COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Here’s an analysis of three key plays in Florida’s 20-17 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday.
Johnny Manziel’s 11-yard TD run
The score: Florida leading 7-3 in the second quarter.
The situation: First-and-10 at the Florida 11-yard line.
Why it worked: The offensive line creates a push against the left side of UF’s defensive line, there’s good blocking down field, and Manziel makes a would-be tackler miss.
The breakdown: The Aggies are in the pistol formation with an empty backfield. Receiver Mike Evans is lined up near the right sideline. UF CB Marcus Roberson is in press coverage on Evans. The Gators have four down linemen -- DEs Dominique Easley and Lerentee McCray and DTs Omar Hunter and Damien Jacobs. LB Jon Bostic is lined up off McCray’s right hip.
At the snap, C Patrick Lewis blocks Hunter one-on-one and RT Jake Matthews does the same with Easley. RG Cedric Ogbuehi heads to the second level and zeroes in on S Josh Evans, who has walked up closer to the line of scrimmage. It’s a designed QB run for Manziel, who takes off to his right after he sees Lewis and Matthews sealing off the right side.
Evans evades Ogbuehi and comes up to try and make the tackle, but Manziel puts a move on him at the 10 and cuts up the field. Evans makes a diving attempt but misses, and Manziel has an easy walk into the end zone because Evans has locked up Roberson at the goal line.