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Willie Taggart says Florida State is ‘still learning to win’ after OT victory vs. ULM

We would have never guessed.

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Florida State blew a double-digit halftime lead for the second-straight week.

Unlike last game against Boise State, though, the Seminoles escaped their home field without a loss on Saturday,

For head coach Willie Taggart, that’s part of the process of FSU learning how to win games.

“The football team is still learning how to win, and they found a way tonight to get a W,” he said following Florida State’s 45-44 win over Louisiana-Monroe. “It wasn’t pretty, but our guys did find a way.”

Taggart said the win was a step into getting the program back, and then gave credit to his team for locking in and not folding when adversity rose, and said that they’ll celebrate the win for 24 hours, then move on.

He explained away the defensive struggles in the second half as penalty related, though the Seminoles were only penalized once on the defensive side of the ball (Dontavious Jackson’s personal foul in the fourth quarter) in the second half and only four times total.

Taggart also clarified a timeout that Florida State called before punting with 1:05 left in the game, saying he did so to prepare the team against a potential punt block.

He also identified Jauan Williams’ injury during the game as an ankle injury, though he said he hadn’t been fully briefed on the severity of the injury by the training staff yet.

To watch Taggart’s full press conference following Florida State’s first win of the season, you can head here or watch below:

ULM Postgame Conference: Willie Taggart

Florida State Seminoles Football head coach Willie Taggart discusses Seminoles narrowly escaping ULM

Posted by on Saturday, September 7, 2019