(Not Completely Unlike) Upon Further Review: Orange Bowl Special Teams
Fixed. Thanks to Brian for informing me about Blogger's retarded "line break=br tag" idiocy.
|FSU||FSU36||12:58||4th and 26||punt/29||FC||0-0|
|Scirrotto (-) makes a terrible block on FSU#83, forcing a fair catch at PSU 35|
|FSU||FSU33||8:08||4th and 14||punt/56||4||0-0|
|Punt to the PSU 11. Lowry advances to the 15. Scirotto (-) is completely outrun by FSU gunner (#22), and then makes a poor attempt at a block.|
|FSU||FSU40||3:52||4th and 8||punt/53||-3||7-0|
|Punt to the 7. Lowry (--) has to backpedal from the 17, leading to the block in the back by Sales. Lowry cuts to the outside when he has two blockers and two men to beat on the outside. Terrible runback. Should've been lined up deeper (he was lined up for a 35-40 yard punt) and bad vision.|
|FSU||FSU46||1:38||4th and 16||punt/33||FC||7-0|
|Punt to the 21. Lowry has to run up from the 10, and fair catches. Understandable considering the previous kick was to the 10.|
|FSU||FSU20||9:42||4th and 19||punt/36||FC||7-0|
|Punt, fair caught by Lowry (-) at the 44. Lowry had a lane to his right. Shouldn't've fair caught.|
|Kickoff to the FSU1. #88 (?) Darling (-) completely whiffs a block, forcing King to pick it up, and preventing him from blocking FSU#83, who makes the tackle at the PSU12|
|FSU||FSU5||0:23||4th and 8||punt/55||FC||7-13|
|Punt to FSU40. Lowry was lined up ~FSU45. Fair caught.|
|Kick to the 5. Kilmer (-) gets burned by a spin move, and Kinlaw is brought down at the 20.|
|FSU||FSU46||12:55||4th and 5||punt/46||DOWN||14-13|
|Punt to the 21. Bounces to the PSU8, Lowry (-) lets it go. Bad choice - he wasn't that close to the end zone.|
|FSU||PSU47||8:55||4th and 7||punt/34||DOWN||14-13|
|Punt to the PSU18, left. Lowry is lined up right and has no chance to do anything on it. Bounces to the PSU13.|
|FSU||PSU34||5:15||4th and 5||punt/33||DOWN||14-13|
|Lowry lined up at the 10 (!?) and someone lets the left gunner by them completely (giving up at the 15?!) allowing him to catch it at the 1.|
|Free kick to the FSU49, bounces to the PSU43, where Hahn almost makes a play for it. King picks it up at the PSU35 and cuts to the FSU46. Hall (-) pointlessly block to the left, but King avoids the tackle anyway. Hahn (+) makes a nice block to gain a few more yards. Double personal fouls offsetting after a shouting match.|
|PSU||PSU40||10:36||4th and 5||punt/51||29||0-0|
|Punt to the FSU9. Gunners forced away from the play. E.Z. Smith (-) has nowhere near enough speed to cut FSU#26 down before being brought down at the 38|
|Kickoff to the FSU3. Runback to FSU 38. Norwood (-) reads the wrong person as kickoff returner and takes a terrible angle, allowing a cutback to the right. Lowry saves the play by seeing the open lane and immediately taking the angle to the sideline.|
|PSU||FSU47||12:16||4th and 27||punt/33||FC||7-0|
|Punt (-) to the 14, fair caught. Good job in coverage, but punt was short.|
|PSU||PSU43||8:09||4th and 11||punt40||18||7-0|
|Punt to FSU17. Gunners forced away from the play. E.Z. Smith (-) takes a poor angle, missing the tackle. Downed at FSU35.|
|PSU||PSU36||4:31||4th and 18||punt/50||86, TD||7-7|
|Punt to FSU14. Gunner takes the wrong angle, but the real killer here is one FSU defender blocking Hahn, Lee (-), and E.Z. Smith. Of course, he does this via a block in the back to Hahn, which frees him to block E.Z. Smith just as the defender cuts by him. No official was really in a position to see it, unfortunately. Kapinos (-) takes a horrible angle.|
|PSU||PSU13||3:10||4th and 9||punt/46||3||7-7|
|Punt (-) to PSU46, bounce to FSU41. Kilmer makes a nice open field tackle, but the bouncing punt is the reason for the lack of advance. Returner falls forward to FSU43.|
|PSU||PSU43||0:52||4th and 8||punt/40||OB||7-13|
|Punt (+) to FSU 3. Out of bounds.|
|PSU||KO/59||end of half||14-13|
|Kick to the 6. Zemaitis takes a correct angle and forces him to the outside and OB. No bad grades because of end of half.|
|PSU||PSU11||14:02||4th and 19||punt/48||DOWN||14-13|
|Punt to the FSU48, bounces to the FSU41. No, the ball didn't touch the FSU defender, not that it mattered as FSU would've recovered anyway. Downed by PSU. Good job by Johnson (+), Kilmer (+) blowing by their blockers (finally).|
|PSU||PSU15||10:40||4th and 3||punt/45||10||14-13|
|Punt to the FSU40. Gunners are blocked and stumble. Lee (+) makes a good open field tackle at the 50.|
|PSU||PSU19||7:01||4th and 4||punt/43||22||14-13|
|Punt to FSU38. Gunner misses the initial hit, and T. Shaw (-) takes a poor angle. Hahn might get a minus here except there might be a block in the back on him. Poz, Kilmer make tackle at PSU40.|
|PSU||PSU4||3:38||4th and 7||punt/38||-10||14-13|
|Punt to the PSU39, bounces to the PSU42. T. Shaw (-) slips trying to correct a bad angle. Block in the back (called) prevents Hahn from making the tackle.|
|PSU||FSU46||0:04||4th and 6||punt/39||DOWN||14-13|
|Nice punt (+) to the FSU7. Downed by PSU.|
That Lowry guySigh. What to write. Lowry had been bad as a punt returner all year, and we know that. Thankfully, I can say convincingly that a lot of the problems in this game with returns were due to shockingly bad decisions by Lowry. And to Lowry's defense, I have to say that FSU's punting was incredibly erratic, making gauging distances difficult. But lining up at the 10 when the offense is on the PSU34 is just silly, and when the blocking actually worked, Lowry cut the wrong direction. I don't know if where Lowry needs to line up is his own choice, or the coach's. If it's the coach's, then we need a special teams coach. Badly.
King showed very good running on the free kick return. I can't fault Kinlaw, as his only return chances were thwarted by crappy blocking. Still, King also didn't have wonderful blocking on his only return, and he showed a bit more dexterity in dodging tacklers. King should get a shot as a punt returner - the only concern there is catching the ball, though.
We still really need a special teams coach, though. Giving up on staying with the gunner is completely unforgivable - on one play, if they had stayed with him just five more yards, it's conceivable he wouldn't've been able to down the ball at the 1.
Coverage teamsCrap. I have to talk about these? Shoot. This is the harder part. Kilmer was a special teams maven all season, and did a great job as a gunner bringing down the returner. Uh. Not so much today. Which is unfortunate, as he's leaving, and the rest of the coverage group doesn't appear to be that good. Shaw took a poor angle twice, which gave up a 22 yard return, and would've given up another long one if the refs hadn't seen Hahn's block in the back.
Was Kilmer struggling because he was being used so much on offense? That'd make sense to me, but I really hope Penn State can find a gunner who won't be forced out so easily next year. Norwood/Johnson were both pretty much completely ineffective, either being blocked away from the play, choosing the wrong guy, or whiffing completely on the initial hit.
The punt return for a TD was a disaster, as you can see above. There was no initial block in the back to the gunner (can't read number) who took the wrong angle. But it does look like Hahn was blocked in the back, and fell into Lee, which freed up the defender to take out Smith. That kinda cleared things up for the punt returner.
Okay, so Kelly can't kick under pressure yet. Got it. Comprende. Message received. Again. Kickoff length was fine. Kapinos's punts were in the mid-40s all day, but the gunners can't handle that much length. He's got to learn to adjust to them better. Anything over high 30s, low 40s gave the gunners trouble.
Offense up maybe tomorrow, maybe not till next week. Defense up after that. Sorry to keep everyone waiting. I do promise that there'll be some useful information about next year's roster there.