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Every Down Review - First half


Why hello there! Surprisingly enough after a bad loss I find it therapeutic to go over the DVR of the game when I can and make things a little more...objective. (Don't ask me where I was after Washington.) I will be able to get the second half once the guys in Lantana (Manzanita Park, on Campus Drive, near Schwab Residential) relinquish the television to me because, you know, NFL. :)

Review format borrowed from Shakin' the Southland, the really awesome SBN Clemson blog.

All Stanford running plays are Taylor unless otherwise noted.

A few related links:
ESPN Play-by-Play
Power: Power. Also Power.
IZ and OZ: Inside zone and outside zone (runs). This is also very nice.

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First half

Stanford @ SU 25… Power for 3...Wildcat zone (Wilkerson) for 4…Ertz on a wheel route, incomplete, dropped…3 plays 7 yards. 0-0

Offensive line doing pretty well. The wildcat direct snap to Wilkerson didn’t seem to generate as much confusion as I would have liked.

ND @ ND 26…Penalty ND, false start…Eifert stick route (or similar) for 9…Wood IZ for 5…Golson outside run for 2, telegraphs the run a little early but gets the first down…Wood OZ cutback for 3…Atkinson screen for no gain, swarmed by Stanford…Stanford brings the house, Golson does a good job of escaping, throws the ball to wide open receiver on the curl for 10, first down, did our corners know where the first down marker was? Two guys right near him…Golson throws it deep, ND WR beats Browning on the vertical route but underthrown, Browning drops the potential pick…botched snap (on Golson), fumble, RECOVERED BY STANFORD…8 plays 21 yards. 0-0

Stanford @ ND 47…Power for 6…Ertz slant for 14, first down…Wright IZ for 6, OL is making some huge openings, but ND’s LBs do great work to keep it a relatively short gain...Power cutback for 1, ND got in the backfield immediately, anticipated snap count?…TO ND…Nunes goes for the TD corner fade, horribly underthrown to Gottfried, INTERCEPTION…5 plays 27 yards. 0-0

ND @ ND 1…Riddick Power for 5…Golson rolls right, narrowly avoids disaster, scrambles for 3, I really hate mobile quarterbacks…Golson pursued by Thomas who does a good job of shedding the first block, throws it away…Punt, fair caught. 3 plays 8 yards. 0-0

Our defensive line is winning up front. ND is having major trouble with the pass protect. We should have had a safety. Good work by Golson to dodge the blitz. Getting worried about ND’s ability to open holes for the RBs.

Stanford @ SU 47…Hewitt OZ for 5, surprised that ND’s 2 high even on first down…Penalty Stanford, false start, Wilkes…Ertz on a quick in for 6 but penalty Stanford, holding, Fleming…Young, draw for 8, good blocking…Patterson comeback, drops a first down, you gotta make that…Punt, touchback. 3 plays -2 yards. 0-0

Nunes has all day. ND is trying to generate pressure with its Dline alone.

ND @ ND 20…Wood to the outside for 5...Riddick OZ for -1, well stuffed…Golson incomplete on the go route to Daniels, well covered by Carter, Golson’s responding reasonably well to the Stanford pressure…Punt, returned 4 yards by Terrell. 3 plays 4 yards. 0-0

Stanford @ SU 36…Power for 5, safeties playing 12 yards back – ND really respects Stanford’s penchant for first down PA…Nunes ignores an open Patterson, horribly overthrows Toilolo (Toilolo was jammed quite effectively but that’s still a horrendous throw), INTERCEPTION, returned HARD…2 plays 5 yards. 0-0

Nunes is a bit jittery.

ND @ SU 15…Golson well pursued by Murphy who sheds the block like a MAN (among boys), throws it away…Riddick IZ for 4, Stanford stuffs the inside gaps beautifully, patient, spins outside for the gain…Corner fade, batted down by Richards that saves a TD…29 yard FG. 3 plays 4 yards. 0-3 ND

Stanford @SU 25…IZ for 4…End of the first quarter…Wright stuffed, Louis Nix did a good Vince Wilfork impression but he needs to be blocked better, gain of 1…Nunes throws the comeback to Toilolo, Te’o wrests the ball from him, but penalty ND, roughing the passer…Young jet sweep (or similar) for 2, Hogan in the game, good reaction by ND’s safeties to stop him early…IZ for 4…TO Stanford…Ertz on the corner of a modified smash (bottom, Terrell, looked like a flat – instead of a hitch – so both are going outwards) for 22, first down…Outside run for 8, Taylor shows off his speed…Power for 1…TO Stanford, these miscommunications are going to bite us in the ass eventually…Taylor runs on the outside of the power set for 6, first down…IZ for 3, tough guy, he’s taking so many hits right now…Nunes throws it away, good decision…Option pitch/shovel pass to Taylor (to the inside, interesting wrinkle) for no gain…25 yard FG BLOCKED. 11 plays 67 yards. 0-3 ND

Ouch. This one’s on Williamson, if you’re getting blocked on 25 yarders you’re kicking the ball way too low under any circumstances.

ND @ ND 29…Stick/comeback to Eifert for 13, wide open, first down…TO ND…Golson pursued hard by Anderson, throws it away…Atkinson OZ cutback for 5…High snap, botched handoff to Riddick (on Golson), fumbled, recovered by Riddick, Stanford in the backfield immediately…Punt, Terrell returns for 13. 4 plays 13 yards. 0-3 ND

Surprised Kelly isn't running Golson on the zone read more. Looks like we’re going to insist on the handoff.

Stanford @ SU 34…Power for 5…PA, Nunes tries to force it to Terrell, nearly picked off…Nunes throws to Toilolo comeback, tipped…Punt, penalty ND, block in the back. 3 plays 5 yards. 0-3 ND.

ND @ ND 10...Golson drops back way too far (to the end zone), pursued, scrambles for -6…Golson nearly gets sacked in the end zone by Thomas, throws it away, good job by ND’s wideout to avoid grounding…Benny G brings Golson down in the end zone (not even a stunt, just sheer awesomeness), fumbled, recovered by Thomas, TOUCHDOWN. 3 plays -10 yards. 7-3 Stanford.

Stanford front seven abusing ND OL. First time ND’s trailed all season.

ND @ ND 13 (Penalty ND, holding, on kickoff)…Riddick power for 12…Out route for 20, Lyons plays with far too much outside leverage and is in terrible position to tackle, safeties needed to react quicker, defense needs to get focused and its rear in gear…Golson nearly killed by Thomas on the blitz, throws it away…Golson scrambles for 23, Stanford overpursued hard on the playside, Golson ignores a backside go route wide open that would have easily gone for six…Golson throws it away, nearly decapitated by Amanam and Anderson...Out route for 7…Golson OZ for 13…Riddick IZ for 2…Riddick IZ for 4…Golson pursued hard, incomplete…Botched snap on the FG.

Golson escapes the blitz very well…he doesn’t read the coverage well though. Defense really buckled in once ND was in the red zone but we don’t want them to get in the red zone. Very lovely blitzing but you need to put the mobile QB down, remember Oregon last year and Darron Thomas escaping all the time and throwing it to DAT and hoping that magic happened and PASS THE BLEACH GUYS.

Stanford @ SU 26…Terrell comeback for 12…Screen to Taylor for 14…Comeback to Ertz for 7…Power outside for 3, first down…Nunes checks it down to Taylor, too high, through Taylor’s hands… Terrell square-in for 8, good tackling by ND…TO Stanford…48 yard FG. 7 plays 44 yards. 10-3 Stanford. END OF HALF.

Nice bounceback by Williamson. These 8 yarders were first downs against Arizona but unlike Arizona ND is better at tackling and gets in position to make tackles.

ND has 106 yards in the first half. 3-9 on 3rd down. 45 rush yards, 2.4 yards per rush. Golson is running for his life, our front seven is doing a lovely job of shedding blocks and affecting the quarterback. Defense needs to be dialed in constantly. The OL is getting good push initially and opening holes but they’re not really getting to the second level of the defense. 3 and 4 yard runs will set up third and short (it's a long article, to find the relevant part do Ctrl+F and type in "stay positive") which I’ll take but I won’t argue with an ND fan who’s happy with the way their DL has played.

I actually wish Stanford had run more but Nunes, dropped passes and picks aside, looks like he’s in a rhythm now, and he ran the two minute offense quite well. Outside of the hero throw to Terrell he’s making the right read most of the time; our receivers aren't getting open quickly enough on longer routes and so there's not that much of a big-play threat, but they are getting ND's attention which opens up the 10 yd comebacks (that's a pretty generic term for me, in case you haven't noticed :P) and the like. The rain is not helping the run game for either team but Stanford is coping with it better.

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