N.C. State coach Dave Doeren wasn't real happy with the way Florida State's defense slowed down the tempo of the Wolfpack's offense at different times in Saturday's game.
Doeren said after N.C. State's 56-41 loss to the No. 1 Seminoles that there were "crazy, fall-down things going on," meaning Florida State defenders were staying on the ground on purpose to prevent N.C. State's offense from moving at a high tempo.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who spoke with the media Monday in Tallahassee, Fla., took umbrage with Doeren's post-game comments.
"I accuse him of not knowing what he's talking about," Fisher said. "We did not fake injuries. We wouldn't do that."
Dorren reiterated his displeasure with the tactic, which he said has occurred in all five of the Wolfpack's games this season, on Monday at his press conference in Raleigh.
"I get it, if they are hurt, they're hurt," Doeren said Monday. "I'm not going to say a guy isn't hurt. But if they come right back in the game, he might not have been hurt."
N.C. State ran a season-high 87 plays against the Seminoles. On multiple possessions, an FSU defender would remain on the ground and need medical attention. Doeren thought the biggest issues were in the first quarter, when N.C. State had built a 24-7 lead.
After the game Saturday, Doeren said:
"The tempo we had was working until all the crazy, fall-down things were going on and the clock kept stopping.
"The refs can't do anything about that, but it's horrible the way the tempo gets slowed down by these injuries."
Asked about the probability of FSU faking injuries, in light of quarterback Jacoby Brissett and linebacker Jerod Fernandez both dealing with cramping issues during Saturday's game, Doeren didn't back off his original point Monday.
"We've played five games and in all five games we've had multiple people fall down and limp off the field," Doeren said. "Then two plays later, they're back in there playing."
"It's a reoccurring thing, it's not just Florida State. There's nothing the officials can do about it, it's not a rule in college football. But I think it's unsportsmanlike, personally."
Doeren said he would like to see a rule in place if a player is actually stalling, and not hurt, then they have to stay out of the game for more than just one play.
He said there was one example against FSU -- he didn't name the specific player -- that was particularly frustrating.
"In one of the plays they stopped the game Saturday, the guy walked off the field as slow as humanly possible and he was back in the game," Doeren said.
N.C. State ran 16 more plays than FSU. The Wolfpack averages 73.8 plays per game, which ranks 18th in the country and fourth in the ACC.
Doeren said it's a common problem across college football.
"It's the way defenses are managing tempo, I guess," Doeren said. "But it's frustrating and until there's a rule put in place, there's nothing that can be done in our favor for it."
Fisher said Doeren needs to worry more about his own team.
"He can coach N.C. State and we'll coach FSU," Fisher said.