Oct. 8, 2001
The No. 13 ranked Florida State Seminoles (3-1, 2-1 ACC) continued to prepare for Saturday’s game against No. 1 Miami (4-0, 2-0 BIG EAST) this afternoon. The team worked out for approximately two and a half hours (22 periods) at Ed Williamson practice fields. Practice began with fundamental drills for the first few periods before the team moved on to work against Hurricane scout teams.
“Normally Monday is a light day, but today was more like a normal Tuesday practice in full pads,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We had a little goal line scrimmage and went 11-on-11. We also worked on the kicking game. The kicking game is going to be very important this week.”
The nation’s longest home winning streak is on the line as Florida State has won 37 straight at Doak Campbell Stadium. The winning streak, which dates back to a 31-31 tie with Florida in 1994, ranks 12th in NCAA history. In addition, the Seminoles have not lost since 1991, an unbeaten streak of 54 games. Miami was the last team to beat Florida State in Doak Campbell Stadium by a score of 17-16 in that 1991 season.
“I don’t have to bring that (the streak) up much because they are all aware and they knew it going into the season,” said Bowden. “It is something that has built up on us, it just kind of happened. The players are aware of it and I am sure Miami is aware of it too.”
Miami enters the game on a 14-game winning streak dating back to a loss in week No. 2 of the 2000 season to Washington, 34-29. Miami is led by the No. 3 ranked scoring defense and Heisman Trophy candidate Ken Dorsey.
“As I watch film now, I get the same feeling that I had back in the 80’s when they had those National Championship teams. They are just solid everywhere, very physical.”
This match-up marks the fiftieth year since the first meeting in 1951. Miami leads the tight series by a record of 24-20. Fifteen games in the history of this series have been decided by a touchdown or less. This marks the third straight meeting where one of the two teams is ranked No. 1 coming into the match-up.
The game is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ABC. The Seminoles will return to practice on Tuesday at 3:30 to continue to prepare for this weekends game against Miami.
No significant new injuries were reported after today’s practice.