There are no moral victorys in college football. Neither is one excuse for what this team, and us as loyal fans have had to put up with...but its becoming more of new day wide right or wide left.
There can be many excuses made for what has been hard to handle for anyone with a heart condition with garnet and gold blood. But there is hope for a future in what could be a turn around and easily forgotten past. At once seemed to be destiny when it came to missed field goals against a hated rival is now a easily talked about past time, and a fixed problem.
But what has become a problem over at least the last five years has been how we have played in the clutch, a full 60 minute game, where loses don't happen just at the last minute like it looks like, but throughout a whole game. Will these problems be fixed we just do not know until a new process is fully installed. But what we all can learn is without a long term fixed process with talent, you'll have these bad results.
Close FSU loses over half decade....
Florida State Kicker Dustin Hopkins missed two field goals in the fourth quarter, icluding a 40-yard try with 7 seconds left.
Wilson threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to George Bryan with 2:40 left, then Irving recovered a fumble in the final minute on the Seminoles' final drive to give NC State a 28-24 win in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference division contenders.
Montel Harris broke free up the middle for a 42-yard touchdown run with 4:07 left -- his second score of the game -- and Boston College recovered after blowing an 18-point lead to beat Florida State 28-21 on Saturday.
Harris finished with a career-high 179 yards on 25 carries for the Eagles (4-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). After Boston College stopped the Seminoles (2-3, 0-2) on fourth down with 2:16 left, Harris broke loose for a 39-yard run but then fumbled on the next play.
It went down to the very last play, a pass that Florida State's Jarmon Fortson nearly scooped off the garnet-colored grass in the end zone as time expired. Fortson argued to no avail, replay officials confirmed that he didn't have the ball, and Miami (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) flooded the field that bears Bobby Bowden's name in celebration.
The play designed to give Florida State a last-minute comeback win worked just as coach Bobby Bowden expected -- until Marcus Sims lost the ball.
Sims fumbled into the end zone to finish No. 15 Florida State's comeback hopes in the final minute, and Georgia Tech beat the Seminoles 31-28 on Saturday."It could have been one of the greatest comebacks, but we fumbled it," Bowden said.
Florida State trailed 24-10 in the first half and 31-20 before scoring with 6:04 left.
Georgia Tech safety Cooper Taylor's helmet-to-football hit popped the ball loose on Sims' second-down run from the 3. Rashaad Reid recovered it with 45 seconds left, beating Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and others in the fight for the ball.
But Weatherford and the Seminoles couldn't sustain the rally.
They got to Clemson's 31 with 3 minutes left. But Florida State's junior quarterback threw three incompletions and was taken down from behind by defensive lineman Philip Merling.
Skinner led the Demon Deacons 82 yards in nine plays, converting three third downs during their game-winning drive. The biggest came when Skinner sidestepped a pass rush, stepped forward in the pocket and found Moore, who had a step on cornerback Jamie Robinson at the goal line, for the easy score that put Wake Forest up 21-14 with 6:41 remaining.
Florida State gave the ball right back to Wake Forest on the first play of its ensuing drive, when Chip Vaughn intercepted Xavier Lee's deep pass at the 26. The Demon Deacons milked the clock and set up Sam Swank's 48-yard field goal with 1:40 to play that made it a 10-point game.
Lee scored on a 17-yard run with 17 seconds left to draw the Seminoles within 24-21, but Wake Forest recovered an onside kick to seal it.
The short-handed Seminoles closed to 27-24 with 8:49 left when Cismesia kicked a 24-yard field goal after Lee completed a 55-yard pass to Chris Davis, who finished with eight catches for a career-high 132 yards.
Florida State then forced a punt and took over at its own 15 with 5:30 to go.
It was a daunting situation, but Lee showed plenty of poise by repeatedly finding the open receiver during the final drive. He also received some aid from the Terps, who jumped offside on a fourth-and-1 from the FSU 46.
The Seminoles got to the Maryland 16, but a sack and an incomplete pass preceded the ill-fated field goal try by Cismesia.
The Seminoles (4-3, 2-3 ACC) had their chances late in the game, but couldn't capitalize as they lost a second home conference game in the same season for the first time since joining the ACC 15 years ago.
The outcome was largely settled in the final minute of the first half when Boston College (6-1, 3-1) scored two touchdowns just 31 seconds apart to take a 21-10 lead.
"It's not really surprising to us," said safety DaJuan Morgan, who intercepted a pass from Drew Weatherford in the final minutes to seal the win. "We came into those games (against Akron and Southern Miss) and we didn't have the right mind-set that we have right now. We just believe that we can be No. 1, ACC champs."
And momentum changed dramatically at the end when replay officials overruled a field official's decision on a fumble that had awarded the ball to Florida State. James Davis plunged into the end zone from a yard out with 8 seconds left to give Clemson a 27-20 victory over No. 9 Florida State, Tommy's third win in the last four years over Bobby Bowden.
Enduring one missed kick after another. Finally, in the third overtime, at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Kevin Kelly made a 29-yard field goal, giving Paterno and Penn State a 26-23 victory over Bowden's Florida State Seminoles. Kelly missed field goal attempts of 29 and 38 yards that would have won the game. Paterno calmly patted the freshman's back after the second miss, then sent him back onto the field for another try.
It was second down, and Paterno called for a fake field goal. But Florida State's defensive alignment negated that idea.
Kelly kicked the winner instead.
Interceptions in the final two minutes by A.J. Davis and Garland Heath helped the Wolfpack survive a pair of blocked punts in the final 6:09.
Leading 26-10 entering the final quarter, the Cavaliers led only 26-21 when they stopped the Seminoles (5-1, 3-1) near midfield with 3½ minutes to go.
Hagans then ran for 6 yards before Florida State's Tony Carter was called for pass interference on third down, giving Virginia a badly-needed first down.
After Hagans came up a yard short on the next third-and-7 run, the Cavaliers punted and Florida State got one last chance from its own 26 with 56 seconds left.
Weatherford threw deep downfield, but Franklin was inside the receiver and made the catch. Two downings of the ball brought thousands of students out onto the field.
*courtesy goes to ESPN for there excellent archive coverage.
There is too many missed opportunities. Can we blame the one player, the whole team, or the coach. There actually is no one to blame because it is over with and its what you call history. But we all ask why does history keep repeating itself? Because in my opinion you have to learn from history by not repeating it, learn and move on. If getting back to the basics and reaching our goal means losing... then ill keep taking the loses. But there is no moral victorys in college football...correct? But this isn't a moral victory or excuse, id rather stay with this process and not give up. We seem to not be learning from our past mishaps. So truely what has this team needed to win?
This team needs player leadership. And to follow that leadership through thick and thin. A player to motivate others to win by actions on and off the field. I believe Christian Ponder has the tools to be a great leader, but what's been missing is influence. As what John Maxwell likes to say influence is more important than position when it comes to great leadership, and it seems like to me there's more position than influence going on in our team captains world. And that is what I believe has been missing the most lately.
Regardless of coaching or not, we have been in the majority of our ball games to win the last 5 years+. So in conclusion leadership has been lacking on the field and off, the players play the game and the coach's teach the players not only how to play it but how to lead in life. An old saying can easily be used in regard to all of this, a champion doesn't become a champion in the ring-they are merely recognized there. By leading these players off the field the problem if there is a problem will easily become a past time.
Who is going to buy into the plan, who wants to step up and lead. Id rather take a team of leaders that can follow, than leaders that just want to lead. This can be the new future of FSU if others can decided to step up to also lead by following an example. Or will we just follow into the same history we have set for ourselves. So what do you believe?