Nov. 6, 2000
SETTING THE SCENE: Florida State, ranked No. 3 in both polls, clinched its
ninth straight ACC title with a 54-7 win over then-No. 10 Clemson Saturday.
Heisman Trophy candidate Chris Weinke threw for 521 yards in just over three quarters of play, breaking FSU’s single season passing record in the process (3,490 yards). Travis Minor had his 14th 100-yard rushing game with 102 yards on 13 carries. The Seminole defense held Clemson’s high-powered offense, which came into the game averaging 476.7 yards per game and 41.4 points per game, to just 262 total yards and a season-low seven points.
FSU leads the nation in total offense (558.9 yards per game) and passing
offense (392.8 yards per game). Weinke leads the nation in passing yardage
and ranks second in both touchdown passes (25) and passing efficiency (165.7). The senior needs just 453 yards in the final two games to become the ACC’s all-time leading passer.
Biletnikoff semifinalist Marvin Minnis caught four passes for a career-high 164 yards against Clemson, including an FSU-record 98-yard reception in the first quarter. For the second time this season, three FSU receivers had 100-yard games as Atrews Bell (6-111) and Javon Walker (6-109) joined Minnis.
On the other side of the ball, FSU ranks third nationally in scoring defense (11.0 points per game), sixth in total defense (273.3 yards per game) and third in rushing defense (68.8 yards per game). Lombardi finalist Jamal Reynolds leads the ACC with 12 sacks, while also being credited with four caused fumbles and two safeties.
With a win Saturday at Wake Forest, FSU would extend its NCAA record
streak of 10-win seasons to 14. A win would also move Bobby Bowden into a tie for fourth on the NCAA all-time Division I-A coaching victory list with Amos Alonzo Stagg (314).