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3Q Film Part 2, SC ’18: Shut It Down

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3rd Quarter

Defense 8, 6:46, 42-21

(6:46 – 3rd) B.T. Potter kickoff for 65 yds for a touchback

  • 1st & 10 at SC 25
    (6:35 – 3rd) Jake Bentley pass complete to Bryan Edwards for 4 yds to the SCaro 29

Trips boundary. We put AB outside on the boundary. QB throws the quick curl wide. Tackle by IS and AJT.  We’re going to pretty much give them that.

  • 2nd & 6 at SC 29
    (6:19 – 3rd) Jake Bentley pass complete to Shi Smith for 11 yds to the SCaro 40 for a 1ST down

RPO IZ/BS. QB throws the BS. IS beats the cut block, but loses the edge in the process. Mullen gives ground, sheds the stalk block and makes the stop with Denzel.

  • 1st & 10 at SC 40
    (5:54 – 3rd) Jake Bentley pass incomplete to Bryan Edwards

PA IZ,  . Dex gets through to QB’s blindside and hits him as he throws the comebacker wide. IS was there. Throw is high.

  • 2nd & 10 at SC 40
    (5:54 – 3rd) SOUTH CAROLINA Penalty, False Start (K.C. Crosby) to the SCaro 35

Death Valley wins again.

  • 2nd & 15 at SC 35
    (5:37 – 3rd) Mon Denson run for 7 yds to the SCaro 42

IZ wide. We blitz KJ and the OT smacks him and moves him out. XT gets kicked out by the TE. The OG knocks down CW. The C gets up to JD. IS, JD, and Muse make the stop.

  • 3rd & 8 at SC 42
    (5:28 – 3rd) Jake Bentley pass complete to Jacob August for 17 yds to the Clem 41 for a 1ST down

Empty set. Trips boundary. It’s 3rd and long, wanna guess the playcall?  Correct, slot post for the first down. Tackle by Denzel.  These aren’t even their best players. This is their 4th string TE who had 4 catches all year before that.

We blitz KJ and there is no LB to throw over on that side. At least he gets through and gets a hit on the QB. We’re in what looks like C1, man with a safety in the middle of the field.


The TE doesn’t even need a great route to get separation. Denzel doesn’t notice the one route that’s doing all the damage and I don’t know what Muse is doing. I can’t think of a coverage where this isn’t a bust.

At this point, I wonder if Muschamp has family members that might want to come in and make a free downfield catch?


  • 1st & 10 at CLEM 41
    (5:10 – 3rd) Mon Denson run for 9 yds to the Clem 32

HUNH. ZR give to the RB vs. 7 in the box. Ugly play up front. CW gets destroyed by the double team. KJ fills the wrong gap. CF has a lazy rep.

  • 2nd & 1 at CLEM 32
    (4:52 – 3rd) Mon Denson run for 2 yds to the Clem 30 for a 1ST down

HUNH. IZ to RB. KJ fills the right hole and delivers a shot, but the RB just gets the first.

  • 1st & 10 at CLEM 30
    (4:16 – 3rd) Rico Dowdle run for 7 yds to the Clem 23

7 in the box. Power Sweep. CF turns it in. RB cuts under JD, and KJ and Mullen make the stop.

  • 2nd & 3 at CLEM 23
    (4:05 – 3rd) Jake Bentley pass complete to Deebo Samuel for 3 yds to the Clem 20 for a 1ST down

HUNH. Trips Wide, BS to Deebo wide. Great hustle by XT to haul ass out there. The man has a motor. IS gets cut again, but gets over the cut block and makes the tackle. Great individual play by IS. Could’ve been a holding call on AJT also.














  • 1st & 10 at CLEM 20
    (3:42 – 3rd) Jake Bentley pass incomplete to Kyle Markway

Trips boundary. We rush 3 and drop both JD and XT to the boundary flat. QB throws the slot post, but the throw is too high. In the RZ this is a harder throw because the windows are tighter. It’s still open with a good throw. Bentley was looking there all the way.




  • 2nd & 10 at CLEM 20
    (3:36 – 3rd) Mon Denson run for 16 yds to the Clem 4 for a 1ST down

6 in the box. XT starts to drop boundary. IZ boundary. XT tries to come back and close the gap, but he gives up the edge in the process. Muse and AJT run into each other trying to reroute the outside WR.  Muse beats him to the GL and knocks him OOB saving the TD. Impressive to watch XT run him down from behind as well.

  • 1st & Goal at CLEM 4
    (3:18 – 3rd) Mon Denson run for 1 yd to the Clem 3

HNUH. We’re not in stances up front. CW gets moved back by the double. JD fills the hole and drops the RB at the LOS. Well done.

  • 2nd & Goal at CLEM 3
    (3:00 – 3rd) Mon Denson run for 1 yd to the Clem 2

HUNH. Same play. They try the other side and Big Dex handles business with help from IS.

(2:36 – 3rd) Timeout CLEMSON, clock 02:36

Both teams bring in the SY Package and we don’t have a DB on the outside WR, so we call timeout. We got lucky they didn’t snap it and get the TD.

  • 3rd & Goal at CLEM 2
    (2:22 – 3rd) Mon Denson run for a loss of 2 yards to the Clem 4

10 in the box, giving them 1 on 1 on the boundary, Mullen vs. Edwards. Toss Sweep boundary. Muse destroys the FB. AB shoves the OT back, gets outside leverage and drags him to the play for the TFL. Beautiful. JD was there too.

(2:01 – 3rd) Timeout SOUTH CAROLINA, clock 02:01

Down 2 TDs at the end of the 3Q, they have to go for it and take a timeout to think about it.

4th & Goal at CLEM 4
(2:01 – 3rd) CLEMSON Penalty, Delay of Game (Clelin Ferrell) to the Clem 2

Disconcerting signals. CF did a seat roll before the snap on our side of the ball which is legal. #SECRefs

4th & Goal at CLEM 2
(1:57 – 3rd) Jake Bentley pass incomplete to Deebo Samuel

We show SY package and bail out knowing they’re going to throw. TT stunt. 2 inside curls and an outside post. Denzel is there and knocks it away. Where are those DB ball skills? Haven’t seen those much. Excellent job by Denzel to end the drive and get us the ball back.

IS 2, Dex 2, Death Valley 1, KJ 0, XT -1, CW -2, Muse 1, JD 3, Denzel 1, CF 0, Mullen 1, AB 1

Offense 9, 1:57, 42-21

  • 1st & 10 at CLEM 2
    (1:29 – 3rd) Travis Etienne run for 4 yds to the Clem 6

IZ and ETN takes it between TA and GC, who served a pancake.

  • 2nd & 6 at CLEM 6
    (1:11 – 3rd) Trevor Lawrence pass complete to Derion Kendrick for 9 yds to the Clem 15 for a 1ST down

8 in the box and a NB Fire wide. TL gets it out quick to DK on the BS. Great job. Right playcall at the right time. DO gets a block and springs him for a first down.

  • 1st & 10 at CLEM 15
    (0:45 – 3rd) Travis Etienne run for 6 yds to the Clem 21

Counter H boundary. The DE tries to run around Bock pulling but takes himself out of the play. GWill gets a kickout. ETN breaks a tackle.

  • 2nd & 4 at CLEM 21
    (0:00 – 3rd) Trevor Lawrence pass complete to Derion Kendrick for 19 yds to the Clem 40 for a 1ST down

7 in the box. JS motion wide, JS to DK. Finally going to give it to him.  GWill just gets enough of the LB to allow DK to get the edge. ETN gets a block on the S. DK breaks 2 tackles and is tripped up by the 3rd. Great, hard run by DK.

GC 3, DK 3, DO 1, GWill 1, ETN 2

4th Quarter

  • 1st & 10 at CLEM 40
    (14:48 – 4th) Lyn-J Dixon run for 1 yd to the Clem 41

Carman in for Hyatt. Trips wide. 6 in the box. RPO ZR/BS. The 7th man comes downhill so this should be a BS throw, but he gives it. Bock gets shoved back allowing LJD to be run down from behind by the DE.

  • 2nd & 9 at CLEM 41
    (14:00 – 4th) Trevor Lawrence run for 6 yds to the Clem 47

7 in the box. RPO IZ/Skinny post boundary. They have it covered this time. They’re overplaying that play now by bracketing the boundary WR, so we need to go back wide with the ball (this is what we should’ve done with the slot post on defense). TL takes off to the boundary, gets the edge, and gets OOB without getting hit setting up a 3rd and short.

  • 3rd & 3 at CLEM 47
    (13:46 – 4th) Travis Etienne run for 20 yds to the SCaro 33 for a 1ST down

2 TEs. 8 in the box. IZ to ETN who takes it boundary between Bock and Carman. Nice kickout by M80 also and GC gets the backside LB. ETN breaks the 2nd level for the big gainer. The SS just gets a shoestring or this was a TD.

  • 1st & 10 at SC 33
    (13:40 – 4th) Lyn-J Dixon run for 2 yds to the SCaro 31

7 in the box. JS motion wide. IZ wide. LJD cuts back to the gap between Bock and Carman. Bock gets shed and LJD has to cut it up right into the MLB, who JF missed.

  • 2nd & 8 at SC 31
    (13:06 – 4th) Trevor Lawrence pass complete to Derion Kendrick for 10 yds to the SCaro 21 for a 1ST down

Trips wide. BS to DK. They have a 4 on 3 advantage over there. TJC gets a kickout. DK cuts it back to the middle and then all the way to the other side of the field, makes a man miss, gets the edge, gets a huge knockdown block from Choice and Overton. Still a no-no though. DK shouldn’t do that, no points for him. I like the desire and effort though.

  • 1st & 10 at SC 21
    (12:30 – 4th) Adam Choice run for 6 yds to the SCaro 15

Power to Choice boundary. GWill kicks out the DE. Carman collapses the DT. CS gets a shot on the LB but can’t sustain it. Choice gets a good gain though.

  • 2nd & 4 at SC 15
    (12:05 – 4th) Adam Choice 15 Yd Run (Greg Huegel Kick)

LB Fire, TE stunt wide. Counter H wide. DE slants inside. GC kicks out the LB, and the DT and backside LB get caught in the wash. Choice sees it, yes! He bounces to the outside, cuts it up hard, and drags defenders into the EZ. Excellent run by Choice. Wow is he coming on lately.

TL 0, Bock -1, Carman 3, M80 1, ETN 1, GC 2, JF -1, Choice 4, DO 1, TJC 1, GWill 2, CS 1, TA 1

There is the 4 TD lead in the 4Q and we are in garbage time.


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