September 27, 1999 - by
Florida State Looks Ahead To Duke

Sept. 27, 1999

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 35

With at least one reception in the Seminoles’ first four contests, Peter Warrick has caught a pass in 35 consecutive games (including bowls). E.G. Green 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. If Warrick continues the streak, he will tie the record against Wake Forest and break it against Clemson.


‘NOLES PERFORM WELL IN CLASSROOM

In a USA Today poll that shuffled the Top 25 football teams and ranked them in terms of graduation rates (1989-92), FSU and Penn St. were the only two members of the “football” top five that were also ranked among the Top 10 in the “graduation” poll.


MARK IT AT THE 20

Of Sebastian Janikowski’s 33 kickoffs this season, 27 have resulted in touchbacks. Against UNC, none of Janikowski’s seven kickoffs were returned. Three kickoffs have gone throught the uprights and two others have bounced off the uprights this year.


BOWDEN NEARS 300 VICTORIES

Bobby Bowden could become the fifth Division I-A coach to record 300 wins with FSU’s eighth victory this season. Bowden’s 296 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.  Amos Alonzo Stagg     314
4.  Joe Paterno           312
5.  Bobby Bowden          296

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

    The Blue Devils have dropped the first three gams of the 1999 season under new head coach Carl Franks, who returned to his alma mater after spending nine years at the University of Florida. After losing the season opener 27-9 at East Carolina, Duke lost in overtime 15-12 to Northwestern and fell to Vanderbilt 31-14 last week. Duke had not scored a touchdown before recording two in the loss to Vandy. The Blue Devils are averaging 281.3 yards of total offense per game while giving up 368.0 a contest. Wide receiver Scottie Montgomery is averaging 97.7 all-purpose yards per game.


    DUKE QUICK FACTS

    Coach: Carl Franks (Duke ’83)

    Overall Record: 0-3 (First Season)

    Record at UNC: 0-3 (First Season)

    Location: Durham, NC

    Nickname: Blue Devils

    Colors: Royal Blue & White

    Founded: 1838

    Enrollment: 6,272


    THE SERIES

    Florida State leads the all-time series with Duke 7-0, all since FSU joined the ACC in 1992. The Seminoles won 62-13 last year in Tallahassee and 51-27 two years ago in Durham. Bobby Bowden is 7-2 in his career against Duke with both losses coming during his tenure at West Virginia.


    FIRST 100-GAME WINNER of the DECADE

    The win over NC State was FSU’s 100th of the 1990s. The Seminoles are 101-13-1 this decade and have the nation’s best winning percentage (.882). Nebraska is second at 100-15-1 with Florida checking in at number three with a record of 97-18-1. Only four other teams before FSU and Nebraska have 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: 296-85-4 (33rd season)

    Record at FSU: 224-53-4 (24th season)

    Home Record at FSU: 119-16-2

    Record vs. Duke: 7-2

    Bowl Record: 16-5-1


    1999 DUKE STATISTICAL LEADERS



    Passing

    Bobby Campbell        21-54, 309 yds. (1 TD, 2 INT)
    Spencer Romine        19-40, 231 yds. (3 INT)
    Kevin Thompson        12-36, 153 yards 
    

    Receiving

    Scottie Montgomery   11-187 yds. (1 TD)
    Richmond Flowers      9-146 yds.
    Ben Erdeljac          8-138 yds.  
    

    Rushing

    Duane Epperson       35-100 yds. (1 TD)
    B.J. Hill             28-86 yds.
    

    1999 FLORIDA STATE STATISTICAL LEADERS



    Passing

    Chris Weinke       76-127-1005 yds. (6 TD, 5 INT)
    Marcus Outzen           6-9-85 yds.
    

    Receiving

    Peter Warrick        30-441 yds. (1 TD)
    Ron Dugans            9-118 yds.
    Laveranues Coles      8-112 yds.
    Atrews Bell            4-79 yds. (1 TD)
    Talman Gardner         4-67 yds.
    Jeff Chaney            3-66 yds.
    Anquan Boldin          5-58 yds. (2 TD)
    Robert Morgan          6-51 yds.
    

    Rushing

    Travis Minor         61-261 yds. (4 TD) 
    Nick Maddox          22-104 yds.
    Peter Warrick          6-88 yds. (2 TD)
    Dan Kendra            20-58 yds. (1 TD)
    Davy Ford              9-50 yds.
    


    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.


    94% OF OFFENSE IS BACK

    Peter Warrick’s decision to return for his senior season means FSU lost just 274 yards of total offense from its 1998 totals. The Seminoles return their top five receivers and top four rushers along with every player who attempted a pass. Of FSU’s 385 points scored last year, 373 were scored by players who are back for the 1999 campaign. Former FB Lamarr Glenn and RB Raymont Skaggs, who transferred after the La. Tech game, had one touchdown each last season.


    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.


    FORD TOUGH
    Sophomore tailback Davy Ford made his long awaited return to the playing field in the waning moments of the win over NC State. The West Palm Beach native was FSU’s second leading ground gainer with 258 yards as a true freshman in 1997 but missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practices leading up to the Sugar Bowl following his freshman season. Ford reinjured the same knee during drills last spring and missed the first two games in 1999. He ran three times for 34 yards against the Wolfpack, including a 38-yarder. After his long run, Ford pointed to the Seminole bench and to his repaired knee as if to say he was back. Last week vs. UNC, Ford six time for 16 yards.



    ‘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.

    WEINKE SETS ACC MARK

    QB 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.


    BOLDIN & MADDOX MAKE EARLY IMPACT
    True freshmen Anquan Boldin and Nick Maddox (who happen to be roommates) have been key contributors in their rookie seasons. Boldin, who switched to WR from QB after three days of practice, stepped in against La. Tech and caught a pair of TD passes. Maddox is FSU’s second leading rusher with 104 yards on 22 carries.


    WARRICK FOR 100, PLEASE
    Wide receiver Peter Warrick had his third 100-yard receiving day of the season at North Carolina, catching four passes for 103 yards. It was his 12th career 100-yard receiving game. He is now by himself in second place on the school’s career list for 100-yard games. He broke a tie with E.G. Green (1994-97) with his performance on Saturday. Ron Sellers (1966-68) is FSU’s all-time leader in the category with 18.


    3,000 YARD CLUB

    Peter Warrick became just the second Seminole to eclipse 3,000 receiving yards against North Carolina. Warrick’s 3,024 career yards are second only to Ron Sellers (3,598). Warrick also tied E.G. Green with 166 career catches in that game.



    ‘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. Amp Lee            2,092
            8. Dexter Carter      1,788
            9. Travis Minor       1,741
    

    Career Rushing Touchdowns

            1. Greg Allen            44
            2. Warrick Dunn          37
            3. Amp Lee               30
            4. Dayne Williams        24
            5. Mark Lyles            20
            5. Travis Minor          20
    

    Career 300-Yard Passing Games

            1. Danny Kanell          10
            2. Thad Busby             8
            3. Gary Huff              7
            4. Charlie Ward           6
            4. Peter Tom Willis       6
            6. Bill Cappleman         5
            7. Kim Hammond            4
            8. Casey Weldon           2
            8. Chris Weinke           2
    

    Career Receptions

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

    Career Receiving Yards

            1. Ron Sellers        3,598
            2. Peter Warrick      3,024
            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. Barry Smith 25
    2. Peter Warrick 25
    4. Andre Cooper 24
    5. Ron Sellers 23

    Career Scoring

            1. Derek Schmidt        393
            2. Scott Bentley        326
            3. Warrick Dunn         294
            4. Greg Allen           278
            5. S. Janikowski        254
    


    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.


    RICHT FAMILY ADDS TWO
    Offensive coordinator Mark Richt and his wife Kathryn had a busy summer as they adopted two orphaned children from the Ukraine. Zach (3) and Anya (2) join Jonathan (9) and David (4) as the two newest members of the Richt family. Richt and the offensive coaches moved their pregame plans up a month so he could join his wife in the Ukraine and complete the adoption process.


    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.


    FSU LEADS THE NATION IN “OTHER” TDS

    Florida State’s defense and special teams came up with two touchdowns for the second straight week and have now accounted for five in 1999. Sean Key returned an interception 25 yards against UNC for a score for the Seminole defense’s fourth touchdown of the season. Peter Warrick followed up with a 75-yard punt return for the special teams’ first score of 1999. FSU’s five TD’s by the defense and special teams leads the country. In 1998, the
    Florida State defense did not score a touchdown and it had five in 1997.


    AN AVERAGE WIN

    Florida State’s 42-10 win over North Carolina was just above average by it standards in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Seminoles are 57-2 since joining the conference and have outscored their opponents by 1,724 points in league play, an average of 29.2 per game. FSU’s 32-point margin of victory against UNC was its largest versus the Tar Heels in eight meetings as league brethern and its first 40-point plus game and 30-point plus victory over North Carolina. Here is a breakdown of average margin of victory against each ACC school:

    Clemson           26.1
    Duke              36.9
    Georgia Tech      29.5
    Maryland          35.1
    North Carolina    20.8
    NC State          29.0
    Virginia          17.0
    Wake Forest       41.1
    

    JANIKOWSKI FG STREAK SNAPPED

    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. Janikowksi tied an FSU mark with five field goals in the win over NC State. He also saved two points by making a tackle on a botched extra point in that game. He has made 21 of his last 25 attempts. Here is a breakdown of his attempts during the streak:

    20-29 yards     5-of-5
    30-39 yards     6-of-6
    40-49 yards    10-of-13 (misses came from 44, 48 and 49 yards)
    50+ yards       0-of-1 
    

    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 159 of the 164 weekly polls. Of the last 145 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 47 weeks.


    POLLEY NAMED TO BUTKUS WATCH LIST

    Junior weakside linebacker Tommy Polley was one of 65 players on the preliminary Butkus Award list. Polley was fifth on the team with 59 total tackles in 1998, had five tackles for loss and an interception. Against NC State, Polley recorded 10 tackles, one caused fumble, one forced fumble and two pass break-ups. In the Butkus Award’s 14-year history, FSU has had two winners (Paul McGowan – 1987 and Marvin Jones – 1992).



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

    CODY, EDWARDS & THORPE

    Cornerbacks Tay Cody and Mario Edwards are two of the 37 defensive backs on the Jim Thorpe Award “watch list.” Florida State is one of just three schools to have two players mentioned (Nebraska and Tennessee). Two Seminoles 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.


    JACKSONVILLE A SEMINOLE CITY

    Florida State has had great success recruiting players from the city of Jacksonville, site of this Saturday’s game, so getting a chance to play a
    game there is an extra bonus for the Seminoles. Five current scholarship players on the FSU roster hail from the River City – Atrews Bell, Laveranues Coles, Char-ron Dorsey, William McCray and Randy Wilkins. Only Miami, with 12 scholarship players on the FSU roster, has produced more. Florida State has two players on the Jacksoville Jaguars roster – defensive tackle Larry Smith (1996-98) and offensive lineman Todd Fordham (1993-96). Four former Seminoles that prepped in Jacksonville are making a living in the National Football League – Derrick Alexander of the Cleveland Browns, Edgar Bennett of the Chicago Bears, LeRoy Butler of the Green Bay Packers and Sam Cowart of the Buffalo Bills.


    GIBSON ON THE PICK

    Junior rover Derrick Gibson picked off a pass on the final play of the first half and added another on UNC’s first possession of the second half. It was Gibson’s first two-interception game and he now has three picks in his career.


    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           97-13-1  .878
      2. Nebraska      96-15-1  .862
      3. Florida       93-18-1  .835
      4. Tennessee     90-19-2  .820
      5. Marshall     101-25-0  .802
    

    1999 season not included

    BLOCKED KICKS IN THE BOWDEN ERA
    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

    1976-1998   67 Blocked Punts, 19 Blocked Kicks
    1976-1989   52 Blocked Punts, 14 Blocked Kicks
    1990-1998   15 Blocked Punts, 5 Blocked Kicks
    


    MR. EVERYTHING
    Senior All-American Peter Warrick is ranked at the top of numerous ACC categories. He leads the league in receptions (30), receiving yardage (441) and punt return average (25.1). Warrick leads the country in yards per punt return, ranks ninth nationally in receiving yards per game (110.3) and 10th in NCAA receptions per game (7.5). He is second in all-purpose yardage (174.8) to Virginia’s Thomas Jones (175.3).


    WARRICK MOVING INTO NCAA ELITE
    Peter Warrick will rank in the top 10 in two NCAA receiving categories if he can at least duplicate his 1998 stats. If Warrick had exactly the same numbers this season, he would finish seventh on the NCAA all-time career receiving yardage list (3,815) and tied for seventh on the NCAA all-time career receiving touchdowns (35). Additionally, his 197 receptions would place him into a tie for 27th. Sebastian Janikowski would tie for 17th in kicker career scoring (331) if he matched his point total of 123 from 1998. That figure would put him just ahead of former Seminole kicker Scott Bentley’s total of 326.


    POLISH POWDER KEG

    Junior Sebastian Janikowski tied the school record for field goals in a game with a perfect five-for-five outing against NC State last Saturday. He kicked five field goals at Maryland last year on October 3. Bill Capece was the only other Seminole to kick five field goals in a game (Pittsburgh, 10/11/80). Janikowski also tied Capece’s record for points in a game by a kicker with 18 against the Wolfpack.


    ACC NEUTRAL SITE GAMES

    Florida State’s game with Duke on Saturday in Jacksonville will be its fourth league game at a neutral site since joining the ACC for the 1992 season. FSU is 3-0 in those contests, winning by an average score of 54.0-14.3. The Seminoles routed Duke 70-26 in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl in the season-opener in 1995. In 1996, Florida State played two neutral site league games, downing Wake Forest 44-7 in Orlando and Maryland 48-10 in Joe Robbie Stadium outside of Miami.



    40-30 CLUB
    Florida State has now scored 40 points and won by at least 30 points at least once against every ACC team in its eight seasons in the league after
    its 42-10, 32-point win at North Carolina last Saturday. Thirty of the Seminoles’ 57 wins as league members have come by at least 30 points and they have scored at least 40 points in 36 of 59 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 (7)            3 (7)
    Duke              7 (7)            5 (7)
    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 (7)            5 (7)
    

    PILING UP THE POINTS
    Under Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles are 102-1 in games in which they score 40 or more points. The Seminoles have scored over 40 points in each of the first four games this season. FSU scored 40+ points eight times in the 1993 and 1995 seasons. In the 103 games (dating back to 1976), FSU has:

  • scored 50-59 points 30 times
  • scored 60-69 points seven times
  • scpred 70+ points seven times
    The lone loss when scoring 40 or more came against Auburn at home in 1984, 41-42.


    WHERE BOLDIN STACKS UP

    Here’s a look at where WR Anquan Boldin’s first career game stacks up against other FSU greats.

  • Charlie Ward (’89) – 4 punts for 39.0 avg. in loss to Southern Miss.
  • Kez McCorvey (’91) – 4 catches for 33 yds. in win over BYU
  • Tamarick Vanover (’92) – 1 catch for 16 yds., 2 rushes for -5 in win over Duke
  • Warrick Dunn (’93) – 8 rushes for 68 yds. in win over Kansas
  • Peter Warrick (’96) – 2 catches for 36 yds., 1 rush for -5 in win over Duke
  • Travis Minor (’97) – 2 rushes for 5 yds in win over USC
  • Anquan Boldin (’99) – 2 catches for 33 yds. (2 TD), 1 rush for 13 yds. in win over La. Tech



    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 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 34-8-1 against ranked foes. Against league teams that are ranked, Florida State has posted a 19-1 mark with the only loss coming at No. 24 Virginia, 33-28, in 1995. The Seminoles have won 15 of their last 16 regular season games against ranked teams.


    SEMINOLES 32-4 AT AP NO. 1

    FSU holds a 32-4 record as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press 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 Tribe also lost to Miami (1991), Notre Dame (1993) and Florida (1996) while in the top spot.


    52 ‘NOLES PLAY IN FIRST QUARTER VS UNC

    With FSU getting off to a 28-0 start with 8:03 left in the first quarter against the Tar Heels, 52 players saw playing time in the opening stanza. Just five of the 75 Seminoles that made the trip to Chapel Hill did not see action. Two of those – starters Ross Brannon (knee) and Roland Seymour (shoulder) sat out with injuries. A third, linebacker Corey Collier, is expected to redshirt this season.



    BOWDEN TALK
    “We spent a lot of extra time during practice last week on special teams. I’ve got to see the film to see if Pete’s (Warrick) moves are causing us to get so many penalties on returns. He changes direction so easily that a guy could be in position to block and when Pete changes direction the defender moves, but I don’t think that’s it.


    “The defense has done better. I think a lot of that is not facing the option like Georgia Tech has. They feature it. A lot of teams play around with it, but they feature it. It really disperses your defense. Our defense is better when we can just come right after them.


    “We went over there (Jacksonville) last time and got upset by Southern Miss. We must guard against overconfidence. We’ll go out and try to play the very best we can against Duke. We will compare Duke’s film with Florida’s and see if some of what they are doing compares to Florida. We might be able to use some of it.


    “Chris (Weinke) had a great game against Georgia Tech. He was a little cold early against NC State and cooled off a little at North Carolina. That doesn’t bother me because I think the intensity level dropped off all over in that game.


    “As I look over the first four games, I guess what encourages me was how carelessly we won the first three games. We’re not executing and yet winning big. Against North Carolina, we went out in the first quarter and we executed in all facets of the game. The perplexing thing is why it shut off.


    “Just look at the scores across the country – Memphis almost beats Tennessee, Louisiana Tech beats Alabama and Central Florida almost beats Georgia – and you can see that Duke can very well beat Florida State if we are not ready to play.”



    UNC POST-GAME INJURY REPORT

  • OL Donald Heaven – left ankle sprain
  • OG Jason Whitaker – right forefoot sprain
  • NG Corey Simon – strained right hip
  • FB Dan Kendra – right shoulder contusion
  • S Chris Hope – right thigh contusion
  • WR Robert Morgan – right shoulder contusion



    FSU IN THE ACC & NCAA RANKINGS



    INDIVIDUAL

    Category            Player           Per Game Avg.   ACC Rank    NCAA Rank
    Rushing             Travis Minor          65.3           4           --
    Receiving Yds P/G   Peter Warrick        110.3           1            9
    Receptions P/G      Peter Warrick          7.5           2         T 10
    Passing Efficiency  Chris Weinke         134.0           4           34
    Total Offense       Chris Weinke         242.8           3           30
                        Travis Minor          65.3          13           --
    Scoring             S. Janikowski         11.5           1            8
                        Peter Warrick         6.00         T 8           --
                        Travis Minor          6.00         T 8           --
    All-Purpose Yds.    Peter Warrick        174.8           2           13
                        Laveranues Coles      66.5          15           --
                        Travis Minor          64.5          16           --
    Field Goals         S. Janikowski         2.25         T 1            5
    Interceptions       Derrick Gibson        0.5          T 7         T 43
                        Sean Key              0.5          T 7         T 43
    

    Per Return Avg. ACC NCAA Kickoff Returns Laveranues Coles 25.7 4 31 Punt Returns Peter Warrick 25.1 1 1 Reggie Durden 12.2 T 4 T 21

    TEAM

    Category                  Per Game Avg.   ACC Rank    NCAA Rank
    Total Offense                 425.0           3          26
    Rushing Offense               148.5           6          62
    Passing Offense               276.5           1          21
    Scoring Offense                41.5           1         T 6
    Total Defense                 320.3           2          35
    Rushing Defense                97.3           2          24
    Passing Eff. Defense          113.3           5          44
    Scoring Defense                15.8           2        T 24
    Kickoff Returns                21.7           4          51
    Punt Returns                   19.8           1           2
    Net Punting                    37.9           2          37
    1st Downs Per Game  (Off.)     25.3           1          --
    1st Downs Per Game (Def.)      18.3           2          --
    3rd Down Conversion % (Off.)   39.2           5          --
    3rd Down Conversion % (Def.)   33.3           5          --
    Turnover Margin                 2.0           2         T 4
    Sacks Per Game (Def.)           3.3           2          --
    


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