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Clemson vs South Carolina Film Review: 1st Quarter

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NCAA Football: Clemson at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

I was diplomatic yesterday. Today I give you the Garnet and Black Attack Game Thread, as is tradition. I enjoyed last year’s thread more, but it’s not that much better if at all really.

SC ball, 14:56, SC 27 yard line

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 (Bryant split out on Edwards, Joseph at Mike, Davis at Will). Quick flare to Turner vs cover 4, O'Daniel was ready and lays the big TFL on him, loss of 2. The NC State gameplan, who'd have guessed?
2nd &12 11 shotgun vs 4-3 IZ to Turner gains 7. Wilkins was doubled and Lawrence was sealed, Davis fills but gets blown backward on the tackle. Alarming...I didn't expect an ounce of success on the ground for them.
3rd & 5 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Quick curl to Hurst gains 6 between Ferrell and Davis against a 3 man rush cover 3. With 5 in underneath zone Clemson was again ready for OC Kurt Roper's "strategy" but Bentley got the ball out quickly on his first read.
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Curl to Turner gains 5 against more 3 man rush cover 4. Rather than pressure Bentley, Venables knows he's been told to get the ball out quickly a la NC State. By trying to take away the short reads we're hoping he will panic (spoiler alert: he will).
2nd & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Seam to Hurst is wide open against cover 4 but Bentley overthrew him, missed touchdown. With 3 routes on the strong side vs only 2 deep defenders (D'OD underneath), Roper got Wallace to bust.
3rd & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Nobody open vs 3 man cover 4 with Bryant spying, Bentley tucks and gains 9, PUNT. Again, Venables is forgoing pressure because he knows Bentley's internal clock is likely going haywire from expecting pressure. Muschamp shouldn't have punted.
Wallace should’ve taken Hurst when the outside receiver ran a slant into O’Daniel’s underneath zone, leaving the go route for Carter. Instead Wallace doubled the go.

Clemson ball, 11:13, Clemson 20

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 11 shotgun (McCloud in slot, meaing jet motion) vs 4-3 Jet sweep pass to McCloud gains 12. Nifty running with a good stiff arm, Cain blocked 20 yards downfield.
1st & 10 Empty shotgun vs 4-3 Quick out to Cain gains 5. Corner bailed at the snap, easy yardage.
2nd & 5 11 shotgun vs 4-3 IZ to Feaster gains 8. Crowder and Anchrum mauling the right side of the line.
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 End around toss to McCloud gains another 11. Love involving Ray-Ray in space early; he's been somewhat underused on offense.
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 RPO curl to Renfrow thrown away from the BCB blitz, gain of 4. Rodgers was open behind Renfrow and it would've gained a couple more.
2nd & 6 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Fake offside freeze screen to Richard is completely read, loss of 8. I hate this. We've run this play a handful of times in recent years and it's on film. Also hate a trick play when you're moving the ball just fine conventionally. Flashback to the opening drive in 2013, exact same circumstance.
3rd & 14 11 shotgun vs nickel Bryant can't find anyone open vs 3 man rush cover 4 and tucks for 5, PUNT. Bryant is tackled out of bounds and oh look they want to start a fight, what a surprise.

SC ball, 7:30, SC 1

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 IZ gains 4. A lot more push up front from SC than I expected.
2nd & 6 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Bentley throws a curl while Edwards runs upfield and it's an easy pick 6 for Carter in cover 4, hilarious. Not that much more inaccurate if at all really.

SC ball, 6:44, SC 18, 7-0 Clemson lead

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 12 ace vs 4-3 PA flare to the flat vs cover 4, Mullen closes and makes a hard tackle low, no gain. Trayvon Mullen has played like an All American all year and I wonder why he doesn't get more recognition.
2nd & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Power draw to Williams has a lane up the middle, Smith fills after a gain of 8. Another alarmingly successful run. The Clemson DL was so spread out they had the interior outnumbered and could climb to the LBs.
3rd & 2 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Quick curl to Hurst complete in front of Joseph and Smith in tight cover 3, barely gets the 2 needed yards. Averaging like 2 yards per attempt? Not that much better if at all really.
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 IZ to Williams gains 12. Lawrence was doubled and blown back, Ferrell was sealed and there was a big lane through the B gap.
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 IZ to Williams gains 5 more. Bryant blew the play up but couldn't finish, Lawrence and Wilkins were completely sealed outside. Awful run defense from the DL thus far.
2nd & 5 Empty shotgun vs 4-3 Dropback vs cover 4, Bentley steps us and tucks for 3. Failed attempt at a slide led Bentley to ask for a flag but at least it wasn't a flop.
3rd & 1 12 shotgun vs 4-3 Counter handoff runs straight into an orange wall 2 yards in the backfield, PUNT. Not that much better if at all really.
Look at Judah Davis making a play! Be still my fifth heart.

Clemson ball, 2:56, Clemson 15, 7-0 Clemson lead

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 ZR dive to Etienne gains 5. There wasn't even a lane and Etienne still found 5 with pure momentum.
2nd & 5 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Quick out to Cain vs soft cover 3 gains 6. Underthrow led to a sliding catch but it's better than an overthrow like we normally see from Bryant.
1st & 10 Empty shotgun vs 4-3 Quick curl to Etienne dropped. Good hot route recognition on SC's weak side blitz but Etienne just couldn't secure the catch.
2nd & 10 11 shotgun vs nickel Counter draw to Fuller gains 8. Look what happens when the TE blocks! Easy yardage, Fuller was 6 yards downfield before he was touched.
3rd & 2 11 shotgun vs nickel QB counter keeper is stoned, no gain. The interior line stunt held up Hearn's pull and Bryant couldn't find room.