Sept. 6, 2002
No. 5 FLORIDA STATE (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
at Maryland (0-1)
Saturday, September 14 * 7:45 pm * ESPN
Byrd Stadium (48,055) * College Park, MD
SETTING THE SCENE: Junior tailback Greg Jones powered No. 5 Florida State to a 40-19 win over Virginia with a career-high 173 yards on the ground. The Seminoles recorded 397 rushing yards as a team against the Cavaliers, the highest total since a 401-yard outing against Wake Forest on October 14, 1995. Jones has now rushed for over 100 yards in four consecutive games and is averaging 143 yards per game this season. Two streaks were snapped in the win over UVa – Chris Rix’s streak of 13 games with a TD pass and Xavier Beitia’s streak of 47 consecutive kicks made (12 field goals, 35 extra points).
The defense bounced back from a disappointing performance against Iowa State, holding Virginia scoreless through the first three quarters. Junior cornerback Stanford Samuels broke up three passes, tallied three tackles and forced a fumble. Samuels and the FSU defense allowed UVa to convert just one third down in 13 opportunities. Junior defensive end Kevin Emanuel also played well as he totaled three tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble caused.
Last year against No. 10 Maryland, No. 19 Florida State broke open a 31-31 tie with three fourth quarter touchdown passes from Chris Rix to hand the Terps their only league loss (52-31) of the season. FSU leads the all-time series 12-0, which dates back to 1966. The Seminoles have won all 10 ACC meetings since joining the league in 1992. FSU has outscored Maryland by an average of 51.1 to 15.3 in those 10 ACC contests.
TELEVISION: ESPN: Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Mike Gottfried (color) & Adrian Karsten (sideline). Sunshine: Paul Kennedy (play-by-play), Keith Jones (color) & Tom Block (sideline). Sunshine tape delay: Sunday 7:00 pm & Monday 12:30 pm.
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) & Peter Tom Willis (color).