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Florida State Finalizes 1999 Football Schedule

February 24, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University Athletics Director Dave
Hart announced today that the Seminoles will host Louisiana Tech on
Saturday, August 28 to open the 1999 football season.

“Given the circumstances and timing of our search for an 11th
football game, I think we are very fortunate to be able to play Louisiana
Tech on national television on ESPN2 on the evening of August 28,” said
Hart.

The game will feature two of the nation’s top returning
quarterbacks in Louisiana Tech’s Tim Rattay and FSU’s Chris Weinke. Rattay
led the nation in total offense last season (403.3 yards per game) and was
fourth in passing efficiency (164.8). Weinke, who will enter the game with
a streak of 218 passes without an interception, ranked 24th in total
offense (231.9) and 26th in passing efficiency (141.5) in 10 games.

“The cooperation and assistance we received from our television
partners, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA during this frantic
process was very gratifying,” said Hart. “The chances of landing a
Division I-A opponent and maintaining a broad base of television exposure
were not very good going into it.”

The game will be FSU’s fourth-ever contest on ESPN2, the fastest
growing cable network of all-time. The Tribe defeated Southern Miss in
1996, and Clemson and Wake Forest last year on
the network.

“I also respect what Jim Oakes and his coaches are trying to do to
build Louisiana Tech into a nationally recognized football program,” said
Hart. “We went through the road warrior phase at Florida State during
Bobby’s (Bowden) early years here and East Carolina went through it during
my tenure there. Louisiana Tech has some outstanding skill players and
they know how to play, pitch and catch. The fans will enjoy it.”

Rattay and the Bulldogs ended the year ranked first nationally in
passing offense, second in total offense and fourth in scoring offense.
They will face a Seminole defense that returns seven starters from a unit
that led the country in total defense and pass efficiency defense, and
finished second in rushing yardage and points allowed.

Florida State owns a 1-2 overall record against Louisiana Tech.
The Seminoles lost to the Bulldogs in 1952 and 1953, but won the last
meeting in Tallahassee in 1988.

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