Nov. 6, 2000
#4 FLORIDA STATE (8-1, 6-0 ACC)
vs #10 Clemson (8-1, 5-1 ACC)
Saturday, November 4 * 7:30 PM * ESPN
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000) * Tallahassee, FL
SETTING THE SCENE: Florida State, ranked No. 4 in both polls, stayed perfect
in conference play with a 58-14 win at No. 21 NC State. Senior tailback Travis
Minor (129 yards, two TDs) led an FSU ground attack that finished the night with
324 yards, the Tribe’s highest single game total since 1995. The Seminole de-fense
scored for the seventh time this season when Tay Cody returned an inter-ception
for a touchdown in the second quarter in Raleigh.
FSU leads the nation in total offense (535.3 yards per game) and pass-ing
offense (378.6 yards per game). Quarterback Chris Weinke, who has played
the last four games with a sprained left foot, leads the nation in passing yardage
(2,969) and touchdown passes (23-tie) while ranking third nationally in passing
efficiency (163.7). Weinke became the ACC’s leader in career touchdown passes
three weeks ago against Duke and is now 29-2 as FSU’s starting quarterback.
Biletnikoff semifinalist Marvin Minnis is the team’s leading receiver and
ranks 15th nationally in receiving yards per game (96.4). Fellow wide receiver
Atrews Bell has recorded 10 total touchdowns (nine receiving, one rushing) and
is tied for third in the ACC in scoring.
On the other side of the ball, FSU ranks fourth nationally in scoring de-fense
(11.4 points per game), eighth in total defense (274.6 yards per game) and
second in rushing defense (65.9 yards per game). Lombardi semifinalist Jamal
Reynolds leads the ACC with 11 sacks (which does not include a sack on a two-point
attempt). Reynolds has forced four fumbles and recorded two safeties.
FSU has won 33 straight games at Doak Campbell Stadium and has not
lost in at home in 50 consecutive games (Both currently lead the nation). Addi-tionally,
the Seminoles are 36-0 at home in ACC play (since 1992).