Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Notebook; Fourth-Down Conversion a Relief for Fisher

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Notebook; Fourth-Down Conversion a Relief for Fisher

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Byline: Garry Smits

TALLAHASSEE | Dalvin Cook's most important run of the game might have been a simple 2-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter of Florida State's 34-17 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday.

As much as anything, it kept FSU coach Jimbo Fisher's needle from blowing past the boiling point.

Cook's short run converted a fourth-and-inches at midfield and was one play after he was stopped for no gain on third-and-1. The third-down play was the fourth time in the game Cook had been stopped on a run with 2 or less yards to go for the first down - and the sixth consecutive time covering the last two games.

He was stopped twice by Clemson last week during the fourth quarter on third and fourth down with 1 yard to go when the Seminoles were still in the game.

After Fisher kept his offense on the field for fourth down, he called a timeout and said he went back and forth on whether to punt or not. FSU was leading 27-17 with 10:28 left and he considered having punter Cason Beatty pin the Wolfpack deep.

But in the end, he sent the offense back out with one order: make it.

"If we didn't make that, we didn't deserve to win," Fisher said. "I was mad."

Two plays after the conversion, quarterback Sean Maguire found Kermit Whitfield down the right sideline for a 45-yard touchdown passes to deliver the final blow.

"We still ain't got a short-yardage fix," Fisher said. "It's ridiculous. We're going to keep working on it."


Cook's answers to a series of question after gaining 138 yards and scoring two touchdowns, as well as setting the single-season school rushing record, were one word, and to the point.

Does he believe he's a Heisman Trophy contender?

"Yes," he said.

Should he be invited to New York as one of the finalists?


Does he think he should win?


Cook elaborated on the last answer.

"I'm going to keep on doing me, because I'm Dalvin. I feel like I'm one of the great running backs in collegiate football."

Fisher put in his two cents.

"I don't know who's the best back in the country, but I wouldn't trade that one for anybody," he said. …

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