The hangover from Saturday night's 17-16 upset loss at NC State was bad for most of the Seminoles on Sunday morning. But the seniors on Florida State's defense understood what needed to be done to help Florida State start to move on.
After team meetings, the majority of the Seminoles got together at senior LB Nick Moody's house for a cookout. The team spent the day hanging out, playing videogames and getting the loss of their chests.
"When you have losses like this you kind of get seperated a little bit, your mind wonders off, you don't know what to do," admitted junior safety Terrance Brooks. "We tried to have a little get-together, just everyone come over and have a cook-out. Everybody just hanging out really and just get our minds off the game, because when you're by yourself at home you're going to be thinking about that so much."
After the game the Seminoles were emotional.
Florida State had stumbled and in the process lost its national title hopes (many fans are still mourning that particular aspect of the defeat). Bjoern Werner was the one who stood up initially to say something.
"After the game everyone was being kind of sad and Bjoern stood up like 'we can't let this crack become a crevice, we've got to step it up and move forward," said senior LB Vince Williams. "I really wasn't trying to hear that [right then], I was just kind of [thinking] 'Bjoern, shut up.' But once I got on the plane I started thinking, like, he's right, we can't let that change what we still can accomplish around here. I mean, we haven't won an ACC championship since 2005 so we still want to get that."
The Seminoles can still have a phenomenal 2012 season. They could finish 13-1, they could win the ACC and they could represent the ACC with a rare BCS win. That scenario would entail beating Miami and Florida, which is always welcome for Seminoles fans.
The trick is getting players to buy back into that. Actually using the loss as a turning point instead of just talking about it. It's tough to see because we're not allowed to watch practice, but coaches and players have both said that the energy level has been very high this week and the practices have been good.
One thing that seems to have paid off was the time the team spent cooking out on Sunday.
"We had a bunch of [team] leaders over it was really good, we had some young guys over and we just talked about it, got it out of our systems," said Williams.
"I think that was really effective because guys came in with renewed focus on Monday."