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At Last, Seminoles Have An Easy Game

Sept. 18, 2000


By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State finally had a blowout.

After struggling in their first two games this year – and for much of
last
year’s national title run as well – the No. 2 Seminoles routed North
Carolina
63-14 Saturday.

“We finally put a team away,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said
Sunday. “At least I saw it could happen.”

Although a good nucleus from the defending national champs returned
this
season, the Seminoles are going with a lot of newcomers.

Ten of the 72 players Florida State used in the game, scored against
North
Carolina.

“We tell our players ‘If you don’t make All-American it’s your
fault,”‘
Bowden said, noting most of Florida State’s games are on TV. “That’s the
way
we feel about it.”

Atrews Bell and Snoop Minnis, the team’s leading receiver, each
caught
two
touchdown passes from Chris Weinke in Saturday’s victory. Nick Maddox,
Matt
Munyon, Greg Jones and Chris Hope also added TDs.

“We got them on the run a little,” Weinke said. “We gave them a bunch
of
different looks.”

The 63 points were the most scored against North Carolina since
Virginia had
66 in 1912.

“I don’t want our players and coaches to ever forget the score of
this,”
Tarheels coach Carl Torbush said. “We didn’t do much to give ourselves a
chance in any fashion.”

Two fumbles in the second quarter led to Florida State touchdowns
that
turned the game into a runaway for the second straight year.

Florida State took a 36-7 lead midway through the second period. A
year
ago
the Seminoles scored 28 points in the first seven minutes in a 42-10
victory
at
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Florida State improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in their bid for a
ninth
straight Atlantic Coast Conference title, while North Carolina fell to
2-1,
1-1
in the league.

“You’ve got to learn from this game and move on,” Tarheels
quarterback
Ron
Curry said. “You see who’s going to give up and what type of players you
have
on your team.”

North Carolina scored on an 11-yard run by Anthony Saunders and
Curry’s
43-yard pass to Sam Aiken.

“Once you get down that big, you just start practicing,” said Curry,
who
threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked four times.

Weinke, who sat out the fourth quarter, passed for 262 of Florida
State’s
540 yards that included Travis Minor’s 112 on the ground against a North
Carolina run defense that was ranked No. 1 nationally going into the game.

“They pretty well hit on all cylinders today,” Torbush said.

Florida State has won 30 straight at Doak Campbell Stadium where it
has
not
lost in 47 games dating to November 1991. They are 64-2 since joining the
ACC
in 1992.

Florida State plays Louisville next week in the replacement game for
Auburn,
which paid $500,000 last year to get out of a home-and-home series with
the
Seminoles.

North Carolina returns home to meet Marshall.

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