November 5, 1999 - by
FSU Vs. Maryland Football Release

Nov. 5, 1999



#1 FLORIDA STATE

vs. Maryland

Saturday, November 13 * 3:30 PM * ABC

Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000)

Tallahassee, FL


SETTING THE SCENE: The top-ranked Seminoles secured at least a share of their eighth straight ACC title with a victory at Virginia on October 30. After an open week, FSU will try to win the conference crown outright in the final home game of the season against Maryland. The Seminoles also look to extend their NCAA record of consecutive 10-win seasons to 13 against the Terps. FSU has not lost in Doak Campbell Stadium in 45 games and carries the nation’s longest home winning streak (28 games).

Trailing at the half for the second straight week at Virginia, FSU scored 28 unanswered points in the final two quarters to win going away, 35-10. The Seminole defense allowed just 32 passing yards (103 total) while shutting out the Cavaliers in the second half. Opponents have not converted on third down (0-15) in the final 30 minutes of the last two contests. Lombardi and Outland candidate Corey Simon was named ESPN’s Player of the Game for the second time in as many weeks as he totaled eight tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and recorded his first career interception against the Cavs. Quarterback Chris Weinke broke Charlie Ward’s record for 200-yard passing games with the 18th of his career, completing 24-of-35 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns.

The Seminoles won 24-10 at Maryland last year as Sebastian Janikowski tied a school record with five field goals and Jeff Chaney, filling in for an injured Travis Minor at tailback, rushed for 133 yards. FSU’s defense held the Terps scoreless in the second half, allowing just 65 total yards. Defensive end Roland Seymour added a safety when he sacked Randall Jones in the endzone.

Peter Warrick leads the ACC with 7.6 catches per game and is averaging 101.4 yards per contest. He also leads the league in punt return average (13.8). Warrick has accounted for touchdowns in four different ways this season with five TD receptions, two TD runs, one TD pass and a punt return for a TD. Weinke leads the ACC in passing yards per game (281.8) and is second in the conference with a passing efficiency rating of 140.7. On the other side of the ball, FSU leads the ACC in total defense (298.7) and scoring defense (15.7).

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FLORIDA STATE

(9-0, 7-0 ACC)

8.28    LA. TECH        W 41-7  espn2
9.11    GEORGIA TECH    W 41-35 ABC
9.18    NC STATE        W 42-11 ABC
9.25    @ N. Carolina   W 42-10 ABC
10.2    vs. Duke*       W 51-23 JP
10.9    MIAMI           W 31-21 ABC
10.16   WAKE FOREST     W 33-10 SUN
10.23   @ Clemson       W 17-14 ESPN
10.30   @ Virginia      W 35-10 ESPN
11.13   MARYLAND        3:30    ABC
11.20   @ Florida       3:30    CBS
    (* Jacksonville, FL)

MARYLAND

(5-3, 2-3 ACC)

9.2     at Temple           W 6-0   
9.11    W. CAROLINA         W 51-10
9.18    W. VIRGINIA         W 33-0  
9.30    at Georgia Tech     L 49-31
10.9    at Wake Forest      W 17-14
10.16   CLEMSON             L 42-30
10.23   N. CAROLINA         W 45-7
10.30   DUKE                L 25-22
11.6    at NC State         TBA
11.13   at Florida State    TBA
11.20   VIRGINIA            TBA


GLADDEN’S 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Jim Gladden is celebrating his silver anniversary as a member of the FSU coaching staff in 1999. Gladden’s tenure is even longer than Bobby Bowden and is the second-longest in school history. Gladden has coached the defensive ends since 1996 and guided several current NFL standouts at that position, including Peter Boulware (Ravens), Reinard Wilson (Bengals) and Andre Wadsworth (Cardinals).


COACHING CONTINUITY

Along with Jim Gladden, several FSU coaches have been with the program for a number of years. Bowden’s nine assistants average more than 18 years of collegiate experience (166 years total). Only one coach has departed since the 1993 national championship season. Billy Sexton (24th season), Chuck Amato (18th season) and Mickey Andrews (16th season) are next in line behind Gladden in tenure. FSU’s coaching staff tenure is second only to Penn State’s nationally.


WARRICK TIES GREEN’S MARK

Peter Warrick has now caught a pass in 38 consecutive games (including bowls) to tie E.G. Green’s school record. Green (now with the Indianapolis Colts) had 38 consecutive games with a catch from 1994-97. Warrick and Green were FSU’s starting receivers in 1997. Warrick sat out the Miami and Wake Forest games (suspension) and could break the record against Maryland.


MARK IT AT THE 20

Of Sebastian Janikowski’s 68 kickoffs this season, 48 have resulted in touchbacks (70.6%). Four kickoffs have gone throught the uprights and two others have bounced off the uprights this year.


SPREADING IT AROUND

With Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles out of the lineup, Chris Weinke completed passes to 11 different receivers in FSU’s 31-21 win over Miami. Against Wake Forest, Weinke threw to 10 different Seminoles, including all eight scholarship receivers (that dressed for the game).


BOWDEN REACHES 300 VICTORIES

Bobby Bowden became the fifth Division I-A coach to record 300 wins with the victory at Clemson. Bowden’s 301 wins rank second among active coaches behind only Penn State’s Joe Paterno.


ALL-TIME DIV. I-A COACHING VICTORIES

1.  Paul "Bear" Bryant      323
2.  Glenn "Pop" Warner      319
3.  Joe Paterno             316
4.  Amos Alonzo Stagg       314
5.  Bobby Bowden            301

FSU & BOBBY BOWDEN’S SUCCESS

  • Florida State is the only team in the history of college football to finish among the Associated Press Top Four for 12 consecutive seasons.

  • FSU also has the NCAA record for most consecutive bowl victories as the Seminoles won 11 straight from 1986 to 1996.

  • The Seminoles are the only team in the history of the game to post a 14-game bowl unbeaten streak.

  • Florida State has won seven straight ACC championships and has lost just twice in 56 games against conference opponents.

  • FSU players have won the Heisman, Thorpe (twice), Butkus (twice), Unitas (twice), O’Brien, Maxwell, Lombardi and Groza Awards, all in the last 12 years.

  • Bowden is the only coach in college football history to post 12-straight, 10-win seasons.

  • Over the last 12 years, Florida State has won the Orange (3), Fiesta (2), Sugar (3), Blockbuster (1) and Cotton (1) Bowls.

  • Bowden owns the nation’s best all-time bowl winning percentage at .750 with a 16-5-1 mark. His 16 victories rank second all-time (19, Paterno). At FSU, Bowden is 15-4-1 in bowls.


    ABOUT THE OPPONENT

    Maryland will attempt to bounce back from a tough loss to Duke against NC State this weekend. The Terps are led by tailback LaMont Jordan, who is averaging 135.3 yards per game. Jordan leads the ACC with 14 touchdowns this season. At quarterback, Calvin McCall has completed 81-of-160 passes for 1,129 yards heading into Saturday’s game with the Wolfpack. Maryland is third in the conference in scoring defense (18.4) and fourth in total defense (345.4).


    MARYLAND QUICK FACTS

    Coach: Ron Vanderlinden (Albion ’78)

    Overall Record: 10-20 (3rd Season)

    Record at Maryland: Same

    Location: College Park, MD

    Nickname: Terrapins

    Colors: Red, White, Black and Gold

    Founded: 1807

    Enrollment: 33,006


    THE SERIES

    Florida State leads the all-time series 9-0, with a 7-0 mark in conference play (since 1992). FSU beat Maryland 45-21 in the first-ever meeting (1966). In the only other contest outside ACC competition, the Tribe won 24-14 at College Park in 1968. The Seminoles are 4-0 against the Terps in Tallahassee.


    FSU’S RECORD SUCCESS THIS DECADE

    Florida State became the all-time winningest team of any decade in NCAA history with the victory over Wake Forest. The Seminoles are 106-13-1 this decade and have the nation’s best winning percentage (.888). Nebraska is second at 103-16-1 with Florida checking in at number three with a record of 100-19-1. Only four others before the current runs of FSU, Nebraska and Florida in the 1990’s had recorded 100+ wins in a decade in college football history – Nebraska (103-20, 1980-89), Brigham Young (102-26, 1980-89), Oklahoma (102-13-3, 1970-79), Alabama (103-16-1, 1970-79). Only teams to compete at the Div. IA level for the entire decade were considered.


    BOBBY BOWDEN AT A GLANCE

    Alma Mater: Howard (now Samford), 1953

    Overall Record: 301-85-4 (33rd season)

    Record at FSU: 228-53-4 (24th season)

    Home Record at FSU: 121-16-2

    Record vs. Maryland: 9-0

    Record at FSU vs. Maryland: 7-0

    Bowl Record: 16-5-1


    1999 MARYLAND STATISTICAL LEADERS

    Passing
    Calvin McCall   
    

    Receiving Jermaine Arrington

    Rushing LaMont Jordan

    1999 FLORIDA STATE STATISTICAL LEADERS

    Passing
    Chris Weinke 185-308-2,536 yds. (18 TD, 12 INT)
    Marcus Outzen 9-20-109 yds. (1 INT)


    Receiving
    Peter Warrick 53-710 yds. (5 TD)
    Ron Dugans 36-574 yds. (1 TD)
    Robert Morgan 13-197 yds.
    Germaine Stringer 8-177 yards (1 TD)
    Atrews Bell 11-161 yds. (3 TD)
    Marvin Minnis 12-143 yds. (2 TD)
    Talman Gardner 7-123 yds.
    Anquan Boldin 9-98 yds. (2 TD)


    Rushing
    Travis Minor 158-729 yds. (7 TD)
    Nick Maddox 28-102 yds.
    Jeff Chaney 26-100 yds. (1 TD)
    Peter Warrick 11-77 yds. (2 TD)
    Dan Kendra 31-77 yds. (2 TD)
    Davy Ford 16-63 yds.


    WEINKE SETS CAREER HIGH VS. WAKE

    Chris Weinke’s 354 passing yards against Wake Forest set a new career-best for the junior. Weinke finished 19-of-36 with two touchdowns and one interception. His previous best was a 338-yard outing against UNC last season. He now has five career 300-yard passing games, which puts him in a tie for sixth in the FSU record books for 300-yard games.


    NO PLACE LIKE DOAK

    Florida State already owned the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak at 45 games and with Florida’s 40-39 overtime loss to Alabama earlier this year in Gainesville, FSU took over the country’s longest home winning streak at 28. Miami, ranked No. 2 at the time, was the last team to win at Doak Campbell Stadium as they defeated top-ranked FSU 17-16 on Nov. 16, 1991. Seminole placekicker Gerry Thomas’ 34-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds to play sailed wide right, allowing the ‘Canes to win that game. Ironically, Florida placekicker Jeff Chandler’s extra point attempt in overtime against Alabama missed wide right, giving FSU the nation’s longest home winning streak.


    PRESEASON NO. 1 FOR FIFTH TIME

    Florida State opened the year at the top of the polls for the fifth time in school history. FSU was voted the AP preseason No. 1 in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995. In 1993, FSU became just the eighth team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason and end up as national champion. Oklahoma (1956, ’74, ’75, ’85), Tennessee (1951), Michigan State (1952) and Alabama (1978) were the others. Only two teams have gone wire-to-wire in the AP poll since 1950 – Nebraska (1971) and Southern California (1972).


    AYE, AYE CAPTAIN

    Coach Bowden’s 1999 captains are WR Ron Dugans and OG Jason Whitaker (offense), DT Jerry Johnson and NG Corey Simon (defense) and LB Bobby Rhodes (special teams). Permanent captains are voted on by the team at the end of the season.


    OFF TO A FAST START

    For the sixth time in the Bobby Bowden era, Florida State has started the season at least 9-0. Here’s a look at those seasons and FSU’s record and ranking at the end of the year:

    Year        Start       Final Record/AP Rank
    1979        11-0        11-1/6th
    1991        10-0        11-2/4th
    1993        9-0         12-1/1st
    1996        11-0        11-1/3rd
    1997        10-0        11-1/3rd
    1999        9-0         ??/??
    

    ‘NOLES IN PRESEASON MAGAZINES

    In the preseason college football magazines, Florida State was picked No. 1 by Lindy’s, Street & Smith’s, Athlon’s and Football News (FSU was No. 2 in the Sporting News and SI with Penn St. No. 1). Peter Warrick, Corey Simon and Sebastian Janikowski were preseason All-America selections across the board. LB Brian Allen, CB Tay Cody, CB Mario Edwards, S Derrick Gibson, DT Jerry Johnson, RB Travis Minor, LB Tommy Polley, DE Jamal Reynolds, DE Roland Seymour, QB Chris Weinke and OG Jason Whitaker were listed on All-ACC preseason teams in at least one of the publications. Below are players rated nationally by position:

    Brian Allen     Lindy's No. 18 ILB
    Ross Brannon    Sporting News' No. 7 OT
    Tay Cody        Lindy's No. 15 CB
    Ron Dugans      Lindy's No. 27 WR
    Mario Edwards   Sporting News' No. 1 CB
                    Lindy's No. 17 CB
    S. Janikowski   Lindy's No. 1 K
                    Sporting News' No. 1 K
    Jerry Johnson   Lindy's No. 5 DT
                    Sporting News' No. 7 DT
    Travis Minor        Lindy's No. 7 RB
                    Sporting News' No. 7 RB
    Tommy Polley    Lindy's No. 13 OLB
    Jamal Reynolds  Lindy's No. 17 DE
    Roland Seymour  Lindy's No. 5 DE
                    Sporting News' No. 3 DE
    Corey Simon     Sporting News' No. 1 DT
                    Lindy's No. 1 DT
    Tarlos Thomas   Lindy's No. 11 OT
    Peter Warrick   Lindy's No. 1 WR
                    Sporting News' No. 1 WR
    Chris Weinke    Sporting News' No. 6 QB
    

    * Also of note in the unit rankings, FSU’s wide receivers were rated no lower than third in the country (Street & Smith’s No. 1) and the defensive line was picked as the nation’s best by Lindy’s and Street & Smith’s. The only other unit to receive top billing was the offensive line (Sporting News). The offensive backfield’s lowest rating was fourth while the secondary’s lowest rating was sixth in the preseason magazines.

    PASSING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS

    At his current pace, Chris Weinke would finish the year with 3,100 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Those numbers would rank him third all-time in single season passing yardage and seventh all-time in single season touchdown passes. Adding those projected numbers to his career stats would put the junior fifth on both the career passing yardage list (5,669) and the career TD list (43).


    WEINKE SETS ACC MARK

    Chris Weinke established a new ACC record for consecutive passes without an interception in the Louisiana Tech game. Weinke’s touchdown pass to freshman Anquan Boldin tied Matt Blundin’s (Virginia) record of 231. The record was broken when Weinke hit Peter Warrick for five yards with 13:15 remaining in the first half. The streak ended at 237 when Weinke was intercepted just before the half. The streak of eight plus games without a pick ranks as one of the most impressive runs in school history. Since throwing six interceptions at NC State last year, Weinke had completed 126 passes in 237 attempts for 2,140 yards and 18 touchdowns without an interception. Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward put together a similar stretch (110-of-160 for 1,278 yards and 11 TD) during the 1993 season. After an INT in the first series at UNC that year, Ward rolled through the next four games before being picked off at Notre Dame.


    WARRICK JOINS 3,000 YARD CLUB

    Peter Warrick became just the second Seminole to eclipse 3,000 receiving yards against North Carolina. Warrick’s 3,293 career yards are second only to Ron Sellers (3,598). Warrick tied E.G. Green’s school record for touchdown catches (29) at Virginia. Warrick is now tied for second in career receptions with 189. He currently stands in second place on the school’s career list for 100-yard games with 13. Ron Sellers (1966-68) is FSU’s all-time leader in the category with 18.


    ‘NOLES MOVING UP IN THE RECORD BOOK

    Career Rushing Yardage
            1. Warrick Dunn     3,959
            2. Greg Allen       3,769
            3. Larry Key        2,953
            4. Sammie Smith     2,539
            5. Mark Lyles       2,218
            6. Travis Minor     2,209
    

    Career Rushing Touchdowns 1. Greg Allen 44 2. Warrick Dunn 37 3. Amp Lee 30 4. Dayne Williams 24 5. Travis Minor 23

    Career Passing Yardage 1. Gary Huff 6,378 2. Danny Kanell 6,372 3. Thad Busby 5,916 4. Charlie Ward 5,747 5. Chris Weinke 5,105

    Career Touchdown Passes 1. Danny Kanell 57 2. Gary Huff 52 3. Charlie Ward 49 4. Thad Busby 46 5. Casey Weldon 41 6. Chris Weinke 39 6. Jimmy Jordan 39 6. Bill Cappleman 39

    Career Receptions 1. Ron Sellers 212 2. Peter Warrick 189 2. Kez McCorvey 189 4. E.G. Green 166 5. Mike Shuman 134

    Career Receiving Yards 1. Ron Sellers 3,598 2. Peter Warrick 3,293 3. E.G. Green 2,920 4. Kez McCorvey 2,660 5. Barry Smith 2,392

    Career Touchdown Catches 1. Peter Warrick 29 1. E.G. Green 29 3. Barry Smith 25 4. Andre Cooper 24 5. Ron Sellers 23

    Career Scoring 1. Derek Schmidt 393 2. Scott Bentley 326 3. S. Janikowski 305 4. Warrick Dunn 294 5. Greg Allen 278


    SIMON ONE OF 12 LOMBARDI SEMIFINALISTS

    All-American noseguard Corey Simon is one of 12 semifinalists for the 1999 Rotary Lombardi Award – given annually to the nation’s top lineman. Through nine games this season, Simon is fourth on the team with 68 tackles (41 solo) and leads the team with 16 tackles for loss. He also has three pass break-ups, an interception, a forced fumble, a blocked punt and four sacks. The only Seminole to win the Lombardi was linebacker Marvin Jones in 1992.


    DEFENSE PITCHES SECOND HALF SHUTOUTS


    In the last two games against Clemson and Virginia, FSU faced halftime deficits of 14-3 and 10-7. Not only has the Seminole defense shut out opponents in the final 30 minutes of the last two contest, but they have held Clemson and Virginia a combined 0-for-15 on third down conversion attempts. The Tribe gave up just 70 second half yards to Clemson and 103 to Virginia. Clemson crossed midfield just once in the second stanza while Virginia made it past the 50 twice. The Tigers got to the 25 on their final drive before Tay Cody blocked a field goal to seal the victory. Virginia advanced the ball to the FSU 23, but a penalty and a sack forced a punt. The Cavs other drive across midfield reached the FSU 48 before a punt.


    DEFENSE CONSISTENTLY AT THE TOP

    The Seminoles have ranked among the nation’s top 10 in total defense in six of the last eight years, including a No. 1 national ranking last year. FSU has been in the nation’s top 10 in rushing defense in seven of the last eight years (No. 1 in 1996, 1997 and No. 2 in 1998). In pass efficiency, the Tribe ranked first nationally last season and has been among the 10 best in five of the last six years. FSU has also ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense in four of the last six seasons.


    AMATO UP FOR ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR

    Assistant head coach Chuck Amato has been nominated for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award. In addition to his duties as asst. head coach, Amato coaches FSU’s linebackers. His starting three linebackers are the top three tacklers on a Seminole defense that is ranked first in the ACC.


    POLISH POWER

    Florida State junior placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, the 1998 Lou Groza Award winner, had hit nine straight field goals before missing from 49 and 52 yards at UNC. He tied an FSU mark with five field goals in the win over NC State and also saved two points by making a tackle on a botched extra point in that game. Against Wake Forest, Janikowski hit four-of-six, missing from 51 and 55 yards, but connecting on a season-long of 52. He has made 32 of his last 40 attempts. The junior hit the game-winner at Clemson from 39 yards out. Here is a breakdown of his attempts during that span:

    Distance        Results
    20-29 yards     6-of-6
    30-39 yards     14-of-14
    40-49 yards     11-of-16 
    50+ yards       1-of-4 
    

    WEINKE’S NUMBERS UP OVER LAST YEAR

    Quarterback Chris Weinke has improved his completion percentage and has thrown for more yards as compared to his stats a year ago after nine games. Here’s a look at Weinke after nine games in 1998 & 1999:

    Year    Comp.   Att     Pct     Yds     
    1998    137     270     50.7%   2344
    1999    185     308     60.1%   2536
    

    40-30 CLUB

    Florida State has scored 40 points and won by at least 30 points at least once against every ACC team in its eight seasons in the league. Thirty of the Seminoles’ 61 wins as league members have come by at least 30 points and they have scored at least 40 points in 37 of 63 ACC games. Here is a breakdown of 40-point games and 30-point plus wins against each ACC school:

               40-Point Games  30-Point Wins
    Clemson 3   (in 8 gms.)       3 (in 8 gms.)
    Duke            8 (8)           5 (8)
    Ga. Tech        5 (8)           5 (8)
    Maryland        6 (7)           5 (7)
    No. Carolina    1 (8)           1 (8)
    NC State        5 (8)           5 (8)
    Virginia        4 (8)           1 (8)
    Wake Forest     5 (8)           5 (8)
    


    ACC LEADS NATIONAL TV RATINGS

    Over the last two years, the Atlantic Coast Conference has reached a new level of popularity among college football television viewers across the country. In 1997, the ACC had the highest rated game on ESPN (FSU vs. UNC), CBS (FSU vs. Florida) and NBC (Ga. Tech vs. Notre Dame). In 1998, the ACC had the two highest rated games on ABC (FSU vs. Florida and FSU vs. Texas A&M), the highest rated ESPN Thursday night telecast (Virginia vs. Auburn) and the highest rated ESPN Saturday prime time telecast (Ga. Tech vs. FSU).


    FLORIDA STATE AND THE NFL

    Over the last five years, FSU has had nine players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. During that time, 34 Seminoles have been drafted. With just four players drafted last year, the 1999 squad is loaded with players who will likely fill NFL rosters for years to come. NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., rated seven FSU seniors among the top 15 at their respective positions with Peter Warrick leading the way as the No. 1 ranked wide receiver. Eight juniors were rated among the top 10 at their positions for the 2001 NFL Draft. Chris Weinke and Sebastian Janikowski were the top rated QB and K in the country among the underclassmen.


    FSU IN THE WEEKLY AP POLL

    Since the middle of the 1989 season, Florida State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 in 164 of the 169 weekly polls. Of the last 149 polls (11/12/90), the Seminoles have been out of the AP Top 10 just twice. Additionally, FSU has been at No. 1 for a total of 52 weeks.


    STRONGEST FSU SQUAD EVER

    The 1999 team’s hard work in the weight room is documented by the results of summer testing. A record nine Seminoles bench pressed 500 pounds or more with DT Antoine Mirambeau leading the way at 535. OG Justin Amman, OL Donald Heaven, OG Montrae Holland, DT Jerry Johnson, LB Brian Allen, DE Jamal Reynolds, LB Bobby Rhodes and OT Todd Williams were the other eight to reach the 500-lb. plateau. Forty-four ‘Noles benched at least 400 pounds.


    SEMINOLE CLOTHING POPULAR

    Listed below are results from the ESPN Chilton Sports Poll, that surveyed kids ages 12-17 from June 1998 to July 1999 and asked them which college team’s logo clothing they owned.

        1. North Carolina   9.5%
        2. Michigan         6.2%
        3. Notre Dame       4.8%
        4. Florida State    3.1%  
        5. Duke             3.0%
    

    COLLEGES PRODUCING THE MOST FIRST-ROUND NFL PICKS SINCE 1989

        1. Florida State    15
        2. Miami            14
        2. Ohio State       14
        2. Tennessee        14
        5. Florida          13
        6. Notre Dame       12
        7. USC              11
    

    IN THE RANKINGS

    Team         USA Today/ESPN  AP
    Florida State        1       1
    Penn State           2       2
    Virginia Tech        3       3
    Tennessee            4       4
    Florida              5       5
    Kansas State         6       6
    Georgia Tech         7       7
    Mississippi State    8       8
    Nebraska             9       9   
    Wisconsin            10      10
    Texas                11      11
    Marshall             12      13
    Brigham Young        13      15
    Alabama              14      12
    Michigan             15      16
    Georgia              16      14
    East Carolina        17      18
    Texas A&M            18      21
    Michigan State       19      19
    Ohio State           20      20
    Purdue               21      17
    Miami (Fla.)         22      22
    Mississippi          23      23
    Arkansas             24      NR
    Southern Mississippi 25      25
    Notre Dame           NR      24
    

    WEINKE BREAKS WARD’S MARK

    With his 18th career 200-yard passing game vs. Virginia, Chris Weinke broke Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward’s former record of 17.


    EDWARDS A THORPE SEMIFINALIST

    Cornerback Mario Edwards is one of the 12 defensive backs to be named as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Edwards leads the team with eight pass break-ups this season. Two ‘Noles have won the Thorpe Award – Deion Sanders (1988) and Terrell Buckley (1991).


    MINOR, SIMON AND WHITAKER MENTIONED

    There are several other Seminoles on national award “watch” lists. RB Travis Minor (Doak Walker), NG Corey Simon (Bronko Nagurski & Outland) and OG Jason Whitaker (Outland) have been recognized as preliminary award releases. Coach Bowden is the keynote speaker at the Bronko Nagurski Award in December.


    SEMINOLES 36-4 AT AP NUMBER ONE

    FSU holds a 36-4 record when ranked the No. 1 team in the AP Poll. The first loss, which came in FSU’s first game as the nation’s top team, was a 31-0 season-opening defeat at Miami in 1988. The Seminoles also lost to Miami (1991), Notre Dame (1993) and Florida (1996) while in the top spot.


    BLOCK PARTY

    Florida State blocked its first kick of any kind in over a year when Tommy Polley blocked a field goal against Miami. Cornerback Tay Cody sealed FSU’s 17-14 win over Clemson when he partially blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt with less than two minutes left in the game. Against Virginia, noseguard Corey Simon blocked a punt in one of the best all-around games of his career. Simon’s block was the 68th blocked punt in the Bowden era (since 1976) and the 16th blocked punt of the 1990s. The Seminoles blocked only one kick last year – a field goal against Maryland on October 3, 1998.


    1998 STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE (IN TERMS OF OPP. WINNING PERCENTAGE*)

            Team        Opp. Rec.   Pct.
      1.    Auburn      74-34       .685
      2.    Missouri    66-36       .647
      3.    FSU         74-43       .632
      4.    USC         76-46       .623
      5.    LSU         65-41       .613
    *Does not include bowl games.
    

    RECORDS IN THE 1990s (PERCENTAGE*)

            Team        W-L-T       Pct.
      1.    FSU         106-13-1    .888
      2.    Nebraska    103-16-1    .863
      3.    Florida     100-19-1    .838
      4.    Tennessee   96-20-2     .822
      5.    Marshall    109-25-0    .813
    

    BLOCKED KICKS IN THE BOWDEN ERA

    1999    10/30   Virginia    Blocked Punt
            10/23   Clemson     Blocked FG
            10/9    Miami       Blocked FG
    1998    10/3    Maryland    Blocked FG
    1997    11/8    UNC         Blocked Punt
            11/1    NC State    Blocked Punt
    1996    11/30   Florida     Blocked Punt
            9/28    UNC         2 Blocked Punts
                                Blocked FG
            9/19    NC State    Blocked Punt
    1995    11/25   Florida     Blocked Punt
            11/11   UNC         2 Blocked Punts
                                Blocked Extra Pt.
            11/23   UCF         Blocked FG
            11/9    Clemson     Blocked Punt
    1994    9/10    Maryland    Blocked Punt
    1992    9/5     Duke        Blocked Punt
    1991    10/19   Mid Tenn St Blocked Punt
    1990    12/29   Penn State  Blocked FG
            10/27   LSU         Blocked Punt
            9/15    Ga. South.  Blocked Punt
    

    TOTAL BLOCKED KICKS

    1976-1999   68 Blocked Punts, 20 Blocked Kicks
    1976-1989   52 Blocked Punts, 14 Blocked Kicks
    1990-1999   16 Blocked Punts, 6 Blocked Kicks
    


    REGULAR SEASON WIN STREAK AT 19

    Florida State has won 19 consecutive regular season games entering the Maryland contest. The Seminoles’ last regular season loss was at North Carolina State on Sept. 12 last year. The 19-game regular season run is the second-longest mark in school history. FSU won 21 in a row during the regular season from the start of the 1996 campaign to the final game of the 1997 season. Florida State had an 18-game winning streak from Oct. 28, 1978 through Sept. 27, 1980.


    PILING UP THE POINTS

    Under Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles are 103-1 in games in which they score 40 or more points. FSU scored 40 or more points in its first five games, but have not reached that number in its last four games. FSU scored 40+ points eight times in the 1993 and 1995 seasons. In the 104 games (dating back to 1976), FSU has scored 50-59 points 31 times, 60-69 points seven times and scored 70+ points seven times. The lone loss when scoring 40 or more came against Auburn at home in 1984, 41-42.


    BOWDEN, SIMON & WARRICK SEMIFINALISTS

    Head Coach Bobby Bowden is one of 10 semifinalists for the 1999 Football News’ Coach of the Year Award. Noseguard Corey Simon is one of 15 semifinalist for the publication’s defensive player of the year award and wide receiver Peter Warrick is among the final 15 listed for offensive player of the year honors. Simon is the only interior defensive lineman among the semifinalists on defense while Warrick is one of three wide receivers.


    WEINKE AN O’BRIEN AWARD CANDIDATE

    Junior Chris Weinke has been announced as one of 25 leading candidates for the 1999 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Weinke is one of two players listed from the ACC (Joe Hamilton, Ga. Tech). The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN on December 9 in Orlando, FL. Charlie Ward is the only Seminole to win the O’Brien Award (1993).


    FLORIDA STATE IN THE RED ZONE

    Opponent        Results
    La. Tech        4-4 (3 TD, 1 FG)
    Ga. Tech        3-3 (3 TD)
    NC State        5-5* (2 TD, 3 FG)
    No. Carolina    3-3* (3 TD)
    Duke            6-6 (3 TD, 3 FG)
    Miami           3-4 (3 TD, 1 fumble)
    Wake Forest     6-6 (3 TD, 3 FG)
    Clemson         3-5 (1 TD, 2 FG, 2 MFG)
    Virginia        4-5 (4 TD, 1 fumble)
    Overall         37-41 (25 TD, 12 FG)
    

    *FSU was inside 20-yard line with substantial lead when game ended (not included)


    FSU OPPONENTS IN THE RED ZONE

    Opponent        Results
    La. Tech        1-2 (1 TD, 1 fumble)    
    Ga. Tech        3-3 (3 TD)
    NC State        2-2 (1 TD, 1 FG)
    No. Carolina    1-1 (1 TD)
    Duke            2-3 (2 TD)
    Miami           2-2 (2TD)
    Wake Forest     2-2 (1 TD, 1 FG)
    Clemson         2-2 (2 TD)
    Virginia        2-2 (1 TD, FG)
    Overall         17-19 (14 TD, 3 FG)
    

    MINOR BIG AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS

    Junior tailback Travis Minor has played his best against ranked opponents. In 12 games as a starter against AP Top 25 teams, Minor is averaging 102.6 yards per game. He has six touchdowns in those games and 30 catches for 170 yards. Included in those figures is a 1998 game against USC in which he played less than a half after injuring an ankle and rushed for just 19 yards. In six games as a starter against AP Top 10 opponents, Minor is averaging 109.2 yards (6-655) with two scores. Listed below are Minor’s numbers vs. ranked opponents:

    Date        AP Rank/Opponent    Rushing Yds.
    11/8/97     #5 North Carolina   30-128
    11/22/97    #10 Florida         21-142(1 TD)
    1/1/98      #9 Ohio State       12-53
    8/28/98     #15 Texas A&M       34-146 (1 TD)
    9/26/98     #18 So. California  7-19
    10/24/98    #20 Georgia Tech    13-72
    11/7/98     #12 Virginia        28-130 (1 TD)
    11/21/98    #4 Florida          30-127
    1/4/99      #1 Tennessee        15-83
    9/11/99     #10 Georgia Tech    22-122 (1 TD)
    9/18/99     #20 NC State        16-64 (1 TD)
    10/9/99     #19 Miami           25-146 (1 TD)
    Totals                          253-1,232 (6 TD)
    


    DEFENSE OUTSCORES NC STATE

    The Seminole defense scored its second touchdown of the season when David Warren stripped Jamie Barnette in the endzone and Jamal Reynolds recovered for the score, and their third when Abdual Howard returned an interception 47 yards for a TD against NC State. The last time FSU scored two defensive touchdowns was 1991 against Michigan. In the season opener vs. La. Tech, Theon Rackley returned an interception 10 yards for a TD. Last season, the FSU defense did not record a touchdown. The last time FSU scored off a fumble was Sam Cowart’s return at Florida in 1997.


    AGAINST THE TOP 25

    The Seminoles have been tough on Associated Press Top 25 teams since joing the ACC in 1992. Over that span, FSU is 35-8-1 against ranked foes. Against ACC teams that are ranked, Florida State has posted a 20-1 mark with the only loss coming at No. 24 Virginia, 33-28, in 1995. The Seminoles have won 16 of their last 17 regular season games against ranked teams.


    PICKING OFF THE COMPETITION

    Florida State leads the ACC and is tied for third in the nation with 16 interceptions this season. FSU has had ten different players intercept a pass this year. Safeties Derrick Gibson and Chris Hope lead the way with three each and two others (Sean Key and Tay Cody) have two apiece. Last season, eight different Seminoles picked off a pass for a total of 18 interceptions. With two games to play this year, FSU is two off of that pace. In 1998, however, FSU was unable to return any of those picks for a touchdown. This year FSU has already returned three for scores.


    #9 & #80 CATCH ON AT CLEMSON

    Both Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans set career highs with 11 and seven catches, respectively, in FSU’s 17-14 win at Clemson. Warrick’s previous best was nine (three times – Texas A&M ’98, La. Tech ’99, NC State ’99) while Dugans’ top outing was six (twice – Clemson ’98, Tennessee ’99).


    A TALE OF TWO HALVES

    This season, Florida State has been dominant in either one half or the other. In the last four games, the Seminoles have stepped it up in the second half to beat Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia. Earlier in the season, FSU took control of games early with strong first halves. Here’s a look at the Tribe in the first and second half:

    Game        1st Half        2nd Half
    FSU         14 (209)        27 (209)    
    La. Tech    7  (189)        0  (80)
    

    FSU 28 (296) 13 (145) Ga. Tech 21 (299) 14 (202)

    FSU 18 (175) 24 (203) NC State 3 (99) 8 (139)

    FSU 35 (234) 7 (226) UNC 3 (143) 7 (130)

    FSU 44 (345) 7 (164) Duke 0 (149) 23 (102)

    FSU 21 (247) 10 (238) Miami 21 (282) 0 (166)

    FSU 9 (266) 24 (159) W. Forest 3 (66) 7 (112)

    FSU 3 (144) 14 (212) Clemson 14 (195) 0 (70)

    FSU 7 (171) 28 (232) Virginia 10 (165) 0 (103)

    In Florida State’s better half (bold), they are outscoring opponents 228-34 with a yardage advantage of 2,100-1,221. In the other half (not in bold), the Seminoles are being outscored 107-105 and have gained 1,778 yards to their opponents’ 1,470.


    FSU IN THE ACC & NCAA RANKINGS

    INDIVIDUAL
    Category            Player          Per Game Avg. ACC Rank  NCAA Rank
    Rushing             Travis Minor            81.0    4       T49
    Receiving Yds P/G   Peter Warrick           101.4   2       9
                        Ron Dugans              71.8    6       --
    Receptions P/G      Peter Warrick           7.6     1       8
                        Ron Dugans              4.5     6       --
    Passing Efficiency  Chris Weinke            140.7   2       17
    Total Offense       Chris Weinke            271.0   2       20
                        Travis Minor            81.0    11      --
    Scoring             Sebastian Janikowski    10.8    1       6
                        Peter Warrick           6.7     8       --
                        Travis Minor            4.7     16      --
    All-Purpose Yds.    Peter Warrick           144.0   3       21
                        Travis Minor            88.0    11      --
                        Ron Dugans              71.8    15      --
    Field Goals         Sebastian Janikowski    2.2     1       1
    Punting             Keith Cottrell          41.7    2       39
    Interceptions       Derrick Gibson          0.3     T 9     --
                        Chris Hope              0.3     T 9     --
                                        Per Return Avg. ACC     NCAA
    Punt Returns        Peter Warrick           13.8    1       14
                        Reggie Durden           12.2    3       22
    

    TEAM Category Per Game Avg. ACC Rank NCAA Rank Total Offense 430.9 2 21 Rushing Offense 131.3 7 76 Passing Offense 299.6 1 T15 Scoring Offense 37.0 2 8 Total Defense 298.7 1 14 Rushing Defense 97.4 1 13 Passing Efficiency Defense 107.9 2 23 Scoring Defense 15.7 1 11 Kickoff Returns 21.1 3 45 Punt Returns 13.0 2 12 Net Punting 39.0 3 18 1st Downs Per Game(Off.) 23.9 2 -- 1st Downs Per Game (Def.) 16.7 1 -- 3rd Down Conversion % (Off.) 42.4 2 -- 3rd Down Conversion % (Def.) 32.2 2 -- Turnover Margin .44 5 T 27 Sacks Per Game (Def.) 3.0 3 --

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