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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
FSU rides roller coasters in big games

By Andrea Adelson

We have seen Florida State dominate the likes of Wake Forest and Boston College at home.

But what happens when the games get a little bit tougher?

Devonta Freeman
Running back Devonta Freeman says this FSU team, when playing well in both halves, is dangerous.
Florida State has yet to put together a complete game. I present to you what the Noles have done in their three toughest ACC tests so far this season.

Test 1: Clemson
Test 2: at NC State
Test 3: at Miami

After the Miami game, coach Jimbo Fisher and players were asked about the sluggish start. Many chalked it up to the rivalry and emotion of the moment, but this also seems to be somewhat of a trend. Florida State has been a "tale of two halves" kinda team in its biggest games to date.

Each game has its own unique set of circumstances, of course. There were questionable calls in the Miami game, and the Noles also lost Thompson for the season. Fisher was not about to start dwelling on negatives.

"I kept saying that we overcame," he said during his news conference. "We had two fumbles early, which is very uncharacteristic for us, but we did. We overcame penalties –- move on. We overcame losing our best offensive football player. Overcame that –- move on. Still, had 450 yards of offense and scored over 30 points. We could have had 50 (points) and 600 (yards) if you get all the plays called back. We fix that. That wouldn’t have been done here in the past. Good teams don’t always do that. I was very proud with that. That’s what good teams do -- you fight through these games and that’s why I was very proud of this team. They overcame a lot of things that they always weren’t in control of. Some things they inflicted on themselves, some things they didn’t. That’s what you forget about -- which causes things to run smoothly... you’re execution. There are elements of the game that you can’t control and you’ve got to fight through those things."

Still, the potential for an even better Florida State is out there somewhere, given some of the glimpses we have seen. If Florida State can put a complete game together ...

"It’s scary," running back Devonta Freeman said. "When we’re clicking every play in both halves, it’s dangerous."