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Florida State football: Mike Norvell talks after loss to NC State

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“Unfortunately weren’t able to finish it off in the fourth. Third downs really killed us tonight.”

Syndication: Tallahassee Democrat Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat / USA TODAY NETWORK

Florida State football fell to 3-6 with a 28-14 loss to NC State tonight. The Seminoles were shut out in the first half, but fought back to make it a one-score game in the fourth quarter. Timely plays cost the Seminoles as they went 2-16 on third down on offense. They also allowed the Wolfpack to convert eight of 18 third downs. After the loss, head coach Mike Norvell spoke to the media. Here’s some of what he had to say:

On team’s effort: “I was pleased with the response our guys had in the second half... Unfortunately weren’t able to finish it off in the fourth. Third downs really killed us tonight.”

“This team has fought, this team has responded. We have to be more consistent to finish off games.”

“I don’t question these guys hearts or determination, we just have to work to continue to get better.”

On defense: “Missed tackles allowed some explosive plays and one coverage bust, that was something we had stayed away from last couple of weeks.”

On availability issues due to the flu: “Hopeful to get (Jordan Travis) back soon. Challenging week for everybody. In the community, there was a sickness that spread and just really made it challenging. 25 or so guys missed some practice.”

“There were times we literally had one player at a position group... You see the kids and how they’re trying to respond and how much they care. I told them in pre-game how proud of them I was.”

On first half offense: “We’ve got to go out there and execute at a higher level. Too many three-and-outs early, just wasn’t any effectiveness.”

“It was kind of a mixture of all. We want to establish the run game, obviously that didn’t happen.”

On McKenzie Milton: “I thought McKenzie responded well. He did a good job in that response in what he was doing and how he was trying to operate.”

On decision to go for it on fourth-and-four late: “It became a possessions game. I thought our defense was doing a nice job... Just with the time and how the game was playing, wanted to be aggressive.”

On facing Miami next week: “Each game that we play is a big game. No doubt about it, this next week is huge for our program. It’s one of the greatest rivalries in college football.”

“I don’t question these guys hearts or determination, we just have to work to continue to get better.”

On onside kick: “It was trying to seek that spark. Great execution by Parker and it really did give us a jolt. It was what we needed.”

For Norvell’s full presser (Via FSU sports information), see below: