Fisher’s message to frustrated FSU fans: We’ll coach them better, blame it on me

Moral victories never count toward a team’s overall record, but Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher seemingly accepted one after his first loss to Miami during his eight-year tenure with the Seminoles.

After respectfully congratulating Miami (4-0, 2-0 ACC) following a 24-20 defeat on Saturday night, Fisher praised young quarterback James Blackman and his offense for putting together its second fourth-quarter comeback in as many weeks, and FSU’s defense for keeping the Seminoles in the game the entire night.

He even went out of his way to congratulate his own team, despite the unranked Seminoles falling to 1-3 for the first time since Bobby Bowden’s first season at FSU in 1976.

“Congratulations to Miami. They did a heckuva job, played a heckuva football game and made the plays when they had to at the end,” Fisher said at the start of his postgame press conference.

“Congratulations to Florida State. Florida State played a helluva football game, too. Made plays when they had to, too.”

As FSU (1-3, 0-2) suffered their second straight home loss for the first time since 1974, the Seminoles are reeling after their fourth game of the disrupted 2017 season.