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DawgStats: A Look Back at Notre Dame

Ok.  It’s clear that you guys like video clips more than charts.  Well, with the help of Clark Brooks and his site SEC Stat Cat -I’m going relive the ND game with my video clips and his “offensive scripts.”  

Clark tracks a lot of what I track with you guys, but does it for the entire SEC.  Please enjoy my stuff here, but visit him and follow on Twitter.  Many of you probably follow him already.  He’s given me permission to highlight and use his work here.  

The Notre Dame game was highlighted early and often in the pre-season.  CBS chose it over the LSU-Alabama game for its annual primetime slot – and it drew high ratings.  But, as exciting and electric as the atmosphere was – the offense showed a conservative approach and fairly pedestrian metrics

Let’s get right into the first Drive. I’m missing the first two plays, but Fromm completed two passes to D. Rob for 12 yards and first down.

1 & 10
Run
3  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Zone
2 & 7
Pass
-2  Yards
10 Personnel
Checkdown/Clearout/HB Option/Texas
3 & 9
Pass
-4  Yards
10 Personnel
Screens

UGA’s second Drive. 6 Plays. Simmons gains 18 yards on a rush and a reception.

1 & 10
Run
3  Yards
12 Personnel
Inside Zone
2 & 7
Run
3  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Zone
3 & 4
Pass
9  Yards
10 Personnel
Smash Variations
1 & 10
Run
9  Yards
12 Personnel
2 & 11
Pass
-1  Yards
10 Personnel
Screens
3 & 12
Pass
0  Yards
10 Personnel
Checkdown/Clearout/HB Option/Texas

UGA scores a TD on it’s third possession. Has to be one of the best drives of the season. 8 runs with 5 Successful Plays. Both TE’s involved. And Swift punches it in for the score.

1 & 10
Run
1  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Power Read
2 & 9
Run
9  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Zone
1 & 10
Run
5  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Zone Read
2 & 5
Run
1  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Zone Read
3 & 6
Pass
8  Yards
10 Personnel
Rub Variations
1 & 10
Run
11  Yards
11 Personnel
Outside Power Read
1 & 10
Pass
2  Yards
11 Personnel
Flood Variations
2 & 8
Pass
16  Yards
11 Personnel
Screens
1 & 15
Pass
3  Yards
11 Personnel
Screens
3 & 10
Pass
14  Yards
10 Personnel
Shot Variations
2 & Goal
Run
3  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Zone Read

UGA’s 4th Offensive Drive. 7 plays with a -7 end around run with Landers on 1st and 10 that put the offense behind the sticks and off schedule.

1 & 10
Run
2  Yards
10 Personnel
Inside Zone Read
2 & 8
Pass
12  Yards
10 Personnel
Spacing/Curl+Flat
1 & 10
Run
6  Yards
10 Personnel
Inside Power
2 & 4
Run
10  Yards
10 Personnel
Outside Power Read
1 & 10
Run
-6  Yards
11 Personnel
end around
3 & 16
Run
12  Yards
10 Personnel
Draw

UGA’s final drive of 1st Half. 3 Plays. 14 Yards and a FG. Sorry don’t add kicks to my database. Will next year.

1 & 10
Pass
8  Yards
12 Personnel
Checkdown/Clearout/HB Option/Texas
2 & 17
Pass
6  Yards
10 Personnel
Curl+Seam/Hoss/Comebacks
3 & 11
Pass
0  Yards
11 Personnel
Shot Variations

Dawgs only have 4 drives in second half. But Hot Rod puts three more on the board. Herrien gets us going with a 16 yard… wait for it… an inside zone read run. It worked… good times

1 & 10
Run
16  Yards
10 Personnel
Inside Zone Read
1 & 10
Pass
19  Yards
11 Personnel
Switch Variations
1 & 10
Pass
12  Yards
10 Personnel
Curl+Seam/Hoss/Comebackss
1 & 10
Pass
5  Yards
10 Personnel
Slant Variations
2 & 5
Run
1  Yards
02 Personnel
Wildcat Inside Power
3 & 4
Pass
0  Yards
10 Personnel
Shot Variation

Dawgs seventh drive. Cager TD. Trio of Cager, Swift, and Pickens that lit up Sanford with this touchdown, when healthy, could’ve…. sigh…



1 & 10
Run
7  Yards
10 Personnel
Inside Zone Read


2 & 3
Run
10  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Zone


1 & 10
Run
10  Yards
10 Personnel
Inside Power
1 & 10
Run
1  Yards
10 Personnel
Inside Zone Read
2 & 9
Pass
36  Yards
10 Personnel
All Verts
1 & 15
Run
8  Yards
11 Personnel
2 & 7
Pass
0  Yards
11 Personnel
Shot Variations
3 & 7
Pass
15  Yards
10 Personnel
Shot Variations

The 8th drive ended in somewhat of a controversial play call. Coach Smart electing to attempt a long (and successful FG) over trying to convert on 4th and short. Getting the first down runs more clock and potentially ices the game. But, Dawgs go the 3 points.

1 & 10
Run
15  Yards
11 Personnel
Outside Zone
1 & 10
Run
2  Yards
12 Personnel
Outside Zone
2 & 8
Pass
15  Yards
10 Personnel
Curl+Seam/Hoss/Comebacks
1 & 10
Run
0  Yards
11 Personnel
Inside Zone Read
2 & 10
Run
0  Yards
10 Personnel
Outside Zone
3 & 10
run
9  Yards
10 Personnel
Pivot/Twig/Dag

UGA’s last drive was perplexing. The third-down was scary on the mishandles snap on the “all vert” play. But, as much as I like trying to get the ball to Pickens… I would have like to have seen it called earlier in the series. Run clock or challenge downfield when they are expecting you to run down the clock. Dawgs win after DJ Daniel BATS THE BALL DOWN on ND’s last-ditch pass.

1 & 10
Run
-4  Yards
12 Personnel
9 Z Jet Fake 2 Slam
2 & 14
Run
-1  Yards
10 Personnel
Inside Zone Read
3 & 9
Pass
0  Yards
10 Personnel
All Verts

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