How Will the Florida State Seminoles Respond After Heartbreaker?

Isaiah ClarkCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2010

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 28:  Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts to a play against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 28, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In a game where a win would have almost secured a trip to the ACC championship game, Florida State literally fumbled the game away. There were miscues and mistakes all over the field. It reigned from offensive holdings, dropped passes and a game losing fumble.

Most people won’t even remember everything that occurred during the game, just Christian Ponder’s monumental fumble that could have halted their chances of reaching the ACC championship game.

This loss to N.C. State is going to sting for a little while, but it’s all about how the Seminoles respond after this heartbreaker.  They can either use this game as a motivational tool or crumble to pieces and kiss the season goodbye.

Normally after suffering a tough loss the Seminoles would react by doing nothing and continue on their downward spiral. Will this team be any different than in years past?

We will have to wait for their next game against North Carolina on Nov. 6 to see for ourselves. However, I believe this team has what it takes to bounce back from adversity. There is too much talent on both sides of the ball for them to give up on the season-not to mention they have a lot to prove.

All season long Jimbo Fisher has preached about “consistency” and if they were to accomplish that every game, they would be a top echelon team. Well now is the time for them to find that second gear and kick it into over drive to get their selves back on that road of consistency.

The leadership on this team will be their key component to how well they respond after the N.C. State game. Christian Ponder, Nigel Bradham and Kendall Smith will need to push the team in practice to forget about what could have or should have been and focus on the upcoming game.

Basically, what’s done is done and there is no going back to change anything. The only thing to do in a moment like this is to simply move on and use the loss as their driving force for the remainder of the season.

They have to be better than the teams in the past and prove to the fans that the Seminoles nation is headed back in the right direction. Now’s that time and the North Carolina game will be the selling point on what this team is made of.