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Florida State football film review: USF 1st Quarter

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

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D-D At Formation Play Analysis
1-10 at Usf35 FS ball on FS35.
19-Roberto Aguayo kickoff 65 yards to the USF0, 87-ADAMS, Rodney return 25 yards to the USF25, out-of-bounds (18-Ro'Derrick Hoskins). More physicality needed on kickoff coverage.
1-10 at Usf25 4-2-5 5-MACK, Marlon rush over left tackle for 4 yards to the USF29 (91-Derrick Nnadi;99-Nile LawrenceStample), clock 14:35. Inside zone. Both NLS and Derrick Nnadi get pushed back. NNadi does shed and make the tackle, but it's past the line of scrimmage and Mack is able to fall forward for a nice gain.
2-6 at Usf29 4-2-5 9-FLOWERS, Quinto screen pass complete to 5-MACK, Marlon for no gain to the USF29 (44-DeMarcus Walker), clock 14:20. FSU blitzes Northrup off the edge on the short side of the field. USF throws a bubble to the field. Nate Andrews with great recognition and a good angle turns it back inside where Demarcus Walker is hunting it down from inside. Great team defense.
3-6 at Usf29 4-2-5 9-FLOWERS, Quinto sacked for loss of 2 yards to the USF27 (4N-Giorgio Newberry), clock 13:41. Just a tremendous pass rush from FSU's 3rd and long pass rush package of Pugh, Sweat, Nnadi and Newberry. They draw the pocket closed around the QB without allowing any escape lanes. Newberry wraps him up and Quinto carries him almost back to the line of scrimmage. Strong kid.
4-8 at Usf27 49-CIABATTI, Matti punt 42 yards to the FS31, 3-Jesus Wilson return 6 yards to the FS37, out-of-bounds (20-ABRAHAM, Devin). Caught the punt!
Drive: 3 plays, 2 yards, TOP 01:48
1-10 at Fs37 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 13:12.
1-10 at Fs37 6-Everett Golson at QB for Florida State.
1-10 at Fs37 21 Tight 6-Everett Golson rush right for 6 yards to the FS43, PENALTY FS illegal block (81-Ryan Izzo) 10 yards to the FS33, clock 13:05. Play action rollout. Golson doesn't see anything he likes downfield, tucks it and runs for a solid gain on first down. Nonsense block in the back call. Izzo engages the defender's side.
1-14 at Fs33 1st and 14.
1-14 at Fs33 Timeout Florida State, clock 12:50.
1-14 at Fs33 12 Twins 4-Dalvin Cook rush over right guard for 2 yards to the FS35 (91-LEE, Eric), clock 12:36. Split zone with the tight end coming back across the formation to trap the DE. Izzo misses the block and the DE makes the tackle.
2-12 at Fs35 20 Pony 6-Everett Golson rush quarterback draw for 1 yard to the FS36 (91-LEE, Eric), clock 12:00. This actually is a read and Golson misread the DE, needs to give the ball to Cook.
3-11 at Fs36 11 Trips Gun 6-Everett Golson rush quarterback scramble for 2 yards to the FS38 (10-SENAT, Deadrin), clock 11:15. Camera angles do not show what is happening with the routes downfield, Golson doesn't like what he sees and elects to scramble from a clean pocket. Cook is available in the flat but it is not clear if there is a defender in the vicinity or not. Poor pocket presence from Golson, there was no rush.
4-9 at Fs38 38-Cason Beatty punt 41 yards to the USF21, fair catch by 13-FULLWODD, Tajee. Ridiculous cheap shot by a USF player diving at Jalen Ramsey's knees after the fair catch.
Drive: 4 plays, 1 yards, TOP 02:14 Penalties are drive killers for this team. Cannot afford to be in 3rd and 11 situations.
1-10 at Usf21 USF drive start at 10:58.
1-10 at Usf21 4-2-5 9-FLOWERS, Quinto rush right for 7 yards to the USF28, out-of-bounds, clock 10:51. Play action rollout. Jacob Pugh loses contain and the QB is able to get the corner for 7 yards.
2-3 at Usf28 4-2-5 9-FLOWERS, Quinto SH pass complete to 5-MACK, Marlon for 2 yards to the USF30 (16-Jacob Pugh), clock 10:21. Shovel option run at Pugh. Having hit him outside on the last play, USF is hoping he'll get wide and they can hit a play inside. Pugh stays home, doesn't give the QB a clear read and is able to make the tackle on the back.
3-1 at Usf30 4-2-5 5-MACK, Marlon rush over right end for no gain to the USF30 (91-Derrick Nnadi), clock 09:46. Newberry does a great job of squeezing the zone run from the backside then shedding and making the tackle for no gain.
4-1 at Usf30 49-CIABATTI, Matti punt 40 yards to the FS30, 3-Jesus Wilson return 4 yards to the FS34 (20-ABRAHAM, Devin), PENALTY FS holding (8-Jalen Ramsey) 10 yards to the FS24, 1st and 10, FS ball on FS24. Jalen Ramsey didn't hold or block anybody in the back. This is a perfectly clean block.
Drive: 3 plays, 9 yards, TOP 01:45 Really, really solid defense so far.
1-10 at Fs24 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 09:13.
1-10 at Fs24 21 Twins 4-Dalvin Cook rush up middle for 7 yards to the FS31 (10-SENAT, Deadrin;2B-BYRD, Jamie), clock 08:50. Inside zone with a designed bend backside. Really well blocked. Great block by Wilson Bell to open a big hole.
2-3 at Fs31 21 Twins 4-Dalvin Cook rush over left guard for loss of 1 yard to the FS30 (52-BULLOCK, Zack;9H-HILL, Demetrius), clock 08:21. Same play, but USF is blitzing from the backside. Golson needs to check this as there is nobody to account for the blitzer. Brock Ruble also gets completely whipped.
3-4 at Fs30 11 Gun Bunch 6-Everett Golson slant pass incomplete to 4-Dalvin Cook, clock 08:00. Everet Golson impatient here, no real rush, needs to wait for other option to come open. As it is, angle route to Cook out of the backfield and the pass it out in front of the back. Cook's route is pretty rough on the break, which may have contributed to Golson being off target.
4-4 at Fs30 38-Cason Beatty punt 44 yards to the USF26, 13-FULLWODD, Tajee return 0 yards to the USF26 (18-Ro'Derrick Hoskins). Nice punt!
Drive: 3 plays, 6 yards, TOP 01:23 A mental error and a missed throw from Golson. Not playing very well right now.
1-10 at Usf26 USF drive start at 07:50.
1-10 at Usf26 4-2-5 31-TICE, Darius rush right for 8 yards to the USF34, out-of-bounds (42-Lamarcus Brutus), clock 07:34. Inverted veer with power blocking. Josh Sweat squeezes the hole appropriately and the back bounces it outside. Lamarcus Brutus is the force defender and misses the tackle, allowing the back outside. He must maintain outside leverage and turn the ball carrier back inside if he can't make the tackle.
2-2 at Usf34 4-2-5 9-FLOWERS, Quinto rush over left guard for 4 yards to the USF38, 1ST DOWN USF (18-Ro'Derrick Hoskins;1M-Derrick Mitchell Jr.), clock 07:17. Same play with the QB keeping up the middle. Hoskins overruns it slightly but recovers to make the tackle.
1-10 at Usf38 4-2-5 9-FLOWERS, Quinto rush quarterback scramble for 2 yards to the USF40, clock 06:42. Offense runs double bubbles from stack alignments. Marquez White destroys the WR's block and blows up the bubble before the QB can even throw it. Quinto is forced to pull it down and scramble for a short gain. Great pursuit.
2-8 at Usf40 4-2-5 5-MACK, Marlon rush over right guard for 1 yard to the USF41 (9-Josh Sweat), clock 06:10. Missed blocking assignment from USF. The tight end is left to block both Jalen Ramsey and Josh Sweat and chooses Ramsey. Sweat makes the tackle.
3-7 at Usf41 4-2-5 Nascar 9-FLOWERS, Quinto wide receiver screen left pass complete to 5-MACK, Marlon for loss of 5 yards to the USF36 (27-Marquez White), clock 05:34. Rocket screen. Marquez White reads it perfectly and is waiting on the back.
4-12 at Usf36 49-CIABATTI, Matti punt 56 yards to the FS8, 3-Jesus Wilson return 18 yards to the FS26, out-of-bounds (52-BULLOCK, Zack).
Drive: 5 plays, 10 yards, TOP 02:48 Marquez White has been an absolute monster in run support and the screen game.
1-10 at Fs26 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 05:02.
1-10 at Fs26 20 Pony 6-Everett Golson sideline pass incomplete to 3-Jesus Wilson, dropped pass, clock 04:58. Trying to get Golson in rhythm with an easy curl route vs. soft coverage in the boundary. Bobo just drops it.
2-10 at Fs26 10 Gun Trips 4-Dalvin Cook rush over right end for 74 yards to the USF0, 1ST DOWN FS, TOUCHDOWN, clock 04:45. 7 of USF's 11 defenders are aligned to the trips WR side. The boundary is wide open. Golson recognizes it, checks to Outside Zone and Cook does the rest. Great downfield blocking by Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph.
19-Roberto Aguayo kick attempt good.
Florida State 7, USF 0 We got 99 problems but Cook ain't one.
Drive: 2 plays, 74 yards, TOP 00:23
19-Roberto Aguayo kickoff 64 yards to the USF1, 32-JOHNSON, D'Erne return 23 yards to the USF24 (26-Johnathan Vickers;35-Lorenzo Phillips).
1-10 at Usf24 USF drive start at 04:39.
1-10 at Usf24 3-3-5 9-FLOWERS, Quinto rush quarterback scramble for no gain to the USF24 (16-Jacob Pugh). This is a designed rollout pass. FSU has the front side of the field flooded with zone defenders. When the QB tucks the ball to scramble, Pugh has a clean shot at him and misses the tackle. He then makes up for it by getting up and bringing Quinto down on the second attempt.
2-10 at Usf24 4-2-5 5-MACK, Marlon rush up middle for 2 yards to the USF26 (16-Jacob Pugh), clock 03:40. True zone read with Pugh being read. Really well defensed, except for Derrick Mitchell getting twisted to the ground at the point of attack after initially anchoring well.
3-8 at Usf26 4-2-5 Nascar 9-FLOWERS, Quinto deep pass incomplete to 87-ADAMS, Rodney, clock 03:10. Fade route to the boundary. White redirects the route well, throwing off the timing. Throw was way too far regardless. This kid can't throw a lick.
4-8 at Usf26 49-CIABATTI, Matti punt 55 yards to the FS19, 3-Jesus Wilson return 1 yards to the FS20 (23-WILKINS, Mazzi;52-BULLOCK, Zack), PENALTY FS personal foul (42-Lamarcus Brutus) 0 yards to the FS20, 1st and 10, FS ball on FS10. I have never seen a defender in position to make the tackle referred to as a defenseless player.
Drive: 3 plays, 2 yards, TOP 01:43
1-10 at Fs10 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 02:56.
Official Review: Call on the field is targeting. #42-Brutus ejected.
Official Review: Ruling on the field is confirmed.
1-10 at Fs10 12 Twins 6-Everett Golson sideline pass incomplete to 88-Mavin Saunders, QB hurry by 91-LEE, Eric. Play action rollout. Mavin Saunders has to do a better job of his initial block on the DE before getting into his route. The DE gets by immediately, forcing Golson to gain more depth on his rollout and contributing to an ugly inaccurate throw.
2-10 at Fs10 10 Pistol Trips 6-Everett Golson sideline pass incomplete to 15-Travis Rudolph, clock 02:48. Bubble screen to Rudolph and Golson throws it in the dirt at Rudolph's feet. This is a big missed opportunity.
3-10 at Fs10 11 Gun 4-Dalvin Cook rush over right tackle for 8 yards to the FS18 (3-NICHOLS, Deatri), clock 02:39. Power run is pretty well blocked, almost gets the first down. Jimbo doesn't trust Golson to throw in this situation and based on his play to this point, that seems justified.
4-2 at Fs18 38-Cason Beatty punt 39 yards to the USF43, 13-FULLWODD, Tajee return 46 yards to the FS11 (22-Tyrell Lyons). Garbage punt. Short and a line drive. Set up the return perfectly.
Drive: 3 plays, 8 yards, TOP 00:52
1-10 at Fs11 USF drive start at 02:04.
1-10 at Fs11 4-2-5 5-MACK, Marlon rush left for 5 yards to the FS6, out-of-bounds (20-Trey Marshall), clock 01:58. Inverted veer with power blocking to the boundary. Poor angle/pursuit by Reggie Northrup allows the back to get the corner.
2-5 at Fs06 4-2-5 5-MACK, Marlon rush left for 2 yards to the FS4 (24-Terrance Smith), clock 01:20. Inside zone is completely demolished, forcing the back to cut back outside. Good pursuit by Terrance Smith.
3-3 at Fs04 4-2-5 9-FLOWERS, Quinto timing route pass intercepted by 27-Marquez White at the FS0, 27-Marquez White return 0 yards to the FS0, touchback. Goal line fade. Hard to tell what is worse here, the throw or the effort by the USF tight end. Marquez White scores the easy INT.
Drive: 3 plays, 7 yards, TOP 01:18
1-10 at Fs20 FLORIDA STATE drive start at 00:46.
1-10 at Fs20 10 Gun Trips 7-Mario Pender rush right for no gain to the FS20 (98-LOVE, Mike), clock 00:32. Outside Zone is not blocked well at all.
2-10 at Fs20 11 Gun 6-Everett Golson thrown away pass incomplete to 15-Travis Rudolph, clock 00:07. Golson just does not see the X running wide open on the drag. Easy read. Really poor pocket presence by Golson here as he tries to escape a clean pocket, pump fakes towards Pender and gets him killed, then ultimately throws it away. EG has got to be willing to stick in a clean pocket when there isn't an obvious scramble opportunity.
3-10 at Fs20 11 Gun 6-Everett Golson sacked for loss of 12 yards to the FS8 (98-LOVE, Mike). Nice blitz scheme from USF as the blitz up the A gap to occupy the guard and center, then loop the DE behind them for a free run at the QB. Are and Martinez have to anchor better so that the looping DE has a much further path to travel and can be recognized.
Drive: 3 plays, minus 12 yards, TOP 00:52
Florida State 7, USF 0