Aug. 27, 2007
Bobby Bowden is 28-3 in season-openers since taking over as head coach in 1976. This will mark the tenth time in the last 16 years FSU has opened the season with an ACC opponent. The only time FSU has lost a season-opener against an ACC opponent was 2004 versus
FSU in ACC Openers
1992 Duke* 48-21
1993 @ Duke 45-7
1995 vs. Duke* 70-26
1996 Duke* 44-7
1998 @ NC State 7-24
1999 Georgia Tech 41-35
2001 @ Duke* 55-13
SEASON-OPENERS ON THE ROAD
Monday night’s game in Clemson will represent the 30th time in FSU football history that the Seminoles have opened a season away from
…Played its ACC opener away from Doak Campbell Stadium in
UNDEFEATED AND ON OPPOSITE SIDELINES
Since 1980, a total of 27 Division I-A football teams have finished a season undefeated and untied. During that span of 28 years, both
The Bowden Family And Undefeated Teams
Year Coach Team Record National Finish
1993 Terry Bowden
1998 Tommy Bowden Tulane 12-0-0 7th/AP
1999 Bobby Bowden
Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is 3-5 against his father in the Bowden Bowl. He picked up his first victory over
Two of Tommy Bowden’s three wins in the series have come in
In last year’s game cornerback Tony Carter became the first Seminole player to ever return a PAT for points. Not only did the All-American candidate return the PAT but later in the game he took a blocked field goal back for six points. At one point in the second quarter, Carter had outscored Clemson 8-7.
No Clemson QB has ever thrown for 300 yards versus a Seminole defense. The closest any Tiger quarterback has come to that mark was in 2002 when Willie Simmons passed for 293 yards. In 20 all-time meetings, Clemson QB’s has thrown for 200 yards or less 12 times and 115 yards or less eight times.
Clemson will enter the season-opener versus FSU with one of the most heralded backfields in the nation. The Seminole defense will have its hands full with CJ Spiller and James Davis but the two Clesmson backs will also be fighting a little bit of history. Since the two teams began playing in 1992 as conference foes, only one Tiger RB has hit the century mark versus the
The last time FSU allowed a Clemson receiver to catch over 100 yards worth of passes was in 2005 when Chansi Stuckey caught 11 balls for 156 yards. That tied the best receiving day by a Tiger versus an FSU defense. In 1993 Terry Smith also totaled 156 receiving yards. Since FSU joined the ACC in 1992, the Tigers have only had five 100-yard receivers in the series but three of those have come in the last five years.
The two teams combined to fumble the ball seven times in last year’s game but only two of those fumbles were recovered by the opposing team.
The Seminoles are 13-0 vs. the Tigers when scoring 24 or more points.
In 2005’s game at
Peter Warrick’s 249 yards receiving against Clemson in 1997 ranks as the third-highest single-game total in school history.
Chris Weinke completed the longest pass and longest touchdown pass in school history, 98 yards to Snoop Minnis, vs. Clemson on Nov. 4, 2000. In that game, Weinke passed for 521 yards, the second-highest yardage total in FSU history.
In the 1988 meeting between the two schools, LeRoy Butler set an FSU record with a 78-yard non-touchdown run in the now-famous “Puntrooksie” game. Four years later in 1992, Clyde Allen broke the mark, a record that still stands, when he scampered 84 yards vs.