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Florida State football film review: NC State 2nd quarter

Down 24-7, FSU responds with a 14-0 quarter of its own. NC State's three drives went for just 58 yards on 18 plays (3.2/play).

Every week we break down the result of the previous game. Who really played well for the Seminoles against The NC State? Which players played poorly? Where did the coaches do well, and when did they screw up?

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D-D Spot Form Play Analysis
3-4 at St12 11 Gun Winston, J. pass complete to Greene, R. for 4 yards to the ST8, 1ST DOWN FS (Fernandez, J.). Snag concept. Quick throw to Greene on the snag route. Good use of motion from Jimbo to shift the passing strength of the formation and buld the snag concept on the opposite side from where it would be expected. If Winston throws this in the flat, however, it's likely a TD. Nice to have options.
1-G at St08 21 Williams, K. rush for 4 yards to the ST4 (Jones, J.;Nelson, M.). T scheme run, which is basically power except shifted outside a gap. Really heady play by Tre Jackson and Freddie Stevenson here. Normally Jackson would pull and lead through the hole while Stevenson kicks out the end man on the line of scrimmage. Jackson sees an unblocked defender wide and kicks him out and Stevenson leads through the hole...they swapped blocking assignments on the fly. Karlos is untouched until he's 4 yards past the line of scrimmage.
2-G at St04 21 Twins Williams, K. rush for 4 yards to the ST0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 13:51. NC State's tackles are lined up so far over the line of scrimmage it's ridiculous. They are overlapping the center. Inside zone and FSU is clearly coaching it's backs about cutting back around the end on this run. Eventually defenses will catch on to this and adjust, at which point running lanes will open up playside. Well blocked. Physical.
1-G at St03 PENALTY FS false start 5 yards to the ST8.
Aguayo, R. kick attempt good.
NC State 24, Florida State 14 FSU is doing whatever it wants to this defense.
Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards, TOP 03:15
Aguayo, R. kickoff 63 yards to the ST2, Dayes, M. return 13 yards to the ST15 (Northrup, R.), PENALTY ST illegal block (Clark, N.) 7 yards to the ST8, 1st and 10, ST ball on ST8. Great kickoff. Super high and right at the two, angled. Hard to do it better. Even with the illegal block, NCSU only got to the 13!
1-10 at St08 NC STATE drive start at 13:46.
1-10 at St08 34 Dayes, M. rush for no gain to the ST8 (Goldman, E.). Zone run with jet action, Hollin, Goldman and Mitchell all get good penetration to make the stop. Winning first down takes away so many options.
2-10 at St08 425 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Valdes-Scan, M.. FSU almost has a sack here, but Casher stumbles after a good pocket squeeze and Brissett is able to get out for a scramble and throwaway.
3-10 at St08 425 Brissett, J. sacked for loss of 6 yards to the ST2 (Walker, D.). FSU brings a 6-man blitz, NC State picks is up well initially, which is usually trouble, but FSU covers well on the deep shots and FSU finally gets to him.
4-16 at St02 Baumann, W. punt 40 yards to the ST42, Greene, R. return 20 yards to the ST22 (Baumann, W.).
Drive: 3 plays, minus 6 yards, TOP 01:41 Better defense from an assignment standpoint, but guys also winning their 1-on-1 battles.
1-10 at St22 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 12:05.
1-10 at St22 21 pony Winston, J. pass complete to Green, C. for 22 yards to the ST0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 11:58. Christian Green is the third option here. The ball should probably go to Karlos in the flat, but Winston's arm to throw this from the far hash is stupid good and this you can't hate the decision. Good body control from Green. Coverage is not that bad.
Aguayo, R. kick attempt good.
NC State 24, Florida State 21
Drive: 1 plays, 22 yards, TOP 00:13
Aguayo, R. kickoff 58 yards to the ST7, Dayes, M. return 11 yards to the ST18 (Levenberry, E.;Cook, D.). Another good kickoff, not quite as deep as the one prior, but very high. Dalvin Cook has been very good of late on kick coverage and he was here again. Physical and fast.
1-10 at St18 NC STATE drive start at 11:52.
1-10 at St18 425 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Dayes, M., QB hurry by Hunter, T.. NC State tries a misdirection throwback screen, good discipline with the rush causes Brissett to be off. Coverage wasn't bad, either, though I cannot make out the numbers.
2-10 at St18 425 Dayes, M. rush for 1 yard to the ST19 (Northrup, R.;Goldman, E.). DT stones, DE squeezes (but keeps arm free) and Northrup fills for the cleanup. Well done.
3-9 at St19 425 Brissett, J. pass complete to Alston, J. for 10 yards to the ST29, 1ST DOWN ST (Darby, R.). Brissett rolls out and makes a really good throw on the comeback, but Ronald Darby needs to be more aggressive there, given that he has help over the top. Mental error.
1-10 at St29 425 Brissett, J. pass complete to Thornton, S. for 14 yards to the ST43, 1ST DOWN ST (Andrews, N.;Hunter, T.). Quick shot screen goes for 14 when it should have gone for 5. Reggie Northrup missed tackle. Really poor day for him, which is surprising because he was good against Clemson.
1-10 at St43 425 Thornton, S. rush for loss of 1 yard to the ST42 (Darby, R.;Ramsey, J.). WIldcat, FSU fills the gaps, forces the RB wide. He's not a good outside runner (good inside), and Ramsey cleans it up. Hunter set the edge well here.
2-11 at St42 425 Brissett, J. pass complete to Thornton, S. for 4 yards to the ST46 (Smith, Terr.). Good job to limit YAC by Smith on the route in the flats.
3-7 at St46 425 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Valdes-Scan, M.. FSU brings 5/6 alert blitz to force the quick throw. Good physical coverage by PJ Williams and throw is very high (maybe a throwaway). Williams doesn't look healthy to me, however, a step slow much of the day.
4-7 at St46 Baumann, W. punt 47 yards to the FS7, fair catch by Greene, R.. Not real wild about a fair catch from the 7, but it's not inside the 5, so ...
Drive: 7 plays, 28 yards, TOP 03:03 Gap discipline and pressuring the QB. Good stuff.
1-10 at Fs07 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 08:49.
1-10 at Fs07 FS ball on FS8.
1-10 at Fs08 11 Williams, K. rush for 20 yards to the FS28, 1ST DOWN FS (Jones, J.). Inside zone, nice cutback by Williams and excellent effort from Kermit Whitfield to get a piece of the linebacker.
1-10 at Fs28 11 Winston, J. pass complete to Whitfield, K. for 24 yards to the ST48, 1ST DOWN FS (Jones, H.). Play action, good protection by O'Leary and OL, Winston wants pass deep but it's covered so he comes quickly to secondary option Whitfield on an over route. Good ball.
1-10 at St48 11 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Greene, R. for 4 yards to the ST44 (Burris, J.). Quick game and pretty good coverage by NCSU on the curl. But it's an NFL QB and an NFL WR working together ...
2-6 at St44 11 Cook, D. rush for loss of 2 yards to the ST46 (Buckley, T.;Nelson, M.). Inside zone, but Barron and Jackson don't communicate (I think), as Barron climbs to the second level without helpind Jackson with the double. Two seniors needs to call this better.
3-8 at St46 10 gun Winston, J. pass incomplete to Green, C.. NC State blitzes, FSU picks it up, Kermit Whitfield misses an obvious route adjustment. He if sits down in the area vacated by the blitzer, this is an easy first down. Instead, Winston, who doesn't just throw it to where Whitfield should be, tries for one to Greene. Big mental error by Whitfield.
4-8 at St46 PENALTY FS delay of game 5 yards to the FS49.
4-13 at Fs49 Beatty, C. punt 38 yards to the ST13, fair catch by Hines, B.. Not quite deep enough, but not bad. And high.
Drive: 5 plays, 41 yards, TOP 02:18 Some good plays, but two big mental errors killed the drive.
1-10 at St13 NC STATE drive start at 06:31.
1-10 at St13 425 Underwood, B. rush for 5 yards to the ST18 (Ramsey, J.). They finally give it to the jet motion guy and Levenberry is too slow to react. Should have been able to hold this to a gain of 2 or 3.
2-5 at St18 425 Brissett, J. rush for 1 yard to the ST19 (Hollin, D.). Same play, other way, except QB keeps it. Desmond Hollin does a great job to get off his block and make the tackle. Good effort.
3-4 at St19 425 Brissett, J. rush for 7 yards to the ST26, 1ST DOWN ST (Smith, Terr.). Pressure forces Brissett out of the pocket, and Desmond Hollin cannot make the open-field tackle. Tough for a defensive tackle there with a lot of space.
1-10 at St26 425 Thornton, S. rush for 1 yard to the ST27 (Northrup, R.). Wildcat, Mitchell, Hollin, Walker, Smith all play it well and Northrup cleans it up.
2-9 at St27 425 Brissett, J. pass complete to Dayes, M. for 14 yards to the ST41, 1ST DOWN ST (Hunter, T.). This is almost a carbon copy of the tackle Northrup missed on the previous shot screen. Another major error by Northrup. This was not his day. At all.
1-10 at St41 425 PENALTY ST false start (Adams, T.) 5 yards to the ST36.
1-15 at St36 425 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Cherry, B., QB hurry by Walker, D.. Bootleg, Demarcus Walker smartly grabs the opposing tight end who is trying to leak out. Smart because he is behind the LOS. This screws the entire play up for NCSU and sets up 2nd and 15.
2-15 at St36 Timeout NC State, clock 03:27.
2-15 at St36 425 Brissett, J. pass complete to Alston, J. for 7 yards to the ST43 (Ramsey, J.). NC Stat goes back to the quick pump to one side, roll to the other flood play. Ramsey is held just enough by the fake for his man to get open. He's going to be very good in the star when he locks in on solely his assignment and plays more under control.
3-8 at St43 425 Brissett, J. sacked for loss of 6 yards to the ST37 (Goldman, E.). Not sure. Camera doesn't show what happens at snap. FSU clearly in a blitz with Hunter, and the coverage must have been OK because Brissett scrambles around forever and has nothing.
4-14 at St37 Baumann, W. punt 54 yards to the FS9, fair catch by LaCivita, B., PENALTY FS delay of game (Greene, R.) 4 yards to the FS5, 1st and 10, FS ball on FS5. Very unusual error by Greene.
Drive: 8 plays, 24 yards, TOP 04:28
1-10 at Fs05 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 02:03. FSU has three timeouts, but needs to go 96 yards. NC State has 1 timeout.
1-10 at Fs05 PENALTY FS false start 3 yards to the FS2. I think this changed Fisher's strategy on the drive.
1-13 at Fs02 21 Williams, K. rush for 2 yards to the FS4 (Rose, M.;Jones, J.). NC State is just fast flowing to this inside zone play. Too many defenders and not enough blockers. Expecting run.
2-11 at Fs04 21 Williams, K. rush for 4 yards to the FS8 (Fernandez, J.;Jones, H.). Outside zone to get some punting room.
3-7 at Fs08 Timeout Florida State, clock 00:33.
3-7 at Fs08 10 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Greene, R. for 21 yards to the FS29, 1ST DOWN FS (Jones, H.). Excellent throw and catch on a smash route.
1-10 at Fs29 Winston, J. pass incomplete to Greene, R.. Play not on youtube replay?
2-10 at Fs29 10 gun Winston, J. sacked for loss of 18 yards to the FS11 (Norman, A.), PENALTY FS intentional grounding (Winston, J.) 0 yards to the FS11. Bobby Hart beaten badly, slow feet. And this is made worse because the clock doesn't run on an intentional grounding penalty. Fisher says play down the could have been a TD had Hart not got beat.
3-28 at Fs11 10 gun Williams, K. rush for 2 yards to the FS13 (Davis, D.). Draw to Karlos to run the clock.
4-26 at Fs13 Beatty, C. punt 42 yards to the ST45, Hines, B. return 6 yards to the FS49 (Hunter, T.). OK punt.
Drive: 6 plays, 8 yards, TOP 01:59
1-10 at Fs49 NC STATE drive start at 00:04.
1-10 at Fs49 Prevent Brissett, J. rush for 36 yards to the FS13, 1ST DOWN ST (Andrews, N.). Scramble a bit longer than you'd like, but FSU prevented a throw. This does hurt the yards/play average, though.
1-10 at Fs13 End of half, clock 00:00.
Drive: 1 plays, 36 yards, TOP 00:04
NC State 24, Florida State 21 FSU won the quarter 14-0.