NINE-from-NINE: Woestmann keeps fighting and drops Glennon

Aug 22, 2013

Vanderbilt had a historic season in 2012, finishing 9-4 overall and winning the Music City Bowl. The nine wins were the most by a Vanderbilt team since 1915. In the coming weeks, will relive each win by highlighting one play from every game. To get a better understanding of the play, we watched each highlight with the featured player and had him take us through the moment.

Woestmann Sacks Mike Glennon

Dec. 31, 2012
Vanderbilt 38, NC State 24
Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.)

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Determination and effort can be a great equalizer as well as a divider between players. Vanderbilt defensive end Kyle Woestmann provided Exhibit A for just how valuable a strong determination and great work ethic can be with his red-zone sack of NC State's Mike Glennon in the Music City Bowl.

At the time of Woestmann's sack, Vanderbilt had the momentum in the game with a 31-14 lead late in the third quarter. However, NC State was driving and had reached Vanderbilt's 7-yard line.

A touchdown by the Wolfpack would make it a 10-point game, and potentially provide a spark heading into the final quarter.

After an incomplete pass by Glennon on first down, the senior again dropped back on second down. With no one open, Glennon surveyed the field for what seemed like ages, took a few steps forward, stopped and then was clocked from behind by Woestmann.

Woestmann was pushed behind the pocket by his blocker, but he stuck with the play and never gave up. He was rewarded for his determination and effort with a quarterback sack and a forced fumble, which NC State recovered.

NC State's third-down attempt also failed and the Wolfpack settled for a field goal to keep it a two-possession game.

In His Words
Woestmann Breaks it Down

Setting the Scene: We ran a play where our two D-tackles drop out, basically to pick up shallow crossers. Immediately, we get a two-way go and it's kind of work whatever you want and just get to the quarterback.

A Game of Seconds: The ball's snapped, and [NC State quarterback Mike Glennon] wasn't able to get off a quick pass because our D-tackles were dropping right into his window. It's kind of like the check downs of the hot routes. The left tackle actually took a great set (against me), but I managed to pin his hands and turn the corner. Also, Colt [Nichter] and Rob [Lohr] did a great job of freezing [Glennon] because they had taken away the two passes he was looking for, so it made him hang onto the ball that extra second. That gave me just enough time to get there and get the sack, despite having to battle through a good pass set and a good job by the left tackle. It was more of a coverage sack from our DTs.

Relentless Pursuit: I watch a lot of NFL players and top college guys. A lot of the sacks you see, honestly in my opinion in the NFL, are purely based off effort. There will come plays in the game where you just whoop the offensive tackle and get a good sack; it's clean; it's beautiful. I had a couple of those with a speed rush where I just beat him off the ball and he didn't get set deep enough, and I can just turn the corner and make the play.

Most of the time, you just have to keep working and working. He actually cut me off at set point. We hit about four and a half yards, but the only thing was that I managed to pin both of his hands into his chest and flip my hips right around. Then, it was just if Glennon was going to hang onto the ball long enough for me to get there and sack him, which Colt and Rob made him do, so I was able to get a forced-fumble sack.

Secondary Locks it Down: He held the ball for like three seconds right there. They say you have roughly two seconds to get the quarterback, or he's getting the ball off. So when they can make him hold the ball for three to four seconds, there's no reason it shouldn't be a sack every time, otherwise I'm not doing my job. The secondary did a great job the entire game of making Glennon have to read through all of his options. It bought me more time to rush the passer; if my first move didn't work out, I had enough time to make a counter move.

Keeping the Momentum on VU's Side It was definitely a good swing of momentum. Any time you can get a big hit on the quarterback, it always provides a great momentum swing. It was 31-14 with over a quarter of football left to play, so had NC State scored a touchdown, it would have been a 10-point game with a full quarter left. Instead, it was 31-17 and they didn't feel like they were nearly as close. We went down and scored again to make it 38-17 and pretty much put the nail in the coffin.

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