November 15, 1998
Saturday, November 21, 1998
SETTING THE SCENE: No. 5 (AP/USA Today) Florida State (10-1, 7-1 ACC)
will close its regular season with an instate battle against No. 4 Florida
(9-1, 7-1 SEC) after the Seminoles wrapped up their seventh consecutive ACC
title with a 24-7 win over Wake Forest. FSU boasts the nation’s
top-ranked defense, allowing just 215.8 yards per game, and will try to
defend the Gator’s eighth ranked offense (487.7 total ypg). The game will
showcase Florida State’s top-ranked passing efficiency defense (80.9) and
Florida’s fifth-ranked passing offense (362.0 ypg). The Seminoles also
have the fourth-best rushing defense as they are giving up just 85.5 yards
per game. Receiver Peter Warrick is third in the ACC with 101.2 receiving
yards per game, while tailback Travis Minor in third in the ACC with 81.1
rushing yards. Kicker Sebastian Janikowkski is second in the nation with
2.18 field goals per game (24-for-29). The Seminoles are giving up just
11.5 points per game (5th in the nation) and have let an opponent score
more than 14 points just once this season.
THE OPPONENT: Florida travels to Tallahassee on a seven-game winning streak
after dropping an SEC contest to Tennessee in September. The Gators are
ranked 10th nationally in total defense (279.0 ypg). Receiver Travis
McGriff leads the Gators with 125.7 receiving yards per game, while
tailback Terry Jackson is Florida’s best rusher at 83.6 yards per game.
SERIES NOTES: Florida leads the all-time series 26-14-2, but the
Seminoles have posted an 8-4-1 mark in the last 11 years. The two teams
will meet for the seventh time in five seasons, including two games in the
Sugar Bowl. Bobby Bowden owns a 12-11-1 record vs. the Gators, while Steve
Spurrier is 4-5-1 vs. FSU. FSU and Florida will both be ranked in the top
10 for the 11th consecutive meeting. FSU defensive coordinator Mickey
Andrews spent two seasons on the Florida staff.
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Coach Bobby Bowden – (Samford ’53)
Overall Record – 291-84-4/33rd Season
Record at FSU – 218-52-4/23rd Season
Record vs. Florida – 12-11-1
Coach Steve Spurrier
Overall Record – 112-30-2/12th Season
Record at Florida – 92-17-1/9th Season
Record vs. FSU – 4-5-1
Stopping the Pass
Florida State has held five of its first 11 opponents to fewer than 100
yards passing this season and ranks first in the nation in passing defense.
The ‘Noles have also held eight of the last nine opposing quarterbacks to
a 50 percent or less completion rate with the exception of Georgia Tech.
Last year’s dominating unit held just two of 12 opponents to less than 100
yards with North Carolina just topping that figure at 101 in Chapel Hill.
The 1997 pass defense gave up an average of 189.5 yards per game. This
year’s unit is allowing only 130.3 yards per game through the air. The
most times in a season that an FSU defense has held opponents to under 100
yards passing (under Bobby Bowden) was seven in 1980.
Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski is now 24-of-29 on the season on field
goal attempts and set the FSU and ACC season records with a 32-yarder
against Wake Forest last weekend. He surpassed Derek Schmidt (1987) for
the Florida State season record and Obed Ariri of Clemson (1980) for the
FSU Season Scoring List
1. Greg Allen, 1982 126 2. Derek Schmidt, 1987 116 3. Sebastian Janikowski, 1998 112
ACC Season Scoring List
1. Don McCauley, UNC, 1970 126 2. Robert Lavette, GT, 1982 114 3. Sebastian Janikowski, 1998 112
Against the Best
The Seminoles are 56-61-4 against teams ranked in the Associated Press’ Top
20. FSU is 32-10-1 (.759) against Top 20 in the 1990s. The Seminoles have
defeated four Top 20 teams so far this season — then #15 Texas A&M, #18
Southern California, #20 Georgia Tech and #12 Virginia with #4 Florida
visiting Saturday. The Seminoles are 14-23-2 against Top 5 teams and 6-6-1
against the Top 5 in Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU is 6-7-1 against Top 5
teams in the 1990s.
Edwards Sets New Record
With four interceptions against Wake Forest, cornerback Mario Edwards set a
new Florida State record for most interceptions in a single game. Edwards
also tied the ACC record for single-game interceptions with three other
players. The last player to accomplish the feat in the ACC was A.J. Greene
of Wake Forest against Georgia Tech in 1987. All of FSU’s 24 points
against Wake Forest came after Edwards’ interceptions.
Capitalizing On Others’ Mistakes
Florida State has made the most of its opponent’s mistakes this season and
especially in the last three games. The Seminoles have forced 10 turnovers
in the last three games and have scored following each one. FSU has scored
seven touchdowns and three field goals after the last 10 turnovers the
Seminoles have caused.
On the flip side, after committing nine turnovers in the first two games,
FSU has given the ball up just eight times in the last nine games.
Opponents have capitalized on just turnover in the last five games.
With 102 yards on 19 carries against Wake Forest, tailback Travis Minor
recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and sixth of his
career. It was the first time that he ran for 100 yards in back-to-back
games. Minor also moved up to seventh place on the FSU career rushing TD
list with 16 after two against the Demon Deacons.
IN THE RED ZONE
Offense Opp Drives Result Percent Inside 20 Texas A&M 5 1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG 100 NC State 2 2 INT 0 Duke 9 4 TD Run, 2 TD pass, 2 FG 89 USC 7 1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG, miss FG 71 Maryland 4 3 FG, miss FG 75 Miami 3 1 TD run, FG, fumble 67 Clemson 4 1 TD run, 2 TD pass, miss FG 75 Georgia Tech 3 1 TD run, 1 TD pass, FG 100 N. Carolina 4 2 TD run, 2 FG 100 Virginia 6 5 TD run, 1 FG 100 Wake Forest 4 2 TD run, 1 FG, fumble 75 Total 51 18 TD Run, 7 TD pass, 17 FG, 2 INT 82
Defense Opp Drives Result Percent Texas A&M 1 1 TD run 100 NC State 2 INT, miss FG 0 Duke 2 1 TD run, FG 100 USC 1 1 TD run 100 Maryland 3 1 TD pass, 1 FG, 1 Blk FG 66 Miami 2 1 TD pass, INT 50 Clemson 1 took over on downs 0 Georgia Tech 1 1 TD run 100 N. Carolina 3 1 TD pass, 2 FG 100 Virginia 3 1 TD run, 1 TD pass 66 Wake Forest 1 took over on downs 0 Total 20 5 TD run, 4 TD pass, 4 FG 65
Warrick Enters FSU Career Record Book
Peter Warrick’s five catches for 123 yards against Virginia moved him up
the ranks in the FSU record books. He now ranks fourth in all-time
receiving yards with 2,464 yards. His performance against UVA moved him
past Barry Smith (70-72) on the list, and this week he is within 196 yards
of moving ahead of Kez McCorvey (91-94) into third place. With one TD
reception against UVA, Warrick moved into a tie with Ron Sellers (66-68) on
the FSU career TD catch list with 23. He is also in the Seminole career
top 10 in catches with 126 for ninth on the list. Warrick has six
100-yard receiving games this year and eight in his career. He now has 53
receptions for 1,113 yards on the season which ranks fourth on the FSU
season receiving yards list. His 11 TD catches ties E.G. Green and Fred
Biletnikoff for fourth on the season list.
FSU Career Receiving
Name, Years Yards 1. Ron Sellers (66-68) 3598 2. E.G. Green (94-97) 2920 3. Kez McCorvey (91-94) 2660 4. Peter Warrick (96-present) 2464 5. Barry Smith (70-72) 2392
FSU Season Receiving Yards
Name, Year Yards 1. Ron Sellers, 1968 1496 2. Barry Smith, 1972 1243 3. Ron Sellers, 1967 1228 4. Peter Warrick, 1998 1113 5. E.G. Green, 1997 1059
‘Noles in the Pros
On the National Football League’s rosters this season, former Florida
State players are represented on every team except three – Oakland, San
Francisco, and San Diego. Forty-one former Seminoles are currently on NFL
rosters after the addition of Shevin Smith to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
roster. FSU leads the nation with 41 former players on pro rosters.
FSU Career Stats vs. Florida
Rushing Travis Minor 21-149 yds. (1 TD)
Receiving Peter Warrick 10-128 yds. Travis Minor 5-33 yds. Marvin Minnis 2-26 yds.
Defense (Tackles-TFL-Sacks) Lamont Green 17-2-0 Dexter Jackson 12-0-1 Jerry Johnson 8-1-0 Tay Cody 6-0-0 (1 PBU) Corey Simon 5-1-0
Field Goals Sebastian Janikowski 3-for-3 (28, 31, 20)
Making Completions Count
In 10 games, QB Chris Weinke set the Florida State single-season mark for
most yards per completion. Weinke connected on 145 passes for 2,487 yards
in 1998 for an average of 17.2 yards per completion. The school
single-season record was 15.6, set by Eric Thomas in 1984 (78 for 1,218).
The career mark of 14.6 was set by Gary Huff, 1970-72, he finished with
6,378 yards on 436 completions. The single-season ACC record is 18.77 by
Bruce Shaw of NC State (1972).
An injured Chris Weinke left the Virginia game with 218 pass attempts in a
row without an interception. Weinke’s eight game streak without an
interception also ranks as one of the most impressive runs in Florida State
history. Since his six-interception game at NC State, Weinke has completed
115 passes in 218 attempts for 2,037 yards and 17 touchdowns without an
INT. Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward put together a similar stretch
(110-of-160 for 1,278 yards and 11 TD) during the 1993 National
Championship season. After an interception in the first series against
North Carolina, Ward rolled through the next four complete games before
being picked off at Notre Dame. Weinke had more completions, touchdowns
and yards during his streak.
Coles Breaks the Century Mark For the First Time
Junior wide receiver Laveranues Coles had the first 100-yard receiving game
of his career in the 39-13 win over North Carolina. The Jacksonville,
Fla., native had 120 yards and a touchdown on a season-high five
receptions. Coles has seen time at both wide receiver and tailback – the
position he played upon his arrival at Florida State – this season. He ran
for 82 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown, on three carries at Georgia
Tech two weeks ago. Coles has become a multi-dimensional threat as he has
scored touchdowns three ways this season – rushing, receiving and kickoff
return. He is averaging 19.1 yards every time he touches the ball this
Home Sweet Home
Florida State enters this week’s contest with a 39-game (38-0-1) unbeaten
streak in Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles have won 22 straight
contests in their home facility. The Seminoles last loss in Doak was a
17-16 setback in the 1991 home finale against Miami. The lone tie was a
31-31 contest against Florida in 1994.
On the Tube
Florida State has posted a 47-16-2 record when playing on ABC. The
Seminoles are 115-34-4 when playing on television.
Seminoles Rank High In Graduating, Too
It a recent survey by the NCAA, Florida State ranked seventh among Division
I-A football schools in graduation rates. Just 15 of the 25 schools in the
USA Today Top 25 poll had a better graduation rate than the Division I-A
average of 53 percent. The Seminoles checked in at 62 percent, while Notre
Dame ranked first with 80 percent. Among schools in the Sunshine state,
FSU ranks first with a 62 percent graduation rate, followed by Miami (61
percent) and then Florida (41 percent).
Five In A Row
Florida is 0-4-1 in Doak Campbell Stadium since a 17-13 win over FSU in
1986, and winless since Steve Spurrier became head coach in 1990. In fact,
the Seminoles have won eight of the last 11 games against the Gators.
If recent history holds, the Florida State-Florida finale will be a close
game and if that is the case the Seminoles have been the more successful
team of late. Florida State won by three points (24-21) two years ago in
Tallahassee and Florida won by the same margin (32-29) last year in
Gainesville. Sandwiched between the regular season games was UF’s 52-20
win in the ’96 Sugar Bowl. Since 1994, Florida State has won 75 percent
(7-2-1) of its games that were decided by seven points or less, while
Florida has won 50 percent of its close games, posting a 5-5-1 record.
Florida State’s 10-1 record assures the Seminoles that they will continue
one of the most remarkable records in college football. Florida State is
the only program in the history of Div. I-A football to post at least 10
wins in 12 consecutive seasons. The last time FSU did not reach the 10-win
mark was in 1986. FSU is also the only program in history to finish among
the AP Top Four for 11 straight seasons, another streak they are trying to
Stepping It Up In the Second Half
Florida State has outscored their 1998 opponents by a margin of 201-45 in
the second half including an 101-20 total in the third quarter. The
Seminoles own a 162-81 scoring edge in the first half this season.
The Winningest Program in the ’90s
With Nebraska’s three losses this season, they also lost the distinction as
the winningest college football program in the ’90s. Florida State had been
the most successful program this decade until last season’s Big 12
Championship game, which the Cornhuskers won to give them the edge. The
Seminoles are 96-12-1 during the ’90s for an .885 winning percentage.
Nebraska is 95-14-1 (.868) during the same span.
‘Noles Impressive Versus National Champs
Since the 1987 season, 12 teams have won or shared a national championship
– Miami (1987, ’89, ’91), Notre Dame (1988), Colorado (1990), Georgia Tech
(1990), Washington (1991), Alabama (1992), Florida State (1993), Nebraska
(1994, ’95, ’97), Florida (1996), Michigan (1997). Since that 1987 season,
Florida State has played against nine of those 12 schools, excluding
Colorado, Alabama and Washington. During that span, the Seminoles have
posted a 28-11-1 record against the national champs. FSU is 15-4-1 in its
last 20 games against those teams.
Coles Accomplishes Rare Feat
Laveranues Coles has done this season what only one other Seminole has done
during the Bowden Era (since 1976). Coles has scored a touchdown three
different ways in the same season — on the ground, through the air and on
a return. Tamarick Vanover is the only other FSU player to do this under
Bowden’s tenure. Vanover had four scores on receptions, one rushing TD and
returned two kickoffs to the endzone in 1992. This season, Coles returned
a kickoff for a TD against Duke, rushed 60 yards for a score against
Georgia Tech and has scored on three TD catches this season.
Running It In
Florida State had five different players rush for a TD against Virginia —
Lamarr Glenn, Chris Weinke, Travis Minor, Jeff Chaney and Raymont Skaggs.
It was the first time that the Seminoles had five different players run for
a TD since the 1992 Maryland game when FSU scored six times on the ground.
In that game, Tiger McMillon, Charlie Ward, William Floyd, and Zack
Crockett each scored once, while Clyde Allen had two rushing touchdowns
against the Terrapins in the 69-21 win. The Cavaliers had given up just
four rushing touchdowns this season before last week’s game.
FSU-FLORIDA FAST FACTS
Florida State vs. Florida
1991 FSU 9 26-37 51-24-305 77-342 2 7-65
UF 14 39-117 30-13-208 69-325 3 8-75
1992 FSU 45 32-140 47-27-331 79-471 1 12-111
UF 24 30-41 55-24-313 85-354 4 10-83
1993 FSU 33 35-120 53-38-446 88-566 3 5-27
UF 21 15-(-33) 52-25-407 67-389 2 6-39
1994 FSU 31 27-98 53-40-421 80-519 3 5-50
UF 31 30-85 36-21-304 66-389 2 6-39
1994* FSU 23 30-76 41-24-325 71-401 0 7-62
UF 17 29-5 43-30-449 72-454 3 8-57
1995 FSU 24 27-138 44-17-184 71-322 3 4-40
UF 35 40-94 41-25-443 81-587 2 9-82
1996 FSU 24 35-183 33-13-134 68-317 1 12-143
UF 21 28-81 48-23-362 76-443 3 7-80
1996* FSU 20 21-42 42-17-271 63-313 2 14-115
UF 52 43-168 34-18-306 77-474 1 15-102
1997 FSU 29 34-141 39-23-219 73-360 2 5-43
UF 32 31-163 36-19-336 67-499 2 8-55
Total FSU 283 306-1131 427-237-2967 733-4098 17 82-749
UF 277 325-854 424-227-3479 749-4383 25 87-658
Avg. FSU 28.3 30.6-113.1 42.7-23.7-296.7 73.3-409.8 1.7 8.2-74.9
UF 27.7 32.5-85.4 42.4-22.7-347.9 74.9-438.3 2.5 8.7-65.8
FACTS ABOUT THE SERIES SINCE 1990
Bobby Bowden vs. Steve Spurrier
1995 (not including 1994 tie). FSU has out-rushed the Gators in seven of
the last 10 meetings and posted a 5-4-1 record over that span.
1991 FSU 9 26-37 51-24-305 77-342 2 7-65 UF 14 39-117 30-13-208 69-325 3 8-75 1992 FSU 45 32-140 47-27-331 79-471 1 12-111 UF 24 30-41 55-24-313 85-354 4 10-83
1993 FSU 33 35-120 53-38-446 88-566 3 5-27 UF 21 15-(-33) 52-25-407 67-389 2 6-39
1994 FSU 31 27-98 53-40-421 80-519 3 5-50 UF 31 30-85 36-21-304 66-389 2 6-39
1994* FSU 23 30-76 41-24-325 71-401 0 7-62 UF 17 29-5 43-30-449 72-454 3 8-57 1995 FSU 24 27-138 44-17-184 71-322 3 4-40 UF 35 40-94 41-25-443 81-587 2 9-82 1996 FSU 24 35-183 33-13-134 68-317 1 12-143 UF 21 28-81 48-23-362 76-443 3 7-80
1996* FSU 20 21-42 42-17-271 63-313 2 14-115 UF 52 43-168 34-18-306 77-474 1 15-102
1997 FSU 29 34-141 39-23-219 73-360 2 5-43 UF 32 31-163 36-19-336 67-499 2 8-55 Total FSU 283 306-1131 427-237-2967 733-4098 17 82-749 UF 277 325-854 424-227-3479 749-4383 25 87-658
Avg. FSU 28.3 30.6-113.1 42.7-23.7-296.7 73.3-409.8 1.7 8.2-74.9 UF 27.7 32.5-85.4 42.4-22.7-347.9 74.9-438.3 2.5 8.7-65.8
FACTS ABOUT THE SERIES SINCE 1990
“I felt that last week against Virginia everything was coming together.
The offense was getting there and the defense was playing great and our
special teams were good.
“Our defense had a good day other than penalties against Wake, but I
just could not believe how easily they got to our passer. They did have to
blitz to do it, but they put pressure on him so easily. That is very
“Just looking at their game last week against South Carolina and our game
if we both played the same way they (Florida) would beat us by a good 10-14
points. We’ve got to play better. We’ve nearly got to go back to square
“One thing we did against Wake was not allow our quarterback enough
time to throw. I didn’t think they could do that. When we needed some
great catches we didn’t get them and when we had a great run it would come
back because of a penalty.
“We’re right back to where we were when Weinke broke in. The
quarterbacks have the potential to do it, but we’re just finding out what
they can do. We found out how far they are against Wake and it is not as
far as I had hoped, but it’s normal. I think we know what to concentrate
on to do our best against Florida.
“Doug Johnson has a great arm and is a great talent. Doug went to our
camps and I really liked him. What he’s doing I thought I saw when he was
very young. I’ve never seen him as accurate as he was against USC. But
there is not a better teacher in the country than Steve Spurrier for the
quarterbacks. I’ve got to figure a way to blitz Spurrier.
“The biggest difference between our defense this year and the previous
three or four years is that our secondary is playing much better. In years
past if a quarterback avoided a sack, he could find an open receiver. This
year we have covered much better, but we have not gotten the same pressure
on the quarterback either.
“They’re defense is just outstanding. Great athletes among the front
seven and they are very much like us in that respect. They’re strength is
that defensive line and the defense as a whole.”
WR Ron Dugans
“Its good that we won the ACC title by beating Wake Forest, but I want to
win an ACC title and a national title. Its always good to win an ACC
title, we should do it every year. Outzen came in and did a good job. He’s
a young quarterback and got off to a little bit of a slow start. Weinke
started off slow and he really came along well, so I still have a
lot of confidence in Marcus. All the offense has to do is come together as
a team and we’ll be all right.”
CB Mario Edwards
On four interceptions against Wake Forest – “You know how it is, you sneak
your hand it the cookie jar and take one cookie. Its good until you look
around and see mom isn’t looking so you get two or three more. That’s kind
of how I felt. After I got the first pick you could tell they were going to
throw the ball. Then I got the second pick and the rest just fell into
place. I did a lot of studying before the Wake game. I wanted to make
plays because I
knew Chris (Weinke) was going to be out. I wanted to do my part to help
the team win. What we tried to do defensively was to get the offense the
ball back and let the quarterback try and make something happen. Marcus is
young and he just needs game experience and that’s what he got last
“If we would have lost that game it would have ruined our season, but I
don’t think we did anything that makes us lose any confidence for Florida.
I’m sure our coaching staff will see what needs to be done and we’ll get it
done this week in practice. Florida will be the biggest challenge we have
faced in the secondary this season. Everyone in the country knows about
their passing offense.”
QB Marcus Outzen
“We were timid out there against Wake Forest on offense. We did some good
things, but the mistakes and penalites hurt us. It was important for me to
get out there and get my feet wet. I don’t think I played all that bad,
but we’ve obviously got to get better offensively next week. We can’t play
like that again. We didn’t move the ball the way we wanted to move the
ball. I think we will be more fired up next week. We didn’t have much
enthusiasm in the Wake game. We know what’s ahead and where we have to be.
Playing against Florida is something I’ve always dreamed of and its going
to come true. I just have to make the best of it.”
CB Tay Cody
“Last year game against Florida is motivation for us (the secondary). I
never realized the meaning of the rivalry until we lost that game. We will
have to stay totally focused this week in practice and then turn it loose
on Saturday. Our segment has been great the entire year, but this week is
our final exam.”