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NCAA Football: Florida State at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Spence’s kick to start the half is downed in the end zone.

FSU Ball, 15:00, FSU 25, 17-0

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Quick out to Tate against soft cover 2 complete for 10 yards For the sake of Blackmon's health, FSU needs to throw faster developing routes, and they start the half doing so. Carter missed the tackle and Davis brings him down.
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Pass complete to Akers in the flat for loss of 2; Ferrell called for roughing the passer. Ferrell hit Blackmon right after he released it, so I'm not sure about that one.
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. 4-3 PA double posts incomplete; intended for Izzo. Ball was overthrown but Cover 3 had Wallace in perfect position over the top of Izzo with Skalski underneath.
2nd and 10 10 shotgun v. 4-3 Stretch to Akers taken down by Ferrell for a loss of 1 Huggins bulldozed through the LG's zone block, Bryant set the edge, Davis was about to come through to make the tackle, Akers cuts back inside but Ferrell is there.
3rd and 10 10 shotgun v. 4-3 Slot post to Murray versus man cover 1, MIKE bullet and SAM fire, complete for a gain of 18 yards Ferrell stunts inside, Akers is confused and blocks nobody, and Ferrell absolutely destroyed Blackmon, who stood in and threw a dart to Murray. Tough play by Blackmon. We've got Davis basically aligned as the BCB on Gavin.
1st and 10 10 shotgun v. 4-3 Counter to Akers stuffed by Wilkins, tackle aided by Pink, loss of 2. Their LG is having a tough start to the half. Abused by Higgins earlier now Wilkins. Bryant swims by their RT easily. Pink flows down the line and ends up shedding two blockers to assist on the tackle.
2nd and 10 10 shotgun v. 4-3 Quick slant over cut blocks complete to Murray for 10 yards. Davis was flat footed and gave up the easy slant.
3rd and 1 21 I formation v. 4-3 IZ to Akers tackled for loss of 1 Register moves the RT back one yard then Van comes in and moves the RT back 2 more yards right into Akers' path. Akers tries to go around outside but Wilkins, who avoided the backside cut block, and Skalski, who was free to scrape thanks to Pink eating a double team, are there to take him down.
4th and 1 11 shotgun v. 4-3 FSU TIMEOUT Jimbo is over there reading War and Peace on the sideline and can't get the play in on time.
4th and 1 21 under center v. 4-3 CLEMSON TIMEOUT FSU came out in a bunch formation and the defense was confused - Pink looking around with his hands up.
4th and 1 21 under center v. 4-3 PA corner route by Tate is wide open but the ball is off his fingertips, incomplete. FSU came out in the same formation and nearly the entire D bites on the PA . Blackmon had 2 WRs wide open for a TD. He had Tate on the corner or Murray on the post: Wallace was left all alone to cover both. O'Daniel had Tate but bit hard on the PA. Ditto for Carter and Murray. Lucky break for us.

Clemson ball, 10:20, Clemson 29, 17-0

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. nickel Power to Feaster gets 4. The nickel fire kept Hearn from kicking out the LB, but Feaster and Hearn take the MLB for a 4 yard ride.
2nd and 6 11 shotgun v. nickel QB draw for no gain Falci passes Nandi off to Morris to go to the second level but Nandi beats Morris inside.
3rd and 6 11 shotgun v. nickel Boundary out/fade combo v. Mike/Sam stunt blitz; out to Renfrow complete for 9 yards. MIKE/SAM blitz but GREAT pickup by the OL and Feaster. Ball was overthrown a tad but Renfrow climbs the ladder to bring it down.
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. nickel Fake jet motion to Ray-Ray, split flow give to Feaster, 1 yard gain. Pollard is supposed to go straight to the second level leaving Sweat to be picked up by Richard. But Sweat engages Pollard immediately and Richard goes for the BCB, who should be unblocked. Once Pollard lets Sweat by, there's no one to pick him up and he takes down Feaster.
2nd and 9 11 shotgun v. nickel Boundary swing pass to Feaster complete for 4 Nice job by Feaster to get anything out of this; both the Will and CB had him behind the LOS. FSU is ripe for the fake screen.
3rd and 5 11 shotgun v. nickel (but with Derwin and Burns at LB) Fade to Cain v. Cover 1 incomplete. Ball was underthrown to Cain, but the bigger error by Bryant is not recognizing the LB bullets and delivering it to Renfrow on the short slant. Would have been an easy 20 yard pickup. Feaster also fails to pick anyone up. He immediately went outside to help Pollard with the DE. Cain is shaken up.
4th and 5 Punt formation False start
4th and 10 Punt formation Punt Caught at the 25 and tackled at the 30 after about 5 missed tackles. TARGETING penalty against FSU sets them back 15 more yards.
On the 3rd and 5: Renfrow could have run for days

The targeting call was against Emmett Rice on Ryan Carter, who looked like he was knocked unconscious. Subsequently, Mr. Rice proceeds to:

  1. Celebrate and/or taunt Carter (before the play is over) like he just made game saving tackle as opposed to, you know, looking for someone else to block;
  2. Yuck it up on the sideline with other players and at least one FSU coach;
  3. Run off the field doing the “put ‘em to sleep” gesture.

This is the resume of someone who knows he isn’t going to contribute meaningfully to his team, doesn’t care, and is just out to head-hunt.

FSU ball, 7:51, FSU 16, 17-0

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Boundary corner by Izzo with 2 WR digs boundary side. Cover 2 zone. Pass to Izzo incomplete; overthrown and OOB. Mullen moves to FCB and Terrell in at BCB. Denzel Johnson in at FS. Bad pass but good coverage by Johnson
2nd and 10 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Designed slant to Izzo in the slot isn't there; Blackmon throws it away OOB. Cover 1 and Van is in a shallow zone right where the slant is supposed to go. Perfect defense at the perfect time. Blackmon wasn't outside the tackle box and Dabo wanted the intentional grounding call.
3rd and 10 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Out route to Izzo incomplete Overthrown but Van was there in coverage. All three passes intended for Izzo on that drive.
4th and 10 Punt Returned to the 44 but flag on Simmons for late hit. Getting chippier than Chips Ahoy

Clemson ball, 7:25, Clemson 29, 17-0

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. nickel Swing pass to Etienne complete for 16 Great play call to get the ball to Etienne in space on the edge.
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. nickel Power to Etienne gets 2 Same play that Etienne took to the house in 2Q. Cannon blocked no one but should have sealed the SAM; pulling Simpson whiffed on SAM as well. To their credit their LB attacked the hole this time. On the 2Q Etienne TD run a different LB failed to do so.
2nd and 8 11 shotgun v. nickel Boundary out to Higgins complete for 8 Perfect call against soft cover 3
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. nickel Jet motion buck sweep to Fuller gets 7 Nice down blocks by Falci & Anchrum. Weak effort to seal the LB by TJ Chase but Fuller cuts it up. Hyatt's backside cut block failed and the backside DT comes around to make the tackle. If Hyatt's cut block is better Fuller might have scored.
2nd and 3 11 shotgun v. nickel PA to Higgins incomplete Higgins was run blocking but Bryant was looking to pass it to him.
3rd and 3 11 shotgun v. nickel Deep post/crosser on the field side and Overton has a step, but Bryant holds on forever and takes the sack, loss of 5 Just a baffling decision by Bryant. He literally had 3+ seconds to throw it but did nothing instead.
4th and 8 Punt Fair caught at the 9
Just throw it to the end zone and let your man go get it.

FSU ball, 4:30, FSU 10, 17-0

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st and 10 12 v. 4-3 Boundary out to Tate complete for 8. Davis on the WILL bullet, Register, and Huggins got no pressure
2nd and 8 12 v. 4-3 Stretch to Akers gets 2 Davis came up the middle but Akers cut it backside. Van and Register on the stop.
1st and 10 12 shotgun v. 4-3 Counter to Akers stuffed for a loss of 2 Register sets the edge immediately, Huggins fights through 2 guys, and Davis bullrushes in, all 3 in on the tackle.
2nd and 12 11 shotgun v. 4-3 TIMEOUT FSU
2nd and 12 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Boundary fade backshoulder incomplete but PASS INTERFERENCE Mullen never let go of the WR's collar. He was in good position and didn't need to.
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Hitch to Tate complete for 9 Blackmon had all day to throw. Good coverage by Terrell but it was a perfect throw.
2nd and 2 11 shotgun v. 4-3 IZ to Patrick, no gain Wilkins knifes through the zone per usual and Davis on the WILL fire is there as well.
3rd and 2 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Pass incomplete but PASS INTERFERENCE on Mullen That wasn't interference, but Mullen has to remove his arm from around the reciever or else it's going to get called.
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. 4-3 Post complete to Murray for a gain of 39 Cover 2 but there's no defense for a perfect throw.
1st and goal 12 v. 4-3 Patrick runs over Van for the TOUCHDOWN FSU snapped the ball with 25 seconds on the playclock. Usually they're snapping in the single digits.

No pressure by the line on that drive and FSU was bailed out by two needless PI calls (one legit, one not).

Etienne takes the kickoff at the 2 and returns it to the 20.

Clemson ball, 1:13, Clemson 20, 17-7

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. nickel Hitch to Cain gets 4 Crowd wanted a late hit on Cain but it wasn't. Swing pass to Choice could have been bigger.
2nd and 6 11 shotgun v. nickel QB draw power gets 7 Choice with the swing motion helped open it up. Great down blocks by the left side of the line. Pulling Crowder can't quite seal his man, but Bryant bounces outside to get the first.
1st and 10 11 shotgun v. nickel 5 wide all comebacks with cut blocks, Bryant doesn't throw it, scrambles then throws it away Bryant wanted to throw to Cain on the boundary/left side but Hyatt's cut on Burns failed and Burns was in Bryant's throwing lane.
2nd and 10 11 shotgun v. nickel Jet motion power, Kelly keeps and runs for no gain Would have liked to see a give here but I think it's a designed keep. Pulling Hearn absolutely whiffs on the SAM and Falci gets pushed aside by the nose
This was designed to be kept but a jet give here could have gone for a first down and more if 1) Choice blows up the nickel (he did), 2) Renfrow stalks the SS (he did), and 3) the CB on Cain is in a soft cover 3 (he was).

End of third quarter