UNC's turbo package - otherwise known as its diamond set - is essentially an inverted wishbone look with the quarterback in the pistol with backs flanking him on both sides. While UNC has utilized the package this season with Williams at quarterback to provide extra blockers in the run game, it's also an effective set for passing purposes.
"One of the luxuries of that package is that if you do commit bodies, you create 1-on-1 matchups outside," Anderson told InsideCarolina.com this week. "That’s why a lot of people use it. The ability for Marquise to run the ball like he does creates another dynamic to that package. A lot of people have a pocket quarterback back there. The ability for him to run the ball, along with the set itself, creates some issues. So it’s been effective for us and it does create some 1-on-1’s. If you can take advantage of the 1-on-1’s, it’s an explosive set to use.”
In the initial photo below, Boston College has elected to match numbers - nine vs. nine - in the box as the strong safety moves in once the ball is snapped. By doing so, the Eagles' cornerbacks are forced into man coverage against wide receivers Bug Howard (field side) and Quinshad Davis (boundary side).
Tight end Jack Tabb is set to Williams's left, while tailback T.J. Logan is to his right. At the snap, both players move to the outside of their respective side's tackle to help in pass protection. Note that Boston College has nine defenders within five yards of the line of scrimmage.
“It was a double move, max protection, so initially, he’s picking a side based off of the best look," Anderson said.
UNC's decision to pass has stranded five defenders in no man's land. As both receivers start their out-and-up move at the 10-yard line, you can see Williams has initially locked in on Davis.
"He thought by coverage – and really, by coverage, it was about equal – he was going to take the double move to the boundary," Anderson said.
Solid coverage down the field took away that first option.
"I saw that the boundary corner squatted on Quinshad Davis, so I felt like I had to be patient a little more and poised in the pocket," Williams said.
Williams turns his attention to Howard, who is making his out move on the field side. As the Eagles' defensive front ramps up its pressure, Williams starts to slide to his left to buy extra time.
"He looked boundary, the corner didn’t bite, immediately goes to the other double move," Anderson said. "He kind of moved out of the pocket a little bit more than he should have. It should have been a little more simple. He made it a little bit more difficult than what it was. But really, it’s yes/no, ball goes up. We’re taking a shot all of the way.”
Williams acknowledged that picking up yardage with his feet briefly entered his mind.
"I was going to take off and run, but I was like, ‘No, let’s stay poised,’" he said.
Note how much Williams has shifted to his left since receiving the snap. Since the ball was late getting out, Howard has to break off his route and curl back inside.
"Had we got it out when we were supposed to, it would have just been a vertical throw," Anderson said. "Both guys double moving, but because he held onto it, Bug just didn’t give up on the play and curled around back in.”
With the ball in air, the cornerback defending Howard falls down...
... resulting in a 17-yard touchdown pass play.
"I put it in the back of the end zone where either my receiver could make the catch or nobody could make it," Williams said. "I felt like with him being 6-foot-5 or whatever he is, he’s going to come down with the ball because that’s what he does every day in practice.”
“[Williams] extended the play," head coach Larry Fedora said. "He got pressure, he moved in the pocket, he got outside and instead of running, he’s got his eyes downfield and he finds Bug in the back of the end zone. That’s what he brings to the table.”
Photos by J.B. Cissell