Oct. 29, 2001
The Florida State Seminoles (5-2, 4-1 ACC), ranked No. 14 in both Associated Press and Coaches Poll, watched film from the Maryland game and then returned to the practice field for a light workout. The team corrected mistakes from the win over the Terrapins and began to prepare for this Saturday’s ACC match-up with No. 24 Clemson (5-2, 3-2 ACC). Including last week’s game against Maryland, four of FSU’s final five games are against Top 25 teams.
“We came out of Saturday’s game in pretty good shape (injury wise),” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Clemson is going to be another tough opponent for us and we are going to have to come out and be ready to play. Clemson is always a tough place to play for us. When Woody (Dantzler) is on his game they can put some points on the board, so we are going to have to be focused and ready to play.”
Clemson is coming off a 21-14 victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC this past Saturday. This weekend will be the Tigers first home game since a 38-3 loss to North Carolina on October 20. Clemson is led by quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, who had 119 yards rushing against Wake Forest and now has 678 rushing yards on the season. Dantzler is 31st in the nation in rushing yards per game with a 96.86 average.
Chris Rix is coming off his best performance as a Seminole against then-No. 10 Maryland, throwing for 350 yards on 15-of-24 passing with five touchdowns. Rix has the best pass efficiency rating in the conference (158.8), which ranks ninth nationally and is the best among all freshmen quarterbacks.
Three Seminoles were named ACC Players of the Week following the victory over Maryland. Junior wide receiver Talman Gardner, who led FSU with a career-high six catches for a career-high 140 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-31 victory over Maryland, was named offensive back of the week. Linebacker Michael Boulware was voted the league’s top defensive back as he had a career-high 11 tackles, seven solo stops and a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Terrapins. Chris Rix was named rookie of the week for his career-best 350 yards on 15-of-24 passing with five touchdowns. Along with ACC rookie of the week, Rix was voted USA Today national player of the week and Sporting News national player of the week.
Saturday’s game with Clemson at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC.
No new injuries were reported from tonight’s practice.