Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher:
(I’m) very proud of our kids. (They) Played hard, made plays when we had to make them. Offense was a heck of a drive at the end. Like I say, that team (Boston College) limited you possession wise. We only had eight in the game, and they did a nice job of keeping things off balance, but we bent, still didn’t give up but 17 points which I think is very critical in the game. Offensively we had the ball four times in the first half, scored three. The other time was an interception, which we got through our hands, which I still want to see the film on that one a little bit, too.
Florida State-Boston College Highlights:
And then in the second half we hit a first down, got a penalty, had to punt, backed up, and then drive down, we missed the field goal, then we had another penalty and we had the ball at midfield there and got behind the stick and then we dropped a post route down there that we’re open on, then we kicked the game-winning field goal, and that was it on offense.
Again, (we) moved the ball extremely well. When you get eight possessions in a game, that’s not very many, and the dropped post and the holding were critical plays. The guys don’t do it on purpose, but you can’t make those mistakes in a tight game like that, but that’s what keeps it close. Great job our team, tremendous drive to eat the clock and the game at the end, Roberto (Aguayo) hits a field goal, we centered it up just like we do a lot of two-minute drills, and very proud of the way we used that.
Defensively, bent didn’t break, gave up a couple Third downs. That was a critical third down we gave up coming off the goal line. They hit a power play and we got it bunched up and it bounces outside and they get it, but we’ve got to make that play. But (I’m) still proud. They played much better in the second half. They did a good job, they an midline, they ran speeds, they ran counters, they ran powers, they did a really good scheming in the off week in the things they did. But the quarterback scrambled a couple times, we lost contain. We didn’t lose contain, we had a spy on him and he got caught up inside. But Roberto even had a missed field — we had a high snap which threw the timing off, and we got a missed field goal. But games like that where you don’t get many possessions, they’re always going to be close games.
Again, very proud of our team the way we competed in the game, played well and did a good job on 3rd down, scored in the red zone when we got down there, when we got chances to get down there. I thought Cason (Beatty) punted the ball well. I think we only punted once or twice in the game if I’m not mistaken. Was it twice? But proud of them. Heck of a football game, fun one to watch, I guess. That’s the way they go. Again, very proud of our team the way they competed and played very hard. Got to continue to get better.
Q. Some fans thought it was important to have a game in the aftermath of the shooting because it helped the process. What’s it mean to you to win a game and sort of help that process?
JIMBO FISHER: Well, I mean, again, a game is nothing compared to what happened the other day, and again, our thoughts and prayers and everything about Florida State, our condolences go out to everyone. But again, I think it is a little — athletics has a way of starting a healing process, and that’s a heck of a one to heal on right there as far as the excitement and just watching battle and fight and scratch and claw and stay there. I think athletics is so big for your community. I don’t know if we truly — even me, who’s been in it my whole life, I really don’t know if we really appreciate how much athletics really holds a community, universities, cities together, because they rally behind them so much. I’m glad hopefully we can give a little comfort to some folks that were really suffering.
Q. What are your thoughts about next week’s rivalry game with Florida?
JAMEIS WINSTON: Like I say, it’s our last home game of the regular season, and then it’s against the Gators. I don’t know much about the rivalry, but I’ve played in one, and we won, so I know the guys around here from [the state of] Florida are going to be banging their heads against the wall because we have to win this game. So I look forward to it, and hopefully we get a win.
Q. You guys seem to be downgraded (in the polls) every time you win a game close. Do you think much about that?
JAMEIS WINSTON: Well, you know, we were downgraded every time we blew someone out last year, so think of the irony of that. If we win the game close, we’re bad, when we blow someone out, we’re bad. But the thing is we’re a team, we’re a family at Florida State. What everyone else thinks about us, that’s none of our business, as long as we love each other, as long as we trust in each other and as long as we believe in each other and keep winning football games, I think we’re still going to do what we have to do.
Boston College Head coach Steve Addazio:
On Florida State ability to find a way to win: “Florida State is the number one team in the country. Florida State is a very good football team. They play their best football in the second half. They rise up; Florida State is a hell of a team. I think we played a hell of a football game against them today is what I think. All I can tell you is this, I’m not here to speak for anybody else, I’ve been in that situation before, when all you hear is everything that you don’t do well enough, yet you’re undefeated. I don’t get all that, I don’t think I ever will. The object is to win football games and find a way to win and they have obviously done an unbelievably great job of doing that, that’s what I really look at. They play in a Power 5 conference, I think one of the better Power 5 conferences, and week in and week out they find a way to win. It’s a heck of a football program and a heck of a football team.“
Quotes courtesy of ASAP Sports and Florida State Sports Communications