This week was the “Season on the line game” that we’ve all been looking towards since the pre-season. It usually goes, “if we can beat Florida State, we’ll win the ACC”. Yes, Louisville surprised everyone this year, and we took care of them, but Florida State is a different animal. If they can’t be Championship contenders, they are going to attempt to play spoiler for someone; and they put their best efforts in against Clemson Saturday night.
The first quarter looked like the National Title Finalist Tigers all over again; Watson marches the ball down the field, our defense is stout and cannot be stopped by anyone. Even our special teams looked good. However, the second quarter showed a few weak spots. Clemson’s mental mistakes (penalties) costed them so much field position on defense, as well as costly turnovers mid-drive.
Here are two links for watching the game, or following along with the play-by-play below:
Full Game Video Link (Provided by Tiger TV)
30 Min. Game Video Link (Provided by RT Sports Uploads)
Alley = area between the OT and WR. BCB = Boundary Cornerback, Bullet = ILB A or B gap blitz. C0, C1, C2, C3, C4 (quarters) or C6 = coverage scheme by the secondary. DIME OF DOOM = 3rd down 3-2-6 havoc formation. FCB = Wide side or field cornerback. Fire = S, NB, LB blitz from the outside. Green Dog = man blitz when your man stays in to block or is not in the formation. IV= inverted veer. IZ = Inside Zone or Zone blocked play inside the tackles.Jailbreak = 7 or more blitz. LOS = Line of Scrimmage. Man = man to man coverage.OZ = outside zone run or zone blocked play off-tackle. PA = Play Action. PBU = Pass broken up. Red Dog (overload) = LB and S/NB blitz on the same side. Robber = S or LB moves to take away crossing routes. C3 Sky = SS moves up two yards, takes flat, CBs and FS take deep thirds. Soft= CBs/NB playing well off the WR until he gets to the 1st down line. Stretch= zone blocked run just inside the last offensive player on that side. Stack = the 3 LBs are stacked directly behind DL. Stalk = WR blocks DB in front of him. Sweep = RB/QB run, often FB/ H-B lead play to the D gap. TO = Triple Option. ZR = Zone read option play.
- Thoughts within a play are separated by a comma. (,)
- Each play is separated by an ellipsis. (...)
- First downs are separated by a paragraph.
- Comments on a drive are in italics.
Offensive personnel listed as a 2 digit number: # of RBs, # of TEs, # of WRs; 11 = 1 RB, 1 TE, 3 receivers; 22 = 2 RB, 2 TE, 1 receiver, etc.
Clemson ball, 15:00, Clem 49
5 Wide Shotgun vs 4-1 Dime, Watson rushed out of pocket, taken out of bounds for no gain…PUNT
Florida State ball, 14:16, FSU 6
212 Power I-Right vs 4-2 Nickel, toss right to Cook, gain of two yards… 5 Wide Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, quarterback rushed, pass right incomplete…113 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, man to man coverage, pass thrown out of bounds… PUNT
Clemson ball, 13:18, FSU 47
113 Pistol vs 402 Nickel, pass to the right flats to Gallman, gain of two yards…113 Pistol vs 4-3, rush 4, pass complete to Thompson for gain of 7 yards…113 Pistol Right vs 4-2 Nickel, 7 in the box, Watson pass intercepted by White…TURNOVER
Notice on this play that Watson was baited by White on the split route. White made it seem like he was going to fall to the underneath route run by Thompson, and as soon as Watson saw that, he thew the quick pass to Deon Cain. If you continued to watch the game, Watson said, “he got me” acknowledging that he fell for the bait.
Florida State ball, 12:03, FSU 40
212 Power I-Right vs 4-3, loaded 8-man box, play action, thrown incomplete, two flags on the play (offset)…122 Ace vs 4-3, 7 in the box, pass incomplete, flag thrown again for (Pass Interference)…
212 Power I-Right vs 4-2 Nickel, delayed handoff to cook, gain of 7 yards…212 Power I vs 4-3, 7 in the box, flag thrown, (False Start)…113 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, pass thrown right, incomplete, penalty (Defensive Holding) on Boulware…
212 Power I-Right vs 4-3, handoff to Cook through the 4-gap, gain of 4 yards…113 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, flag (False Start)…113 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, pass thrown left incomplete, broken up by Fields…104 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, blitz from the left side, pass over the middle to Murray, gain of 20…
212 Power I-Right vs 4-3, motion right to left, handoff to cook, fumble (Recovered by FSU)…Power I vs 4-3, handoff to Cook up the 5 hole, 4 yards touchdown run…TOUCHDOWN
Clemson ball, 8:20, Clem 25
203 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, Watson keeps the ball, gain of three yards…113 Pistol vs 4-3, 7 in the box, Spur on the left side of the line, corner blitz picked up by Watson, pass complete to McCloud for gain of 13 yards…
Watch on this play as the blitz comes from Watson’s right. The CB tries to bull-rush; Watson picks it up immediately and finds an open Ray-Ray McCloud for the first down. These are the types of plays we have come to expect from Watson and this offense.
104 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, trips to the right, read-option handoff to Gallman, gain of four yards…014 Shotgun vs 4-2, Gallman as WR motions right to left, Watson pump fake to Gallman, keeps the ball, gain of three yards…113 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, Watson on the keeper, tackled short…PUNT
Florida State ball, 5:39, FSU 14
113 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, pass left incomplete…113 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, pass complete left for gain of 17…
221 Power I vs 4-3, play action, pass intercepted by Jadar Johnson…TURNOVER
Clemson ball, 4:45, FSU 32
104 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, handoff right to Gallman, gain of 7 yards…113 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, Spur on the left side, pass complete to Williams, gain of 15 yards…
113 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, read option, keeper by Watson, gain of 13 yards…
113 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, blitz shown on the left side, flag (False Start)…104 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, trips right, 4 man rush, Watson pass complete to Leggett, gain of 11…113 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, Watson pass left incomplete, flag (Defensive Pass Interference)…
113 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, read option, Watson keeps the ball, runs left, gain of 7 yards…122 Pistol vs 4-2 Nickel, Watson pass incomplete to the corner…113 Pistol vs 4-3, pass incomplete to Williams…FIELD GOAL
Florida State ball, 1:44, FSU 22
104 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, pass falls incomplete to Murray…104 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, François keeps the ball, gain of 9 yards…212 Power I vs 4-3, handoff to Cook through the 5 hole, gain of 2…
104 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, pass complete to Murray for 40 yard gain…
104 Shotgun vs 4-2 Nickel, pass complete to the right, gain of 14 yards…
104 Shotgun vs 4-3, pass complete to Murray in the corner…TOUCHDOWN
Either way it was great to see the Tigers play Championship caliber football again, and I know we are all looking forward to the coming weeks of improvement from the team. Our offensive line did a better job (not great but better) this week of giving Watson time. I personally think we need to get Wayne Gallman a few more touches, but with that comes a requirement for better blocking.
We have one of if not the most explosive offenses in the country. Our receiving core is deep, our tight end is exceptional, and out QB-RB duo is unmatched. We simply need to see these pieces put together and used properly, and we very well could be looking at a Championship squad.