Florida State's lone loss this season to North Carolina State on Oct. 6 still haunts the team. But, as Coley Harvey of the Florida Times-Union writes, quarterback E.J Manuel is taking the hiccup as a positive and that the team learned from it.
Florida State has won three straight, including a convincing, 48-7 win over Duke last Saturday. So it seems the team has indeed taken its lessons from the loss to N.C. State. At least Manuel thinks so:
"I don't really like commenting on it very much because I can't say whether we are better or worse [since the loss]. But I do believe we've learned from it."
Coach Jimbo Fisher doesn't like talking about it, either:
"I don't dwell on things like that. N.C. State doesn't mean anything to me. That's over with. You learn your lesson and you move on. It's about who you are. If negativity motivates you, we've got a problem. If you're not mature enough to understand that's how you've got to play, then we're not the team that we need to be."
The Seminoles enter a bye this weekend still in the hunt for the national title with just one loss. They return to the field Nov. 8 against Virginia Tech.