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ACC Championship Film Review: 2nd Quarter

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ACC Football Championship - Clemson v Miami Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images

We resume at the start of the 2nd quarter with Clemson already in the red zone again.

Clemson ball, 15:00, Miami 16, 14-0 Clemson lead

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Power handoff to Choice, huge lane behind Hearn gains 9. Miami dropped a DE into the flat on the play side, whom Greenlee was able to seal downfield but the play was won by Falcinelli and Crowder on the combo block. Hearn had as big a hole on his pull as did Choice.
2nd & 1 11 shotgun vs 4-3 IZ to Choice burts through the line again, mercy, gain of 6. Greenlee laid a thump on the Sam, but Falcinelli made this by hopping off his double on the 1 tech and quickly sealing the the Will's blitz/fill. From there it was all Choice's lower body strength.

Clemson punches it in from under center(!) 3 plays later, Greenlee with another great thump from the fullback position.

Miami ball, 12:44, Miami 20, 21-0 Clemson lead

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 11 pistol vs 4-3 OZ to Homer gains 6. Ferrell set the edge and Huggins worked down the line, but couldn't work back inside quickly enough on the cutback.
2nd & 4 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Quick pitch to Homer gains 3, Joseph worked outside and knived through blockers to make the stop. Wilkins chased hard from the backside to help stop Homer short of the marker.
3rd & 1 11 ace vs 4-3 QB sneak gains 2. Huggins stood up at the snap and let the center dive, Rozier followed him.
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Bubble screen to Irvin gains 5. Skalski blitzed off the edge and Miami outmanned the edge 2v1, Muse fills and makes the stop.
2nd & 5 11 shotgun vs 4-3 QB sweep completely stoned by Wilkins, loss of 2. Wilkins split the zone block as always and the right tackle had no chance at slowing him, actually got stiff armed. Abuse.
3rd & 6 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Rollout vs cover 0 Sam fire, Rozier overthrows the corner route, incomplete DO'D blitzing right into a rollout is...unfair.

Clemson ball, 10:16, Clemson 15, 21-0 Clemson lead

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Bubble screen to Renfrow, runs right into McCloud's poor block, no gain. Tough task for McCloud to block a Sam.
2nd & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Flare screen to Fuller gains 4. Fuller looked very slow and very upright. Clear to see what QT sees in the weight gain/speed loss.
3rd & 6 10 shotgun vs nickel Slant to McCloud gains 8 against a cover 3 BCB blitz. Miami took Renfrow's seam away but Richard was clear for a big gain on the in route when the Mike took Renfrow. Still a good throw to McCloud.
1st & 10 21 shotgun vs nickel Flare screen to McCloud from the backfield, gain of 3. Blocking left much to be desired from Renfrow and Richard.
2nd & 7 11 shotgun vs nickel RPO flare to Richard vs FS fire gains 8. Bryant is making phenomenally quick decisions, he's built for these RPOs.
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs nickel IV give to Fuller is strung out for a loss of 2. Miami worked down the line well but again Fuller looked timid and slow. Bryant should've kept.
2nd & 12 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Double LB fire flushes Bryant who runs out of bounds for a 4 yard loss rather than throw it away? He wanted to keep his perfect completion percentage perhaps?
3rd & 16 10 shotgun vs nickel Dropback vs cover 4, Bryant scrambles and throws a dime to McCloud on the sideline just past the marker, gain of 18, wow. Clemson will repeat if Bryant plays like this in Januray.
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Curl to Cain incomplete, looks like Bryant threw it away or wanted a comeback route. Cain was bracketed by a DE dropping and Bryant should've checked away.
2nd & 10 10 shotgun vs nickel Bubble screen to Higgins dropped. Looking to run before he squeezed the ball.
3rd & 10 10 shotgun vs nickel Double LB bullets in front of cover 4, Bryant is flushed and throws it away, PUNT. Simpson blocked nobody at all and Falcinelli was beaten quickly for immediate pressure.

Clemson ball, 5:37, Miami 20, 21-0 Clemson lead

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 10 shotgun (bunch) vs 4-3 PA, Rozier has to tuck when Ferrell gets to his backside, brought down by Robinson and Lawrence. Miami blocked the inside line stunt well but he heard footsteps outside.
2nd & 8 10 shotgun vs 4-3 RPO keep vs man cover 1, scrambles and throws it away. Robinson manhandled a lineman in space!
3rd & 8 10 pistol vs DIME OF DOOM Slant complete for a gain of 9, PUNT. Completely bracketed by pattern match, no choice but to throw short of the sticks and be swarmed.

Clemson ball, 4:19, Clemson 25, 21-0 Clemson lead

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Counter to Feaster gains 6. Great hole, Falcinelli was clean to climb, plus good power running.
2nd & 4 11 shotgun vs 4-3 RPO dig to Higgins vs cover 3 incomplete. Higgins wanted a flag but it looks more like he simply didn't run a clean route, the window was open.
3rd & 4 11 shotgun vs 4-3 Out to Chase incomplete against tight man cover 1 robber, PUNT. Bryant should've checked away or tucked.

Miami ball, 3:35, Miami 39, 21-0 Clemson lead

Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
Down & Distance Formation Play Analysis
1st & 10 10 shotgun vs 4-3 OZ to Homer, edge set by Bryant, Wilkins and Lawrence make the stop for no gain. This is unfair.
2nd & 10 10 shotgun vs 4-3 Rollout flare to Irvin against man cover 1, Wallace does just enough to trip him, gain of 7. A more athletic receiver takes that 15 yards, lucky break.
3rd & 3 10 shotgun vs 4-3 ZR dive to Homer gains 8. Skalski was blocked out of the hole and Ferrell had to make the stop from behind as the read man.
1st & 10 10 shotgun vs 4-3 IZ to Homer gains 4. Joseph moved well getting outside when Homer bounced out.
2nd & 6 11 shotgun vs 4-3 OZ to Homer loses a yard, all Wilkins. Wilkins worked down the line and kept the OL from engaging him, put it on the highlight film.
3rd & 7 11 shotgun vs DIME OF DOOM LB fires, slant batted down by Wilkins of course, PUNT. Enjoy this man while he's still here...

Clemson proceeds to run out the half, pinned back inside their own 5.