What Dave Clawson said after Wake Forest’s loss to Florida State

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons gave visiting Florida State a fight for four quarters on Saturday but ultimately fell short in a 26-19 loss after a late Seminoles touchdown pass.

Wake Forest fell to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in ACC play.

Quarterback John Wolford completed 24-of-34 passes for 271 yards, with 1 interception, and ran for 63 yards and 1 touchdown. Wide receiver Greg Dortch caught 10 passes for 110 yards.

Here’s what Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said after his team’s loss:

Opening statement: “I’ll share what I shared with our team: we’re disappointed in the result but not with the effort. I think our kids played their hearts out and left everything on the field. It didn’t come down to one play. That’ll be the narrative that it came that close again. There’s a lot of things that we did that we didn’t give ourselves the best chance to win the game. I think for the first time in years we out-gained Florida State and a lot of the times if you win the statistical battle of yards and lose the game, it’s because of either turnovers or special teams. If you look at today, that’s exactly what happened. We had the one turnover that led to a field goal and the kickoff return that led to a touchdown, with the other really bad turnover that probably took points off the board for us. We just did some things that are uncharacteristic that we haven’t done this year. Again, we battled, we battled, we battled but we gave up a third-and-24 and a third-and-25 which resulted in a field goal and if you stop that play towards the end of the game, it could turn out a lot differently. We did great in the red zone all year this year and we couldn’t get a touchdown. We kicked too many field goals and the red zone turnover. We played hard and I don’t know if we executed as clean as we needed to in order to beat a team of that caliber. We can’t hang our head that long because we have a big one next week against a very good football team.”

On the emotion involved in today’s game: “We have a 24-hour rule. Win or lose. We enjoy the victories for 24 and move on and mourn the losses. Our players are disappointed. That was a down locker room but it should be. Our kids invested a lot in this game. They played extremely hard and I think it’s the first time, honestly, that we played a game against like this where we went into the game really believing that we could win the game. When you make that emotional investment, put that much into it, and come up a play short, that’s hard. But that’s football. And you have to make that same emotional investment every week. If we don’t make the emotional investment this week then we have no chance in winning. You go right back to work, make corrections, try to improve. We did a lot of good things. It’s really the first time we moved the ball that much against a defense of that caliber and I thought on defense we played really well at times. We stuffed the run, defended routes, and covered them better than we ever had. But again, they made a play at the end that we didn’t make.”

On the positive things to take away from today: “Last week, in some ways, we had a lot of positions that played their worst game of the year but it was a win. We don’t play that well, we aren’t even in this football game. Three years ago, or even two years ago, this would have been a moral victory. Those in our program no longer exist. There is nobody that left there and said ‘Hey man, we played with Florida State.’ That locker room is crushed and devastated that we did not find a way to win that came. It’ll be our job as coaches and the leadership on this team to bounce back and be sure we’re ready to go for next week. The challenge next week does not get any easier.”

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