Nov. 9, 1999
By DOUG FEINBERG
AP MegaSports Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State will try to wrap up its eighth consecutive Atlantic
Coast Conference title against Maryland on Saturday in its final home game of
Florida State (9-0, 7-0 ACC), which is coming off a bye week, will also be
looking for its NCAA-record 13th consecutive 10-win season.
The Seminoles used the off week to try to solve the first-half offensive
woes that have plagued them the last two games. Florida State trailed at the
half for the second straight week at Virginia on Oct. 30, but the Seminoles
scored 28 unanswered points in the final two quarters to win 35-10.
“It scares me, but as long as they end up like they ended up, I can
survive, I guess,” Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said after career victory No.
301. “It’s funny. You look at the score and you say, ‘Yeah, boy, they’re
number one.’ But gosh, you look at the first half and you say ‘Gee, I don’t
know whether they are number one or not.”‘
The defense allowed just 32 passing yards in shutting out the Cavaliers in
the second half. Opponents have not converted on third down, going 0-for-15, in
the final 30 minutes of the last two games.
The Terrapins (5-4, 2-4), who are looking for their first winning season
since 1995, were beaten by N.C. State 30-17 on Saturday. Maryland not only lost
the game, but starting quarterback Calvin McCall suffered a complete isolated
tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Freshman quarterback Latrez Harrison will get the start in place of McCall
and face the Seminoles’ vaunted defense. The loss of McCall will put added
pressure on running back LaMont Jordan, who leads the Terps with 135.3 yards
per game on the ground.
Maryland will have its work cut out, as Florida State leads the all-time
series 9-0, including 7-0 since joining the ACC in 1992.