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Syracuse has now misplaced 4 straight video games and gone eight quarters with out a landing. Offensively, Florida State was all around the Orange, scoring all 38 of its factors inside the first three quarters on 420 yards of whole offense. The Seminoles concurrently allowed their fewest yards of the season, holding SU to simply 160.
Syracuse had season lows in receiving and passing yards — 65 yards every — and rushed for fewer than 100 yards for the third consecutive sport. It fell sufferer to constant sacks, incompletions and misplaced yardage performs, pushing it to the brink of remaining over .500 with two street video games remaining.
Right here is how Syracuse’s offense fell aside towards Florida State:
Again-to-back 3-and-outs on opening drives
Syracuse’s play-calling was virtually too predictable on Saturday. Every time Sean Tucker was on the sphere, the Orange have been going to run the ball in some kind.Every time he wasn’t, Shrader opted to cross. Florida State knew SU wouldn’t cross the ball because it had extra linemen than SU.
Syracuse picked up six yards on its opening drive and wanted only a brief achieve to interrupt nearer to midfield. The play was designed for the Orange offense to permit themselves sufficient flexibility for a cross whereas nonetheless creating the choice to run the ball.
When Shrader faked the handoff on this Third-and-4 play, Tucker shifted to the suitable whereas the offensive line created a spot for Shrader to run the ball up the center. As an alternative, he stays within the pocket and instantly seems left for Oronde Gadsden II, who tried to chop towards the center of the sphere on a slant route however was tightly coated.
With Shrader taking his time, that open hole for him to run by means of was taken benefit of by Florida State center linebacker Tatum Bethune, who shortly pressured Shrader. With Tucker outdoors the pocket and the Orange having no free offensive lineman, Bethune runs behind Shrader untouched.
Shrader scrambled on account of Bethune’s stress. Bethune tackled the Orange quarterback from behind on the line of scrimmage, forcing a 3-and-out simply 47 seconds into the sport.
Tucker was not on the sphere on this play, so Florida State knew it ought to anticipate a cross on Third-and-long. The Seminoles matched up 4 defenders in deep man protection with Syracuse’s receivers in consequence.
Florida State’s linebackers additionally moved as much as the defensive position, liberating up the center of the sphere. Devaughn Cooper regarded as if he was going to that vacant space, however he in the reduction of outdoors on the far facet of the sphere.
Syracuse might have simply beat this protection with a shallow route within the center, however Shrader waited too lengthy for Cooper to get open. Trebor Pena was additionally large open on a hitch route. And Florida State had a bonus on the line with seven gamers towards Syracuse’s six, making for one more simple sack.
Seminoles throughout Tucker, SU run sport
Syracuse started its first drive of the second quarter at Florida State’s 23-yard line after Derek McDonald pressured a fumble on Jordan Travis. On the primary play, Shrader performed a brief cross to Tucker behind the road of scrimmage who was tackled for a one yard loss.
On this 2nd-and-11, all Syracuse wanted to do was get deeper into the pink zone, to a minimum of enable Andre Szmyt to sink his second subject objective of the sport. It deliberate to run the ball, having its offensive linemen on the left facet pull to offer safety for Shrader or Tucker.
Every thing that might’ve gone improper went improper for SU. Enrique Cruz Jr. was alleged to shortly make contact with Joshua Farmer earlier than working to the second stage. However Cruz tripped from Farmer’s outdoors leverage, permitting Farmer to get upfield.
Tucker was shoved all the way in which again to the 31-yard line, outdoors the pink zone for a Third-and-16. Shrader was sacked for a seven-yard loss on the following play, and Szmyt was pressured to kick from 53 yards, which he botched.
No spark to the passing offense
Down by 28 on its first drive of the second half, Syracuse remained at its personal 25-yard line on Third-and-10 after an unlawful formation penalty worn out a 5 yard rush from Tucker. This pressured Shrader to look deep for his fourth cross completion of the sport — his potential second connection above 10 yards on the day.
Right here, Shrader surveyed his choices downfield, first trying proper towards Gadsden, who was tightly coated alongside the sideline. Shrader then pivoted left, remaining comparatively secure within the pocket. Alongside the left sideline was Damien Alford, who wasn’t way more open than Gadsden. However Shrader needed to alternative however to launch the ball downfield. He obtained run over by Kalen DeLoach.
The cross was finally overthrown, however the primary situation was that Shrader had no different choices. Nobody ran a shallow route. Tucker was coated when he peeled out for a dump off cross. And in consequence, Syarcuse needed to punt for the sixth time.
Failed Shrader-Tucker connection results in FSU choose
To place it merely, this play might’ve been simply prevented. As soon as Tucker obtained near Gary Vance Jr., he began jogging as Shrader made the throw. It appeared as if Tucker had no thought the cross was alleged to be supposed for him or that he anticipated Shrader to throw the ball out of bounds.
Shrader didn’t do something to maneuver the protection away from Tucker if he was the supposed receiver. He might’ve regarded to his proper, the place Cooper bolted on a go route, however he gave away the play. Vance simply needed to sit and anticipate the ball to be thrown his path.
Printed on November 16, 2022 at 12:35 am
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