After the Florida State win over NC State and NC State’s press conference today head coach Dave Doeren accused Florida State of faking injuries to slow down their offensive tempo.
"The tempo we had was working until all the crazy fall down things were going on and the clock kept stopping," Doeren said. "You know the refs can't do anything about that, but it's horrible the way the tempo gets slow downed by these injuries. We went fast in the first quarter, I guess there were no fake injuries."
Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher took offense to the accusation when asked about Doeren’s remarks in his press conference.
“I accuse him of not knowing what he's talking about. We did not fake injuries. We wouldn't do that," said Fisher. "He can coach NC State and we'll coach FSU."
Three Florida State players went down with injuries in the game, but if Florida State was going to fake an injury to slow down tempo they wouldn’t do it with their leading tackler, Terrance Smith, and starting defensive tackles Eddie Goldman and Derrick Mitchell. Couple those two with the loss of Nile Lawrence-Stample for the season and that left Desmond Hollin, a converted defensive end, Giorgio Newberry, a converted defensive end/tight end, and Derrick Nnadi, a true freshman at the defensive tackle position.
Terrance Smith went down in the first quarter, and he returned in the second. Goldman did not return to the game until the final drive after going down early in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. An ankle injury that he had previously sustained against the Citadel. Derrick Mitchell did return later in the game as well.
Doeren should have realized that with the lack of depth on the defensive line, Florida State would have preferred almost any other players to go down. Add in that Florida State had already played two high tempo teams before the NC State game, with neither of their coaches accusing the Seminoles of faking injuries, and Deoren comes out of this looking more like a sore-loser than a respectable football coach.