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FSU quotebook

Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 8, 2000

Coach Bobby Bowden: "We would have been stupid at the half to have given up. We didn't and we went ahead. We'd be stupid to say we don't have a chance to win the national championship. We still have a chance. Our goal now is to regroup and win the next game."

Kicker Matt Munyon on the missed field goal at the end: "It's a hard one to swallow. I have to put it behind me and focus on the next game. I was stunned that it went wide right. When I missed kicks this year, they were always left. The team was good to me. They tried to pick me up."

Punter and holder Keith Cottrell on the miss: "I don't think there's any unfair pressure. Having grown up watching this series, I understand the level of pressure. No pressure is unfair. There are 80,000 fans in the stands who don't want that pressure. He took it upon himself. None of those other people who are complaining about it right now have the guts or ability to stick it. Just because he missed. ... It wasn't his fault. Florida State lost. Not Matt Munyon."

Tailback Jeff Chaney: "To come in here and win, we knew we would have to play an almost perfect game. This is a tough place to play. We should have never been in that situation. We had a lot of dropped balls. In the first half, it seemed like we weren't ready to play."

Quarterback Chris Weinke, on his sprained left foot: "It's sore. It was about 80 percent went the game started and it got worse as the game went on. (But) it didn't take anything away from my game."

Receiver Atrews Bell: "We just missed opportunities. We had the ball in the red zone four or five times and came up empty. We deserve to lose if you do that. We fought back, but you have to give them credit."

Bell, on Miami's program: "Beating us let them know they're back. You've got to say they're back. They beat a No. 1 team. I'll say it, they're back."

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