Oct. 20, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 6 ranked Florida State Seminoles (6-1, 5-0 ACC) practiced for about an hour and a half on Monday evening in preparation for this weekend’s match-up against Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2 ACC). Practice was spent working on correcting mistakes from the Virginia game and individual drills before working against Demon Deacon scout teams. Three Seminoles (Allen Augustin, Xavier Beitia and Michael Boulware) were named ACC Players of the Week.
“This game here worries me because people don’t like to play Wake Forest,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They’re too good without a big name (player). They’re (Wake Forest) playing real good and they ran up and down the field last week (against Duke). You’ve just got to be ready to play each week.”
The Seminoles are coming off a 19-14 win at Virginia to remain undefeated in conference play, while the Demon Deacons routed Duke 42-13 after taking a 42-0 halftime lead. FSU leads currently second in the nation in scoring defense (10.4) and is seventh in total defense (273.6 ypg).
This will be the 22nd meeting between the Seminoles and Demon Deacons. Florida State has won 11 in a row and leads the all-time series 18-2-1 over Wake Forest. The last win for the Demon Deacons came in 1973 when the Seminoles fell to Wake Forest 9-7. FSU holds a 13-1-1 advantage in the series when playing in Tallahassee. Florida State defeated the Demon Deacons last season by a score of 34-21. Wake Forest running back Tarence Williams ran for 149 yards on 19 carries to lead all rushers.
In other news, Allen Augustin, Xavier Beitia and Michael Boulware were each named ACC Players of the Week following their performances at Virginia. Middle linebacker Allen Augustin was named defensive lineman of the week after he totaled nine tackles, including six solos, in the Seminoles’ 19-14 win over Virginia. He also added one tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure. Augustin and the Florida State defense held the Cavaliers to just 99 yards in the second half, including 18 yards rushing. The Special teams player of the week was Xavier Beitia. Beitia tied a career-high with four field goals, connecting from 34, 38, 47 and 39 yards. Beitia is 9 of 12 this year on field goal attempts and 41 of 54 for his career. His 13 points in the game moved him into sixth place on the Florida State all-time scoring list (245). Outside linebacker Michael Boulware was named the defensive back of the week as he tied a career-high with 16 tackles (11 solos). The 6-3, 222-pound senior forced a fumble, had two pass break-ups and four third down stops.
FSU will host Wake Forest this Saturday, October 25. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. and will be carried live on ABC.