April 8, 2000 - by
Garnet, Gold Tie At 27-27 In Florida State Spring Game

April 8, 2000





TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Senior quarterback Chris Weinke threw for 164
yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Garnet while his counterpart, Marcus
Outzen tossed for 163 yards and two scores for the Gold as the two teams
played to a 27-27 tie in the annual Florida State Spring Game before 18,000
in Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“I think the way we divided the teams had them pretty even and the
score indicated that,” said Seminole head coach Bobby Bowden. “We usually
put the first team offense against the first team defense and the teamwork
would have been a lot better that way. This way we saw a lot more scoring.”

With the Gold trailing 27-21 early in the fourth period, Outzen
capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a six-yard scoring pass to tight end
junior Carver Donaldson to tie the game. The snap on the extra point was
mishandle to keep the score tied.

The Gold had a final chance to win on the game’s last play but
Outzen was sacked by sophomore defensive end Alonzo Jackson at midfield.

“Overall, we had a good spring,” Bowden said. Our kids made a lot
of improvement, which was one of our goals. The coaches got to know them
better. We also worked quite a bit on our running game. With the kind of
backs we have and the experience of our offensive line, we should be better
at that this year.”

It was the running game that gave the Garnet a 14-7 lead after the
opening period. Freshman fullback Randy Golightly capped the game’s
opening drive with an eight-yard touchdown run up the middle to give the
Garnet a 7-0 lead.

Junior tailback Davy Ford scored from three yards out with 1:19
remaining in the quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

On the first play of the Garnet’s next series, senior tailback
Travis Minor went 75 yards up the middle to give his team a 14-7 lead.

“Minor’s run was big time,” said Bowden. “He showed he has speed
that can take it the distance.”

Malcolm Tatum’s interception of Outzen on the next possesion set up
the Garnet’s next score. Weinke hit senior tight end Ryan Sprague with an
11-yard scoring pass four plays later that gave the Garnet a 20-7 lead.

Outzen’s 19-yard pass to junior college transfer Javon Walker cut
the Gold’s deficit to 20-14 at intermission.

Each team got touchdown catches from walk-on wide receivers in the
third period. Travis Smith scored from 35 yards out on a pass from
freshman Fabian Walker to give the Gold a 21-20 lead but Weinke responded
by finding Michael Canales for a 29-yard TD to make it 27-21.

Weinke completed 7-of-15 passes with no interceptions while Outzen
went 9-of-21 and was picked off three times. Sophmore Talman Gardner led
Florida State’s receivers with 96 yards on three catches for the Garnet.
Senior Marvin Minnis caught four for 82 yards for the Gold.

Minor led all ballcarriers with 85 yards on eight carries while
senior Jeff Chaney led the Gold with 60 yards on 12 attempts.

“Gardner had a good game receiving,” Bowden said. “He showed that
he can make some big plays. It is just a shame that he was out two weeks
(during the spring).

“I thought the quarterbacks threw very well today and they have all
spring. I feel very good about Fabian. He is a very good prospect.”

The Seminoles open fall practice during the first week of August
and will open defense of their national championship on August 26 in
Jacksonville against Brigham Young in the Pigskin Classic.

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