Jimbo Fisher didn’t take kindly to North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren’s implication that FSU players faked injuries to slow down the Wolfpack’s high-tempo offense.
“I accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about,” Fisher said when told Monday of Doeren’s comments. “We did not fake injuries. No one faked injuries and we wouldn’t do that.
“We’ll coach Florida State and he can coach North Carolina State.”
Several FSU defenders left Saturday’s game with apparent injuries. All but defensive tackle Derrick Mitchell later returned.
N.C. State scored 24 points in the first quarter of FSU’s 56-14 victory. But despite ammassing more than 500 total yards, the Wolfpack scored only 17 points in the final three quarters.
“The tempo we had [in the first quarter] was working until all the crazy fall-down things were going on and the clock kept stopping,” Doeren told the Rocky Mount Telegram. “You know the refs can’t do anything about that, but it’s horrible the way the tempo gets slowed down by these injuries. We went fast in the first quarter, I guess there were no fake injuries.”