FSU Fisher Looks to Improve his Team’s Focus after Slip Up

“Any time you’re a leader you have to look at yourself first and say, ‘Did I make the right call?'” Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher stated. “After seeing the video, [NC State] was in what we thought they were in, doing exactly what we thought they were doing. It’s not blame. We just didn’t execute.”

 

By Marcus Joseph, Franchise Sports

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State dropped to No.12 in the Associated Press poll and No.11 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll after losing their first game of the season to NC State, 17-16, on the road.

Florida State rose to No. 3 in the AP poll last week, which was the highest ranking for a Seminole team since the 2000 team, who was ranked No.1 in the nation on October 1, 2000.

“We just didn’t execute,” said Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher on Monday after evaluating game film. “We controlled the ball, and controlled the field position. It was a lack of focus.”

“You got to focus all of the time,” Fisher also said. “Every play is important. You don’t know which one will determine the outcome of the game.”

On offense, Florida State was only able to gain a total of 343 yards of total offense against the Wolfpack, which is currently their lowest total of the season.  On the ground, FSU only picked up a total of 125 yards, and starting QB EJ Manuel only passed for a total of 218 yards on 17-of-30 passes.

On defense, the Seminoles limited the Wolfpack to a total of 259 yards and two touchdowns passes on offense. He threw the ball for a total of 55 times. The Noles’ gave up a total of 290 yards and four touchdown passes in the game against Clemson their highest this season.

The Florida State defense did not allow for NC State QB Mike Glennon to throw for another career best two weeks straight, or anywhere near the numbers he gained against Miami. But, allowed him to steal the win with the game-winning touchdown throw that was set up by a blocked Carson Beatty punt.

“You can’t have a punt blocked,” Fisher said. “That’s two [blocks this season]. Nobody gets a punt blocked anymore.”

The Seminoles just could not execute in the 2nd half of the game, and the Wolfpack showed that they were hungrier for the much-needed victory.

Florida State was unable to get back on the scoreboard after a third quarter 36-yard field goal by D. Hopkins.

“We tried to prepare them and give them every avenue and scenarios of what could happen,” said coach Fisher on what took place during the half.

Coach Fisher stated that he spoke with his team about coming out of the half with a killer instinct. He also reviewed with them how they played a really good first half, and how they needed to have a good drive to get the ball down the field to get up three scores which would allowed them to take control of the game.

But, Florida State was just unable to get it going in the right direction after the half. And, NC State just

“It was a dream come true to be honest,” NC State Bryan Underwood told reporters. “We’d been working hard all week after last week. We just wanted to come out and fight. We just hung in there and played as a team, that’s all it was.”

The Seminoles will look to correct their errors and regain focus this week in practice as they prepare for Boston College on Saturday. BC is looking for their first win in ACC play after getting off to a 0-2 start. Coach Fisher has lead the Seminoles to straight win’s over the Eagles.

“We still control our own destiny in the ACC,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We have to refocus and not let this loss become two in a row. We let this one slip away from us.”

The Eagles were defeated in their last contest at Army, losing 34-31. They also gave up four rushing touchdowns in their defeat to Army.

Florida State will return home for parents’ weekend. This upcoming game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m.

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