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#5 FSU vs. #4 Florida in Top Ten Football Matchup

November 15, 1998




Saturday, November 21, 1998

  • 3:30 p.m.

    Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000)

  • Tallahassee, FL

    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.

    TELEVISION: ABC. Talent: TBA.
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    FLORIDA STATE

    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

    Florida

    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.

    Kicking It
    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
    ACC record.

  • Janikowski tied an FSU record with five field goals, in six attempts, in
    the win over Maryland. In that game, he matched Bill Capece’s record set
    on October 11, 1980 against Pittsburgh.

  • Janikowski also now holds the ACC season kick scoring record with 112
    points. The previous record of 100 was set by Scott Bentley (FSU) in 1996.

  • He is second in the nation with 2.18 field goals per game. In fact, he
    is just one of three kickers in the country averaging over two field goals
    per game.

  • Janikowski has booted 44 of 73 (60.3%) kickoffs for touchbacks.
  • Janikowski is also a Lou Groza Award semifinalist.

    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.


    Minor Miracles
    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).


    Interception-Less Streak
    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
    season.

    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.
    Revenge Can Be Sweet
    The Seminoles are 26-19 (.578) during the Bowden era when facing teams that
    beat them in the previous match-up. Florida State is 7-3 in “revenge”
    games in the 1990s.


    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.


    Close Call
    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.

    Another 10
    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
    keep alive.


    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

  • The game will be the 11th straight match-up with both teams ranked among
    the Top 10.

  • Florida State has had 10 wins going into the Florida game five times
    (regular season).

  • FSU has not had more than one loss going into this game since an 8-2 mark
    in 1990.

  • Under Bobby Bowden, FSU has a 9-6-1 record against the Gators in November.

  • The Seminoles are 7-3 against Florida when FSU is ranked in the Top 5 at
    kickoff.

  • FSU has outscored Florida 283-277 since Steve Spurrier took over at
    Florida in 1990.

    Florida State vs. Florida
    Bobby Bowden vs. Steve Spurrier Year Score Rushes Passing Total Off. TO Penalties Att-Yds Att-Comp-Yds Plays-Yds No-Yds 1990 FSU 45 39-156 24-14-331 63-487 0 11-93 UF 30 40-133 49-29-351 89-484 3 12-70

    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

  • The team who has rushed for more yardage has won every game except for
    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.

  • Florida has only rushed for more than 100 yards four times in the past 10
    games.

  • With the exclusion of the 1994 tie and the 1997 contest when both FSU and
    UF each committed two turnovers, the team who committs the least turnovers
    is 6-2 since 1990.
    BOWDEN TALKS
    “I really don’t feel much better after watching the films (of the Wake
    Forest game). That’s probably the worst I’ve felt since the NC State game
    because we looked so futile at times with the biggest game of the year
    coming up.

    “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
    disappointing.

    “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 offensively.

    “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.”


    Players Talk

    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
    Saturday.


    “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.”

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