Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher responded on Monday to North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren, who suggested that the Seminoles were faking injuries to slow the Wolfpack's up-tempo offense, by saying that Doeren did not know what he was talking about, according to Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel.
Doeren's statement came after his team's near-upset of the reigning national champions on Saturday. NC State led early, which he attributed to his team's rate of play:
"The tempo we had (in the first quarter) was working until all the crazy fall down things were going on and the clock kept stopping," Doeren said. "You know the refs can't do anything about that, but it's horrible the way the tempo gets slow downed by these injuries. We went fast in the first-quarter, I guess there were no fake injuries."
Florida State scored 21 points in the second half to overcome the Wolfpack's early advantage. Despite a 24-7 deficit after the first quarter, the Seminoles were able to secure their 20th consecutive win.
Jameis Winston led the team through the air with 365 yards, including 125 yards and one touchdown to Rashad Greene, and 109 yards and two scores to Jesus Wilson. Karlos Williams added 126 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. The Wolfpack offense was powered by quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who had 359 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-48 passing, but yielded two fumbles.
Both teams entered the game undefeated, and N.C. State's loss is its ninth-straight conference defeat.
Doeren's criticism was not limited to the game's pacing. After the game he said Florida State's offensive line was guilty of "unbelievable holding...that apparently is invisible."
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