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Mike Norvell speaks after blowout loss to Pitt

“I believe in these guys. I believe in their development. I believe in where we’re going to go.”

Don Juan Moore

Florida State football is now 2-5 after their third 20+ point loss of the season. FSU fell to Pitt by a final score of 41-17 in Doak Campbell Stadium tonight. FSU was outscored 38-3 over the last 50 minutes of game time. Pitt took advantage of FSU’s injuries and self-inflicted mistakes throughout the entire night. Florida State still has four games left this season to correct their issues. Here’s what head coach Mike Norvell had to say after the loss:

On lack of production in second half: “Got kind of overwhelmed by their defensive unit. They did a good job with their pressure. We weren’t able to get anything going in the second half with the way they were attacking us.”

On effort level: “I thought our guys continued to fight. I was really pleased with our defense on that goal line stand.”

“I thought our guys played hard. I didn’t see an effort issue tonight. I thought the guys really worked hard to compete. Their attitude and approach, I was proud of them for it.”

On Jordan Travis: “I thought Jordan was playing well. We had some negative plays that showed up. That was a challenge, we knew we needed to stay out of long down and distances. We have to keep working on our consistency.”

On the loss of Devontay Love-Taylor: “Devontay is our captain up front. He’s been such a consistent player for us and he’s great with communication. When he went down, it continued to thrust youth into the game.”

On decision to go to James Blackman out of half: “Jordan was getting evaluated throughout halftime and when we found out he wasn’t going to be available, we went with James just because of his experience and looking for a spark.”

On Chubba Purdy: “We had a plan to get Chubba in as well when we found out Jordan wasn’t going to be available. It was a challenging situation to get put into as a freshman.”

On the defense: “We missed too many tackles. A couple explosive plays that we can’t have. We have to continue to work consistently to be a better tackling team.”

On fourth down decisions: “We use metrics and analytics in all those situations. It’s a calculated decision. We’re going out there to win the game and to put our guys in the best position to achieve success.”

On injuries on defense: “It does put a challenge on us rotation wise, but it gives guys an opportunity to step up.”

On the week of prep: “I thought the approach they brought into the bye week and the way they’re working to prepare is night and day different. We just have to do a better job of executing in the moment.”

On the future of this team: “These kids, they’re believing. We just have to carry it over to consistency in the game. I believe in these guys. I believe in their development. I believe in where we’re going to go. We’re going to do this the right way. It’s got to be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”