September 20, 1999 - by
Bowden Says Club Is Coming Together

Sept. 20, 1999



By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State has already beaten three
formidable
teams this season – and they haven’t even come together yet.

“We still have not played up to our potential,” said Seminoles coach
Bobby
Bowden after his team’s 42-11 victory Saturday over North Carolina State.

“We haven’t been impressive yet,” Bowden added Sunday. “We’ve been
winning because we have superior personnel.”

Florida State’s defense forced six Jamie Barnette turnovers and Sebastian
Janikowski matched a school-record with five field goals to bail out the
Seminoles’ sluggish offense in the win over the Wolfpack.

Florida State (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is averaging 41.3
points
a game and giving up 17.7 in victories over the 25th-ranked Wolfpack, No. 10
Georgia Tech and Louisiana Tech, which upset Alabama on Saturday.

The Seminoles remained in the top spot of the Associated Press Top 25
poll
this week.

“You can have all them great players, but you’ve still got to put them
together,” Bowden said. “You’ve got to peak in November.”

Florida State’s offense struggled most of the game.

Quarterback Chris Weinke overthrew several receivers and for the first
time
in 13 starts at Florida State failed to throw a TD pass.

North Carolina State (3-1, 0-1) also contained Peter Warrick, limiting
him
to 75 yards on nine catches. Warrick did add 46 yards on punt returns but was
kept out of the end zone for the first time this season.

“It takes numbers for him to get the Heisman, he’s going to be
handicapped,” Bowden said Sunday, noting the Seminoles use up to eight wide
receivers a game and like to keep Warrick rested.

Bowden said Florida State is having some difficulty developing the
cohesiveness because of the number of players it works into the lineup to
develop depth. It may also be one of the reasons the Seminoles were flagged 11
times for 104 yards against North Carolina State.

“I was pleased with everything except the penalties,” he said. “We won’t
beat some of the people on our schedule with that many penalties.”

The win over North Carolina State was Florida State’s 100th this decade,
against 13 losses and one tie. Since successive losses to Miami and Florida to
close out the 1991 regular season, Florida State is 78-9-1, including a 56-2
mark in the ACC.

Bowden said early results around the country in 1999 have made him
appreciate his victories.

“It’s going to be that kind of a year I think … where you can be had,”
he said.

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