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Florida State football film review: NC State 3rd quarter

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Florida State commits two turnovers and still wins the quarter 21-14.

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D-D Spot Form Play Analysis

Drive: 1 plays, 36 yards, TOP 00:04

Sade, N. kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, touchback.
1-10 at Fs25 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 15:00.
1-10 at Fs25 10 gun PENALTY FS personal foul (roughing passer) 15 yards to the FS40, 1ST DOWN FS. I guess this is some sort of pop pass off play action and NC State just plays it as pass all the way?
1-10 at Fs40 21 Winston, J. pass intercepted by Fernandez, J. at the ST41, Fernandez, J. return 0 yards to the ST41 (O'Leary, N.). Play action, FSU wants a deep shot, Cam Erving gets beat around the edge -- one of his only really bad plays of the day. Winston needs to throw the ball away.

Drive: 1 plays, minus 15 yards, TOP 00:15
1-10 at St41 NC STATE drive start at 14:45.
1-10 at St41 34 Samuels, J. rush for 13 yards to the FS46, 1ST DOWN ST (Ramsey, J.). New double wing look for NCSU. Quick jet sweep, Walker plays it fairly well, doesn't allow cutback, and P.J. Williams just whiffs. Bad tackling. Again, is P.J. healthy?
1-10 at Fs46 425 Brissett, J. pass complete to Dayes, M. for 8 yards to the FS38 (Northrup, R.;Williams, P.J.). Play action, FSU gets great pressure and is covering well, and this is just bad luck. A sack of 6 turns into a gain of 8 because FSU pulls him down on top of another man, so he's technically not down (an in the grasp call would be appropriate), and he somehow flips it to a RB. Incredible play by the QB. You cannot fault FSU's defense for this.
2-2 at Fs38 34 Brissett, J. rush for 4 yards to the FS34, 1ST DOWN ST (Williams, P.J.). Casher is juked like crazy by the QB and he whiffs on the sack. Brissett scrambles for yards. The good thing is that FSU is covering better.
1-10 at Fs34 425 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Cook, C.. Quick game, slants, Brissett misfires. Maybe he is tired from all that running? Guy was open.
2-10 at Fs34 425 Brissett, J. rush for 19 yards to the FS15, 1ST DOWN ST (Hunter, T.). FSU runs a twist and Brissett is very slippery in the pocket. These are "missed tackles" but not ones you really expect to be made. Just another good play by him.
1-10 at Fs15 425 PENALTY FS pass interference (Williams, P.J.) 10 yards to the FS5, 1ST DOWN ST. Legit pass interference. P.J. Williams grabs WR on the slant. Again, is he fully healthy? I have my doubts.
1-G at Fs05 PENALTY ST false start (Cook, C.) 5 yards to the FS10.
1-G at Fs10 425 Brissett, J. pass complete to Dayes, M. for 10 yards to the FS0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 12:40. Angle route from the RB. Fisher on the coaches show sais that FSU was misaligned, and that "the safety needs to set the backer over (I think?)."
Sade, N. kick attempt good.
NC State 31, Florida State 21
Drive: 6 plays, 59 yards, TOP 02:09
Sade, N. kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, Whitfield, K. return 19 yards to the FS19 (Pratt, G.). Blocking on this KR is not very good. Not a great kick, either.
1-10 at Fs19 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 12:36.
1-10 at Fs19 20 pony Cook, D. rush for loss of 2 yards to the FS17 (Fernandez, J.;Noel, R.). NCSU gets good pressure upfield on this OZ run. Matias may need to help Barron some here. Hart gets beat backside which is bad.
2-12 at Fs17 10 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Greene, R. for 12 yards to the FS29, 1ST DOWN FS (Jones, J.). Orbit motion with Greene, run clearouts to the field, and swing it to him underneath. Great move and acceleration turns a 5-yard gainer into a first down. Fisher called this a screen.
1-10 at Fs29 21 Winston, J. pass complete to Williams, K. for 5 yards to the FS34 (Jones, H.;Noel, R.). This almost broke big. I-formation, but Karlos at FB. Motion him to the boundary as a WR all alone. Fake the run to the field, spin throw a screen to Williams, who doesn't set up his blocks well and ruins the play. Neat play by Jimbo and I'm sure he's mad it was wasted.
2-5 at Fs34 10 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Wilson, J. for 7 yards to the FS41, 1ST DOWN FS (Jones, H.). Quick slant, line cut blocking to cut down on aggressiveness.
1-10 at Fs41 21 Williams, K. rush for 4 yards to the FS45 (Rose, M.). Inside toss play, Karlos seems comfortable running this, doesn't need to read anything. Nice block Jackson.
2-6 at Fs45 10 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Greene, R. for 17 yards to the ST38, 1ST DOWN FS (Wright, D.). Now this is neat. Looks like a crossing route, right? But no, it's a screen. All of the other receivers are blocking. And they do a good job as FSU clears it out and Greene picks up 17!
1-10 at St38 21 Williams, K. rush for 13 yards to the ST25, 1ST DOWN FS (Jones, J.). This is a counter pivot play to Karlos Williams, blocked well by line and receivers. Williams needs to keep his feet and he's have a lot more on that play. Now NC State is really guessing.
1-10 at St25 21 Williams, K. rush for 6 yards to the ST19 (Buckley, T.). Inside zone, well blocked, Williams picks his way for six. Good first down run. No negatives.
2-4 at St19 21 Cook, D. rush for 19 yards to the ST0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 08:14. Hey, some old school toss sweep. NC State wasn't expecting that. Matias kicks out, Freeman cuts, everyone else blocks it well, and they're not catching Dalvin Cook. Can't run this all the time, but once in a while ...
Aguayo, R. kick attempt good.
NC State 31, Florida State 28
Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, TOP 04:28
Aguayo, R. kickoff 65 yards to the ST0, Dayes, M. return 12 yards to the ST12 (Haggins, J.). Excellent kick and coverage
1-10 at St12 NC STATE drive start at 08:08.
1-10 at St12 425 Thornton, S. rush for loss of 4 yards to the ST8 (Featherston, L.;Goldman, E.). Freshman Lorenzo Featherston makes a TFL here, BUT, it's the WRONG play. He obviously has contain here and jumping to the inside is something he cannot do. If he were to miss, this run is a big gainer. But he saw the opening and hit it. Sort of like swinging on 3-0 in baseball when you hage the take sign and hitting a home run.
2-14 at St08 425 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Purvis, T.. Great job by Jacob Pugh of being disciplined on boot action, getting the hands up and forcing a bad throw. Another freshman. Nice to have a pair like that able to occasionally provide a breather for the vets -- especially with Edwards Jr. out.
3-14 at St08 416 Brissett, J. pass complete to Thornton, S. for 12 yards to the ST20 (Brutus, L.). Screen pass, P.J. Williams comes in too fast and too low and misses the tackle. Again, is he healthy? Also grabbing his wrist/forearm at times. This isn't the same P.J. we saw last year.
4-2 at St20 Baumann, W. punt 51 yards to the FS29, Greene, R. return 0 yards to the FS29, fumble by Greene, R. recovered by ST Means, M. at FS27. Critical error.
Drive: 3 plays, 8 yards, TOP 01:03 Great defensive drive, taking advantage of great field position, and a drop!
1-10 at Fs27 NC STATE drive start at 07:05.
1-10 at Fs27 425 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Thornton, S.. Play action with jet, played well by FSU, nobody open, Brissett throws it away.
2-10 at Fs27 425 Samuels, J. rush for 17 yards to the FS10, 1ST DOWN ST (Williams, P.J.). Quick speed jet handoff, Featherston misses the tackle, and Nate Andrews comes in and misses another tackle likely do to taking a bad angle.
1-G at Fs10 425 Thornton, S. rush for 10 yards to the FS0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 06:37. This is good power running from NC State. Nice down block on Goldman (not sure FSU was lined up properly here), Thornton is a great power runner and is able to get a head of steam, trucking Tyler Hunter at the goal line.
Sade, N. kick attempt good.
NC State 38, Florida State 28
Drive: 3 plays, 27 yards, TOP 00:34
Sade, N. kickoff 47 yards to the FS18, Haplea, K. return 11 yards to the FS29 (Jones, H.). Why pooch this? Dumb. FSU's return game had not been very good for many of them.
1-10 at Fs29 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 06:31.
1-10 at Fs29 PENALTY FS false start (Jackson, T.) 5 yards to the FS24. Senior.
1-15 at Fs24 10 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Cook, D. for 5 yards to the FS29 (Noel, R.;Norman, A.). Good call. Shovel pass is safe, yet takes advantage of DL that wants to pass rush after false start penalty.
2-10 at Fs29 10 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Greene, R. for 16 yards to the FS45, 1ST DOWN FS (Jones, J.). Winston wants a deep shot, checks it down to Greene who, because the ball is thrown in stride, can make someone miss. Winston is so damn good at throwing it in stride.
1-10 at Fs45 10 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Rudolph, T. for 40 yards to the ST15, 1ST DOWN FS (Noel, R.). Bubble with tackle pulling. Rudolph makes two men miss. Explosive plays from safe throws. Nice work. Another good block from Ermon lane.
1-10 at St15 10 gun Winston, J. pass incomplete to Rudolph, T.. Good protection, trying to work a deep out cut to Rudolph, probably PI but no call. Good ball placement again.
2-10 at St15 10 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Wilson, J. for 15 yards to the ST0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 05:06. Again, Winston is in such a zone. This is his third read, he starts to throw it before Wilson even makes his break, and the ball placement is absolutely perfect. Insanely good accuracy from Winston on the drive. When you have a QB like this, and a kicker like Aguayo, you're gonna be a tough out. Good route by Bobo.
Aguayo, R. kick attempt good.
NC State 38, Florida State 35
Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards, TOP 01:32
Aguayo, R. kickoff 59 yards to the ST6, Dayes, M. return 15 yards to the ST21 (Pugh, J.). Decent kickoff.
1-10 at St21 NC STATE drive start at 04:59.
1-10 at St21 425 Thornton, S. rush for 9 yards to the ST30 (Northrup, R.). Just a blast play, missed tackle Featherston, DL gets worked, Smith slow to fill.
2-1 at St30 425 Thornton, S. rush for 7 yards to the ST37, 1ST DOWN ST (Williams, P.J.;Northrup, R.). Featherston shoots upfiedl very quickly, doesn't squeeze at all, large gap for Northrup to get to and he's late.
1-10 at St37 425 Brissett, J. sacked for loss of 17 yards to the ST20 (Featherston, L.), fumble by Brissett, J. recovered by FS Pugh, J. at ST6. So we have freshman Lorenzo Featherston not playing his assignments very well on the last few plays, typically allowing for successful runs. But then we have him show great closing burst on Jacoby Brissett, who cannot get the screen off in time and fumbles. Good hustle by Jacob Pugh to get the recovery.
Drive: 3 plays, minus 15 yards, TOP 01:08
1-G at St06 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 03:51.
1-G at St06 21 Williams, K. rush for 2 yards to the ST4 (Teal, T.;Wright, D.). Inside zone, Karlos Williams may have had better choices, but he's smart not to bounce this and risk a loss on first down.
(4) Fernandez, J injured on the play
2-G at St04 Timeout NC State, clock 03:28.
2-G at St04 11 gun Winston, J. pass complete to Greene, R. for 4 yards to the ST0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 03:24. Winston a bit late on the slant to Greene after play action. Good catch by Greene.
Aguayo, R. kick attempt good.
Florida State 42, NC State 38
Drive: 2 plays, 6 yards, TOP 00:33
Aguayo, R. kickoff 61 yards to the ST4, Dayes, M. return 13 yards to the ST17 (Ramsey, J.;Pugh, J.). Very good kick coverage. Start them deep.
1-10 at St17 NC STATE drive start at 03:18.
1-10 at St17 425 Thornton, S. rush for 6 yards to the ST23 (Smith, Terr.;Featherston, L.). Trips, bubble look, give to the back. NCSU was doing a pretty good job pounding the rock here and ultimately got away from it a bit at times. Thornton is a good back.
2-4 at St23 425 Thornton, S. rush for 1 yard to the ST24 (Smith, Terr.;Featherston, L.). Pugh gets a hand on and slows down Thornton.
3-3 at St24 425 Brissett, J. pass complete to Hines, B. for 6 yards to the ST30, 1ST DOWN ST (Hunter, T.). FSU blitzes into the rollout but NCSU picks it up pretty well.
(16) Pugh, J injured on the play 2 blockers landed on him.
1-10 at St30 416 Brissett, J. pass complete to Hines, B. for 6 yards to the ST36 (Andrews, N.). Option route, good throw and catch, Nate Andrews beat, but barely.
2-4 at St36 416 Brissett, J. pass complete to Thornton, S. for 7 yards to the ST43, 1ST DOWN ST (Brutus, L.;Darby, R.). Quick game, FSU not totally lined up, quick flip to RB. Smart play.
1-10 at St43 416 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Dayes, M., QB hurry by Featherston, L.. Good coverage by FSU, eventually Brissett runs into Featherston and has to throw it away.
2-10 at St43 416 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Hines, B. (Hunter, T.). FSU flushes brissett, good pressure, good throw to the sideline and Tyler Hunter had good coverage.
3-10 at St43 416 Brissett, J. pass incomplete to Underwood, B.. Brissett trying to hit a deep dig route but throw is too high.
4-10 at St43 Baumann, W. punt 46 yards to the FS11, fair catch by Greene, R..
Drive: 8 plays, 26 yards, TOP 02:21 Felt like a lot of successful plays, but it didn't go anywhere.
1-10 at Fs11 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 00:57.
1-10 at Fs11 FS ball on FS12.
1-10 at Fs12 22 Cook, D. rush for 35 yards to the FS47, 1ST DOWN FS (Tocho, J.). Inside zone, well blocked, good cutback, bad tackling angle, and Cook's hammy is tight otherwise this might have been a run of 88.
1-10 at Fs47 22 Winston, J. pass incomplete to Greene, R. (Burris, J.). Play action, great protection, bad decision by Winston to throw into double coverage on first down.
2-10 at Fs47 10 gun PENALTY ST illegal use of hands (McGill, T.) 15 yards to the ST38, 1ST DOWN FS. Winston throws this into traffic, pressure came from guy who got flagged for trying to rip off Barron's facemark. Fisher needed to settle Winston down a bit at the quarter break.
1-10 at St38 21 Winston, J. rush for 3 yards to the ST35 (Noel, R.;Nelson, M.). Option to the left. Sometimes it's good to get a QB hit to settle him down and not have him taking so many risky shots.
Drive: 3 plays, 53 yards, TOP 03:35
Florida State 42, NC State 38