Sept. 15, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (3-0, 3-0 ACC) worked out for approximately an hour and a half on Monday evening in preparation for this week’s match-up against the Colorado Buffaloes (2-1, 0-0 Big 12). This will be the third of three straight home games for the Seminoles. Practice was used to work on conditioning, fundamental drills and correcting mistakes from the Georgia Tech game before the team began working against Colorado scout teams during the final portion of the practice. The ACC announced on Monday that junior defensive end Eric Moore was named Defensive Lineman of the Week.
“I see a really good team (in Colorado),” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They lost their starting quarterback and you can imagine what it’ll be like coming down here with your second string guy. The past couple of years, they have started off slow and gotten better each Saturday. That’s what we expect this week. They’re a bigger stronger team and don’t have many of the small guys.”
The Seminoles improved to 3-0 on the season and in the ACC with a 14-13 come from behind win over Georgia Tech this past weekend. Florida State’s defense held the Yellow Jackets to 69 yards total offense in the second half and FSU scored two touchdowns in the final 7:09 to seal the win. Eric Moore led the Seminole defense with 2.5 sacks in a game where the Florida State defense racked up seven sacks. Middle linebacker Allen Augustin led all tacklers with 19 on the night, while linebacker Michael Boulware recorded 18 tackles (15 solo) and a quarterback sack.
FSU will play its’ first non-conference game this weekend against Colorado. The Seminoles and Buffaloes are meeting for the first time in the history of the two schools.
Colorado is coming off a 47-26 loss at home to Washington State. The last Big 12 team to visit Tallahassee was Texas Tech in 1987 with FSU winning 40-16. Florida State has played nine of the 12 teams in the Big 12 posting a record of 28-13 against those teams. The Colorado defense is allowing 32 points per game and Buffaloes’ offense is scoring 28 points per game on average.
In other news, junior Eric Moore was named the ACC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against the Yellow Jackets. Moore put together the best game of his career in the Seminoles’ 14-13 win over Georgia Tech. The 6-4, 247-pound junior recorded a career-best 2.5 sacks and five total tackles (four solo). Moore also forced a fumble and recovered another fumble, both in the second half. He led the team with four quarterback pressures and three QB knock-downs. Moore was named the defensive MVP (Tomahawk Player) by the coaching staff, as he helped Florida State hold the Jackets to just 69 yards of total offense in the second-half. The ‘Nole defense leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally in scoring defense (7.7 ppg), as well as leading the conference in total defense and ranking tenth nationally with 244 ypg
Florida State concludes a three game home stand this Saturday, September 20, against Colorado. The game will be televised live on ABC at 3:30 p.m.