Nov. 18, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 14 Florida State Seminoles (8-3, 7-0 ACC) began work for Saturday’s conference finale at North Carolina State (9-3, 4-3 ACC) with a 10-period practice Monday evening. The Seminoles are coming off a 40-14 Homecoming win over North Carolina and are in sole possession of first place in the ACC. Florida State can clinch the ACC championship outright with a win on Saturday. Florida State dropped their first-ever ACC home loss last year to NC State on Homecoming. The team used the short 10-period practice to begin work on special teams and to introduce Wolfpack scout teams.
“It was chilly out there tonight,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We worked pretty good and the guys. They’re much more improved defensively. They hustle good and their scheme is a lot like ours. There are times you will see them with nine guys on the line of scrimmage, so we’ll have to be ready..”
Florida State can wrap up sole possession of their 10th ACC title in the last 11 years with a win over NC State or a Maryland loss against Virginia on Saturday. The Seminoles lead the all-time series with the Wolfpack 16-6 which started back in 1952. FSU holds a 7-3 edge in the last 10 meetings in Raleigh.
Last year Philip Rivers threw for 245 yards and Ray Robinson ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns as NC State handed 10th ranked Florida State their first-ever ACC loss in Doak Campbell Stadium 34-28.
Saturday’s game at North Carolina State is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised regionally on ABC.
Injury Report: No new injuries were reported.