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FSU football film review: Defense vs. Wake Forest

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Florida State’s defense continues to have good and bad moments

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Welcome back to our weekly film review sessions of Florida State’s 2017 season. Every play broken down, with video and analysis.

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With the offense struggling to move the ball, it was on Florida State’s defense to step up and take control of the game against Wake Forest.

For the most part, they were able to do so. The Seminoles forced the first two turnovers of the season, both by sophomore cornerback Kyle Meyers, but Wake was able to gain 367 yards and 5.32 yards per play on the day.

Of those, 271 yards came through the air. The ’Noles were largely successful at stopping the quarterback scramble and running backs (only 96 yards rushing at 2.8 yards per carry), but struggled to defend big plays in the passing game.

The defensive line, particularly Derrick Nnadi had a great game against the run. Nnadi was consistently in the backfield, disrupting the timing on some of the counter and pulling motions from Wake Forest.

Matthew Thomas returned to the lineup and had a solid performance as well. Perhaps the star of the day was Dontavious Jackson, who saw his first action of the season with Ro’Derrick Hoskins on the sidelines. Jackson was all over the place, making tackles and providing good coverage down the field.

In the secondary, it was an up-and-down affair. Some missed tackles and assignments lead to Wake Forest hitting big plays, but in other areas they excelled. The secondary will have to find their rhythm with Miami on deck, which might be moved to a noon kickoff.

FSU Defense vs. Wake Forest

TM D-D At Formation Play Analysis
TM D-D At Formation Play Analysis
Wf 1-10 at Wf31 WAKE FOREST drive start at 12:43.
Wf 1-10 at Wf31 34 Dortch, G rush sweep for 5 yards to the WF36 (Marshall, T;Burns, B). A ton of motion and shift pre-snap for Wake. Jet sweep to the boundary. McFadden is hesitant to trigger and set the edge and this allows the ball carrier to pick up extra yards.
Wf 2-5 at Wf36 34 Wolford, J bubble screen pass complete to Colburn, M for 1 yard to the WF37 (McFadden, T). Empty from Wake and they throw a WR screen to the boundary. Excellent play by McFadden this time to take on the blocker's outside pad, drive him into the ball carrier and shed to make the play. McFadden can has the size and ability to do this every play if he wants to.
Wf 3-4 at Wf37 34 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Dortch, G for 17 yards to the FS46, 1ST DOWN WF (Brown, J;Marshall, T). Play action and Wake throws a tunnel screen to the #2 WR to the field. Jackson gets himself out of position on the play fake and Wake is able to get some OL downfield with the FSU DL not expecting screen. Thomas has a really bad whiff in the open field here too.
Wf 1-10 at Fs46 34 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for no gain to the FS46 (Nnadi, D;Brown, J). QB draw from empty with the tackle folding to lead. Sweat and Nnadi do a great job playing with leverage and technique vs the run here. Jackson also makes a nice play to avoid the first OL and take on the tackle coming from the weakside.
Wf 2-10 at Fs46 PENALTY FS offside (Nnadi, D) 5 yards to the FS41.
Wf 2-5 at Fs41 4-1-6 Colburn, M rush left for loss of 2 yards to the FS43 (Nnadi, D). A lot more motion and shifts pre-snap and FSU does a great job adjusting to it. Marshall and Sweat defeat reach blocks on the edge vs outside zone to force the cutback where Nnadi manhandles the center and makes the play.
Wf 3-7 at Fs43 4-1-6 Dortch, G rush sweep for loss of 2 yards to the FS45 (Christmas, D). Wake goes tempo and runs a jet sweet off misdirection to the field. FSU barely gets lined up in time but has a well-timed blitz called sending Marshall off the edge. He turns it backside where Nnadi and Christmas show great hustle in pursuit.
Wf 4-9 at Fs45 Timeout Florida State, clock 09:55.
Wf 4-9 at Fs45 Maggio, D punt 44 yards to the FS1, downed.
Drive: 6 plays, 24 yards, TOP 03:02
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 WAKE FOREST drive start at 07:06.
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 4-1-6 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for 4 yards to the WF29 (Marshall, T). FSU in man-free coverage with the dime back blitzing off the edge from the field. FSU is very agreesive here as they are clearly expecting something from Wake that attacks the field. Wake runs a QB counter to the boundary and has the numbers if not for stellar play from the DL and good hustle from Marshall.Nnadi and Christmas hold strong to their gaps and Nnadi gets enough push to squeeze the gap closed and trip up the QB.
Wf 2-6 at Wf29 4-1-6 Colburn, M rush right for 2 yards to the WF31 (Christmas, D). More eye candy from Wake as they run Inside Zone off orbit motion. Nnadi is able to occupy two blockers while Christmas beats the cut block and squeezes from the backside. Also a good play from Thomas to correctly fill his gap and allow Christmas to make the play.
Wf 3-4 at Wf31 4-1-6 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Hines, T for 2 yards to the WF33 (Taylor, L). Another screen to the #2 WR. Great awareness from Taylor here to key the WR and drive on the ball.
Wf 4-2 at Wf33 Maggio, D punt 38 yards to the FS29, downed.
Drive: 3 plays, 8 yards, TOP 01:31
Wf 1-10 at Fs26 WAKE FOREST drive start at 04:46.
Wf 1-10 at Fs26 4-1-6 Wolford, J sideline pass complete to Dortch, G for 16 yards to the FS10, 1ST DOWN WF, out-of-bounds (Lane, E). Empty from Wake with WR's stack wide to both sides. FSU in man robber coverage as they rush 4 and loop Burns inside. From the rush maybe FSU was thinking QB draw. It's a straight drop back and FSU gets no pressure. Wake hits Dortch on a comeback vs Derwin. Not a favorable matchup for FSU and Derwin does a poor job in the open field as he misses the tackle. Really good hustle from Burns here at the end of the play.
Wf 1-G at Fs10 4-1-6 Wolford, J bubble screen pass complete to Dortch, G for 1 yard to the FS9, out-of-bounds (Lane, E), PENALTY WF holding (Lewis, C) 10 yards to the FS20, NO PLAY. Wake tries to outnumbered FSU to the outside with a "swinging gate" formation. Good play by McFadden to be physical and drive through the blocker. Blocker gets called for holding as he pulls McFadden to the ground.
Wf 1-G at Fs20 4-1-6 Wolford, J sideline pass complete to Wade, C for 5 yards to the FS15 (Taylor, L). Wakes throws a hitch vs off coverage from Taylor. Taylor makes a great read and drive on the ball and finishes through the receiver to make the tackle.
Wf 2-G at Fs15 4-1-6 Dortch, G sideline pass incomplete to Wolford, J (McFadden, T). More trickery from Wake in the redzone. This is a fantastic play by McFadden pre and post snap. Pre-snap he sees the WR to his side is off the line and able to motion. He checks the coverage from man to zone, allowing him to stay to his side despite the motion and be in position to play the wheel by the QB.
Wf 3-G at Fs15 4-0-7 Byrd, A rush draw play for 9 yards to the FS6 (Lane, E;Christmas, D). FSU brings in the package with 7 defensive backs. Wake looks to the sideline and checks to a draw. They find a small crease but Nasrildeen and Lane to a good job in the open field to break down and stop the ball carrier short of the chains.
Wf 4-G at Fs06 Weaver, M field goal attempt from 24 GOOD, clock 02:48.
Florida State 3, Wake Forest 3
Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, TOP 01:58
Weaver, M kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, touchback.
Wf 1-10 at Fs28 WAKE FOREST drive start at 14:52.
Wf 1-10 at Fs28 4-1-6 Byrd, A rush draw play for 1 yard to the FS27 (Sweat, J). Inside Zone RPO. FSU has Sweat aligned as a 4i here as Wake gives to the HB. Fred Jones does a good job occupying two blockers at the nose while Sweat sqeueezes the tackle to make the play.
Wf 2-9 at Fs27 4-1-6 Wolford, J sideline pass complete to Lewis, C for 7 yards to the FS20 (McFadden, T). Empty formation and Wake runs a cover 2 beater to the boundary. McFadden is reading the #2 WR here. He should drive on #2 if he runs to the flat. He is a hair late in his read and it's just enough for Wake to be able to complete the pass on what is good execution by the Wake offense.
Wf 3-2 at Fs20 4-1-6 Byrd, A rush draw play for loss of 1 yard to the FS21 (James, D). Inside Zone/Bubble RPO from Wake. FSU has this defended really well by alignment. They have 6 defenders on the line of scrimmage with Derwin on the edge to the read side. All of the OL are covered up with Thomas as a free runner to take the dive. James plays the QB if he keeps it and Westbrook is aligned inside the #2 WR to play in in-breaking route or drive on the bubble if it is thrown. The QB gives and Sweat and Jones get great penetration to force the RB to cutback into a host of FSU defenders.
Wf 4-3 at Fs21 Weaver, M field goal attempt from 39 GOOD, clock 13:17.
Wake Forest 6, Florida State 3
Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, TOP 01:35
Weaver, M kickoff 65 yards to the FS0, touchback.
Wf 1-10 at Wf19 WAKE FOREST drive start at 09:15.
Wf 1-10 at Wf19 4-1-6 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Dortch, G for 9 yards to the WF28 (James, D). Wake tries to pump fake the bubble screen and hit the outside WR on a go route but Taylor plays with great eye discipline to take it away. The Wake QB checks it back down to the bubble. Derwin initially slips in pursuit and the WR takes advantage of it with his quickness. James is obviously a great pleayer but this is not a great matchup for him in the slot.
Wf 2-1 at Wf28 4-1-6 Wolford, J bubble screen pass complete to Dortch, G for 4 yards to the WF32, 1ST DOWN WF (Thomas, M;Westbrook, A). Wake goes fast and FSU does not appear to be aligned correctly here. Bubble to the 2 receiver side. Really good play be Taylor again. This time he engages the block of the WR with his inside pad, holds his ground and forces the ball carrier back inside where his teammates are running inside out to the ball.
Wf 1-10 at Wf32 4-1-6 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Serigne, C for 7 yards to the WF39 (Thomas, M). Nice play design by Wake here. Puts two receivers on the line of scrimmage to the field and motions the single receiver to the field before running shovel option to the boundary. FSU is in good position to defend the pitch, QB and shovel but Marshall overruns his gap and lets the H-back through a crease on the backside after the QB shovels it to him.
Wf 2-3 at Wf39 4-1-6 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for 26 yards to the FS35, 1ST DOWN WF (McFadden, T). Inside Zone/Bubble RPO from Wake and FSU again is in good position to defend it. FSU has everything covered up. QB pumps the bubble before making a quick decision to tuck and run. The pump fakes draws Thomas and Lane out of their gaps. Need a little better eye discipline from those guys here to stop what is a really good play by the Wake QB.
Wf 1-10 at Fs35 4-1-6 Wolford, J sideline pass incomplete to Serigne, C, QB hurry by Sweat, J. Empty with a stack to the boundary and a wide bunch to the field. FSU in quarters. The routes take a little longer to develop and it's enough time for Sweat to beat the LG with a swipe and rip move.
Wf 2-10 at Fs35 4-1-6 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Colburn, M for 21 yards to the FS14, 1ST DOWN WF (Burns, B;Lane, E). FSU in Cover 1 Robber and Thomas eye violates. He's got man coverage on the RB but Wake gives him a false keep by pulling the tackle to the boundary before throwing a HB swing to the field. Really outstanding effort by Burns to chase this down from behind.
Wf 1-10 at Fs14 4-1-6 Wolford, J bubble screen pass complete to Dortch, G for 11 yards to the FS3, 1ST DOWN WF (Thomas, M).
Wf 1-G at Fs03 4-1-6 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for 3 yards to the FS0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 06:59. QB counter. Burns is on the edge and needs to take on the first puller but instead he jumps around it and creates more space. Marshall and Lane are both late to fill so it's a pretty east TD for Wake. Defense is very tired at this point.
Weaver, M kick attempt failed.
Wake Forest 12, Florida State 3
Drive: 8 plays, 81 yards, TOP 02:16
Weaver, M kickoff 62 yards to the FS3, Gavin, K return 81 yards to the WF16 (Strnad, J;Kemp, D).
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 WAKE FOREST drive start at 05:41.
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for 1 yard to the WF26 (Wilkerson, J). Wake knows FSU is in man again and they are trying their best to attack it. The pump a HB swing to pull Thomas out of the box before running a QB counter up inside. Really good play by Jackson to trust his eyes and aggressively fill his gap and take on the puller. Marvin Wilson has also entered the game and he does a nice job hodling his ground vs. the drive block and squeezing it to close the space for the ball carrier is trying to run through.
Wf 2-9 at Wf26 4-2-5 Wolford, J slant pass intercepted by Meyers, K at the WF30, Meyers, K return 0 yards to the WF30. Empty from Wake and the run three slants to the field. Meyers playing off-man technique with inside leverage. He gets rushed in his pedal and "bucket steps" on his break so he's beat inside. But it's a low throw and the receiver can't make the grab as the ball pops into the air and Meyers makes the play.
Drive: 2 plays, 1 yards, TOP 00:32
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 WAKE FOREST drive start at 02:55.
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for no gain to the WF25 (Williams, A). Wake comes back to the QB counter out of the 3x1 look vs. man coverage from FSU. FSU again sends edge pressure but this time they twist the DL. This confuses the Wake OL and Williams is able to come free and make the tackle.
Wf 2-10 at Wf25 4-2-5 Wolford, J slant pass complete to Dortch, G for 19 yards to the WF44, 1ST DOWN WF (Meyers, K). Play action from Wake and FSU is playing a quarter-quarter-half coverage. Meyers has outside leverage on the slot and is expecting help inside. Derwin gets sucked up by the play fake and Wake throws the ball behind him. Really good fake by the Wake QB and a good call vs this coverage.
Wf 1-10 at Wf44 4-2-5 Wolford, J sacked for loss of 13 yards to the WF31 (Thomas, M). Another man pressure from FSU vs. empty from Wake. Burns blows by the left tackle with an inside move, forcing the QB to his right where Thomas is there waiting.
Wf 2-23 at Wf31 4-2-5 Byrd, A rush draw play for 8 yards to the WF39 (Thomas, M;Westbrook, A). Wake motions a back to the backfield from Empty and runs a draw. Burns gets too far upfield here and Christmas actually jumps out of his gap to the same side so there is a big hole.
Wf 3-15 at Wf39 4-2-5 Wolford, J middle pass complete to Serigne, C for 22 yards to the FS39, 1ST DOWN WF (James, D). FSU in a cover 2 look here vs. empty where they rush three and drop eight. Jimbo said during his coaching show that a LB did not get deep enough in his drop here and that LB appears to be Jackson. The #3 receiver is able to get behind him and catch a ball in front of the deep safeties.
Targeting call on James (FSU) overturned on replay A Miracle
Wf 1-10 at Fs39 4-2-5 Wolford, J deep pass incomplete to Dortch, G. Man pressure from FSU where they send thomas off the edge and twist the interior DL. Sweat comes free but the Wake QB does a nice job of getting the ball out on a deep ball to the slot receiver. Meyers does a really nice job in press coverage here. Stays in phase through the release, squeezes the hip of the receiver and then turns to find the ball that's a little too far inside.
Wf 2-10 at Fs39 4-2-5 Wolford, J slant pass incomplete to Dortch, G. Cover 1 robber coverage this time from FSU vs. more empty. Meyers is pressing the slot and gets beat inside on a slant that's dropped.
Wf 3-10 at Fs39 4-0-7 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Dortch, G for loss of 1 yard to the FS40 (Samuels, S). Wake runs a unique screen concept vs. man coverage. Slot receiver runs a whip route and the outside reciever cracks down on the slot. Really good awareness by Samuels on the outside to come off his man and finish on the tackle.
Wf 4-11 at Fs40 Timeout Wake Forest, clock 00:19.
Wf 4-11 at Fs40 Timeout Florida State, clock 00:19.
Wf 4-11 at Fs40 Maggio, D punt 40 yards to the FS0, touchback.
Drive: 8 plays, 35 yards, TOP 02:46
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 WAKE FOREST drive start at 15:00.
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for no gain to the WF25 (Christmas, D;Thomas, M). RPO with Wolford reading Burns. He makes the correct decision to pull the ball, but McFadden has good coverage on the outside. QB is forced to scramble and gets nothing. Good defense.
Wf 2-10 at Wf25 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback scramble for 33 yards to the FS42, 1ST DOWN WF (James, D). FSU rushes five and Dontavious Jackson has to split out wide at basically cornerback because a RB runs out there. Burns gets washed out of the play by the LT, which opens up a massive hole for the QB. With man coverage and no LBs in the middle, Wolford scampers for a big gain. Jimbo said that stunts were called, but Burns didn't run it.
Wf 1-10 at Fs42 4-2-5 Colburn, M rush draw play for 5 yards to the FS37 (Westbrook, A;Wilkerson, J). DL is a little slow off the snap after that big play. FB gets a head on Jackson and the RB makes a nice jump in the pocket to get to a different hole.
Wf 2-5 at Fs37 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for no gain to the FS37 (Jackson, D). Option with Wolford reading Thomas. Jackson does a nice job of crashing down, taking on a blocker and making the tackle.
Wf 3-5 at Fs37 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for loss of 3 yards to the FS40 (Wilkerson, J). FSU rushes five. This is QB run all the way, but Wilkerson is unblocked and makes the tackle.
Wf 4-8 at Fs40 Maggio, D punt 40 yards to the FS0, touchback.
Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards, TOP 02:20
Wf 1-10 at Wf22 WAKE FOREST drive start at 04:18.
Wf 1-10 at Wf22 4-2-5 Wolford, J deep pass complete to Washington, S for 33 yards to the FS45, 1ST DOWN WF (Samuels, S). ABC broadcast cuts in after the snap, so we don't get a look at presnap. FSU brings five again and is a split second away from the sack. Honestly, Samuels has perfect coverage here. It's just a great throw and catch by the QB and WR.
Wf 1-10 at Fs45 4-2-5 Wolford, J sideline pass incomplete to Serigne, C. ABC broadcast is once again late to the play. Bad throw from the QB.
Wf 2-10 at Fs45 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for 1 yard to the FS44 (Westbrook, A). Option. QB makes the right read in pulling the ball, but Westbrook is rushing off the edge and makes the tackle.
Wf 3-9 at Fs44 4-0-7 Wolford, J crossing pass complete to Washington, S for 24 yards to the FS20, 1ST DOWN WF (Meyers, K). Pick play, with the TE and WR running crossing routes intended to impair the coverage of McFadden. Ref throws a offensive pass interference flag. But in replay they determined that the TE was blocking after the ball was thrown, making it a legal play.
Play called offensive PI, overturned on replay
Wf 1-10 at Fs20 4-2-5 Byrd, A rush draw play for no gain to the FS20 (Jackson, D;Christmas, D). Great push by Nnadi to take care of the center and impair the FB as well. RB has nowhere to go. Jackson and Christmas clean up the play.
Wf 2-10 at Fs20 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for 2 yards to the FS18 (Westbrook, A), PENALTY FS substitution infraction 5 yards to the FS15, NO PLAY. Wolford sees Sweat running lacksidasically off the field so they go hurry up to get the flag.
Wf 2-5 at Fs15 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Wade, C for loss of 7 yards to the FS22, fumble forced by Meyers, K, fumble by Wade, C recovered by FS Wilkerson, J at FS22, Wilkerson, J for 7 yards to the FS29 (Wade, C). Horrible snap by the center goes over Wolford's head, who somehow collects it and flips it out to the WR. Great play by Meyers to get his helmet on the ball to force the fumble. Good rallying to the ball as well, any one of Wilkerson, Jackson or James could have recovered this fumble.
Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, TOP 02:04
Wf 1-10 at Wf41 WAKE FOREST drive start at 01:16.
Wf 1-10 at Wf41 4-2-5 Wolford, J sideline pass complete to Dortch, G for 15 yards to the FS44, 1ST DOWN WF (Meyers, K). FSU brings five again. Meyers has man coverage on the slot receiver, who makes a good catch for the first down.
Wf 1-10 at Fs44 4-2-4 Wolford, J pass complete to Dortch, G for 6 yards to the FS38 (Taylor, L). Camera angle is horrible, and it looks like FSU only has 10 men on the field here, as no DB is over the slot receiver.
Wf 2-4 at Fs38 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for 3 yards to the FS35 (Nnadi, D). Wake spreads the receivers out and FSU brings Thomas down to rush again. Nnadi gets a good push and once again disrupts the path of the FB to make the tackle. Good play by him.
Wf 3-1 at Fs35 4-2-5 Colburn, M rush up middle for 1 yard to the FS34, 1ST DOWN WF (Nnadi, D). Wake shows screen, which brings three FSU defenders outside. Nnadi makes a good tackle in the backfield, but the RB pushes forward for one yard and a first down.
Wf 1-10 at Fs34 Clock 00:00.
Drive: 4 plays, 25 yards, TOP 02:19
Florida State 16, Wake Forest 12
4th Quarter
Wf 1-10 at Fs34 Start of 4th quarter, clock 15:00.
Wf 1-10 at Fs34 4-2-5 Wolford, J sideline pass complete to Serigne, C for 27 yards to the FS7, 1ST DOWN WF (Meyers, K). FSU has Wolford dead to rights. Thomas is the QB spy and crashes down when he sees Wolford beginning to scramble. But neither Burns or Thomas wrap him up and he fires off a pass to the uncovered TE for a big gain. The TE was a blocker, but had great awareness to get free and look back for the pass. Darn. These are layup plays. Can't be missing on these. Jackson may have coverage responsibilities on the TE here.
Wf 1-G at Fs07 4-2-5 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for no gain to the FS7 (Westbrook, A). Westbrook does a really nice job of engaging the FB and making the tackle.
Wf 2-G at Fs07 3-4 Colburn, M rush right for 7 yards to the FS0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 13:57. FSU brings six and Wake runs away from Derwin. Burns tries to freelance instead of setting the edge and gets washed out of the play by the RT. WR runs an inside route to take away Taylor from the play as well.
Weaver, M kick attempt good.
Wake Forest 19, Florida State 16
Drive: 7 plays, 59 yards, TOP 02:19
Weaver, M kickoff 44 yards to the FS21, Campbell, G return 16 yards to the FS37 (Black, P;Strnad, J).
Wf 1-10 at Wf48 WAKE FOREST drive start at 12:37.
Wf 1-10 at Wf48 4-2-5 Dortch, G rush sweep for 6 yards to the FS46 (Thomas, M). Jet sweep to the slot receiver. Tough assignment for Burns. Thomas does a nice job of reacting and making the tackle.
Wf 2-4 at Fs46 PENALTY WF false start (Serigne, C) 5 yards to the WF49.
Wf 2-9 at Wf49 4-2-5 Dortch, G rush sweep for loss of 2 yards to the WF47 (Burns, B). Same play. Jet sweep to slot receiver. This time Burns does a good job of reading and reacting to make the play.
Wf 3-11 at Wf47 4-2-5 Wolford, J sacked for loss of 13 yards to the WF34 (Thomas, M). FSU brings five. Burns gets the initial pressure from the left side, but Thomas cleans up the sack after the QB basically runs right into him. This is what should have happened on that last sack.
Wf 4-24 at Wf34 Maggio, D punt 35 yards to the FS31, McFadden, T return 0 yards to the FS31, fumble by McFadden, T recovered by FS McFadden, T at FS31, McFadden, T for 4 yards to the FS35 (Diemel, D).
Drive: 3 plays, minus 14 yards, TOP 02:19
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 WAKE FOREST drive start at 06:20.
Wf 1-10 at Wf25 4-2-5 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Colburn, M for 3 yards to the WF28 (Jackson, D). Another pick concept from Wake, as the TE and WR run crossing routes to get McFadden lost in traffic. QB checks it down to the back and Jackson makes a good tackle in space.
Wf 2-7 at Wf28 4-2-5 Wolford, J screen pass complete to Colburn, M for 3 yards to the WF31 (McFadden, T). TE splits out, which brings Westbrook into the box. Really good reaction by Jackson with man coverage to navigate through traffic. McFadden gets off his block to make the tackle, but Jackson was right there as well.
Wf 3-4 at Wf31 4-0-7 Wolford, J sideline pass incomplete to Dortch, G. FSU brings five in their third-down package. Bad throw by the QB.
Wf 4-4 at Wf31 Maggio, D punt 41 yards to the FS28, fair catch by Matthews, D. McFadden lost a contact (for real) so DJ was in.
Drive: 3 plays, 6 yards, TOP 01:22
Wf 1-10 at Wf10 WAKE FOREST drive start at 01:23.
Wf 1-10 at Wf10 4-2-5 Byrd, A rush left for loss of 4 yards to the WF6, fumble forced by Nnadi, D, fumble by Byrd, A recovered by WF Herron, J at WF6. TE and RT are the pulling blockers, but Nnadi does an excellent job of bursting into the backfield immedietely and getting a hand on the ball. Honestly, no one except one of Wake's OL knew the ball was on the ground so you can't fault FSU's players for not diving on it.
Wf 2-14 at Wf06 Timeout Florida State, clock 01:17.
Wf 2-14 at Wf06 4-1-6 Wolford, J rush quarterback draw for 2 yards to the WF8 (Nnadi, D). QB run all the way and the FB can't get a block on Andrews.
Wf 3-12 at Wf08 Timeout Florida State, clock 01:13.
Wf 3-12 at Wf08 4-2-5 Wolford, J sideline pass incomplete to Washington, S (McFadden, T). FSU brings five and Wolford tests the WR on the go route against McFadden. The receiver makes a fairly nice adjustment back to the ball, but McFadden has his arm in there to disrupt the pass. Nice play by 4.
Wf 4-12 at Wf08 Maggio, D punt 35 yards to the WF43, McFadden, T return 3 yards to the WF40 (Masterson, L).
Drive: 3 plays, minus 2 yards, TOP 00:22
Wf 1-10 at Wf16 WAKE FOREST drive start at 00:53.
Wf 1-10 at Wf16 4-1-6 Wolford, J sideline pass complete to Dortch, G for 14 yards to the WF30, 1ST DOWN WF (McFadden, T). Man coverage. It looks like McFadden trailed Andrews' man at first, but dropped down when the check down receiver caught the ball.
Wf 1-10 at Wf30 4-1-6 Wolford, J middle pass incomplete to Dortch, G. QB has a lot of time here, but is incomplete on a low throw over the middle.
Wf 2-10 at Wf30 4-1-6 Wolford, J sideline pass incomplete to Washington, S. FSU brings six. McFadden has man coverage. This is a long throw for Wolford to make and he's well short of the WR. Probably not enough grabbing by McFadden to call DPI.
Wf 3-10 at Wf30 4-1-6 Wolford, J rush quarterback scramble for 9 yards to the WF39 (Thomas, M). Prevent defense by FSU only bringing three and dropping Burns into coverage. Nice tackle by Thomas short of the sticks. Good defense with the clock running out, especially since Wake is still in their own territory. Make Wake run and burn some clock and waste its timeouts.
Wf 4-1 at Wf39 Timeout Wake Forest, clock 00:22.
Wf 4-1 at Wf39 4-1-6 Wolford, J rush quarterback sneak for 4 yards to the WF43, 1ST DOWN WF (Nnadi, D). QB sneak. QB starts in shotgun but hurries up to the line for the sneak. Less than 20 seconds left so no real harm here, clock is still running.
Wf 1-10 at Wf43 4-1-6 Wolford, J rush quarterback scramble for 6 yards to the WF49, out-of-bounds (Kaindoh, J). Burns is washed out of the play by the LT and RB and Kaindoh isn't quick enough to get off the block to make the stop.
Wf 2-4 at Wf49 4-1-6 Wolford, J sideline pass complete to Wade, C for 13 yards to the FS38, 1ST DOWN WF, out-of-bounds. Burns drops into coverage and looks to have zone responsibility for this area. Tough assignment for a 6-6 defensive end to make.
Wf 1-10 at Fs38 Timeout Wake Forest, clock 00:06.
Wf 1-10 at Fs38 4-1-6 Wolford, J deep pass incomplete to Washington, S (James, D). Hail mary. No idea why they bother with Thomas as a mid-level defender with only six seconds on the clock. FSU only rushes three, which allows Wolford to step up into this throw. It looks like James might have called McFadden off (i.e. don't jump) so they didn't have three bodies all going for the ball instead of just James and the WR. James gets a hand on the ball and knocks it loose. Ballgame.
Wf 2-10 at Fs38 End of game, clock 00:00.
Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, TOP 00:53
FINAL SCORE
Florida State 26, Wake Forest 19