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Father Against Son When Florida State Hosts Clemson

Nov. 1, 2000

Associated Press

TALLAHASSE, Fla. — More than family bragging rights will be on the line when Bobby
Bowden’s
fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles host son Tommy Bowden’s No. 10 Clemson
Tigers on Saturday.

The father-son combination faced each other last season at Clemson’s
Death
Valley. With 86,092 fans looking on, Bobby Bowden gained his 300th win by
beating his son 17-14. It was the first time in NCAA history that a father
opposed his son.

Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC) may be hard pressed to repeat last season’s
success,
as Florida State (8-1, 6-0) has completely dominated the Tigers at
Tallahassee
since it joined the ACC in 1992. The Seminoles have outscored the Tigers
156-3
in the four games.

That’s not really surprising, as the Seminoles have only lost once at
home
since 1989- a 17-16 defeat at the hands of Miami (FL) in 1991.

A win this weekend could earn the Tigers a share of the ACC title with
the
Seminoles, but a second ACC loss could set them up to fall behind Georgia
Tech
(4-2 ACC).

Last season, the Tigers held a team that was averaging over 40 points a
game
to only 17, and came back from a 14-0 deficit at the half. Only a missed
Tigers’ field goal with 1:57 left in the game stopped a complete comeback.

Florida State continued its dominance this past weekend trouncing No.
21
North Carolina State 58-14.

Travis Minor added a season-high 129 rushing yards to pull him within
44
yards of becoming only the third player in Florida State history to have
3000
yards.

Clemson may have to play without their star quarterback.

Woody Dantzler, who has led the Tigers to their best start since 1981,
had
to leave last week’s game against Georgia Tech in the second half for the
second time this season, after a first quarter hit reinjured his ankle.

“Of course, I’m concerned,” Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said about the
possibility that Dantzler won’t start next Saturday. “Just like I was
concerned last week. He’s going to be hit a lot and we’re going to have to
see
if he can take a significant hit.”

Backup quarterback Willie Simmons may find himself in the role of
starter.
Last week he tried to rally the team in the second half as he did on Oct. 22
against North Carolina in a 38-24 win, when he completed 10-of-18 for 228
yards
and a school record four touchdowns.

In the second half against Georgia Tech he was 9-of-18 for 131 yards
with a
touchdown, a sack and an interception, and failed to win only after Georgia
Tech’s Kerry Watkins’ one-handed, 16-yard touchdown catch with seven seconds
left made it 31-28 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.

The loss dropped the Tigers from the fifth rank to just barely holding
on to
their place in the top-ten.

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