Tempers flare as FSU loses another close game

by Gary Shelton on October 22, 2017 · 0 comments

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Another game lost, and the frustration is showing at Florida State.

Shortly after the Seminoles lost their most recent game, a 31-28 decision to Louisville, a fan yelled down toward FSU coach Jimbo Fisher: “New coaches! New coaches!” Coach Jimbo Fisher yelled back to “bring you a-- down here and say that!”

And so it goes after the Seminoles fell to a 2-4 record overall. Disappointment is all around. The Seminoles keep losing.

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"It’s not frustration, just, 'Hey, listen, be supportive,'” Fisher said of the interaction after the game. “There’s no reason to be nasty. I shouldn’t have said something.

"But at the same time, (I’m) defending players and people you’re with. I’m in charge of them, and I love them like a father. If they say something about your family, you take up for it.”

Still, a certain amount of fan frustration is to be understood. This FSU team was supposed to compete for the post-season. Instead, it lost another close one, 31-28, to the Cardinals. Hey, it was frustration that led FSU to firing Bobby Bowden and turn things over to Fisher to start with.

"Are you going to be a real fan or not?” Fisher said. “Just keep fighting with us. We ain’t quitting on you. Please don’t quit on us. We’re going to keep fighting, scratching, coaching and playing, and you see the heart and desire of those kids.

"I understand you’re going to get on us [coaches]. That’s part of the business. That’s part of life. I understand that. … There ain’t no quit in us either. We’re right there. We just have to find a way to get it.”

The Seminoles again played well in the fourth quarter, coming back from a two-touchdown deficit. FSU was driving for the winning points when freshman quarterback James Blackman fumbled – his third turnover of the game.

"Anytime you have your defense playing its guts out and the offense is firing on all cylinders, when something like that happens it really hurts,” center Alec Eberle said. “Our backs were against the wall, trying to make the comeback. We weren’t going to give up. We were going to make the comeback and try and win that game.

That hurts a lot when something like that happens.”

Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, ran for 178 yards to lead the Cardinals.

Blackman had 248 yards passing for FSU.

"I've been through ups and downs in life," Fisher said. "That's part of it. Keep looking at myself to see what I can do better. As a head coach you're in charge of it. You've got to find a way to find those inches and put them in better position, get your coaches to get them in better position and coach everything and run the organization the way it is. And that's my job.

"We've got to keep fighting."


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