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Another Tough ACC Test For No. 2 Florida State Football

Sept. 11, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Riding the momentum of the nation’s longest winning streak, No. 2
Florida
State braces itself for what could be another close Atlantic Coast
Conference
matchup as it plays host to North Carolina on Saturday.

The Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 ACC) avoided a major upset and extended their
winning streak to 14 games with a hard-fought 26-21 conference victory over
Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Boasting a tough defense, North Carolina (2-0, 1-0) could prove to be
just
as much of a challenge.

Having allowed just 19 yards on 27 carries this season, the Tar Heels
are
second in the nation in run defense.

The bad news for North Carolina is that it has never beaten the
Seminoles,
posting an 0-10-1 record in the all-time series. That drought includes a
42-10
defeat last season.

Florida State, which is 63-2 in ACC contests since joining the
conference in
1992, wasn’t dominant in Saturday’s contest but did have its moments.

Chris Weinke, who came back to school in hopes of leading Florida State
to
another national title, threw for a career-high 443 yards against the Yellow
Jackets to become the school’s all-time leading passer. The 28-year-old
senior
passed both Danny Kanell and Gary Huff, having thrown for 6,433 yards.

While the Seminoles’ passing offense has excelled – they rank third in
the
nation with 390.5 yards passing per game – the running game has been
relatively
ineffective.

Florida State has amassed only 130 yards on 70 carries this season.
Taking
on a stout Tar Heels defense, the Seminoles’ rushing attack doesn’t figure
to
improve any time soon.

North Carolina is led by defensive end Julius Peppers, who bounced back
from
a sub-par season opener to record two sacks and return a fumble 12 yards for
a
touchdown in the team’s 35-14 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.

“He is pretty much the best defensive end I’ve ever seen,” Tar Heels
linebacker Sedrick Hodge said. “He’s a freak. He’s going to make even more
plays.”

North Carolina did get some bad news following Saturday’s game.
Starting
senior linebacker Merceda Perry will miss the rest of the season after
fracturing his right ankle in the first half.

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