58.
2-7 at Cit28 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush over right guard for 5 yards to the CIT33 (Levenberry, E.;Casher, C.), clock 02:36. EJ Levenberry hesitates slightly on the dive action, allowing the runner upfield before he's met.
3-2 at Cit33 4-2-5 Jake Stenson rush right for 5 yards to the CIT38, 1ST DOWN CIT (Mitchell, D.;Andrews, N.), clock 02:16. Toss sweep to the wing back. Defended well, but Terrance Smith just whiffs on the open field tackle.
1-10 at Cit38 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush over right tackle for 3 yards to the CIT41 (Walker, D.), clock 01:37. Triple option, dive give. Nice scrape and tackle by Demarcus Walker, but the interior DL allows far too much push.
2-7 at Cit41 4-2-5 Tyler Renew rush over right guard for 2 yards to the CIT43 (Mitchell, D.), clock 00:58. Triple option, dive give. Derrick Mitchell beats the guard to the point of attack to stop the play for a short gain.
3-5 at Cit43 4-2-5 Jake Stenson rush TL for 7 yards to the 50 yardline, fumble forced by Darby, R., fumble by Jake Stenson recovered by CIT TEAM at 50 yardline, 1ST DOWN CIT, out-of-bounds, clock 00:19. Counter action freezes the defense momentarily and Ronald Darby gets pancaked on the edge.

Drive: 6 plays, 25 yards, TOP 05:51

Florida State 14, The Citadel 0

Offense is doing whatever it wants. Defense has been inconsistent. FSU is playing its safeties very deep on most plays, contributing to some of the issues with perimeter runs.