Oct. 16, 2000
SETTING THE SCENE: Florida State, ranked No. 6 in both polls, bounced back
from the loss to Miami with a 63-14 Homecoming victory over Duke. Heisman
Trophy candidate Chris Weinke set an FSU single game record with 536 passing
yards (playing in just three quarters). Weinke completed 37-of-47 passes on the
night with five touchdowns.
FSU leads the nation in total offense (535.0 yards per game) and pass-ing
offense (398.0 yards per game). Weinke leads the nation in passing yardage
(2,510) and touchdown passes (20), while ranking second nationally in passing
efficiency (165.6). Weinke, 27-2 as FSU’s starting quarterback, also became the
ACC’s all-time leader in TD passes (66) in the win over Duke. The senior has
thrown for more yards in his last two games (1,032) than 25 NCAA Division IA
teams have passed for this season.
Seven Seminole receivers had at least 50 yards receiving against the
Blue Devils with Jeff Chaney leading the way (99 yards). Marvin “Snoop” Minnis
ranks 12th nationally in receiving yards per game (96.7). Fellow wide receiver
Atrews Bell recorded his 10th touchdown of the year against Duke and ranks
third in the ACC in scoring.
The Seminole defense ranks sixth nationally in rush defense (73.0 yards
per game), sixth in scoring defense (12.3 points per game) and 13th in total
defense (284.0 yards per game). Lombardi semifinalist Jamal Reynolds leads
the ACC with 10 sacks (which does not include a sack on a two-point attempt).
Reynolds has also forced four fumbles on the year and recorded two safeties.
The defense has scored in six of FSU’s seven games this season.
FSU has won 32 straight games at Doak Campbell Stadium and has not
lost at home in 49 consecutive contests (FSU tied Florida in 1994). Both home
streaks currently lead the nation.