Nov. 11, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (7-3, 6-0 ACC) began work for Saturday’s Homecoming game against North Carolina (2-8, 0-6 ACC). The Seminoles are coming of a 21-13 victory over Georgia Tech and are in sole possession of first place in the ACC. Florida State can clinch a share of the ACC championship with a win on Saturday. The team used the short 10-period practice to begin work on special teams and to introduce Tar Heel scout teams.
“We had a pretty good practice out there tonight,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We worked inside at first on agilities and scout teams. The offense came out first followed by the defense as they continued to look at tape on North Carolina. They’ve (North Carolina) got young talent and have been unfortunate by mistakes, but they’re a dangerous team. They really manhandled us last year, so we know what they are capable of.”
Florida State leads the all-time series 11-1-1, including a 5-0-1 mark in Doak Campbell Stadium against the Tar Heels. North Carolina is coming of a 42-13 loss to Clemson.
The Seminoles suffered their first-ever loss to the Tar Heels last season in Chapel Hill. Qarterback Darian Durant threw for two TD’s, Ronald Curry threw for a touchdown and ran for another as North Carolina went on to a 41-9 victory over then No. 6 Florida State.
Florida State junior cornerback Stanford Samuels was recognized as the ACC Defensive Back of the Week. Samuels had two interceptions, returning one 82 yards for a touchdown, in the Seminoles’ 21-13 win over Georgia Tech. The 5-10, 190-pound cornerback out of Miami, Fla., also had four tackles, including three solo efforts, a pass break-up and a team-high three third down stops.
Saturday’s game against North Carolina is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised regionally on ABC.
Injury Report: No new injuries were reported.