Sept. 29, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 11 Florida State football team practiced for 22 periods in shells Sunday afternoon in preparation for Thursday night’s nationally televised game against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson. Following warm-ups and special team drills, the Seminoles offensive and defensive squads worked on drills against Clemson scout teams.
“I think they probably have more skill than anybody we’ve played yet,” commented head coach Bobby Bowden on upcoming opponent Clemson. “They’re like us, they’ve got a bunch of receivers and a couple of them are good sprinters. We tried to recruit two or three of them. They’ve got a quarterback who is very good. I think the quarterback is more effective this year than last year.”
This week’s game will mark the fourth meeting between coach Bowden and his son Tommy Bowden. The Seminoles are 3-0 in father-son series. Clemson will enter Thursday night’s game at Doak Campbell Stadium will record of 3-1, matching their all-time record against FSU in Tallahassee.
The match-up will pit two of the three remaining ACC team that are undefeated in conference play. The Seminoles sit atop the ACC with a 3-0 conference mark, while the Tigers share a tie for second with NC State at 1-0.
“They are very skilled offensively and defensively they’re playing better,” stated Bowden. “I believe they’re the most polished team I’ve seen since we played up there in ’99.”
Thursday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN with kickoff scheduled for 7:45 p.m. This will be the Seminoles second-straight Thursday night game.
Today’s Injury Report: There are no new injuries to report.