Oct. 4, 2004
The No. 8 Florida State football team will take the show on the road for a nonconference contest with the Syracuse Orange. It will be the fifth meeting between FSU and Syracuse and the first since 1991. The game will be nationally-televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, October 9th at 7 p.m.
The Seminoles improved to 3-1 with last week’s 38-26 victory over North Carolina. In his first career start, sophomore Wyatt Sexton completed 20-of-31 passes for 193 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Sexton is scheduled to make the second start of his career this weekend at Syracuse as Chris Rix continues to rehab on his ankle.
The tailback duo of Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker again ran well in the win over UNC. Washington rushed for 153 yards on just 10 carries while Booker totaled 84 yards on 13 carries. Each of the tailbacks had one touchdown.
Florida State leads the overall series with Syracuse by a 3-1 margin. The last meeting came in 1991 when FSU won by a final score of 46-14 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have played in the Carrier Dome just once, winning 41-10 in 1989. Bobby Bowden is 7-2 against Syracuse with a 4-2 mark at West Virginia and a 3-0 mark at Florida State.
Florida State moved up to No. 8 in both polls after the win over UNC. FSU has been ranked in 290 of the last 294 AP polls since the start of the 1987 season and have been ranked in the AP Top 10 in 253 of those rankings.