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Florida State Football: The Nightmares Are Back As "Wide Right" Dooms The 'Noles

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 28:  Terrance Parks #4 of the Florida State Seminoles watches on after a 28-24 loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 28, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Isaiah ClarkCorrespondent INovember 8, 2010

Remember when you were a little kid and those nightmares would haunt you for years? Never being able to forget them no matter what and wishing they would just go away.

That’s kind of how I feel as an FSU fan of late, especially after the wide-right loss to UNC.

The Seminoles never seize to amaze me. Last week they had plenty of opportunities to win at N.C. State, this week was no different. Dustin Hopkins missed two field goals when he has been the most consistent part of the team all season. He missed the game-winner wide-right, which seems to be a reoccurring theme in last second losses for the Seminoles.

I am not blaming Hopkins for losing because if you watched the game you would understand that he isn't the only reason they lost 37-35 to the Tar Heels.

Their receivers yet again seem to have trouble holding on to the ball when it is thrown to them. The biggest problem is most of their drops happen at the worst possible moment. Bert Reid dropped at least four, Willie Haulstead dropped two and the list could go on. They need to step up their role and stop putting so much pressure on the offense and Christian Ponder.

Then you have the defense, which looked like they have never played a down of football in their life. They allowed T.J. Yates to throw for 439 yards and three touchdowns. He didn't struggle at all during the game. It was like watching a professional athlete play against his kids.

It was flat-out embarrassing for the Seminoles defense and their staff. Mark Stoops needs to get this defense playing like they did before the second half began against N.C. State or they can kiss their chances goodbye at winning the ACC Atlantic.

Again, it all comes back to that one infamous word, consistency. This is something they have been lacking for years. It looked like they finally found it when they went on their five-game winning streak, but in two weeks have lost it completely.

The blame doesn't fall solely on the players because it is a coach’s responsibility to properly prepare them mentally and physically for a game. As you heard last week from Kendall Smith, they were out-coached by N.C. State. That is something you never want to hear from one of your players—not to mention a leader on the team.

"There's ups, there's downs," Jimbo Fisher said. "We have to learn to not let it come down to a final play."

This quote was interesting because he states that they need to learn to not let it come down to the final play. Correct me if I’m wrong, but even if it comes down to the final play of the game or final drive shouldn't you have the confidence in your team to pull through. It seems as though he is lacking the confidence in his players or maybe even his coaches right now.

I agree that this team needs to learn to finish off their opponents when the opportunity presents itself, but the sign of a good team is one that thrives when adversity arises. This team has not performed well when facing adversity. In fact, they have cowered and fallen apart when facing a difficult situation.

There is no question that this team has plenty of talent and the capability of being a dominate team. The only problem is they haven’t played together as a team much this season. They need to find a way to regroup and become the team that demolished Miami again.

This season is far from over. If they can just take care of their business it’s still possible for them to win the ACC Atlantic. Of course they will need some help from other teams, but they need to focus on their task at hand and let everything else fall into place.

Clemson is coming to town this weekend, so this gives them another chance to show their fans and the nation that they can play with consistency and win a game when facing some adversity. Now’s the time to put up Seminoles because hope is slowly slipping away.

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