Sloppy Effort

Florida State beat North Carolina 38-16 on Saturday behind the passing of Wyatt Sexton and the running of tailbacks Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker. The Seminoles' defense, meanwhile, allowed 363 total yards and a number of big plays, leaving players disappointed with their effort.

Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews sat down in a chair and took a deep breath.

"I thought we were very hospitable, very friendly, very kind to our guests," Andrews said.

"We got out of our gaps quite a bit, made a lot of missed tackles and missed opportunities. We gave up too many points and yards."

Andrews wasn't a happy camper following Florida State's victory over North Carolina on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

In fact, every defensive player that appeared in the media room barely cracked a smile when talking about the defensive unit's play against the Tar Heels.

UNC finished with 363 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per play. FSU players said they were guilty of their worst tackling effort of the season.

"We had missed assignments, we had missed tackles. We didn't play Seminole football, especially in the first half," linebacker A.J. Nicholson said.

"We were working towards it in the second half but they kept getting yards. Give them credit, but we didn't go out there and do what we set out to do. But we won the game and that's a blessing."

Nicholson also refused to blame the hot, sticky weather on the Seminoles' poor play.

"We thought it would affect them more than us," Nicholson said. "There was no reason for us to let down our guard. But things happened. Now we will go back to the drawing board."

Nicholson also was disappointed by the Tar Heels' big plays.

"They came out there with a good game plan and they executed that game plan against us," Nicholson said. "We just didn't focus like we wanted to."

UNC quarterback Darian Durant finished with 254 yards on 18-of-30 passing, and the Tar Heels ran for 100 yards on 30 carries. FSU entered the game ranked No. 4 nationally in rushing defense and total defense.

"We tackled horrible," Pat Watkins said.

"All their biggest plays came off missed tackles.We need to try to straighten that up."

UNC coach John Bunting hinted that UNC should have been more successful against the Seminoles.

"It's a shame that we didn't play a few more plays a little better," Bunting said.

"The circumstances could have been a little different because we could have put more pressure on Florida State. They are a great club and everybody knows that. They are hard to beat down here. We might have scared them a little bit. That's what I said to coach Bowden (following the game)."

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