Sept. 28, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles (4-1, 3-0 ACC) practiced for one hour and finished the day with conditioning Saturday afternoon in shorts and helmets. The team watched tape from Thursday’s loss to Louisville in morning meetings before hitting the practice field. FSU will go through a two-hour practice in pads Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
“I thought we had a very spirited practice today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Tomorrow (Sunday) we’ll have what would normally be a Tuesday practice. We graded the Louisville film yesterday and looked at some Clemson stuff today. The two teams (FSU and Louisville) played pretty equally and they made the play they needed to and we didn’t. The weather made it a sloppy game on both sides. I think you saw the difference between a sophomore quarterback and a senior quarterback.”
Clemson is off this week and will visit Doak Campbell Stadium with a 3-1 record. After losing 31-28 at Georgia in the opener, Clemson has won three straight. The Tigers are allowing just 254.8 yards (12th nationally) per game this season after giving up 395.0 yards a game in total defense in 2001.
“They mix it up on defense and try to confuse you,” said Bowden. “This is the best Clemson team since 1999.”
Thursday’s game is set for a 7:45 p.m. kickoff and will be televised nationally by ESPN.