Oct. 21, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (5-2, 4-0 ACC) dodged afternoon showers and practiced 22 periods in preparation for Saturday’s game against Notre Dame. The team worked out in full pads on Monday after having a bye week. Notre Dame is making their first ever trip to Tallahassee.
“We missed about 25 minutes today due to rain and lightning, but we still ended up getting most of it in,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We had a pretty good practice today in full pads. What we missed today we’ll have to make up tomorrow. Monday is normally a really light day anyway. ”
The Seminoles host Notre Dame for the first time in school history on Saturday and only marks the fourth meeting all-time between the two historic programs. Florida State owns a 3-1 record against the Fighting Irish. The two teams met last in the 1996 Orange Bowl with the Seminoles coming out on top by a score of 31-26. Danny Kanell was the QB and threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes to lead the Seminoles to a come from behind victory.
“Notre Dame is a solid team,” said Bowden. “They are as good as their ranking and are very deserving. They have gotten stronger as the year has gone on. They have gotten better offensively to go along with their defense. They’re good.”
The first BCS rankings came out on Monday evening with the Seminoles coming in at the 12 spot, while Notre Dame came in at number three.
The game against Notre Dame on Saturday will be televised nationally by ABC at 12:00 noon.
Injury Report: No new injuries were reported.