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Florida State football film review: Clemson 1st quarter

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

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1-10 at Fs35 Formation CU ball on CU35.
LAKIP kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, touchback.
1-10 at Fs25 21 Twins Whitfield, K. rush for no gain to the FS25 (READER). Orbit sweep. Izzo gives ground to Shaq Lawson, forcing Whitfield to cut inside where the safety is unblocked. Cook should have had him. This is 6 if they block it up right.
2-10 at Fs25 21 Cook, D. rush for 75 yards to the CU0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 14:15. Inside zone. The strong safety and the linebacker both take the C/D gap leaving the B gap wide open. Good seals by Mavety and Eberle create the lane. Dalvin isn't 100% but still isn't getting caught from behind.
Aguayo, R. kick attempt good.
Florida State 7, Clemson 0
1-G at Fs35 PENALTY CU personal foul (TANKERSLEY) 15 yards to the 50 yardline.
Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, TOP 00:45
Aguayo, R. kickoff 50 yards to the CU0, touchback.
1-10 at Cu25 CLEMSON drive start at 14:15.
1-10 at Cu25 4-2-5 GALLMAN rush for 10 yards to the CU35, 1ST DOWN CU (Brutus, L.;Nnadi, D.). Inside zone. Gallman sticks it up inside, drawing Sweat and Terrance Smith in, then bouncing around the end on the backside. Sweat must shed the block and make the tackle on this play.
1-10 at Cu35 4-2-5 WATSON pass incomplete to GALLMAN (Walker, D.). Spacing concept to the three receiver side. Watson is looking to unload the ball quickly but Walker elevates and deflects the pass.
2-10 at Cu35 4-2-5 GALLMAN rush for 1 yard to the CU36 (Nnadi, D.;Christmas, D.). My goodness, Nnadi completely blows up this power play, defeating the downblock and making the tackle for no gain. The linebackers don't even get a chance to contribute.
3-9 at Cu36 3-2-6 WATSON pass incomplete to PEAKE. Pretty exotic blitz look from FSU is handled well by the Clemson OL and Watson tries to hit a fade route against Ramsey. Peake has a small amount of separation but Watson overthrows it.
4-9 at Cu36 TEASDALL punt 41 yards to the FS23, fair catch by Wilson, J..
Drive: 4 plays, 11 yards, TOP 01:18 About as good of a start as FSU can hope for.
1-10 at Fs23 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 12:57.
1-10 at Fs23 11 Maguire, S. pass incomplete to Wilson, J.. Maguire overthrows Bobo badly on a hitch. Looks like he's just trying to throw it too hard.
2-10 at Fs23 11 Pistol Trey Cook, D. rush for 36 yards to the CU41, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds (T. GREEN). Counter-trey is very well blocked. Izzo pulling through the hole gets the playside linebacker but this play is really made by RoJo downblocking the DT then working up to the safety.
1-10 at Cu41 21 Maguire, S. pass complete to Rudolph, T. for 21 yards to the CU20, 1ST DOWN FS, out-of-bounds (ALEXANDER). Play action with either a dig or a deep over route from the far side of the field. Great time to call this after Dalvin's last two carries have gone for over 100 yards. With the linebackers sucked up by the play action this route will be open as long as you can pass protect long enough for it to come open.
1-10 at Cu20 21 Patrick, J. rush for 3 yards to the CU17 (BLANKS;GOODSON). Inside zone. Ruble and Izzo combo the playside DE and Ruble should work up to the linebacker but can't get to him, limiting the gain.
2-7 at Cu17 21 Pistol Train Cook, D. rush for loss of 3 yards to the CU20 (GOODSON;KEARSE). Packaged play. Inside zone to the fullback and a rocket screen to the back. The backside linebacker and safety are not held at all by the backfield action dooming the play. Izzo and Mavety don't appear to have any clue who to block. Didn't rep this one enough in practice.
3-10 at Cu20 (DODD).
3-10 at Cu20 11 Gun Trey Maguire, S. pass intercepted by BAKER at the CU5, BAKER return 0 yards to the CU5. Three verts with a wheel to the slot. Brock Ruble gets whipped and the Clemson DE hits Maguire in the middle of his throwing motion, leading to an underthrow that is easily picked. Gotta eat this one, Sean.
Drive: 6 plays, 57 yards, TOP 02:51
1-10 at Cu05 CLEMSON drive start at 10:06.
1-10 at Cu05 4-2-5 GALLMAN rush for 3 yards to the CU8 (Northrup, R.). Inside zone. Good aggressive fill by Northrup and nice job of rallying to the ball by the rest of the D.
2-7 at Cu08 4-2-5 WATSON pass complete to PEAKE for 15 yards to the CU23, 1ST DOWN CU (Ramsey, J.;Northrup, R.). Play action slant route. Ramsey gets beat off the ball and can't recover when Peake breaks back inside.
1-10 at Cu23 4-2-5 WATSON pass complete to A. SCOTT for 2 yards to the CU25 (White, M.;Walker, D.). My goodness Marquez White completely blows up this bubble screen, tossing the WR like a rag doll.
2-8 at Cu25 4-2-5 WATSON pass incomplete to LEGGETT. Trips to the boundary. With Smith blitzing Reggie Northrup has to carry the #3 receiver if he goes vertical. Got away with a blown coverage when Watson overthrows this.
3-8 at Cu25 4-2-5 WATSON sacked for loss of 2 yards to the CU23 (Ramsey, J.), PENALTY FS personal foul (Ramsey, J.) 15 yards to the CU38, 1ST DOWN CU. Good initial coverage downfield and a great job of picking up the back out of the backfield by Smith leaves Watson with no options except to bail the pocket. Dumb decision by Ramsey to hit Watson extends the drive.
1-10 at Cu38 1st and 10.
1-10 at Cu38 4-2-5 GALLMAN rush for 7 yards to the CU45 (Northrup, R.;Smith, T.). Inside zone is actually fit very well by the FSU defense. There's no hole so Gallman makes his own by running over his own blocker. Hell of a run.
2-3 at Cu45 4-2-5 GALLMAN rush for 1 yard to the CU46 (Northrup, R.;Christmas, D.). Good penetration by NLS forces Gallman to bounce outside where the unblocked Javien Elliot forces him back into the teeth of the defense.
3-2 at Cu46 4-2-5 WATSON pass complete to LEGGETT for 4 yards to the 50 yardline, 1ST DOWN CU (White, M.). Snag concept and the H back gets a completely free release on the flat route, making for an easy conversion.
1-10 at Cu50 4-2-5 WATSON sacked for loss of 5 yards to the CU45 (LawrenceStample;Nnadi, D.). Jacob Pugh completely blows by the Clemson tackle, forcing Watson to step up into the clutches of the interior DL.
2-15 at Cu45 4-2-5 WATSON pass complete to GALLMAN for 8 yards to the FS47 (Brutus, L.). Rocket screen to the back out of the backfield. Terrence Smith completely overruns it and Northrup makes a poor effort at an arm tackle, leaving Brutus to make the play downfield.
3-7 at Fs47 4-2-5 WATSON rush for no gain to the FS47 (Ramsey, J.). FSU is showing blitz from the boundary all the way and Clemson is in a slide protection scheme away from the blitz. Big mistake by Watson and/or the Clemson coaches not to spot this and change the protection. When the line slides and FSU blitzes two from the edge, there's only the back left to block both of them and Pugh gets a free rush at the QB. Gotta bring him down.
4-7 at Fs47 4-2-5 T. GREEN rush for 12 yards to the FS35, out-of-bounds (Campbell, G.), PENALTY CU illegal formation 5 yards to the CU48, NO PLAY. Fake is a sweep run with a reverse. Chris Casher has contain and is in position but takes a really bad angle, allowing the ball carrier to get the corner.
4-12 at Cu48 TEASDALL punt 40 yards to the FS12, Wilson, J. return 1 yards to the FS13 (J. JOHNSON). I have no idea what basis Bobo uses to decide when to fair catch or not.
Drive: 11 plays, 43 yards, TOP 05:15
1-10 at Fs13 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 04:51.
1-10 at Fs13 21 Twins Cook, D. rush for no gain to the FS13 (WILKINS). Inside zone. Wilson Bell gets whipped by the DT who meets Cook in the backfield. Really, it wouldn't have mattered because Eberle and Ruble both miss their blocks at the second level as well. Woof.
2-10 at Fs13 21 Bunch Cook, D. rush for 2 yards to the FS15 (GOODSON;DODD). Counter trey. Mavety fails to work up to the linebacker off of his downblock.
3-8 at Fs15 11 Gun Maguire, S. pass incomplete to Wilson, J., QB hurry by T. GREEN. Izzo gets away with a false start. Clemson has a clever blitz scheme on, with a double A gap blitz and a backer around the end, with a DE dropping into zone coverage. With a free rusher in his face, Maguire heaves it out of bounds.
4-8 at Fs15 Beatty, C. punt 44 yards to the CU41, fair catch by LEGGETT.
Drive: 3 plays, 2 yards, TOP 01:29
1-10 at Cu41 CLEMSON drive start at 03:22.
1-10 at Cu41 CU ball on CU42.
1-10 at Cu42 4-2-5 WATSON pass incomplete to LEGGETT, dropped pass. Just a drop on a wide open out route.
2-10 at Cu42 4-2-5 GALLMAN rush for no gain to the CU42 (Smith, T.). Buck sweep to the boundary and Terrance Smith gets in underneath the receivers crack block to make the tackle for no gain.
3-10 at Cu42 4-2-5 WATSON pass incomplete to A. SCOTT, PENALTY FS pass interference (White, M.) 15 yards to the FS43, 1ST DOWN CU, NO PLAY. Marquez White is beaten out of the break and grabs Scott's jersey. Pretty benign as interference goes, but a stretched jersey will usually draw a flag.
1-10 at Fs43 4-2-5 WATSON pass complete to LEGGETT for 25 yards to the FS18, 1ST DOWN CU (Brutus, L.). Once again FSU's linebacker does not carry the #3 receiver's vertical when the offense puts three receivers to the boundary. This time it's Hoskins who gets victimized.
1-10 at Fs18 4-2-5 GALLMAN rush for 4 yards to the FS14, out-of-bounds (Ramsey, J.). Smith is a little slow reacting when Gallman bounces it outside, allowing Gallman to get the corner.
2-6 at Fs14 4-2-5 WATSON rush for no gain to the FS14, out-of-bounds (Elliott, J.). Clemson shows an unbalanced line to the field then motions a receiver away from the formation. They're trying to outnumber/outflank the defense with a half roll/QB sweep play. Nice job of adjusting to the unbalanced line and keeping contain by the defense here.
3-6 at Fs14 4-2-5 WATSON pass incomplete to LEGGETT (Walker, D.). FSU shows blitz and Watson rushes his throw, placing it well behind Leggett on the out route.
4-6 at Fs14 HUEGEL field goal attempt from 31 GOOD, clock 01:15.
Florida State 7, Clemson 3
Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, TOP 02:07
LAKIP kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, touchback.
1-10 at Fs25 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 01:15.
1-10 at Fs25 21 Maguire, S. pass complete to Cook, D. for 4 yards to the FS29, out-of-bounds (GOODSON). Screen. Really great job of getting the ball to Cook by Maguire.
2-6 at Fs29 11 Gun Maguire, S. pass incomplete to Whitfield, K.. Fade to Whitfield is a little long. Great coverage by Alexander.
3-6 at Fs29 11 Gun Maguire, S. pass incomplete to Whitfield, K., PENALTY CU pass interference (ALEXANDER) 12 yards to the FS41, 1ST DOWN FS, NO PLAY. Alexander grabs Whitfield's jersey at the top of the route and rides him all the way through the play. Clear pass interference.
1-10 at Fs41 Cook, D. rush for 18 yards to the CU41, 1ST DOWN FS (BLANKS). No idea what the play is as TV doesn't get back from replay until halfway through the play.
Drive: 3 plays, 34 yards, TOP 05:19
Florida State 7, Clemson 3