September 13, 1999 - by

Football Boss Grateful To Escape Tech’s Hamilton

Sept. 13, 1999



By BRENT KALLESTAD

Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State coach Bobby Bowden hopes he’s done
with the option offense for another year. And he’s really glad he won’t see
Georgia Tech’s Joe Hamilton again.

“You’re just thankful you’re 4-0 against him,” Bowden said Sunday after
looking back on top-ranked Florida State’s 41-35 Atlantic Coast Conference
victory over Hamilton and the Yellow Jackets on Saturday night.

In three previous games against the Seminoles, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound
Hamilton completed just 21 passes for 169 yards and threw three interceptions
while his team was outscored 121-10.

He more than doubled that production in Saturday’s game alone,
completing 22
of 25 passes for 387 yards as Georgia Tech ran up 501 yards of offense.

“They were dangerous 80 yards away,” Bowden said at his weekly media
breakfast.

“You just hope you win those kind,” Bowden said. “I don’t think we’ve had
a better performance of a quarterback in this stadium in a long time.”

Bowden said No. 12 Georgia Tech’s offensive scheme and Hamilton’s talent
stretched Florida State’s defense.

“We couldn’t play pass defense,” Bowden said. “They kept making first
downs with the option. They stayed with it.

“I hope we don’t see that anymore this year,” said Bowden, noting that
none of Florida State’s future opponents feature an option offense.

Now Bowden turns his attention to No. 20 North Carolina State, one of two
schools to defeat Florida State in league play. The Wolfpack (3-0) defeated
the
Seminoles 24-7 last year in a game where they intercepted Chris Weinke six
times.

Bowden said Sunday he won’t mention last year’s game to his players.

“I don’t even want them thinking about it,” he said.

Florida State has won eight straight against Georgia Tech and boosted its
ACC mark to 55-2 as it embarks on its run for an eighth straight league title.

The Seminoles extended their unbeaten string at home to 42 games, dating
back to a 17-16 loss to Miami in 1991.

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