Nov. 5, 2001
The Florida State Seminoles (6-2, 5-1 ACC), ranked No. 10 in both Associated Press and Coaches Poll, watched film from the Clemson game and then returned to the practice field for a light workout. The team corrected mistakes from the win over the Tigers and began to prepare for this Saturday’s ACC match-up with North Carolina State (5-3, 3-3 ACC). The Wolfpack are coming off a 55-31 win at Duke this past Saturday.
“We had a pretty good practice tonight,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Clemson seem to put a lot of people up front on us to stop the run, so that is why we were able to get so much long (passing) stuff on them.” “Our passing game is doing a lot better, so it is really opening up our running game.” “We’re trying to work in Eric Shelton a little more this week since Nick Maddox has that sprained ankle, but hopefully by Saturday he (Nick) will be ready to go.”
The Seminoles are currently on a season-long three-game win streak. It’s homecoming weekend in Tallahassee and Bobby Bowden has not lost a homecoming game since his arrival at FSU in 1976 (25 games). The Seminoles will also look to stay perfect in ACC games at Doak Campbell Stadium where they are a perfect 39-0 since joining the league in 1992.
Since joining the ACC, Florida State holds an average margin of victory of 32.3 points in homecoming games. This will mark the second time the Seminoles have hosted NC State for a homecoming game, the last time coming in 1997 with FSU winning 48-35.
NC State, coached by former Florida State assistant head coach Chuck Amato, is one of only three teams in the ACC to defeat the Seminoles. This will be the first time that coach Amato has returned to Florida State since taking the head-coaching job at NC State in 2000.
“Their (NC State) defense has got some speed and they seem to be playing better defensively” said Bowden. “Chuck (Amato) has really inserted some speed on his team.” “They’ve got a great linebacker in (Levar) Fisher who can just run all over the field.”
In other news, two Seminoles were named ACC Players of the Week following the victory over Clemson. Senior FS Chris Hope, was named defensive back of the week while totaling a career-high 12 tackles, including seven solo efforts in the Seminoles’ 41-27 win over 24th-ranked Clemson. Hope led the team with three third-down stops and three knock down blocks. Hope is currently fourth on the team with 56 tackles. Chris Rix was named rookie of the week after throwing for a career-high 369 yards on 19 completions in the win over the Tigers. Rix averaged 19.4 yards per completion and had four touchdown passes (47, 31, 28, 4). He also rushed for 47 yards. Rix currently ranks sixth in the nation is passing efficiency and is only 16 yards shy of becoming only the third freshman in ACC history to throw for 2,000 yards or more in a season.
Saturday’s game with North Carolina State at Doak Campbell Stadium is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC.
No new injuries were reported after today’s practice.