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Football Battles for Seventh Straight ACC Title

November 3, 1998

#6 Florida State vs. #12 Virginia

Saturday, November 7, 1998 * 3:30 p.m.

Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000) * Tallahassee, FL

SETTING THE SCENE: No. 6 (AP/USA Today) Florida State (8-1, 5-1 ACC) hosts Virginia (7-1, 5-1 ACC) as the Seminoles continue to battle for a seventh straight ACC title. Both FSU and Virginia are tied for the ACC lead (5-1) with Georgia Tech. FSU boasts the nation’s second ranked defense allowing just 216.4 yards per game. Florida State also ranks third in the nation in pass efficiency defense (87.6) and is on top of the ACC in rushing defense (91.1 yards per game). QB Chris Weinke is the only quarterback in the ACC to have passed for over 200 yards in every game this season, while receiver Peter Warrick is second in the league with 108.9 receiving yards. Tailback Travis Minor returned to full action last week with 76 yards on 24 carries vs. North Carolina. Kicker Sebastian Janikowkski leads the nation with 2.44 field goals per game (22-for-26).

THE OPPONENT: Virginia enters this week’s contest after a convincing 38-17 victory over Wake Forest. The Cavaliers rank first in the ACC and seventh in the nation in rushing offense with a 240.3 yards per game average. Thomas Jones leads the ACC with 125.3 rushing yards per game and is the only player in the conference to average over 100 yards on the ground. QB Aaron Brooks is the league’s fourth-ranked passer with a 125.0 efficiency rating.

SERIES NOTES: Florida State enters tonight’s game with a 5-1 lead in its series with
Virginia, which dates back to the 1992 season. The Cavaliers handed FSU its first loss in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 33-28 setback in 1995. The Seminoles have outscored Virginia by an average of 33.3-18.7 in the series. Bobby Bowden is 7-1 against the Cavaliers, including a 2-0 record while at West Virginia.

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Stepping It Up In the Second Half

Florida State has outscored their 1998 opponents by a margin of 163-38 in the second half including an 87-13 total in the third quarter. The Seminoles own a 131-67 scoring edge in the first half this season.

Jefferson-Eppes Trophy on the Line

The winner of the FSU-Virginia contest will take home the Jefferson-Eppes Trophy for a year. The trophy was inaugurated for the 1995 game between Florida State and Virginia. It is named after Thomas Jefferson, former U.S. President and University of Virginia founder, and his grandson, Francis Eppes VII, three-time mayor of Tallahassee.

Something’s Got to Give

This week’s match-up pits the No. 1 rushing offense in the Atlantic Coast Conference – Virginia – against the No. 1 rushing defense in the league – Florida State. The Cavaliers are gaining 240.3 yards per game on the ground and have scored 23 rushing touchdowns. FSU, meanwhile, is allowing just 91.1 yards per game rushing and has given up just four TD’s on the ground. Virginia is averaging 5.5 yards per carry while the Seminoles are allowing just 2.5 yards per attempt. Virginia features the top rusher in the ACC in Thomas Jones who has compiled 1,002 yards and is averaging 125.3 yards per game. No back has rushed for 100 yards against Florida State this year.

The Winningest Program in the ’90s

Nebraska not only lost a game to Texas last Saturday, they also lost the distinction as the winningest college football program in the ’90s. Florida State had been the most successful program this decade until last season’s Big 12 Championship game, which the Cornhuskers won to give them the edge. The Seminoles are 94-12-1 during the ’90s for an .883 winning percentage. Nebraska is 93-13-1 (.874) during the same span.

Janikowski Closing in on Field Goal Mark Sophomore placekicker Sebastian Janikowski booted four more field goals in last week’s 39-13 win over North Carolina. Janikowski is now 22-of-26 on field goals this year and needs just two more to break Derek Schmidt’s 1987 school record for three-pointers in a season. He did miss his first extra point of the year against the Tar Heels, breaking his string of 49 consectuive PATs made.

QB not the Only Seminole Careful with the Ball While Chris Weinke’s seven straight games without an interception grabs the headlines, the rest of the offense has been doing its part to keep the turnovers down. Florida State has not turned the ball over in four games this season. The Seminoles were fumble and interception free against Duke, Southern California and its last two contests against Georgia Tech and North Carolina.

Green May Return

Senior linebacker Lamont Green is expected to return to the Florida State lineup tonight after sitting out the last four weeks with an injured elbow. He suffered the injury on the first play from scrimmage against Miami on Oct. 10th. Green was the Seminoles leading tackler at the time of his injury with 53 and seven for loss in just five full games.

Getting in on the “D”

With Lamont Green being out, the Seminoles have spread the load around its defense. Florida State has 21 players on its defense that have totaled at least 20 tackles this season.

Minor Played Major Role in Last Year’s Win Over Virginia Sophomore tailback Travis Minor has fought through an injury-plagued sophomore campaign. He returned to Florida State’s starting lineup last week against North Carolina for the first time since Sept. 26th versus USC. Minor responded with a 76-yard effort and regained the team lead in rushing yards from Jeff Chaney. Minor now has 498 to Chaney’s 496. Minor made the first start of his career last season in FSU’s 47-21 win at Virginia. The Baton Rouge, La. native came through with a career-best 157 yards on 17 carries and scored three TD’s. He took the game’s first play from scrimmage 87 yards for a score that start an offensive barrage by the Seminoles. FSU scored touchdowns on three of its first five plays from scrimmage.

Stopping the Pass

Florida State has held four of its first nine opponents to fewer than 100 yards passing this season and ranks third in the nation in passing defense. The ‘Noles have also held six of the last seven opposing quarterbacks to under a 50 percent completion rate with the exception of Georgia Tech. Last year’s dominating unit held just two of 12 opponents to less than 100 yards with North Carolina just topping that figure at 101 in Chapel Hill. The 1997 pass defense gave up an average of 189.5 yards per game. This year’s unit is allowing only 125.3 yards per game through the air.

Weinke Joins 2,000 Yard Passing Fraternity Chris Weinke joined an elite club against Georgia Tech when he pushed his season passing yards total over the 2,000 mark. Weinke has now thrown for 2,344 yards this season making him just the 12th quarterback in FSU history to reach the milestone. He has a little way to go to move up the ladder as Bill Cappleman’s 2,410 yards in 1968 stands at 11th on the list. FSU’s all-time record was set by Thad Busby last year with 3,317 yards.

Racking Up the Yards

With his 338-yard passing performance against Georgia Tech, Chris Weinke is the only quarterback in the ACC to throw for 200 yards or more in every game this season. Weinke also tied the season record of nine by Charlie Ward (’93), Peter Tom Willis (’89) and Gary Huff (’72).The FSU record for consecutive 200-yard passing games is 11 by Gary Huff (1971-72).

Kicking It

Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski tied an FSU record with five field goals, in six attempts, in the win over Maryland. The sophomore still leads the nation in field goals per game with an average of 2.44 after booting four field goals against North Carolina last week. In fact, he is the only kicker in the country averaging over two field goals per game. In the Maryland game, he matched Bill Capece’s record set on October 11, 1980 against Pittsburgh. Janikowski is now 22-of-26 on the season on field goal attempts. He needs just one more three-pointers to tie the Florida State season record of 23 set by Derek Schmidt in 1987 and the ACC season record by Obed Ariri of Clemson (1980). His 53-yard field goal against Clemson was a season-long.
* Janikowski has also booted 36 of 60 (60%) kickoffs for touchbacks.

Against the Best

The Seminoles are 55-61-4 against teams ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 20. FSU is 31-10-1 (.764) against Top 20 in the 1990s. The Seminoles have defeated three Top 20 teams so far this season — then #15 Texas A&M, #18 Southern California and #20 Georgia Tech with #12 Virginia and #5 Florida lurking ahead.

Coles Breaks the Century Mark For the First Time Junior wide receiver Laveranues Coles had the first 100-yard receiving game of his career in last week’s 39-13 win over North Carolina. The Jacksonville, Fla. native had 120 yards and a touchdown on a season-high five receptions. Coles has seen time at both wide receiver and tailback – the position he played upon his arrival at Florida State – the last three weeks. He ran for 82 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown, on three carries at Georgia Tech two weeks ago. Coles has become a multi-dimensional threat as he has scored touchdowns three ways this season – rushing, receiving and kickoff return. He is averaging 19.2 yards every time he touches the ball this season.

Opp          Drives Result Percent
Inside        20
Texas A&M      5    1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG              100
NC State       2    2 INT                                    0
Duke           9    4 TD Run, 2 TD pass, 2 FG               89
USC            7    1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG, miss FG      71
Maryland       4    3 FG, miss FG                           75
Miami          3    1 TD run, FG, fumble                    67
Clemson        4    1 TD run, 2 TD pass, miss FG            75
Georgia Tech   3    1 TD run, 1 TD pass, FG                100
N. Carolina    4    2 TD run, 2 FG                         100
Total         41    11 TD Run, 7 TD pass, 15 FG, 2 INT    80.5

Defense Opp Drives Result Percent Texas A&M 1 1 TD run 100 NC State 2 INT, miss FG 0 Duke 2 1 TD run, FG 100 USC 1 1 TD run 100 Maryland 3 1 TD pass, 1 FG, 1 Blk FG 66 Miami 2 1 TD pass, INT 50 Clemson 1 took over on downs 0 Georgia Tech 1 1 TD run 100 N. Carolina 3 1 TD pass, 2 FG 100 Total 16 4 TD run, 3 TD pass, 4 FG 68.8

Warrick Enters FSU Career Record Book

Peter Warrick’s three catches for 125 yards last week against North Carolina moved him up the ranks in the FSU record books. He now ranks fifth in all-time receiving yards with 2,331 yards. His performance against Tech moved him past Mike Shumann (1973-75, 77) on the list, and to within 61 yards of moving ahead of Barry Smith (70-72) into the fourth place. With one TD reception last week, Warrick moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time TD career receiving charts at 22. He is also in the Seminole career top 10 in catches with 120 for 10th on the list. Warrick has five 100-yard receiving games this year and seven in his career. He now has 47 receptions for 980 yards on the season.

FSU Career Receiving
     Name, Years               Yards
 1.  Ron Sellers (66-68)        3598
 2.  E.G. Green (94-97)         2920
 3.  Kez McCorvey (91-94)       2660
 4.  Barry Smith (70-72)        2392
 5.  Peter Warrick (96-present) 2331
 6.  Mike Shumann (73-75, 77)   2306
 7.  Lawrence Dawsey (87-90)    2129
 8.  Jessie Hester (81-84)      2100
 9.  Rhett Dawson (69-71)       1915
10.  Andre Cooper (93-96)       1810

Doak Campbell Now the Toughest Place to Play Nebraska’s loss to Texas ended their 47-game home winning streak. Florida State now owns the nation’s longest unbeaten streak at home with 38 consective without a loss. FSU’s last loss was to Miami, 17-16, in 1991. The streak was kept alive with an NCAA record 28-point fourth quarter comeback by the Seminoles for a 31-31 tie with Florida in 1994.

Making Completions Count

Through nine games, QB Chris Weinke is on pace to set the Florida State single-season mark for most yards per completion. Weinke has connected on 137 passes for 2,344 yards in 1998 for an average of 17.1 yards per completion. The school single-season record is 15.6, set by Eric Thomas in 1984 (78 for 1,218). The career mark of 14.6 was set by Gary Huff, 1970-72, he finished with 6,378 yards on 436 completions. The single-season ACC record is 18.77 by Bruce Shaw of NC State (1972).

Interception-Less Streak

With 202 pass attempts in a row without an interception leading into the Virginia game, Chris Weinke improved upon his school record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Weinke’s seven game streak without an interception also ranks as one of the most impressive runs in Florida State history. Since his six-interception game at NC State, Weinke has completed 107 passes in 202 attempts for 1,894 yards and 16 touchdowns without an INT. Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward put together a similar stretch (110-of-160 for 1,278 yards and 11 TD) during the 1993 National Championship season. After an interception in the first series against North Carolina, Ward rolled through the next four complete games before being picked off at Notre Dame. Weinke has both more touchdowns and yards during his streak. Ward holds a 110-107 edge in the completion category. Listed below are the top three QB interception-less streaks in the Bowden era.

Charlie Ward - 1993
North Carolina      24-36, 269 yds. (2 TD)
(after 1st Qtr. INT)
Georgia Tech        21-28, 222 yds. (4 TD)
Miami               21-31, 256 yds. (1 TD)
Virginia            23-31, 322 yds. (3 TD)
Wake Forest         13-20, 125 yds. (0 TD)
Maryland            DNP
Notre Dame          8-14,  84 yds. (1 TD) before INT
Total             110-160, 1278 yds. (11 TD)

Chris Weinke - 1998 Duke 11-19, 241 yds. (3 TD) USC 13-31, 228 yds. (2 TD) Maryland 16-32, 261 yds. (1 TD) Miami 17-32, 316 yds. (2 TD) Clemson 18-32, 302 yds. (4 TD) Georgia Tech 17-26, 208 yds. (2 TD) North Carolina 15-27, 338 yds (2 TD) Total 107-202, 1894 yds. (16 TD)

Eric Thomas - 1984 East Carolina 12-19, 177 yds. (2 TD) (first game of season) Kansas 11-16, 167 yds. (1 TD) Miami 9-15, 151 yds. (1 TD) Temple 8-17, 44 yds. (3 TD) Memphis St. 5-21, 56 yds. (1 TD) Auburn 18-29, 357 yds. (4 TD) Total 63-117 1052 yds. (10 TD)

Take Away the Take Aways

Chris Weinke has not thrown an interception in eight of FSU’s nine games and has thrown 17 TDs in those contests. In fact, if you subtract his NC State numbers (9-for-32, 6 INT, 243 yards, 1 TD), Weinke would boast a 53.8 completion percentage and 151.51 pass efficiency rating. His true season numbers are a 50.7 completion percentage and 141.2 rating.

Weinke's Season Numbers Without NC State

Opp. Att-Comp-Int Yards TD Texas A&M 36-21-0 207 1 Duke 19-11-0 241 3 So. California 31-13-0 228 2 Maryland 32-16-0 261 1 Miami 32-17-0 316 2 Clemson 35-18-0 302 4 Georgia Tech 17-26-0 208 2 North Carolina 15-27-0 338 2 Total 238-128-0 2101 17

Pass It On

Chris Weinke has thrown a touchdown pass in 11 consecutive games played. Also, with 18 touchdown passes this season, he ranks 10th on the FSU season TD pass list.

FSU Career Stats vs. Virginia

Rushing Travis Minor 17-157 yds. (2 TD)

Receiving Peter Warrick 3-47 yds. (1 TD) Travis Minor 6-72 yds. (1 TD)

Tackles-TFL-Sacks Lamont Green 17-1-0 Dexter Jackson 12-0-1 Larry Smith 7-0-1 Jerry Johnson 7-0-2 Corey Simon 6-1-1 Roland Seymour 3-0-1

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