Oct. 12, 1999
By BRIAN OREFICE
AP MegaSports Writer
Shorthanded and facing one of its biggest rivals, Florida State may have
found a solution last week to overcome the temporary loss of Peter Warrick:
In the absence of their biggest star, the top-ranked Seminoles (6-0, 4-0
ACC) will likely look to spread the ball around once again Saturday night when
they play host to Wake Forest at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Against intrastate nemesis Miami, quarterback Chris Weinke completed
to 11 different receivers in a 31-21 victory last Saturday. The senior
throwing for 332 yards and two touchdowns.
Such an offensive approach was necessary, of course, because Warrick, the
electrifying Heisman hopeful receiver, along with fellow wideout Laveraneus
Coles, were arrested on charges of theft.
Coles was kicked off the team, while Warrick was suspended until he takes
care of his legal problems. Both men pleaded innocent after being accused of
paying $21.40 for $412.38 worth of clothes with the help of a department store
Last week’s win over the Hurricanes extended Florida State’s home winning
streak to a nation-best 27 games and its home unbeaten streak to 44. The
Seminoles have won 16 straight regular season games overall.
“It’s an ideal time for an upset,” said coach Bobby Bowden, who is two
wins shy of 300. “All we’ll hear this week is how good we are. All they will
hear is that they’ve got no chance.”
Wake Forest (3-2, 1-2) comes off a 17-14 loss to Maryland a week ago. The
Demon Deacons are led by senior running back Morgan Kane, who is second in the
conference with an average of 134 yards per game.
Quarterback Ben Sankey is third in the ACC in passing efficiency – behind
Georgia Tech’s Joe Hamilton and Weinke – and the Wake defense has allowed just
16.8 points and 325 yards per game.
Florida State leads the all-time series 14-2-1 and has won all seven
meetings since joining the ACC in 1992. The Demon Deacons haven’t won since a
9-7 victory in 1973. At Tallahassee, the Seminoles are 11-1-1.