BootAnalysis: SJSU Drive Charts (2nd Half)

Here is the second half of a "drive charting" effort from Topher Anderson, football play-by-play announcer for KZSU Sports 90.1 FM. Ed. Note: This commentary offers personal views of the on-field performances of some of Stanford's fine student-athletes. In no way should constructively-intended criticism be deemed as a lack of respect or admiration for our players' obvious desire and commitment.

Stanford vs San Jose State, 15 Sept 2007
  SECOND HALF
  DRIVE 1
  Line Dn Dist Formation R/P Gain Player Play
1 S34 1 10 Ace 2 wide R 12 Gerhart Zone
  A classic zone blocking play that lets Toby pick his hole. Mattran and Fletcher team up to block the nose tackle, then Mattran slips off to block a linebacker. Toby runs off his rear end and runs out of another tackle before being tracked down by the safety. He goes over 100 yards on this play.
 
2 S46 1 10 Ace 3 wide R 8 Gerhart Zone
  Same play as before; Allen Smith opens half the hole by obliterating his DE, while Gerhart runs out of the DT's arm tackle at the line. Brewer gets upfield to make a lane for Toby.
 
3 O46 2 2 I R 2 Ostrander Bootleg
  TC fakes a run left, then rolls to his right. The playside OLB and DE are not fooled and pursue, but TC quickly decides to run and falls forward for the first down.
 
4 O44 1 10 I R 2 Kimble Zone
  Can't tell if this was supposed to be a zone or a lead, but either way Kimble cuts inside, away from an open hole and gets stacked up. A generous spot on the play.
 
5 O42 2 8 I R 12 Gerhart Iso draw
  Marecic leads for Toby and blocks the inside linebacker. Sherman and Fletcher are still blocking ten yards upfield when Toby gets there, with four yards after contact. The draw action takes advantage of a hard-charging DE; Smith skips backwards as if in pass protection, sucking the man to his outside and out of the play.
 
6 O30 1 10 Ace 3 wide P 11 Sherman Hitch
  Sherman runs five yards downfield and turns around; TC anticipates the route opening and delivers the ball with authority. Sherman is wide open underneath a zone coverage and is able to scamper for the first down.
 
7 O19 1 10 Ace 3 wide R 6 Kimble Toss sweep
  Same play as before, with Smith pulling out to block the corner and the two receivers blocking inside. The backside OLB gets all the way to the Kimble before he crosses the line of scrimmage, but Kimble makes a great stop move to get around him.
 
8 O13 2 4 I R 13 Gerhart Iso
  The play initially looks stopped up at the line, but the big uglies clear a hole by the time Toby gets there. Toby shows good discipline in following his blocking, then cuts between crossing blocks by Sherman and Fletcher to the end zone.
 
  DRIVE NOTES: Touchdown. 16-0. 7 runs, 1 pass. Play sequence: RRRRRpRR. No third downs on the drive. The line really took over, and both backs ran with more authority. From this point, the game became a men versus boys contest.
 
  DRIVE 2
  Line Dn Dist Formation R/P Gain Player Play
  S1 1 10 I R -- Gerhart Iso
  Penalty. Not taking any chances, Stanford runs between the tackles to get away from its own goal line. Unfortunately Brewer tackles his man after the ball is away and is called for holding. He could have held off and avoided the penalty, but the line is really taking it to the Spartans.
 
1 S1 1 10 I R 0 Kimble Iso
  Same play for Kimble. This time Brewer's man pushes him back into the hole, stacking up Marecic and Kimble behind him. Kimble's made some questionable cuts tonight, but he's also been the recipient of some suboptimal blocking. Perhaps the line responds better to Toby's physical style?
 
2 S1 2 10 Ace 2 wide R 3 Kimble Zone
  This time Kimble catches a crease and lunges forward for a small gain.
 
3 S4 3 7 Split backs P 11 Bradford Curl
  On a huge third down, TC shows he is up to the task, finding Bradford underneath who sneaks across the first down line. Bradford starts a crossing pattern, then curls up in the zone. The left side of the line is superb, opening a huge passing lane.
 
  S13 1 10 Ace 2 wide Timeout, Stanford
 
4 S13 1 10 Ace 2 wide P Inc Bradford Quick in
  Bradford runs inside the cornerback and is open, but drops the pass.
 
5 S13 2 10 Ace 2 wide R 6 Kimble Zone
  Kimble gets a big hole on the left side. The inside linebacker gets caught in the wash and a safety has to make the tackle.
 
6 S19 3 4 Ace 4 wide P 11 Ladner Hitch
  Ladner is lined up outside Moore as a wide receiver. TC has to throw off his back foot due to a blitzing linebacker and Marinelli's failed block. All alone, Ladner gets the ball at the first downmarker and gets more yardage before being tracked down. A great heads-up play by TC as a weak throw downfield into coverage could easily have been a turnover. Great fill block by Kimble.
 
7 S30 1 10 Ace 3 wide P 3 Ladner Drag
  Ladner comes from across the field to make this catch. Smith and Marinelli give TC tons of time to scan the field and find the open man.
 
8 S33 2 7 Ace 3 wide R 1 Kimble Off tackle
  Marinelli and Fletcher can't drive their men back, and defensive pursuit kills the play.
 
9 S34 3 6 Gun 5 wide P Inc Bradford In
  Smith whiffs on a low block on his pesky defensive end. Under pressure, TC throws across the middle the Bradford, but the pass is behind him.
 
  DRIVE NOTES: Punt. 16-0. 4 runs, 5 passes. Play sequence: RRppRppRp. A real gut-check drive after San Jose State downed a punt at the 1. Great balance on the drive. Another showcase for Ben Ladner, one of the sweetest surprises in an offense that has made room for his versatile skills.
 
  DRIVE 3
  Line Dn Dist Formation R/P Gain Player Play
1 S24 1 10 I P 11 Sherman Hook
  Great blocking on the right side sets up TC's strong throw to Sherman, who makes the catch despite coverage.
 
2 S35 1 10 I R 6 Kimble Iso
  Textbook isolation play, run at a hole between two defensive linemen. Marecic destroys the middle linebacker, and Fletcher reads up to block another linebacker.
 
3 S41 2 4 Ace 3 wide R 13 Kimble Power
  Marecic leads and Brewer pulls to clear a wide path for Kimble. Brewer could have done more if he'd looked inside; he pushes on Marecic's back more than anything, but still a well-executed play.
 
4 O46 1 10 I R 0 Kimble Draw
  Spartan defenders are not fooled by the pass look, plugging the holes and wrapping Kimble up for no gain.
 
5 O46 2 10 I P 46 Sherman Streak
  Seven blockers kept in give TC tons of time to look left and then come back to the right. Sherman breaks free in a cover-2 miscommunication, and TC lays the ball into his arms at the 15 yard line.
 
  DRIVE NOTES: Touchdown. 23-0. 3 runs, 2 passes. Play sequence: pRRRp. Stanford's line has taken complete control of the trenches, leaving the passing game open against a shorthanded secondary.
 
  DRIVE 4              
  Line Dn Dist Formation R/P Gain Player Play
  O14 1 10 Ace 2 wide R 14 Kimble Off tackle
1 A wonderful exchange block by Smith and Marecic opens a huge hole; Sherman seals the deal with another inside block and Kimble dives over the pylon.
 
  DRIVE NOTES: Touchdown. 30-0. Adam Tafralis' misread pass was picked off by Bo McNally to set up the one-play scoring drive. Nice to see Kimble get a touchdown run as explosive as Toby's was.
                 
  DRIVE 5              
  Line Dn Dist Formation R/P Gain Player Play
1 O43 1 10 Ace 2 wide R 5 Stewart Off tackle
  Another redshirt gone as Jeremy Stewart gets good blocking and powers forward for a nice gain.
 
2 O38 2 5 Ace 2 wide R 7 Stewart Zone
  The lines gets a good push, and Stewart cuts back to daylight.
 
3 O31 1 10 I R 4 Stewart Iso
  The line pushes back, but Ladner doesn't get a clean block on his man and Stewart can't escape for a bigger gain. A good first drive for another impressive true freshman.
 
4 O27 2 6 I P 27 Gunder Bootleg throwback
  TC fakes an end-around sweep to Baldwin, then throws the other way to Gunder, who wheeled to the sideline and streaked downfield. (Not THAT kind of streak.) TC puts it right on his hands at the 5 and he walks into the end zone.
 
  DRIVE NOTES: Touchdown. 37-0. 3 runs, 1 pass. Play sequence: RRRp. There was a lot of misdirection on the touchdown, so the argument could be made that Harbaugh's staff was rubbing it in, but in the end the ball was thrown to a reserve who'd never caught a pass. I doubt Tomey, with 40 years in coaching, would begrudge Harbaugh for that.
 
  DRIVE 6
  Line Dn Dist Formation R/P Gain Player Play
1 S23 1 10 Ace 2 wide R 2 Stewart Zone
  All backups in the game now, including Tavita Pritchard. The linemen can't quite hold the blocks, though, and the play stalls.
 
2 S25 2 8 I R 18 Pritchard Bootleg
  Tavita fakes a handoff and bootlegs to the right. The defensive end abandons his outside containment responsibility and Tavita is free down the sideline. Baldwin makes a nice stalk-block on a defensive back.
 
3 S43 1 10 Ace 2 wide R 1 Stewart Zone
  Not much of a push this time. Andrew Phillips' helmet gets ripped off.
 
4 S44 2 9 I R 5 McGraw Delay
  A halfhearted draw fake works out well for Tyrone McGraw, who cuts to daylight outside and picks up yardage.
 
5 S49 3 4 Ace 3 wide P 10 Evans Swing
  Tavita leaves the pocket as if to run, but stops short and finds Evans open on the right. Evans makes the catch at midfield, then runs through two tacklers (one whiffs) and gets a block from Whalen before running over a third man on his way out of bounds.
 
6 O41 1 10 Ace 2 wide R 3 Evans Zone
  A hole opens up the middle and Evans finds it. Bobby Dockter sneaks upfield and takes out a linebacker.
 
7 O38 2 7 Ace 2 wide R -1 McGraw Sweep
  Powers and Baldwin make great seal blocks on the outside, but the inside linebacker cuts around the action and makes the play.
 
8 O39 3 8 Ace 2 wide R 14 McGraw Toss sweep
  Same as the Kimble toss sweep, and even better results against San Jose State's second defense. Ben Muth takes out two defenders at the point of attack, and McGraw runs right past an arm-tackle before slip-sliding down. Wide receiver blocking on outside plays like this one was excellent all game; looks like Harbaugh's public warning to Sherman was heard by the entire receiving corps.
 
9 O25 1 10 I R 3 Evans Power
  Phillips and Josh Catron get physical in the hole, but the overall push is not there.
 
10 O22 2 7 I P Inc Whalen Bootleg
  A dangerous pass by Tavita, who throws to Whalen dragging inside the 10 but doesn't appear to see the safety coming the other way. He's lucky the pass was only batted away.
 
11 O22 3 7 I R 0 Evans Off tackle
  A good block by Catron, but the inside man (Clive Owen?) didn't get his side of the hole protected.
 
12 O22 4 7 I R 6 Evans Iso draw
  Matt Kopa, Phillips and Catron clear a path for Evans, who bursts through the hole but can't pick up enough for the first down.
 
  DRIVE NOTES: Turnover on downs. 37-0. 10 runs, 2 passes. Play sequence: RRRRpRRRRpRR. Valuable experience for the younger players.
 
  DRIVE 7              
  Line Dn Dist Formation R/P Gain Player Play
  S39 1 25 Tight   -2   Victory
  S37 2 27 Tight   -2   Victory
  DRIVE NOTES: End of game, Stanford takes a knee twice. 37-0. A bizarre penalty for illegal participation (12 men on offense?) moved the ball back to start the drive. The first win in the new stadium in seven tries!

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