November 4, 2008

ASI Insider: Getting past the Georgia Tech hangover

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Bouncing back is hard to do (By Gene Williams,

Losing a close hard-fought game to an equally matched opponent is nothing out of the ordinary. But Florida State's lost to Georgia Tech on Saturday wasn't a typical 3-point setback. The 'Noles made a dramatic comeback late in the fourth quarter and had the game all but won until running back Marcus Sims fumbled the football on the 1-yard line with 45 seconds left.

Bobby Bowden's Seminoles have suffered their share of heartbreaking losses in the past over the years and haven't always bounced back in the next game.

The last time Florida State lost a game in similar fashion was probably in 2002 when kicker Xavier Beitia missed what would have been a game-winning field goal against No. 1 ranked Miami in the final seconds. The following week FSU put forth a lackluster effort in a home loss to Notre Dame. And in 1991, following the infamous "Wide Right 1" loss to Miami, the 'Noles came out flat against Florida and suffered a 14-9 loss.

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