Nov. 27, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State Seminoles (6-4, 5-2) ACC practiced in shells for 22 periods Tuesday afternoon in preparation for this weekend’s regular season finale against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Georgia Tech (7-4, 4-3 ACC). The Seminoles worked on special team drills at the start of practice before moving on to offensive and defensive drills against Georgia Tech scout teams. With a win Saturday, the Tribe will lock-up a second-place finish in the conference.
“It’s so much easier to have a high moral when you’re winning,” said coach Bobby Bowden following Tuesday’s practice. “When you’re losing you find out what you’re made out of. We’ve really been tested this year in all areas. The biggest thing I’d like to see in this week’s game is for us to improve. I don’t think we’ve put together a complete game yet this year. We’ve been good in this area, but not in this area. By now we should be seeing everything fit together.”
The Seminoles hold a 9-7 series advantage over the Yellow Jackets, with one tie, dating back to their first meeting in 1952. Georgia Tech took the first game by the score of 30-0, however FSU has won the last nine contests, all of which have been ACC match-ups.
Florida State accepted an invitation to play in the 2002 Gator Bowl on January 1, 2002. The Seminoles will square off against Virginia Tech in a rematch of the 2000 Sugar Bowl, where FSU defeated the Hokies 46-29 for the national championship.
Saturday’s home game against Georgia Tech is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.
Did Not Practice: Talman Gardner (sick) Brett Williams (knee) P.K. Sam (heel contusion)