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FSU film review: Defense v. Boston College

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Florida State’s defense had one of its best games ever against Boston College.

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

All analyzed plays will eventually appear in the Florida State Film Review section of the website. We do not analyze plays in garbage time. In this case, once FSU went up 35-0, the game was in garbage time.

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Observations

  • Boston College’s offense is terrible. One of the worst Power 5 offenses ever. Take all of this with a grain of salt.
  • FSU allowed a 38% success rate in the first quarter, and a success rate of ZERO in the 2nd quarter and 3rd quarters.
  • Boston College had a success rate of just 7% throwing the football, and just 9% on long downs.
  • The defensive line, specifically Derrick Nnadi and Josh Sweat really dominated.
  • Linebackers were better in coverage.
  • The play of the inexperienced and/or young defensive backs is encouraging in that FSU is rotating and triggering well, and not allowing big coverage busts.
  • I’m not sure BC has a single player on offense who could be on scholarship at FSU.
D-D AT Form Play Analysis
1-10 at Bc35 FS ball on FS35.
Logan Tyler kickoff 62 yards to the BC3, Walker,M return 16 yards to the BC19 (Emmett Rice;Carlos Becker III).
1-10 at Bc19 Towles,P at QB for Boston College.
1-10 at Bc19 3-4 Hilliman,J rush right for 5 yards to the BC24 (Trey Marshall;Ro'Derrick Hoskins), clock 14:34. Reverse pivot toss, Walker gets cracked by WR motioning from boundary to reduced, McFadden and Thomas get blocked.
2-5 at Bc24 PENALTY FS offside defense (Derrick Nnadi) 5 yards to the BC29, 1ST DOWN BC, clock 14:15. Nnadi seems pretty adamant he was drawn off.
1-10 at Bc29 3-4 Towles,P slant pass complete to Sweeney,T for 19 yards to the BC48, 1ST DOWN BC (A.J. Westbrook), clock 13:42. Coverage here between Westbrook and Hoskins is too wide of a gap, easy throw. Marshall bails to take No. 3 after he crosses Hoskins' face.
1-10 at Bc48 3-4 Towles,P TA pass incomplete, QB hurry by Derrick Nnadi. TE throwback screen attempt beautifully felt by Sweat, who sinks to cover it. Nnadi with pressure.
2-10 at Bc48 Smith,J at QB for Boston College.
2-10 at Bc48 3-4 Smith,J rush over left tackle for 2 yards to the 50 yardline (Josh Sweat), clock 12:55. QB power play from wildcat. Sweat takes on puller nicely, forcing ball to cut out, and Thomas squeezes.
3-8 at Bc50 Towles,P at QB for Boston College.
3-8 at Bc50 4-1-6 Towles,P screen pass incomplete to Rouse,T (Ermon Lane), clock 12:26. Screen, easily sniffed out by Ermon Lane and the rest of the defense.
4-8 at Bc50 Knoll,M punt 50 yards to the FS0, touchback.
Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, TOP 02:41 Not a great start, lucky BC's punter didn't pin FSU deep.
1-10 at Bc25 BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 08:50.
1-10 at Bc25 3-4 Hilliman,J rush over right guard for 1 yard to the BC26 (Ro'Derrick Hoskins), clock 08:36. Zone read with jet action. LBs don't over pursue jet, Nnadi does a great job to beat his block and Hoskins is free to clean up. Nnadi made it happen by not getting turned.
2-9 at Bc26 3-4 Willis,M rush right for 39 yards to the FS35, 1ST DOWN BC (Tarvarus McFadden), clock 08:01. Jacob Pugh knocks the puller a few steps back, messing up the angles for the back. Pursuit should easily clean this up, but a Boston College lineman literally tackles Hoskins as he is bringing down the runner.
1-10 at Fs35 4-2-5 Towles,P sideline pass incomplete to Walker,M (Tarvarus McFadden), clock 07:37. NB blitz from field, play action, blitz picked up, first read covered, QB is late throwing to boundary. If McFadden catches this ball he has a pick six.
2-10 at Fs35 3-4 Smith,J rush JR for loss of 6 yards to the FS41 (DeMarcus Walker), clock 07:15. Awesome job by Pugh and Westbrook to play blocks and not get outflanked, Walker cleans up the sweep.
3-16 at Fs41 3-2-6 Towles,P rush QX for 12 yards to the FS29 (Matthew Thomas), clock 06:31. QB scrambles on third and long, Pugh needs to make a better tackle attempt.
4-4 at Fs29 4-2-5 Towles,P slant pass incomplete to Smith,J, clock 05:59. This is just a dropped pass, not good defense. Boundary blitz does not get home, WR gets inside Marshall, should be easy pitch/catch.
Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, TOP 02:51 The big play made the drive.
1-10 at Bc25 BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 01:08.
1-10 at Bc25 3-4 Hilliman,J rush left for 5 yards to the BC30 (Marquez White), clock 00:51. Counter from BC, Westbrook is slow to fill here and Walker gets washed.Hoskins gets caught in traffic.
2-5 at Bc30 3-4 Hilliman,J rush over right guard for 4 yards to the BC34 (Walvenski Aime), clock 00:09. Wham from BC, Walker plays this well but at the last second Walker jumps around his block which opens a hole.
3-1 at Bc34 Start of 2nd quarter, clock 15:00.
3-1 at Bc34 3-4 Hilliman,J rush over left guard for loss of 3 yards to the BC31 (Ro'Derrick Hoskins), clock 14:44. BC's OL can't reach Hoskins, who shoots the gap. No fullback for him because fullback has to pick up Walker.
4-4 at Bc31 Knoll,M punt 42 yards to the FS27, fair catch by Nyqwan Murray.
Drive: 3 plays, 6 yards, TOP 01:44 Dominance
1-10 at Bc27 BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 12:17.
1-10 at Bc27 3-4 Towles,P sacked for loss of 3 yards to the BC24 (Derrick Nnadi), PENALTY BC holding declined, clock 12:10. Nobody obviously open and good interior pressure from Demarcus Christmas and then Derrick Nnadi
2-13 at Bc24 4-2-5 Jones,D rush over left tackle for 1 yard to the BC25 (Demarcus Christmas), clock 11:40. Draw play, blocks defeated and defense does not over pursue.
3-12 at Bc25 PENALTY BC delay of game (Towles,P) 5 yards to the BC20, clock 11:02.
3-17 at Bc20 4-2-5 Towles,P sacked for loss of 10 yards to the BC10 (Jacob Pugh), clock 10:28. Jacob Pugh just smoked the left tackle on the speed rush.
4-27 at Bc10 Knoll,M punt 47 yards to the FS43, Nyqwan Murray return 0 yards to the FS43 (Milano,M).
Drive: 3 plays, minus 17 yards, TOP 02:14 Shut down.
1-10 at Bc16 BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 09:12.
1-10 at Bc16 3-4 Towles,P TA pass incomplete to Sweeney,T, QB hurry by Demarcus Christmas, PENALTY BC holding (Baker,J) 8 yards to the BC8, NO PLAY, clock 09:05. Christmas whips his man and draws the holding on this play action pass.
1-18 at Bc08 3-4 Towles,P rush OL for no gain to the BC8 (Matthew Thomas), clock 08:47. Option perfectly played by McFadden and Thomas, who do not over pursue jet motion to field.
2-18 at Bc08 4-2-5 Hilliman,J rush draw play for loss of 3 yards to the BC5 (Josh Sweat;Derrick Nnadi), clock 08:08. Nnadi just destroys his man on this draw play.
3-21 at Bc05 PENALTY BC false start (Lowery,J) 2 yards to the BC3, clock 07:39.
3-23 at Bc03 4-2-5 Towles,P deep out pass complete to Callinan,C for 11 yards to the BC14 (Trey Marshall), clock 06:58. FSU runs double x stunts to keep Towles in pocket, forces underneath throw, promptly tackled.
4-12 at Bc14 Knoll,M punt 50 yards to the FS36, downed.
Drive: 3 plays, minus 2 yards, TOP 02:30 Two yards
1-10 at Bc18 BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 02:45.
1-10 at Bc18 3-4 Hilliman,J rush over left end for 1 yard to the BC19 (Ro'Derrick Hoskins), clock 02:27. Not sure who makes the tackle, but Sweat makes the play by whipping his blocker.
2-9 at Bc19 4-2-5 Hilliman,J rush left for loss of 1 yard to the BC18 (Marquez White), clock 01:46. Josh Sweat gets earholed, but his initial penetration is good enough to take out a puller allowing Marquez White to flow over the top unblocked.
3-10 at Bc18 4-1-6 Towles,P deep pass incomplete to Smith,J, clock 01:17. Nickel blitz, does not get home, but coverage is OK and the throw is low.
Official Review: Call on the field is an incomplete pass.
Official Review: Call on the field stands.
4-10 at Bc18 Knoll,M punt 38 yards to the FS44, fair catch by Nyqwan Murray.
Drive: 3 plays, 0 yards, TOP 01:34 No yards
1-10 at Bc23 BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 12:33.
1-10 at Bc23 Towles,P at QB for Boston College.
1-10 at Bc23 3-4 Hilliman,J rush over right guard for 2 yards to the BC25 (A.J. Westbrook). Most of the blocks are stoned up front and Westbrook triggers on time to come down and stop.
2-8 at Bc25 3-4 Hilliman,J rush right for no gain to the BC25 (Ro'Derrick Hoskins), clock 11:33. Demarcus Walker's penetration screws up the puller, who is hooked, and Hoskins cleans up. This is really bad blocking by BC.
3-8 at Bc25 PENALTY FS offside defense (Jacob Pugh) 6 yards to the BC31, clock 11:01.
3-2 at Bc31 4-2-5 Towles,P slant pass complete to Jones,D for loss of 1 yard to the BC30 (Matthew Thomas), clock 10:41. Great job by Matthew Thomas to get around a potential pick/rub, get through traffic and get to his coverage responsibility.
4-3 at Bc30 Knoll,M punt 38 yards to the FS32, fair catch by Nyqwan Murray.
Drive: 3 plays, 7 yards, TOP 02:12 BC's offense is awful.
1-10 at Bc23 BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 08:51.
1-10 at Bc23 PENALTY BC false start (Sweeney,T) 5 yards to the BC18, clock 08:51.
1-15 at Bc18 Smith,J at QB for Boston College.
1-15 at Bc18 4-2-5 Hilliman,J rush up middle for 4 yards to the BC22 (Ro'Derrick Hoskins;Trey Marshall), clock 08:37. More Wildcat from BC. I guess this was four yards, but on first and 15, that's a stop in my book. Sweat took on a blocker well, Aime got doubled and nobody peeled off to Hoskins.
2-11 at Bc22 4-2-5 Smith,J rush RO for 5 yards to the BC27 (Matthew Thomas;Fredrick Jones), clock 07:44. Veer with some motion, FSU overplays the outside run a bit, but five yards on 2nd and 11 is mostly OK.
3-6 at Bc27 Towles,P at QB for Boston College.
3-6 at Bc27 4-1-6 Towles,P deep pass incomplete to Smith,J (Kyle Meyers), clock 07:24. Corner route from slot played perfectly by Kyle Meyers, who almost gets a pick.
4-6 at Bc27 Knoll,M punt 34 yards to the FS39, fair catch by Nyqwan Murray.
Drive: 3 plays, 4 yards, TOP 01:34 Perfect
1-10 at Bc25 BOSTON COLLEGE drive start at 03:51.
1-10 at Bc25 4-2-5 Towles,P sideline pass incomplete to Glines,B, clock 03:47. Florida State gets good pressure up front which probably impacts the pass, but nobody is open due to good coverage from Thomas and McFadden.
2-10 at Bc25 3-4 Jones,D rush up middle for 3 yards to the BC28 (Demarcus Christmas), clock 03:20. Demarcus Christmas takes advantage of an offensive line communication error.
3-7 at Bc28 4-2-5 Towles,P ML pass incomplete to Walker,M, clock 03:04. Five man blitz gets some pressure and QB has to throw quickly, but Westbrook has this covered perfectly anyway even if it was somehow completed.
4-7 at Bc28 Knoll,M punt 43 yards to the FS29, Nyqwan Murray return 5 yards to the FS34 (Grice,S).
Drive: 3 plays, 3 yards, TOP 00:58 Shut down

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