Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/24/12

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01: Offensive coordinator and future head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles walks the sidelines while taking on the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida State defeated West Virginia 33-21 in Bobby Bowden's last game as a head coach for the Seminoles. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FLa. Jimbo Fisher said that Saturdays game was about Florida State playing Florida. He said it was a top-10 showdown and not meant to serve as a statement in the polls, computer rankings or Bowl Championship Series. Florida State lost on all accounts Saturday. The Seminoles lost at home, where they were 6-0 this season. They turned the ball over five times, including three interceptions and a fumble from senior EJ Manuel. Elite teams win games like these, at home against their rivals, with everything at stake. Fisher said that this game didnt have added national significance, but Florida States players admitted that there was frustration over the teams No. 10 spot in the BCS. Florida State may be playing for the Atlantic Coast Conference title next week against Georgia Tech, but the Seminoles showed Saturday that they are flawed and definitely arent one of the best teams in college football. BCS No. 4 Florida had three fourth-quarter touchdowns, touchdown runs by Mike Gillislee and Matt Jones, and a Quinton Dunbar pass from Jeff Driskel, as the Gators defeated Florida State 37-26 on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. We had opportunities in the football game, and we didnt take advantage of them, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. They blew some, and we were able to make some plays back and forth, but they made more plays than us in the end. Going into Saturday, Florida State had the nations top defense in terms of total yards allowed, rushing defense and third-down conversion percentage. The Seminoles were fifth in scoring defense and fifth in passing defense. Against the Gators, a team that has struggled offensively the past four games, Florida State allowed 244 rushing yards. Florida (11-1) pounded away at FSU, rushing 47 times and averaging 5.2 yards per carry. And the Gators converted on 8 of 15 third-down opportunities. Nearly double what Florida State had been allowing this season. Florida State had allowed just three teams to surpass the 100-yard rushing mark, and their previous season-high allowed was 136 to Clemson. We werent expecting that to happen, senior defensive tackle Everett Dawkins said. I dont know what it is but we are going to get it fixed. We still have two more games to play. We have to get it fixed. Theres no way that a Florida State defense can let that happen again. And it wasnt just the ground game. Florida threw for just 150 yards 147 from Jeff Driskel but at key moments, Florida State couldnt come through with a stop. On one situation in the third quarter, Florida State had Florida in a third-and-14 situation, but Driskel completed a 21-yard pass over the middle to Jordan Reed. Florida States defense had its moments, including 3.5 sacks by Bjoern Werner. But this was a defense that kept allowing the previously anemic Gators to convert on third down. The Seminoles cant win games like this, not with this many turnovers. Not with the defense falling short like this. They cant send a message to voters like this. They have played just two top-25 teams this season Clemson and Florida and allowed 37 points in both games. Florida State was building toward something special, players felt. The Seminoles had won five games in a row, and they had hoped that a win over BCS No. 4 Florida would catapult them in the BCS. But now, the Seminoles (10-2) must regroup and prepare for the ACC championship game on Dec. 1. A win there would give the program its first conference title since 2005. Weve got to recover, Fisher said. We have a lot to play for. Hes right there is still a lot to play for. And theres a chance for win No. 12 in the Orange Bowl, a total Florida State hasnt had since 1999. It wouldnt be a dreary season for Florida State. But it also wouldnt be the kind of year that Fisher & Co. had pictured.
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