The season hasn’t gone according to plan, but Florida State’s win couldn’t have come at a better moment.
Tonight, Willie Taggart earned his first major win as head coach of the Seminoles, and helped sustain a decades old bowl streak.
All season pressure to extend the streak another year has weighed heavier and heavier on the team with each subsequent loss. It’s now do or die for the Seminoles, who need one more win, over rival Florida, to go bowling this season.
Taggart beamed about his team’s ability to win despite adversity.
“I’m proud of the resilience throughout the season and finding a way to keep this streak alive and finding a way to make sure our seniors leave int he right way,” Taggart said. “I told our guys we have pride for the university and we pride ourselves on winning. It’s a resilient group of guys. A lot of guys were here last year and they had the same thing when their backs were against the wall. They found a way to win the ball game.”
Taggart expanded on the importance of this win for the program and his early tenure with the team.
“This means a lot to our program,” Taggart said. “Hopefully this is the defining moment that we knew could happen. You’ve probably heard me say a lot that we’re close and it’s good that our guys kept believing and found a way to beat a ranked opponent. It’s big for us. Especially for a team that was struggling. We were on a three game losing streak and a lot of team would’ve given up and our guys didn’t.”
A video of Taggart’s full comment’s can be watched here: