"Well that's a Florida State-Miami game isn't it," Fisher said in postgame. "There's always excitement, it's one of the great rivalries and I thought the kids fought extremely hard in the game. We overcame a lot of things."
Overcome is exactly what Fisher's squad had to do. The Seminoles' fell behind 10-0 midway through the first quarter thanks to a fumble by tight-end Nick O'Leary on FSU's first play from scrimmage and then a shanked punt by Cason Beatty on the next possession.
But, the defense stood tall and minimized the damage holding the Canes' to 10 points. The defense then forced a fumble of its' own in what was a huge momentum swing for the Seminoles' and ended up getting points on the board, although it was only a field goal.
After running back Chris Thompson was injured on FSU's next possession and ruled out for the game, it seemed like something changed for the Seminoles'.
FSU continued to march right down the field running the ball down the Canes' throat. The drive was capped off by a bruising 17-yard run up the middle by James Wilder Jr. tying the game at 10.
The rest of the first half was all defenses, until FSU managed to get a field goal right before going to the locker room giving them a 13-10 lead at the half.
Despite having an absolute nightmare of a first half, FSU managed to have a three-point lead at the half.
FSU has a lot to thank the defense for as they continuously bailed them out.
If the defense has had one weak spot this year, it's been in forcing turnovers, but that was not the case on Saturday.
In what was one of the weirdest games this rivalry has ever seen, FSU found a way and that's all that matters to head coach Jimbo Fisher. I told my team ‘you went out there and did everything wrong you could do.' But, you overcame it. That says something. I think it's a sign of a competitive good football team that's growing up and learning to fight through things."