Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/12/12
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The unofficial motto this week at Florida State has been, Dont let one loss become two. Thats what happened last year, when the Seminoles lost at home to No. 1 Oklahoma and then the free fall continued with road losses to Clemson and Wake Forest. Coming off a humbling 17-16 defeat at NC State on Saturday, Florida State players feel they are focused on Boston College and not suffering the lingering affects of a hangover from the loss to the Wolfpack. Were going to play better; I guarantee, Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene said. From everyone thats a part of this organization. The job is going to get done. Florida State players couldnt get the job done last year, and the Seminoles remember that three-game losing streak from 2011 all too well. The team was beaten up after the emotional home loss to Oklahoma and allowed defensive and special-teams mistakes to contribute to a loss at Clemson. Players then admittedly took Wake Forest for granted. Thats how quickly one loss becomes two. Or three. Weve been in this situation before last year, Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine said. I think we got over it. Ive seen more confident guys, coming better prepared to practice and being more focused and ready. One reason why this year could be different is the leadership in 2012 is stronger. Florida State players returned to Tallahassee early Sunday morning from Raleigh, N.C., and a few defensive players quickly organized an afternoon cookout to help everyone get a mental break from football. But they also held separate team meetings one for offense and another for defense on Sunday and watched the NC State film without Florida States coaches. They didnt like what they saw. But they also learned from it. We just sat there talked about what we could have done, Carradine said. We looked at the mistakes and watched film together without the coaches. And we realized that next time will be better. If anything, No. 12 Florida State (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) may have the perfect opponent on the schedule. Boston College (1-4, 0-2) has not beaten a Division I program this season and is coming off a 34-31 loss at Army (and the Knights were winless going into that game). BC is allowing 29 points per game and 473 total yards per game. The Eagles are 117th out of 120 Division I teams by allowing 261 rushing yards per game. Thats good news for a Florida State ground attack that is 13th nationally (238 yards per game). But BC defensive back Sean Sylvia is confident that the Eagles will rebound after dropping three straight games. And in the process he sent some bulletin board material toward Tallahassee. Theyre looking at a national championship and now thats out of their reach, Sylvia told reporters in Chestnut Hill, Mass., this week. So I think theyre kind of down and its like, What to do now? Those kind of guys have had everything handed to them over the years and I dont think they can respond to a tough loss like last week. Around here, we have more blue-collar guys. We have guys that have been through a lot, and were more equipped to bounce back from a loss or start of the season like we have. We have a mind-set of winning seven in a row when they have a mind-set of What to do next? " When informed of the comments after Thursdays practice, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said: Well find out Saturday at 5:30. And theres little margin for error in the ACC now for Florida State, which will likely need to defeat BC and then win its last four conference games to have a chance to win the Atlantic Division. NC State is off this weekend but is 1-1 in conference play and is the only team that would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker edge over the Seminoles. Florida State has already beaten Clemson (2-1 ACC), and the Seminoles will play at Maryland (1-0 ACC) in November. Theres plenty of football left, plenty of time for Florida State to climb the division ladder. And theres confidence that one loss will not become two and further damage Florida States season.d We still believe in each other and we still think the world of this season and we think we still have a lot going for ourselves, Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner said. Were trying to move forward.
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