October 25, 1999 - by
Florida State Football Release

Oct. 25, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After escaping Death Valley with a 17-14 win, No. 1 Florida State (8-0) hits the road for another ESPN night game at Virginia (4-3). With the win at Clemson, Bobby Bowden became just the fifth coach in NCAA Division I-A football to record 300 victories. The game also marked the first-ever meeting between father and son head coaches in college football history.

The Seminoles overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit at Clemson as the defense held the Tigers scoreless in the second stanza and the offense put up 14 points. Wide receiver Peter Warrick made his return from a two-game suspension and caught a career-high 11 passes for 121 yards. Travis Minor had his third 100-yard rushing day of the season and scored FSU’s only touchdown. The defense gave up just 70 total yards (43 rush, 27 pass) and held Clemson 0-for-7 on third downs after the half. Lombardi semifinalist Corey Simon had 10 total tackles (three for loss) and a sack.

The Seminoles won 45-14 against the Cavaliers last year in Tallahassee. Starting quarterback Chris Weinke was lost for the season with a severe neck injury after a sack late in the second quarter. Second-team quarterback Marcus Outzen and FSU’s defense answered the call in the second half as the Seminoles outscored Virginia 24-0 en route to the victory. Minor carried 28 times for 130 yards and a score while Warrick caught five passes for 123 yards.

Warrick leads the ACC with 7.8 catches per game and is averaging 104.8 yards per contest. He also leads the league in punt return average (14.5). Warrick has accounted for touchdowns in four different ways this season with four TD receptions, two TD runs, one TD pass and a punt return for a TD. Weinke is second in the ACC and 19th nationally with a passing efficiency rating of 139.4. On the other side of the ball, FSU leads the ACC in total defense (302.9) and scoring defense (16.4). The Seminoles rank among the top twenty in total defense (18th), scoring defense (12th), total offense (17th) and scoring offense (10th).


TELEVISION: ESPN. Talent: Ron Franklin, Mike Gottfried and Adrian Karsten.
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff, Peter Tom Willis.


GLADDEN’S 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Jim Gladden is celebrating his silver anniversary as a member of the FSU coaching staff in 1999. Gladden’s tenure is even longer than Bobby Bowden and is the second-longest in school history. Gladden has coached the defensive ends since 1996 and guided several current NFL standouts at that position, including Peter Boulware (Ravens), Reinard Wilson (Bengals) and Andre Wadsworth (Cardinals).


COACHING CONTINUITY
Along with Jim Gladden, several FSU coaches have been with the program for a number of years. Bowden’s nine assistants average more than 18 years of collegiate experience (166 years total). Only one coach has departed since the 1993 national championship season. Billy Sexton (24th season), Chuck Amato (18th season) and Mickey Andrews (16th season) are next in line behind Gladden in tenure. FSU’s coaching staff tenure is second only to Penn State’s nationally.


WARRICK’S STREAK REACHES 37
After missing two games, Peter Warrick returned to action against Clemson and recorded a career-high 11 receptions. He has now caught a pass in 37 consecutive games (including bowls). E.G. Green (now with the Indianapolis Colts) is the FSU record holder with 38 consecutive games with a catch from 1994-97. Warrick and Green were FSU’s starting receivers in 1997. Warrick sat out the Miami and Wake Forest games (suspension) and could break the record against Maryland.


MARK IT AT THE 20
Of Sebastian Janikowski’s 62 kickoffs this season, 46 have resulted in touchbacks (74.2%). Four kickoffs have gone throught the uprights and two others have bounced off the uprights this year.


SPREADING IT AROUND
With Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles out of the lineup, Chris Weinke completed passes to 11 different receivers in FSU’s 31-21 win over Miami. Against Wake Forest, Weinke threw to 10 different Seminoles, including all eight scholarship receivers (that dressed for the game).


BOWDEN REACHES 300 VICTORIES
Bobby Bowden became the fifth Division I-A coach to record 300 wins with the victory at Clemson. Bowden’s 300 wins rank second among active coaches behind only Penn State’s Joe Paterno.


ALL-TIME DIV. I-A COACHING VICTORIES

1. Paul "Bear" Bryant  323
2. Glenn "Pop" Warner  319
3. Joe Paterno         315
4. Amos Alonzo Stagg   314
5. Bobby Bowden        300


FSU & BOBBY BOWDEN’S SUCCESS

Florida State is the only team in the history of college football to finish among the Associated Press Top Four for 12 consecutive seasons.


FSU also has the NCAA record for most consecutive bowl victories as the Seminoles won 11 straight from 1986 to 1996.


The Seminoles are the only team in the history of the game to post a 14-game bowl unbeaten streak.


Florida State has won seven straight ACC championships and has lost just twice in 56 games against conference opponents.


FSU players have won the Heisman, Thorpe (twice), Butkus (twice), Unitas (twice), O’Brien, Maxwell, Lombardi and Groza Awards, all in the last 12 years.


Bowden is the only coach in college football history to post 12-straight, 10-win seasons.


Over the last 12 years, Florida State has won the Orange (3), Fiesta (2), Sugar (3), Blockbuster (1) and Cotton (1) Bowls.


Bowden owns the nation’s best all-time bowl winning percentage at .750 with a 16-5-1 mark. His 16 victories rank second all-time (19, Paterno). At FSU, Bowden is 15-4-1 in bowls.



ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Virginia was off last week after a 47-26 win at NC State on October 16th. That victory ended a two-game losing streak for the Cavaliers. Leading the way on offense is running back Thomas Jones, who ranks second in the country with an average of 158.4 rushing yards per game. Virginia is sixth in the ACC in scoring defense (25.4 points per game) and total defense (368.3 yards per game).

VIRGINIA QUICK FACTS

Coach: George Welsh (Navy ’56)
Overall Record: 180-124-4 (27th Season)
Record at Virginia: 125-78-3 (18th Season)
Location: Charlottesville, NC
Nickname: Cavaliers
Colors: Orange and Blue
Founded: 1819
Enrollment: 18,279


THE SERIES
Florida State leads the all-time series 6-1, with all games being played since Florida State began ACC play in 1992. Virginia handed the Seminoles their first-ever conference loss, a 33-28 contest in Charlottesville in 1995. In the other two games at Scott Stadium, FSU beat the Cavs 13-3 in 1992 and 47-21 in 1997.


FSU’S RECORD SUCCESS THIS DECADE
Florida State became the all-time winningest team of any decade in NCAA history with the victory over Wake Forest. The Seminoles are 105-13-1 this decade and have the nation’s best winning percentage (.887). Nebraska is second at 102-16-1 with Florida checking in at number three with a record of 99-19-1.

Only four others before the current runs of FSU and Nebraska in the 1990’s had recorded 100+ wins in a decade in college football history – Nebraska (103-20, 1980-89), Brigham Young (102-26, 1980-89), Oklahoma (102-13-3, 1970-79), Alabama (103-16-1, 1970-79). Only teams to compete at the Div. IA level for the entire decade were considered.


BOBBY BOWDEN AT A GLANCE

Alma Mater: Howard (now Samford), 1953
Overall Record: 300-85-4 (33rd season)
Record at FSU: 227-53-4 (24th season)
Home Record at FSU: 121-16-2
Record vs. Virginia: 8-1
Record at FSU vs. Virginia: 6-1
Bowl Record: 16-5-1

1999 VIRGINIA STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing

Dan Ellis  112-191, 1,367 yds. (10 TD, 8 INT)


Receiving

Kevin Coffey       17-248 yds. (4 TD)
Billy McMullen     16-265 yds. (2 TD)
Demetrius Dotson   11-217 yds.  
Ahmad Hawkins      15-181 yds. (1 TD)
Anthony Southern   14-142 yds. (1 TD)


Rushing

Thomas Jones      209-1,109 yds. (12 TD)
Arlen Harris       30-112 yds. 
Anthony Southern   10-29 yds.

1999 FLORIDA STATE STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing

Chris Weinke   161-273-2,239 yds. (15 TD, 9 INT)
Marcus Outzen    8-18-101 yds. (1 INT)


Receiving

Peter Warrick      47-629 yds. (4 TD)
Ron Dugans         30-490 yds. (1 TD)
Germaine Stringer   8-177 yards (1 TD)
Robert Morgan      11-148 yds.
Atrews Bell         9-146 yds. (3 TD)
Talman Gardner      7-123 yds.
Marvin Minnis       9-111 yds.
Anquan Boldin       8-93 yds. (2 TD)


Rushing

Travis Minor   139-640 yds. (6 TD) 
Nick Maddox     26-96 yds.
Peter Warrick    8-75 yds. (2 TD)
Jeff Chaney     26-100 yds. (1 TD)
Dan Kendra      29-75 yds. (1 TD)
Davy Ford       16-63 yds.


WEINKE SETS CAREER HIGH VS. WAKE
Chris Weinke’s 354 passing yards against Wake Forest set a new career-best for the junior. Weinke finished 19-of-36 with two touchdowns and one interception. His previous best was a 338-yard outing against UNC last season. He now has five career 300-yard passing games, which puts him in a tie for sixth in the FSU record books for 300-yard games.


NO PLACE LIKE DOAK
Florida State already owns the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak at 45 games and with Florida’s 40-39 overtime loss to Alabama earlier this year in Gainesville, FSU now owns the country’s longest home win streak at 28. The Seminoles have won 28 in a row in Doak Campbell Stadium. Miami, ranked No. 2 at the time, defeated top-ranked FSU 17-16 on Nov. 16, 1991. Seminole placekicker Gerry Thomas’ 34-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds to play sailed wide right, allowing the ‘Canes to win that game. Ironically, Florida placekicker Jeff Chandler’s extra point attempt in overtime against Alabama missed wide right, giving FSU the nation’s longest home winning streak.


PRESEASON NO. 1 FOR FIFTH TIME
Florida State opened the year at the top of the polls for the fifth time in school history. FSU was voted the AP preseason No. 1 in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995. In 1993, FSU became just the eighth team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason and end up as national champion. Oklahoma (1956, ’74, ’75, ’85), Tennessee (1951), Michigan State (1952) and Alabama (1978) were the others.


AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
Coach Bowden’s 1999 captains are WR Ron Dugans and OG Jason Whitaker (offense), DT Jerry Johnson and NG Corey Simon (defense) and LB Bobby Rhodes (special teams). Permanent captains are voted on by the team at the end of the season.


OFF TO A FAST START
For the sixth time in the Bobby Bowden era, Florida State has started the season 8-0. Here’s a look at those seasons and FSU’s record and ranking at the end of the year:

Year  Start   Final Record/AP Rank
1979  11-0    11-1/6th
1991  10-0    11-2/4th
1993   9-0    12-1/1st
1996  11-0    11-1/3rd
1997  10-0    11-1/3rd
1999   8-0    ??/??


‘NOLES IN PRESEASON MAGAZINES
In the preseason college football magazines, Florida State was picked No. 1 by Lindy’s, Street & Smith’s, Athlon’s and Football News (FSU was No. 2 in the Sporting News and SI with Penn St. No. 1). Peter Warrick, Corey Simon and Sebastian Janikowski were preseason All-America selections across the board. LB Brian Allen, CB Tay Cody, CB Mario Edwards, S Derrick Gibson, DT Jerry Johnson, RB Travis Minor, LB Tommy Polley, DE Jamal Reynolds, DE Roland Seymour, QB Chris Weinke and OG Jason Whitaker were listed on All-ACC preseason teams in at least one of the publications. Below are players rated nationally by position:


Brian Allen
Lindy’s No. 18 ILB


Ross Brannon
Sporting News’ No. 7 OT


Tay Cody
Lindy’s No. 15 CB


Ron Dugans
Lindy’s No. 27 WR


Mario Edwards
Sporting News’ No. 1 CB
Lindy’s No. 17 CB


S. Janikowski
Lindy’s No. 1 K
Sporting News’ No. 1 K


Jerry Johnson
Lindy’s No. 5 DT
Sporting News’ No. 7 DT


Travis Minor
Lindy’s No. 7 RB
Sporting News’ No. 7 RB


Tommy Polley
Lindy’s No. 13 OLB


Jamal Reynolds
Lindy’s No. 17 DE


Roland Seymour
Lindy’s No. 5 DE
Sporting News’ No. 3 DE


Corey Simon
Sporting News’ No. 1 DT
Lindy’s No. 1 DT


Tarlos Thomas
Lindy’s No. 11 OT


Peter Warrick
Lindy’s No. 1 WR
Sporting News’ No. 1 WR


Chris Weinke
Sporting News’ No. 6 QB


Also of note in the unit rankings, FSU’s wide receivers were rated no lower than third in the country (Street & Smith’s No. 1) and the defensive line was picked as the nation’s best by Lindy’s and Street & Smith’s. The only other unit to receive top billing was the offensive line (Sporting News). The offensive backfield’s lowest rating was fourth while the secondary’s lowest rating was sixth in the preseason magazines.


PASSING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
At his current pace, Chris Weinke would finish the year with 3,079 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. Those numbers would rank him third all-time in single season passing yardage and ninth all-time in single season touchdown passes. Adding those projected numbers to his career stats would put the junior fifth on both the career passing yardage list (5,648) and the career TD list (42).


WEINKE SETS ACC MARK
Chris Weinke established a new ACC record for consecutive passes without an interception in the Louisiana Tech game. Weinke’s touchdown pass to freshman Anquan Boldin tied Matt Blundin’s (Virginia) record of 231. The record was broken when Weinke hit Peter Warrick for five yards with 13:15 remaining in the first half. The streak ended at 237 when Weinke was intercepted just before the half. The streak of eight plus games without a pick ranks as one of the most impressive runs in school history.

Since throwing six interceptions at NC State last year, Weinke had completed 126 passes in 237 attempts for 2,140 yards and 18 touchdowns without an interception. Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward put together a similar stretch (110-of-160 for 1,278 yards and 11 TD) during the 1993 season. After an INT in the first series at UNC that year, Ward rolled through the next four games before being picked off at Notre Dame.


WARRICK JOINS 3,000 YARD CLUB
Peter Warrick became just the second Seminole to eclipse 3,000 receiving yards against North Carolina. Warrick’s 3,212 career yards are second only to Ron Sellers (3,598). Warrick took second place in career TD catches vs. Duke (28) and only needs one to tie E.G. Green for the school record. Warrick is now third in career receptions with 183 and needs six to tie Kez McCorvey for second all-time. He currently stands in second place on the school’s career list for 100-yard games with 13. Ron Sellers (1966-68) is FSU’s all-time leader in the category with 18.

‘NOLES MOVING UP IN THE RECORD BOOK

Career Rushing Yardage

1. Warrick Dunn   3,959
2. Greg Allen     3,769
3. Larry Key      2,953
4. Sammie Smith   2,539
5. Mark Lyles     2,218
6. Sean Jackson   2,132
7. Travis Minor   2,120

Career Rushing Touchdowns

1. Greg Allen      44
2. Warrick Dunn    37
3. Amp Lee         30
4. Dayne Williams  24
5. Travis Minor    22

Career Passing Yardage

1. Gary Huff       6,378
2. Danny Kanell    6,372
3. Thad Busby      5,916
4. Charlie Ward    5,747
5. Bill Cappleman  4,904
6. Chris Weinke    4,808

Career Touchdown Passes

1. Danny Kanell    57
2. Gary Huff       52
3. Charlie Ward    49
4. Thad Busby      46
5. Casey Weldon    41
6. Jimmy Jordan    39
6. Bill Cappleman  39
8. Chris Weinke    36
8. Chip Ferguson   34

Career Receptions

1. Ron Sellers    212
2. Kez McCorvey   189
3. Peter Warrick  183
4. E.G. Green     166
5. Mike Shuman    134

Career Receiving Yards

1. Ron Sellers    3,598
2. Peter Warrick  3,212
3. E.G. Green     2,920
4. Kez McCorvey   2,660
5. Barry Smith    2,392

Career Touchdown Catches

1. E.G. Green     29
2. Peter Warrick  28
3. Barry Smith    25
4. Andre Cooper   24
5. Ron Sellers    23

Career Scoring

1. Derek Schmidt  393
2. Scott Bentley  326
3. S. Janikowski  300
4. Warrick Dunn   294
5. Greg Allen     278


SIMON ONE OF 12 LOMBARDI SEMIFINALISTS
All-American noseguard Corey Simon is one of 12 semifinalists for the 1999 Rotary Lombardi Award – given annually to the nation’s top lineman. Through six games this season, Simon is fourth on the team with 60 tackles (33 solo) and leads the team with 14 tackles for loss. He also has three pass break-ups and three sacks. The only Seminole to win the Lombardi was linebacker Marvin Jones in 1992.


FSU DEFENSE STOPS CLEMSON IN 2ND HALF
Trailing 14-3 at halftime at Clemson, the Florida State defense took over in the final 30 minutes of the game. In the second half, the Seminoles held Clemson 0-for-7 on third downs and allowed just 70 yards (43 rushing, 27 passing). The Tigers crossed midfield just once in the second stanza, when they got as far as the FSU 25 on their final drive. Tay Cody then sealed the victory when he blocked the 41-yard field goal attempt with 1:57 left.


DEFENSE CONSISTENTLY AT THE TOP
The Seminoles have ranked among the nation’s top 10 in total defense in six of the last eight years, including a No. 1 national ranking last year. FSU has been in the nation’s top 10 in rushing defense in seven of the last eight years (No. 1 in 1996, 1997 and No. 2 in 1998). In pass efficiency, the Tribe ranked first nationally last season and has been among the 10 best in five of the last six years. FSU has also ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense in four of the last six seasons.


CLEMSON POST-GAME INJURY REPORT

  • WR Ron Dugans – re-injured chest (contusion)
  • WR Atrews Bell – left hamstring strain
  • S Sean Key – burner
  • OT Tarlos Thomas – right shoulder strain
  • C Eric Thomas – mild left ankle sprain
  • WR Peter Warrick – jammed finger
  • OG Jason Whitaker – intestinal virus
  • FB Dan Kendra – mild left knee MCL sprain
  • DE Roland Seymour – right shoulder separation
  • S Derrick Gibson – left elbow sprain
  • LB Tommy Polley – right elbow sprain
  • OG Montrae Holland – severe right ankle sprain
  • LB Bradley Jennings – burner
  • WR Greg Moore – right ankle sprain
  • WR Talman Gardner – burner


    POLISH POWER
    Florida State junior placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, the 1998 Lou Groza Award winner, had hit nine straight field goals before missing from 49 and 52 yards at UNC. He tied an FSU mark with five field goals in the win over NC State and also saved two points by making a tackle on a botched extra point in that game. Against Wake Forest, Janikowski hit four-of-six, missing from 51 and 55 yards, but connecting on a season-long of 52. He has made 32 of his last 40 attempts.

    The junior hit the game-winner at Clemson from 39 yards out. Here is a breakdown of his attempts during that span:

    Distance      Results
    20-29 yards    6-of-6
    30-39 yards   14-of-14
    40-49 yards   11-of-16 
    50+ yards      1-of-4 


    WEINKE’S NUMBERS UP OVER LAST YEAR
    Quarterback Chris Weinke has improved his completion percentage and has thrown more for more yards as compared to his stats a year ago after eight games. Here’s a look at Weinke after eight games in 1998 & 1999:

    Year  Comp.  Att  Pct    Yds      
    1998  122    243  50.2%  2006
    1999  161    273  59.0%  2239


    40-30 CLUB
    Florida State has scored 40 points and won by at least 30 points at least once against every ACC team in its eight seasons in the league. Thirty of the Seminoles’ 60 wins as league members have come by at least 30 points and they have scored at least 40 points in 37 of 61 ACC games. Here is a breakdown of 40-point games and 30-point plus wins against each ACC school:

                 40-Point Games  30-Point Wins
    Clemson      3 (in 8 gms.)   3 (in 8 gms.)
    Duke         8 (8)           5 (8)
    Ga. Tech     5 (8)           5 (8)
    Maryland     6 (7)           5 (7)
    No. Carolina 1 (8)           1 (8)
    NC State     5 (8)           5 (8)
    Virginia     4 (7)           1 (7)
    Wake Forest  5 (8)           5 (8)


    ACC LEADS NATIONAL TV RATINGS
    Over the last two years, the Atlantic Coast Conference has reached a new level of popularity among college football television viewers across the country. In 1997, the ACC had the highest rated game on ESPN (FSU vs. UNC), CBS (FSU vs. Florida) and NBC (Ga. Tech vs. Notre Dame). In 1998, the ACC had the two highest rated games on ABC (FSU vs. Florida and FSU vs. Texas A&M), the highest rated ESPN Thursday night telecast (Virginia vs. Auburn) and the highest rated ESPN Saturday prime time telecast (Ga. Tech vs. FSU).


    FLORIDA STATE AND THE NFL
    Over the last five years, FSU has had nine players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. During that time, 34 Seminoles have been drafted. With just four players drafted last year, the 1999 squad is loaded with players who will likely fill NFL rosters for years to come. NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., rated seven FSU seniors among the top 15 at their respective positions with Peter Warrick leading the way as the No. 1 ranked wide receiver. Eight juniors were rated among the top 10 at their positions for the 2001 NFL Draft. Chris Weinke and Sebastian Janikowski were the top rated QB and K in the country among the underclassmen.


    FSU IN THE WEEKLY AP POLL
    Since the middle of the 1989 season, Florida State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 in 163 of the 168 weekly polls. Of the last 148 polls (11/12/90), the Seminoles have been out of the AP Top 10 just twice. Additionally, FSU has been at No. 1 for a total of 51 weeks.


    STRONGEST FSU SQUAD EVER
    The 1999 team’s hard work in the weight room is documented by the results of summer testing. A record nine Seminoles bench pressed 500 pounds or more with DT Antoine Mirambeau leading the way at 535. OG Justin Amman, OL Donald Heaven, OG Montrae Holland, DT Jerry Johnson, LB Brian Allen, DE Jamal Reynolds, LB Bobby Rhodes and OT Todd Williams were the other eight to reach the 500-lb. plateau. Forty-four ‘Noles benched at least 400 pounds.



    SEMINOLE CLOTHING POPULAR
    Listed below are results from the ESPN Chilton Sports Poll, that surveyed kids ages 12-17 from June 1998 to July 1999 and asked them which college team’s logo clothing they owned.

    1. North Carolina  9.5%
    2. Michigan        6.2%
    3. Notre Dame      4.8%
    4. Florida State   3.1%  
    5. Duke            3.0%


    COLLEGES PRODUCING THE MOST FIRST-ROUND NFL PICKS SINCE 1989

    1. Florida State  15
    2. Miami          14
    2. Ohio State     14
    2. Tennessee      14
    5. Florida        13
    6. Notre Dame     12
    7. USC            11


    IN THE RANKINGS

    Team             USA Today/ESPN  AP
    Florida State          1          1
    Penn State             2          2
    Virginia Tech          3          3
    Tennessee              4          4
    Florida                5          5
    Kansas State           6          6
    Georgia Tech           7          7
    Mississippi State      8         T8
    Nebraska               9         T8   
    Georgia               10         10
    Wisconsin             11         11
    Texas                 12         12
    Marshall              13         13
    Michigan              14         15
    Brigham Young         15         16
    Alabama               16         14
    East Carolina         17         17
    Texas A&M             18         22
    Southern Mississippi  19         20   
    Michigan State        20         19
    Ohio State            21         21
    Purdue                22         18
    Miami (Fla.)          23         23
    Syracuse              24         NR
    Stanford              25         NR
    Oklahoma              NR         24
    Mississippi           NR         25


    WEINKE TIES WARD’S MARK
    With his 17th career 200-yard passing game vs. Clemson, Chris Weinke tied Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward’s record of 17. Weinke has three games left this season to break the tie.


    CODY, EDWARDS & THORPE
    Cornerbacks Tay Cody and Mario Edwards are two of the 37 defensive backs on the Jim Thorpe Award “watch list.” FSU is one of just three schools to have two players mentioned (Nebraska and Tennessee). Two ‘Noles have won the Thorpe Award – Deion Sanders (1988) and Terrell Buckley (1991).


    MINOR, SIMON AND WHITAKER MENTIONED
    There are several other Seminoles on the preliminary national award lists. RB Travis Minor (Doak Walker), NG Corey Simon (Bronko Nagurski & Outland) and OG Jason Whitaker (Outland) have been recognized on the preseason award releases. Coach Bowden is the keynote speaker at the Bronko Nagurski Award in December.


    SEMINOLES 35-4 AT AP NUMBER ONE
    FSU holds a 35-4 record when ranked the No. 1 team in the AP Poll. The first loss, which came in FSU’s first game as the nation’s top team, was a 31-0 season-opening defeat at Miami in 1988. The Seminoles also lost to Miami (1991), Notre Dame (1993) and Florida (1996) while in the top spot.


    POLLEY & CODY STAR ON SPECIAL TEAMS
    Florida State blocked its first kick of any kind in over a year against Miami when Tommy Polley blocked a field goal. Cornerback Tay Cody sealed FSU’s 17-14 win over Clemson when he partially blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt with less than two minutes left in the game. Cody’s block was the 21st blocked kick in the Bowden era (since 1976) and the seventh blocked kick of the 1990s. The Seminoles blocked only one kick last year – a field goal against Maryland on October 3, 1998.


    1998 STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
    (IN TERMS OF OPP. WINNING PERCENTAGE*)

       Team      Opp. Rec.   Pct.
    1. Auburn    74-34      .685
    2. Missouri  66-36      .647
    3. FSU       74-43      .632
    4. USC       76-46      .623
    5. LSU       65-41      .613

    *Does not include bowl games


    RECORDS IN THE 1990s
    (PERCENTAGE*)

       Team        W-L-T     Pct.
    1. FSU       105-13-1   .887
    2. Nebraska  102-16-1   .861
    3. Florida    99-19-1   .836
    4. Tennessee  95-20-2   .821
    5. Marshall  108-25-0   .812



    BLOCKED KICKS IN THE BOWDEN ERA

    1999  10/23  Clemson      Blocked FG
          10/9   Miami        Blocked FG
    1998  10/3   Maryland     Blocked FG
    1997  11/8   UNC          Blocked Punt
          11/1   NC State     Blocked Punt
    1996  11/30  Florida      Blocked Punt
          9/28   UNC          2 Blocked Punts
                              Blocked FG
          9/19   NC State     Blocked Punt
    1995  11/25  Florida      Blocked Punt
          11/11  UNC          2 Blocked Punts
                              Blocked Extra Pt.
          11/23  UCF          Blocked FG
          11/9   Clemson      Blocked Punt
    1994  9/10   Maryland     Blocked Punt
    1992  9/5    Duke         Blocked Punt
    1991  10/19  Mid Tenn St  Blocked Punt
    1990  12/29  Penn State   Blocked FG
          10/27  LSU          Blocked Punt
          9/15   Ga. South.   Blocked Punt


    TOTAL BLOCKED KICKS
    1976-1999 67 Blocked Punts, 20 Blocked Kicks
    1976-1989 52 Blocked Punts, 14 Blocked Kicks
    1990-1999 15 Blocked Punts, 6 Blocked Kicks



    REGULAR SEASON WIN STREAK AT 18
    Florida State has won 18 consecutive regular season games entering the Virginia contest. The Seminoles’ last regular season loss was at North Carolina State on Sept. 12 last year. The 18-game regular season run is tied for the second-longest mark in school history. FSU won 21 in a row during the regular season from the start of the 1996 campaign to the final game of the 1997 season. Florida State had an 18-game winning streak from Oct. 28, 1978 through Sept. 27, 1980.


    PILING UP THE POINTS
    Under Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles are 103-1 in games in which they score 40 or more points. FSU scored 40 or more points in its first five games, but have not reached that number in its last three games. The Seminoles rank tenth in the country this season in scoring (37.3 points per game). FSU scored 40+ points eight times in the 1993 and 1995 seasons. In the 104 games (dating back to 1976), FSU has scored 50-59 points 31 times, 60-69 points seven times and scored 70+ points seven times. The lone loss when scoring 40 or more came against Auburn at home in 1984, 41-42.


    JEFFERSON-EPPES TROPHY ON THE LINE
    Thomas Jefferson, former U.S. president and the founder of the University of Virginia, was the grandfather of Francis Eppes VII. Eppes, three-time mayor of Tallahassee, was a long-time president of the Board of Education of the Seminary West of the Suwannee, the institutional forerunner of what is today Florida State University. To commemorate this bond, the two schools play each year in football for the Jefferson-Eppes Trophy.

    Inaugurated in 1995 when Virginia handed the Seminoles their first ACC loss, the trophy has resided in Tallahassee each of the last three seasons. The trophy comprises a silver pitcher, presented to Eppes in 1842, set atop a wooden base crafted from the remains of UVa’s massive McGuffey Ash.


    FLORIDA STATE IN THE RED ZONE

    Opponent      Results
    La. Tech      4-4 (3 TD, 1 FG)
    Ga. Tech      3-3 (3 TD)
    NC State      5-5* (2 TD, 3 FG)
    No. Carolina  3-3* (3 TD)
    Duke          6-6 (3 TD, 3 FG)
    Miami         3-4 (3 TD, one fumble)
    Wake Forest   6-6 (3 TD, 3 FG)
    Clemson       3-5 (1 TD, 2 FG, 2 MFG)
    Overall      33-36 (21 TD, 12 FG)


    *FSU was inside 20-yard line with substantial lead when game ended (not included)


    FSU OPPONENTS IN THE RED ZONE

    Opponent      Results
    La. Tech      1-2 (1 TD, one fumble)   
    Ga. Tech      3-3 (3 TD)
    NC State      2-2 (1 TD, 1 FG)
    No. Carolina  1-1 (1 TD)
    Duke          2-3 (2 TD)
    Miami         2-2 (2TD)
    Wake Forest   2-2 (1 TD, 1 FG)
    Clemson       2-2 (2 TD)
    Overall      15-17 (13 TD, 2 FG)


    MINOR BIG AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
    Junior tailback Travis Minor has played his best against ranked opponents. In 12 games as a starter against AP Top 25 teams, Minor is averaging 102.6 yards per game. He has six touchdowns in those games and 30 catches for 170 yards. Included in those figures is a 1998 game against USC in which he played less than a half after injuring an ankle and rushed for just 19 yards. In six games as a starter against AP Top 10 opponents, Minor is averaging 109.2 yards (6-655) with two scores. Listed below are Minor’s numbers vs. ranked opponents:

    Date      AP Rank/Opponent   Rushing Yds.
    11/8/97   #5 North Carolina  30-128
    11/22/97  #10 Florida        21-142(1 TD)
    1/1/98    #9 Ohio State      12-53
    8/28/98   #15 Texas A&M      34-146 (1 TD)
    9/26/98   #18 So. California  7-19
    10/24/98  #20 Georgia Tech   13-72
    11/7/98   #12 Virginia       28-130 (1 TD)
    11/21/98  #4 Florida         30-127
    1/4/99    #1 Tennessee       15-83
    9/11/99   #10 Georgia Tech   22-122 (1 TD)
    9/18/99   #20 NC State       16-64 (1 TD)
    10/9/99   #19 Miami          25-146 (1 TD)
    Totals                      253-1,232 (6 TD)



    DEFENSE OUTSCORES NC STATE
    The Seminole defense scored its second touchdown of the season when David Warren stripped Jamie Barnette in the endzone and Jamal Reynolds recovered for the score, and their third when Abdual Howard returned an interception 47 yards for a TD against NC State. The last time FSU scored two defensive touchdowns was 1991 against Michigan. In the season opener vs. La. Tech, Theon Rackley returned an interception 10 yards for a TD. Last season, the FSU defense did not record a touchdown. The last time FSU scored off a fumble was Sam Cowart’s return at Florida in 1997.


    AGAINST THE TOP 25
    The Seminoles have been tough on Associated Press Top 25 teams since joing the ACC in 1992. Over that span, FSU is 35-8-1 against ranked foes. Against ACC teams that are ranked, Florida State has posted a 20-1 mark with the only loss coming at No. 24 Virginia, 33-28, in 1995. The Seminoles have won 16 of their last 17 regular season games against ranked teams.


    PICKING OFF THE COMPETITION
    Florida State leads the ACC and is tied for fourth in the nation with 14 interceptions this season. FSU has had nine different players intercept a pass this year. Safety Derrick Gibson leads the way with three and three others (Sean Key, Tay Cody and Chris Hope) have two apiece. Last season, eight different Seminoles picked off a pass for a total of 18 interceptions. With three games to play this year, FSU is four off of that pace. In 1998, however, FSU was unable to return any of those picks for a touchdown. This year FSU has already returned three for scores.


    #9 & #80 CATCH ON AT CLEMSON
    Both Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans set career highs with 11 and seven catches, respectively, in FSU’s 17-14 win at Clemson. Warrick’s previous best was nine (three times – Texas A&M ’98, La. Tech ’99, NC State ’99) while Dugans’ top outing was previously six (twice – Clemson ’98, Tennessee ’99).



    A TALE OF TWO HALVES
    This season, Florida State has been dominant in either one half or the other. In the last three games, the Seminoles have stepped it up in the second half to beat Miami, Wake Forest and Clemson. Earlier in the season, FSU took control of games early with strong first halves. Here’s a look at the Tribe in the first and second half:

    Game      1st Half   2nd Half
    FSU       14 (209)   27 (209)   
    La. Tech   7 (189)    0  (80)
    

    FSU 28 (296) 13 (145) Ga. Tech 21 (299) 14 (202)

    FSU 18 (175) 24 (203) NC State 3 (99) 8 (139)

    FSU 35 (234) 7 (226) UNC 3 (143) 7 (130)

    FSU 44 (345) 7 (164) Duke 0 (149) 23 (102)

    FSU 21 (247) 10 (238) Miami 21 (282) 0 (166)

    FSU 9 (266) 24 (159) W. Forest 3 (66) 7 (112)

    FSU 3 (144) 14 (212) Clemson 14 (195) 0 (70)


    In Florida State’s better half, they are outscoring opponents 200-34 with a yardage advantage of 1,868-1,118. In the other half, the Seminoles hold only a 98-97 scoring edge and have gained 1,607 yards to their opponents’ 1,305.

    FSU IN THE ACC & NCAA RANKINGS

    INDIVIDUAL

    Category           Player        PG Avg.  ACC Rank  NCAA Rank
    Rushing            Travis Minor   80.0      4          -
    Receiving Yds P/G  Peter Warrick 104.8      2          9
                       Ron Dugans     70.0      6          -
    Receptions P/G     Peter Warrick   7.8      1          6
                       Ron Dugans      4.3      5          -
    Passing Efficiency Chris Weinke  139.4      2         18
    Total Offense      Chris Weinke  269.0      2         21
                       Travis Minor   80.0     10          -
    Scoring            S Janikowski   11.5      1          5
                       Peter Warrick   7.0      8          -
                       Travis Minor    4.5     17          -
    All-Purpose Yds.   Peter Warrick 148.7      3         16
                       Travis Minor   86.3     12          -
                       Ron Dugans     70.0     17          -
    Field Goals        S Janikowski    2.5      1          1
    Interceptions      Derrick Gibson  0.4     T4          -
                       Tay Cody        0.3    T10          -
                       Chris Hope      0.3    T10          -
                       Sean Key        0.3    T10          -
                                      
                                      PR Avg.  ACC       NCAA
    Punt Returns       Peter Warrick  14.5      1         12
                       Reggie Durden  12.7      3         20


    TEAM

    Category                     PG Avg.  ACC  NCAA
    Total Offense                434.4     2    17
    Rushing Offense              135.5     7    70
    Passing Offense              298.8     1    15
    Scoring Offense               37.3     2    10
    Total Defense                302.9     1    18
    Rushing Defense               86.0     1   T11
    Passing Efficiency Defense   113.1     5    42
    Scoring Defense               16.4     1    12
    Kickoff Returns               21.6     3    42
    Punt Returns                  13.5     1    10
    Net Punting                   37.8     3    34
    1st Downs Per Game(Off.)      24.5     2     -
    1st Downs Per Game (Def.)     17.1     2     -
    3rd Down Conversion % (Off.)  41.9     3     -
    3rd Down Conversion % (Def.)  32.8     3     -
    Turnover Margin                .63     3   T19
    Sacks Per Game (Def.)          3.0     3     -
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