Everette Brown knew the game against Alabama was going to be a fight from the start. Florida State found themselves up 7-0 early in the 4th quarter when they pinned Alabama back inside their own 10. Quarterback John Parker Wilson was forced to scramble and Brown came from the weak side sacking Wilson causing a fumble that set up a Florida State touchdown and a lead they would never give up.
"That was a game changing play right there" Brown said, "I beat my man on an outside escape move and Alex Boston brought pressure forcing him outside of the pocket. I just came across and took him down trying to make a big play for the defense."
The win Saturday night in Jacksonville put not only the Florida State faithful in a good mood, but gave the defense an added boost when they took the practice field Monday. As brown said however, it's time to move on and get ready for N.C. State. "It's obviously a real big win, but we gotta put that behind us and focus on N.C. State. The main thing we have been talking about is coming out with the same intensity we did against Alabama. In practice we're talking about staying focused."
The past two games, the defense has shut up their opponents for the first three quarters before giving up points late in the game. They are working their way into becoming a defense comparable to those of the dynasty years. Brown knows this but also knows they still have a way to go. "We are used to having an identity of just playing hard, stopping the run, knocking people around and being a tough pass defense. But we haven't established a name that we want to. We want to come out and shut teams out. We need to have one shut out under our belts before we can get a lot of them. Our defense is playing together and playing hard, but we haven't reached our max."
The defensive line has been banged up but could possibly get some help back this week if Budd Thacker is available and Andre Fluellen gets a little healthier. Brown talked a little about how much having a deep defensive line means to a team. "It always helps out when you have healthy guys. They can give you a lot more snaps and you can still rotate and not worry about the lack of talent out there. When you got guys healthy, you can rotate how you want to."
This Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State will look to end an 8 game losing streak to ACC Atlantic opponents; a streak that dates back to October of 2005. The Wolf Pack has won four of the last six meetings between the two including a 24-20 come from behind win last year in Raleigh.