October 21, 1998
FSU Football Notes
#6 Florida State at #20/19 Georgia Tech
Saturday, October 24, 1998 * 7:00 p.m.
Bobby Dodd Stadium (46,000) * Atlanta, GA
SETTING THE SCENE:
No. 6 (AP/USA Today) Florida State (6-1, 3-1 ACC) travels to No. 20/19 (AP/USA Today) Georgia Tech (5-1, 4-0 ACC) as the Seminoles look to hand the Yellow Jackets their first league loss. FSU boasts the nation’s top defense allowing just 214.1 yards per game. Florida State also ranks third in the nation pass efficiency defense (84.3)
and is on top of the ACC in rushing defense (95.0 yards per game). QB Chris Weinke is the only quarterback in the ACC to have passed for over 200
yards in every game this season, while receiver Peter Warrick is third in
the league with 110.4 receiving yards. Kicker Sebastian Janikowksi leads
the nation with 2.29 field goals per game (16-for-19).
Georgia Tech enters this game undefeated in the ACC for the
second straight year. The Jackets rank third in the conference with 415.0
yards per game in total offense, but have given up almost that much on the
other side of the ball — 412.8 ypg for the worst in the ACC. QB Joe Hamilton leads the ACC and is 8th in the nation with a 163.79 pass efficiency rating, while his main target, receiver Dez White, is averaging
129.2 yards per game.
Florida State has won six straight games, but Georgia Tech
leads the series 7-6-1. FSU is averaging 41.7 points per game in the last
five meetings, while the Seminoles have held Tech to 10 points or less in
the last five contests including last year’s shutout (38-0). Florida State
has held the Yellow Jackets to 7.8 points per game since joining the ACC in
1992. FSU is just 3-6-1 in Atlanta, but has won the last three meetings in
Bobby Dodd Stadium. Tech assistant coach Eddie Wilson was an FSU assistant
coach in 1975. Ten players on the FSU roster are Georgia natives.
TELEVISION: ESPN.Talent: Ron Franklin, Mike Gottfried, Adrian Karsten.
RADIO: Seminole Sports Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff, Peter Tom Willis.
|FOR THE RECORD|
|FLORIDA STATE||GEORGIA TECH|
|Coach Bobby Bowden (Samford ’53)||Coach George O’Leary (New Hampshire ’68)|
|Overall Record 287-84-4/33rd Season||Overall Record 23-20/5th Season|
|Record at FSU 214-52-4/23rd Season||Record at Tech 23-20/5th Season|
|Record vs. Ga. Tech 6-0||Record vs. FSU 0-3|
Picking Up The Pace
In the past five meetings against the Yellow Jackets, FSU has scored only
seven points in the first quarter while Tech has scored nine. In the second quarter, the Seminoles have turned it around with 86 points in the
last five games (a 17.2 point average per second quarter) to Tech’s seven
(1.4 points per game).
Seminole fans remember the 1992 Georgia Tech game as the birth of the “fast-break offense.” Trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the Seminoles
began working from the shotgun without a huddle in desperation. QB Charlie
Ward led the charge, accounting for 206 of FSU’s 207 yards on three touchdown drives in the final quarter. FSU pulled out a 29-24 victory in
one of the greatest comebacks in school history.
Stopping the Pass
Florida State has now held four of its first seven opponents to fewer than
100 yards passing this season and ranks third in the nation in passing defense. The ‘Noles have also held opponent quarterbacks to under a 50 percent completion rate in each of the last five games. Last year’s dominating unit held just two of 12 opponents to less than 100 yards with
North Carolina just topping that figure at 101 in Chapel Hill. The 1997 pass defense gave up an average of 189.5 yards per game. This year’s unit
is allowing only 119.1 yards per game through the air.
Racking Up the Yards
With his 302-yard passing performance against Clemson, Chris Weinke is the
only quarterback in the ACC to throw for 200 yards or more in every game this season. The FSU record for consecutive 200-yard passing games is 11
by Gary Huff (1971-72). The record most in a season is nine by Charlie Ward (’93), Peter Tom Willis (’89) and Gary Huff (’72).
Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski tied an FSU record with five field goals,
in six attempts, in the win over Maryland. The sophomore still leads the
nation in field goals per game with an average of 2.29 after booting two field goals against Clemson last week. In the Maryland game, he matched
Bill Capece’s record, orginally set on October 11, 1980 against Pittsburgh.
Janikowski is now 16-of-19 on the season on field goal attempts. He needs
seven more three-pointers to tie the Florida State season record of 23 set
by Derek Schmidt in 1987. His 53-yard field goal against Clemson was a season-long.
* Janikowski has also booted 26 of 45 (58%) kickoffs for touchbacks.
On the Tube
Florida State is 24-4 when televised on ESPN. The game will be FSU’s third
nationally televised game of the season. The Tribe is 61-27-4 when playing
on national television.
Holding On To It
After turning the ball over a total of nine times in their first two games,
the FSU offense had not thrown an interception or lost a fumble in 14 straight quarters until Ramont Skaggs coughed up a fumble in the third quarter against Miami. The last time FSU did not commit a turnover for two
straight games was in 1990 — vs. South Carolina (11/3/90) and Cincinnati
(11/10/90). The Seminoles have forced 12 turnovers in the last five games
for a margin of plus seven.
Opp Drives Result Percent Inside 20
Texas A&M 5 1 TD Run,1 TD pass, 3 FG 100
NC State 2 2 INT 0
Duke 9 4 TD Run, 2 TD pass, 2 FG 89
USC 7 1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG, miss FG 71
Maryland 4 3 FG, miss FG 75
Miami 3 1 TD run, FG, fumble 67
Clemson 4 1 TD run, 2 TD pass, miss FG 75
Total 34 8 TD Run, 6 TD pass, 12 FG, 2 INT 76.4
Opp Drives Result Percent Inside 20
Texas A&M 1 1 TD run 100
NC State 2 INT, miss FG 0
Duke 2 1 TD run, FG 100
USC 1 1 TD run 100
Maryland 3 1 TD pass, 1 FG, 1 Blk FG 66
Miami 2 1 TD pass, INT 50
Clemson 1 took over on downs 0
Total 12 3 TD run, 2 TD pass, 2 FG 58.3
Warrick Enters FSU Career Record Book
Peter Warrick’s four catches for 97 yards moved him up the ranks in the FSU
record books. He now has 38 receptions for 773 yards on the season. He ranks seventh with 2,124 yards in the FSU Career Receiving Yards list. His
next target on that list is Lawrence Dawsey (1987-90), who ranks sixth with
2,129 yards. Warrick is in solo possession of seventh place on FSU’s career scoring receptions chart with 19. He is also in the the Seminole career top 10 in catches with 111 for 10th on the list. Warrick has four
100-yard receiving games this year and six in his career.
Name Years Yards
1. Ron Sellers (66-68) 3598
2. E.G. Green (94-97) 2920
3. Kez McCorvey (91-94) 2660
4. Barry Smith (70-72) 2392
5. Mike Shumann (73-75, 77) 2306
6. Lawrence Dawsey (87-90) 2129
7. Peter Warrick (96-present)2124
8. Jessie Hester (81-84) 2100
9. Rhett Dawson (69-71) 1915
10. Andre Cooper (93-96) 1810
Chaney Running Well
Sophomore tailback Jeff Chaney started for the third time this season against Clemson, recording 60 yards on 13 carries. He is averaging 88.2 yards rushing per game over the last five contests. He broke the 100-yard
barrier for the first time in his career in the Seminoles’ 24-10 win over
Maryland when he carried 30 times for 133 yards. Chaney has started in place of the injured Travis Minor. Minor ran for 146 yards on 34 carries in
FSU’s season-opener against Texas A&M. Chaney and Minor are the first pair
of Seminole backs to break the 100-yard mark in the same season since 1995
when Warrick Dunn and Rock Preston both had at least one 100-yard rushing
game. Florida State has had at least two runners have 100-yard games in every season this decade except the 1991, 1996 and 1997 campaigns.
Shutting It Down
Florida State has recorded seven shutouts in 52 ACC games since joining the
league in 1992. Two of the seven have been against the Yellow Jackets —
1993 (51-0) and 1997 (38-0).
Successful Halftime Speech
Through the first seven games of the 1998 season, Florida State’s best quarter has been the third. The Seminoles have totaled 77 points in the third quarter while giving up only 10. FSU has outscored opponents in each
quarter by a smaller margin, the other quarters breakdown as follows: 1st
47-30, 2nd 61-27 and 4th 35-18.
Making Completions Count
Through seven games, QB Chris Weinke is on pace to set the Florida State single-season mark for most yards per completion. Weinke has connected on
105 passes for 1,798 yards in 1998 for an average of 17.1 yards per completion. The school single-season record is 15.6, set by Eric Thomas in
1984 (78 for 1,218). The career mark of 14.6 was set by Gary Huff, 1970-72, as he finished with 6,378 yards on 436 completions. The single-season ACC record is 18.77 by Bruce Shaw of NC State (1972).
Chris Weinke’s five game streak without an interception ranks as one of the
most impressive runs in Florida State history. Since his six-interception
game at NC State, Weinke has completed 75 passes in 149 attempts with 1,348
yards and 12 touchdowns without an INT. Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward
put together a similar stretch (110-of-160 for 1,278 yards and 11 TD) during the 1993 national championship season. After an interception in the
first series against North Carolina, Ward rolled through the next four complete games before being picked off at Notre Dame. Weinke has more touchdowns and yards during his streak and is 11 attempts shy of Ward’s record for consecutive attempts without an intercepion. Ward holds a 110-75 edge in the completion category. Listed below are top three QB interception-less streaks in the Bowden era.
Charlie Ward – 1993
North Carolina 24-36, 269 yds. (2 TD)
(after 1st Qtr. INT)
Georgia Tech 21-28, 222 yds. (4 TD)
Miami 21-31, 256 yds. (1 TD)
Virginia 23-31, 322 yds. (3 TD)
Wake Forest 13-20, 125 yds. (0 TD)
Notre Dame 8-14, 84 yds. (1 TD) before INT
Total 110-160, 1278 yds. (11 TD)
Chris Weinke – 1998
Duke 11-19, 241 yds. (3 TD)
USC 13-31, 228 yds. (2 TD)
Maryland 16-32, 261 yds. (1 TD)
Miami 17-32, 316 yds. (2 TD)
Clemson 18-32, 302 yds. (4 TD)
Total 75-149, 1348 yds. (12 TD)
Eric Thomas – 1984
East Carolina 12-19, 177 yds. (2 TD)
(first game of season)
Kansas 11-16, 167 yds. (1 TD)
Miami 9-15, 151 yds. (1 TD)
Temple 8-17, 144 yds. (3 TD)
Memphis St. 5-21, 56 yds. (1 TD)
Auburn 18-29, 357 yds. (4 TD)
Total 63-117 1052 yds. (10 TD)
Take Away the Take Aways
Chris Weinke has not thrown an interception in six of FSU’s seven games and
hit for 13 TDs in those contests. In fact, if you subtract his NC State numbers (9-for-32, 6 INT, 243 yards, 1 TD), Weinke would boast a 51.9 completion percentage and 145.7 pass efficiency rating. His true season numbers are a 48.4 completion percentage and 133.7 rating.
Weinke’s Season Numbers Without NC State Opp.
Att Comp Int Yards TD
Texas A&M 36 21 0 207 1
Duke 19 11 0 241 3
So. California 31 13 0 228 2
Maryland 32 16 0 261 1
Miami 32 17 0 316 2
Clemson 35 18 0 302 4
Total 185 96 0 1555 13
Against the Best
The Seminoles are 54-61-4 against teams ranked in the Associated Press’ Top
20. FSU is 30-10-1 (.744) against Top 20 in the 1990s. The Seminoles have defeated two Top 20
teams so far this season — then #15 Texas A&M and #18 Southern California.