Sept. 24, 2001
#15 FLORIDA STATE (2-1, 1-1 ACC)
vs Wake Forest (2-1, 0-1 ACC)
Saturday, September 29 * 7:00 pm * SUN PPV
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000) * Tallahassee, FL
SETTING THE SCENE: The Florida State Seminoles, ranked No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, look to bounce back from last week’s loss at North Carolina as they return to Doak Campbell Stadium to host Wake Forest. The loss at UNC was FSU’s third conference loss since joining the ACC in 1992, a record of 71-3.
After going without a turnover in the first two games of the season, Florida State had five turnovers (four fumbles and one interception) in last Saturday’s loss at North Carolina. After leading 9-7 at the half, North Carolina scored the final 34 points of the game to hand FSU its worst loss since the 1997 Sugar Bowl vs. Florida (52-20). The Seminoles managed just 224 yards of total offense (88 rushing, 136 passing) against the Tar Heels while giving up 301 yards.
Florida State owns the nation’s longest home winning streak, which stands at 36 games. The streak ranks 12th in NCAA history and dates back to the 31-31 tie with Florida in 1994. FSU’s home unbeaten streak is 53 games, dating back to a 1991 loss to Miami. The Seminoles have not lost a conference game at Doak Campbell Stadium since joining the ACC in 1992, a record of 37-0.
The Seminoles lead the ACC in rushing defense (61.3 ypg) and are second in total defense (253.0 ypg). FSU ranks third in the league in scoring offense (31.0 ppg) and sixth in total offense (331.3). Javon Walker is third in the ACC in receiving yards per game (72.3) and Chris Rix is third in passing efficiency (136.5).
TELEVISION: Sunshine Network: Paul Kennedy (play-by-play), Keith Jones (color) & Tom Block (sideline reporter).
Sunshine tape delay: Sunday 7:00 pm & Monday 12:30 pm.
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) & Peter Tom Willis (color).