Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Addazio doesn’t want to hear about how “close” his team came to beating the heavily-favored Florida State Seminoles on Saturday. Up 17-10 with only a few minutes left in the first half, the Eagles gave up two touchdown passes to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston to fall behind 24-17, a deficit they were unable to recover from.
Talking with the media after the 48-34 loss, Addazio let loose on the concept of “moral victories” and had this to say:
I told them, ‘Don’t walk out of here with a smile on your face, thinking you got some moral victory. Because you didn’t. We lost the game,’” he said. “Bottle the feeling of what it takes to win, with the effort and the intensity and with laying it all on the line and with no guarantee that success is going to follow it. Bottle that, and you’ll win your share of games. That’s what we need to hang on to.
Don’t let people tell you, ‘Oh boy, you played Florida State nose up.’ Who cares? We didn’t come out there to play them nose up. I heard that crap early in the media. People asking me about, ‘What are you gonna do to keep it close?’ I had all I could do not to explode. What do you think, you coach or play to keep it close? What are you talking about here? You play to win (ESPN).
We’ll see if the Eagles absorb Addazio’s message and build on their 397-yard performance. Boston College will play Army next Saturday before going on the road to take on the No. 3 Clemson Tigers.