For the better part of three quarters, it looked like N.C. State, a team that failed to notch an ACC win a year ago, may upset defending national champion Florida State. The Wolfpack’s up-tempo offense caused problems for the Seminoles, and after the game, N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren said that he believed that Florida State’s defense faked injuries during the game to slow down the pace.
“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 said. “You know the refs can’t do anything about that, but it’s horrible the way the tempo gets slow downed by these injuries. We went fast in the first-quarter, I guess there were no fake injuries.”
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher caught wind of Doeren’s quote, and he was not happy when he addressed the media this afternoon.
Jimbo Fisher on NC State coach Dave Doeren accusing FSU of faking injuries: “I accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about.”
— Natalie Pierre (@Natalie_Pierre) September 29, 2014
This certainly isn’t the first time a team has been accused of faking injuries to combat a fast-paced offense, but it is always jarring to hear it coming from an opposing coach. What do you think, fans? Does Doeren have a point, or is this just sour grapes from the coach of the losing team?