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).
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
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
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
Bobby Campbell 21-54, 309 yds. (1 TD, 2 INT) Spencer Romine 19-40, 231 yds. (3 INT) Kevin Thompson 12-36, 153 yards
Scottie Montgomery 11-187 yds. (1 TD) Richmond Flowers 9-146 yds. Ben Erdeljac 8-138 yds.
Duane Epperson 35-100 yds. (1 TD) B.J. Hill 28-86 yds.
Chris Weinke 76-127-1005 yds. (6 TD, 5 INT) Marcus Outzen 6-9-85 yds.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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:
WHERE BOLDIN STACKS UP
Here’s a look at where WR Anquan Boldin’s first career game stacks up against other FSU greats.
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.
“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
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
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 --