Sept. 7, 2000
SETTING THE SCENE: The Florida State Seminoles, ranked No. 2 in both polls,
travel to Atlanta after an off week to take on ACC rival Georgia Tech. FSU is
riding a 13-game winning streak and has not lost a regular season contest in 22
games, dating back to a loss at NC State (9/12/88). The Seminoles are unde-feated
(8-0) against Georgia Tech since joining the ACC in 1992.
Heisman Trophy candidate Chris Weinke was named the Pigskin Clas-sic
MVP as he threw for 318 yards on 32-of-50 passing (two touchdowns) in
FSU’s 29-3 victory over BYU in Jacksonville on August 26th. Senior Marvin Minnis
had a career day, catching nine passes for 137 yards and one score. Junior
college transfer Javon Walker was impressive in his debut, pulling down eight
passes for 70 yards and a TD. Jacksonville native Atrews Bell played well in front
of his family and friends with a rushing and receiving touchdown.
The Seminole defense answered the bell with a smothering performance
against the Cougars. Senior defensive end Jamal Reynolds led the way with two
sacks. He also caused two fumbles. One of those sacks resulted in two points
as Reynolds brought down BYU quarterback Bret Engemann in the endzone.
Clevan Thomas, Jerel Hudson and Derrick Gibson each recorded interceptions.
BYU ended the night with (-2) yards rushing and completed just 18-of-46 passes.
The three points scored by BYU was the lowest point total by a Seminole oppo-nent
in over a year.
All-America candidate Tommy Polley did not start against BYU, but the
senior did see significant playing time as he returned from reconstructive surgery
after injuring his knee in the Sugar Bowl. True freshman Kendyll Pope earned
the start at Polley’s weakside linebacker spot. Polley will start at Georgia Tech.
Senior Char-ron Dorsey, who was going to be redshirted this season, will
now play this season according to the FSU coaching staff. Dorsey will share time
with starters Tarlos Thomas and Brett Williams. With Dorsey now slated to see
action, FSU may have the best trio of offensive tackles in the country.
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