Oct. 2, 1999
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State coach Bobby Bowden says his team is
improving quarter by quarter.
A week after getting 28 points at North Carolina in the first quarter, the
top-ranked Seminoles rolled up a 44-0 halftime lead on the way to a 51-23
victory Saturday over winless Duke.
“This time we played two quarters instead of one,” Bowden said.
The veteran Florida State coach had to find several starters for some fourth
quarter action after Duke scored 13 unanswered points in the third period
against a host of Florida State reserves.
“Maybe our guys were trying too hard to make plays,” Bowden said. “We
felt we had to put our first team back in and try to just show people we could
still play football.
“I don’t mind them (offense) not doing anything, but I don’t like letting
the other team get points,” Bowden said. “They’re sitting over there with
their shoes off rubbing their toes in the dirt and then they have to go back
into the ballgame.”
Chris Weinke threw five touchdown passes, three to Peter Warrick, to lead an
offense now averaging 43.2 points a game.
Florida State (5-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored on all eight of
its first-half possessions as Bowden picked up his 297th career victory.
The Seminoles, who needed only seven minutes last week to take a 28-0 lead
at North Carolina, took a 24-0 lead 10 seconds into the second quarter after
Sebastian Janikowski’s 46-yard field goal.
Warrick caught all three of his scoring passes in the first quarter and then
threw for a 35-yard touchdown to Laveranues Coles in the second quarter.
“Was that a Heisman voter pass play? We didn’t name it that,” Bowden said.
“But it could be.”
Janikowski added a 27-yard field goal and Weinke threw his fourth TD pass of
the half, seven yards to fullback Dan Kendra, to round out the first-half
“(The) first half, it got away from us in a hurry,” first-year coach Carl
Franks said. “They hit a lot of big plays. It seemed like each turnover they
would score on. We stopped them, roughed the punter, they scored. That’s the
kind of team they are.”
Weinke didn’t play in the third quarter, but was put back into the game
after backups Marcus Outzen and Jared Jones were ineffective.
Weinke, 19-of-27 for 290 yards, immediately hooked up with Ron Dugans on an
84-yard touchdown pass play to give Florida State a 51-13 lead.
“We knew if we executed, even though they had many returning people on
defense, we could be successful like we were in the first half,” Weinke said.
Duke (0-4, 0-1) scored the only points in the third period on a 15-yard
touchdown run by Kevin Thompson and field goals by Sims Lenhardt covering 46
and 47 yards. Lenhardt added a 48-yard field goal in the fourth period and
Thompson threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Richmond Flowers.
Nine Duke penalties and two interceptions in the first half made it easy
work for Florida State.
“We knew we had done what we couldn’t do to have a chance in that football
game,” Franks said.
Brian Allen made a juggling interception of Bobby Campbell’s pass to set up
Florida State’s first touchdown.
“We’re very disappointed not shutting Duke out,” Allen said. “All week we
had been talking about a shutout. Duke’s not scored 23 points against anyone.”
Duke received $800,000 to move its home game to Jacksonville.