Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles-Gators Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles-Gators Notebook

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Byline: Garry Smits and Matt Watts

BOTH SIDES REELING AFTER SATURDAY

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said exhaustive film study of the 14-13 loss to Virginia last Saturday showed the Seminoles' mistakes are easily corrected. He simply doesn't want to see the same things happening again Saturday when the Seminoles play at Florida.

"It was a very disappointing thing to watch," Fisher said during his Monday news conference. "There was a lack of attention to detail. We had plenty of opportunities to do the things we wanted to do. It had nothing to do with effort, nothing to do with toughness or wanting to do the right things. It was just attention to detail."

Fisher cited three motion penalties, two holding calls, quarterback EJ Manuel's fumble in the red zone and a missed blitz pickup by running back Jermaine Thomas that led to a sack late in the fourth quarter that took the offense out of field-goal range.

Fisher said Manuel had four key plays where the balance of the game could have turned: the turnover, the late sack, a missed deep ball down the middle and an option where he should have kept instead of pitching.

"Did he play his best game? No way," Fisher said of Manuel. "But the others didn't play their best games around him."

Manuel was in agreement and said watching the film was painful.

"I'm not going to lie it was tough to watch," he said. "It was a learning experience, but this late in the season, you don't want to have to learn from a game like that, especially when we came so close to winning."

UNACCEPTABLE

With the Gators sitting at 6-5, coach Will Muschamp said he realizes that the results of his first season are "totally unacceptable."

"We're certainly not pleased with the season in any respect," he said. "Our goal was to go to Atlanta [for the SEC championship game]. In all areas, we need to improve."

Muschamp also used the "totally unacceptable" tag for his defense's performance in a 54-32 win over FCS opponent Furman on Saturday. The Paladins rushed out to an early 22-7 lead, gashing the Gators with a triple-option look.

"Regardless of your opponent you have to prepare all the time," Muschamp said. …

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