Florida vs Miami: Defensive Compendium, Detail, Analysis
The Florida Seminoles’ defense held firm against the Miami Hurricanes Saturday night, taking caller Tyler Van Dyck and “Kans” signal below 30 points. Knowles’ defense was led by another non-arrogant Jermaine Johnson. Johnson terrorized Van Dyck all night, as he finished off the final count streak with seven tackles, including five for a three-sack loss and a mandatory trip.
Johnson’s drive is also incredible and he’s been emulating on the field this season. This kind of leadership has been invaluable to a rebuilding program trying to re-establish championship standards and Johnson is quickly entering the Seminole area of legend.
“They must have thought I was tired. But I knew I had some in the tank and like I said, I didn’t want to let my team down. I felt I could give our defense the best chance if I stayed on the field, rather than out. So I stayed in the game, and tried to achieve something” https://t.co/IXtiHUeAeT
– Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) November 14, 2021
Let’s break it down.
- The defense dominated Miami early on, forcing three turnovers and allowing FSU to advance to 14-0 (which arguably should have been much bigger).
- Miami’s top five drives: three and out, interception, interception, strip bag stammering, three and out.
- 1.6: Miami yards per game in the first quarter, on 20 plays. Wonderful.
- New defensive linebacker Amarion Cooper played very well, especially considering that Miami were chasing him early and often and thought they could benefit from his youth and inexperience.
Duke Cooper, per PFF, was targeted 8 times last night.
Only 2 shots allowed at 17 yards. 1 for TD.
But he also had 1 IQ, 3 PBU and allowed the NFL rating to pass 39.6.
For context, this is the passer rating you get when you throw the ball away. PFF score 88.9.
– Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) November 14, 2021
- Miami rebounded from its awful start, posting 6.3 yards per game on 15 plays and was rewarded with a touchdown.
- Miami also went after Jarvis Brownlee, and their only result in the second quarter was helped by an explosive game from 45 yards. Brownlee had a bad game.
- Miami was also much better in the third drop this quarter, coming in at 3/4.
- Miami dominated the third quarter, but it wasn’t due to the fall of FSU’s offense. They still gave up 6.1 yards per game on 20 plays, but FSU’s attack could only manage 2.2ypp, so it looked worse than it did. However, Miami scored another score and was more consistent in executing explosive plays.
- Jashaun Corbin’s delivery confusion created Miami’s only TD for the quarter, with ‘Canes’ starting in an excellent field position at the FSU 38-yard line. A tough place to defend, and all it took was one 18-yard pass from Van Dyke to get them in position to punch it.
- In the next car in Miami, they had plays of 33 and 29 yards. FSU eventually forced them to score a field goal but a bad penalty on Brownlee squandered a wasted attempt and gave Miami life. In the next play in the fourth from down, Van Dyck immediately hit the Charleston Rambo over Brownlee for 19 yards. Miami will complete the comeback and hit it in the end zone at the start of the fourth quarter, finally topping 21-20.
The fourth quarter
- Miami’s offense peaked in efficiency per game in the fourth, achieving 7.5 ypp in 15 plays. However, they were 0/2 on the third down. Unfortunately, they were also 2/2 in 4 touchdowns.
- On Miami’s next run after TD to open the fourth quarter, Van Dyck hit Rambo for 15, raced for 19, was fired by Johnson for 9, then called in with Jaylan Knighton with 35 points and a mark to give Miami 8 with 11 minutes left. However, Miami will not score again.
- Miami’s next leads: four and an out, the final push with just 26 seconds in which Van Dijk hit the ball by mistake and ended the match. It’s cool, I didn’t know the rule either. FSU’s offense did a good job of keeping Miami’s offense off the court this quarter, chewing up more than 9 minutes of the hour.
- Average yards per game allowed: 5.1 over 70 plays, a very good performance by FSU’s defense against a good attack in a rivalry game. Total 359 yards of offense.
- Van Dyke finished 25/47 for 316 yards, 4 TDs and 2 INTs. He would probably be a good person.
- The FSU defense halted Miami’s rushing attack to 43 yards in 23 attempts, only 1.9 per carry.
- Third down transfers: 6/16 in the third touchdown, but allowed Miami to go 4/4 in the fourth touchdown.
- Best Defensive Player: Without a doubt Jermaine Johnson who broke the rock after the match. The impact on this team on and off the field cannot be overstated. However, I should also mention Imron Cooper, who played very well against a good receiving team. Robert Cooper also played well. Akim Dent has played better lately.