Sept. 25, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (4-0, 3-0 ACC) wrapped up final preparations for Thursday night’s game against Louisville (2-2, 1-0 CUSA) with an 11-period practice in shorts Wednesday morning. The team spent the morning practice finalizing the game plan while working against Cardinals scout teams. This will be the first of two-straight ESPN Thursday night contests for the Seminoles.
“We finished up everything today in terms of preparation,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We had a pretty good week of practice and now we’ve got to go out and do it tomorrow night.”
The Cardinals won the series first meeting in 1952 41-14, but FSU has won the last 12 meetings by an average win margin of 28.3 points per game and lead the series 12-1. The last contest came in 2000 when Florida State downed the Cardinals 31-0 on their way to a third straight national championship appearance. This will be the first trip to Louisville for the Seminoles since 1991 when FSU won 40-15.
Thursday’s game against Louisville is set for a 7:45 p.m. kickoff at Papa Johns Stadium in Louisville, KY and will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Injury report for Louisville game: DE Eric Moore – probable (thigh contusion); OT Ray Willis – probable (shoulder); LB Jerel Hudson – probable (ankle); WR Craphonso Thorpe – questionable (toe); RV Claudius Osei – out (achilles); FB B.J. Dean – out (knee); LB Marcello Church – out (hand); DE Charles Howard – out (knee).