October 20, 1999 - by
Bowden, No. 1 Seminoles Continue Work For Clemson

Oct. 20, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team (7-0) continued to
prepare to defend its No. 1 ranking Saturday against Clemson (3-3) with a
two-hour practice Wednesday afternoon.

A win on Saturday at Clemson would make Florida State Head Coach
Bobby Bowden one of five Division I-A coaches with 300 wins. FSU is 5-0
all-time at Clemson and 2-0 this year on the road, with one of those road
wins coming against Duke in Jacksonville.

“I would rank it (Memorial Stadium in Clemson) with some of the top
stadiums in the country with the noise, the spirit and the atmosphere,”
said Bowden.

Scout team preparation Wednesday focused on a Clemson offense that
has scored over 30 points five times this year and is averaging close to 25
points a game in three home games.

“I think it’s going to be a tough test because of the
circumstances,” said Bowden. “The fact that Clemson is really coming on,
and their offense is really improving. They are putting points up and they
are moving the ball. They are tough to defend as you can tell, and they
have had two very big upsets against Virginia and Maryland.”

Defense highlights from Wednesday’s practice included interceptions
by senior cornerback Mario Edwards and senior safety Sean Key. Junior
linebacker Brian Allen recorded a sack and redshirt freshman cornerback
Malcolm Tatum made the defensive play of the day with a one-handed
interception during one minute drills.

Offensively, sophomore wide receiver Talman Gardner caught a
touchdown pass from junior quarterback Marcus Outzen. Outzen also hooked
up with true freshman Anquan Boldin for the offensive play of the day, an
over-the-shoulder catch by Boldin for a 25-yard gain.

There were no new injuries to report today.

The Seminoles will face the Clemson Tigers Saturday night at 7:00
p.m. Clemson is 0-3 in night games this year. The game will be covered
nationally on ESPN.

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