Jimbo Fisher: Pain is preparation

Updated: October 22, 2013, 5:12 PM ET
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher wants his team to remember the pain from its first loss last year, a setback that knocked the Seminoles out of national championship contention.

The Seminoles had risen to No. 3 after the first five weeks then promptly lost to NC State, 17-16, on a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 16 seconds remaining.

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Ethan Hyman/Getty ImagesOne season later, this N.C. State game-winning touchdown with 16 seconds remaining still haunts Florida State. Said DE Christian Jones: "We felt horrible after that game last year. ... We don't want to feel like we did last year in the locker room."

The third-ranked Seminoles (6-0, 4-0 ACC) are No. 2 in the BCS Standings as the Wolfpack visit Saturday, and Fisher hopes that memory will help his team's focus.

"Feel that pain," Fisher said. "Pain is preparation. You want that pain again? Don't prepare. You want to eliminate that pain? Prepare and take care of your business."

NC State (3-3, 0-3) is the lone ACC program with a winning record against Florida State under Fisher. This is the next step in the program's return to annual championship relevance, he said.

"We actually started talking about it as soon as we got done with the Clemson game," FSU defensive end Christian Jones said. "We felt horrible after that game last year. ... That kind of sticks with us even throughout this season.

"It motivates us a lot. ... We don't want to feel like we did last year in the locker room."

The nation's No. 3 scoring offense, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, hasn't been held to less than 41 points. The No. 3-ranked scoring defense has allowed more than 14 points just once.

"The good thing is our players have played against them and played well against them," NC State coach Dave Doeren said. "So we know if we do things right, we have a chance to win in this football game."

FSU linebacker Telvin Smith hasn't forgotten. NC State may be sandwiched in between No. 9 Clemson and No. 7 Miami, but the Wolfpack have proven more dangerous than either the last three years.

"I haven't rewatched it, it's just like yesterday that it happened," Smith said. "I know what it felt like. I was on the field. I saw him catch it. ... I vividly remember that."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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