September 20, 1999 - by
Janikowski Leads Seminoles To 3-0 Start

Sept. 20, 1999

By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Since Florida State’s offensive and defensive
units
don’t seem to be in sync at the same time, it’s a good thing placekicker
Sebastian Janikowski has been almost perfect this season.

Janikowski kicked five field goals, blasted all of his kickoffs into
or out
of the end zone – twice hitting the goal-post crossbar – and ran down a North
Carolina State linebacker to save points in No. 1 Florida State’s 42-11
victory
Saturday.

“We haven’t been impressive yet,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said
Sunday. “We’ve been winning because we have superior personnel.”

Starting with Janikowski, an All-America pick last year when he kicked 27
field goals – just two short of the NCAA single-season mark.
Since missing his first field goal try of the year, Janikowski has kicked
nine straight.

Florida State (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is 100-13-1 this
decade –
the only school to reach the century mark in wins. The Seminoles also are 56-2
in the ACC as they go after an eighth straight league title.

North Carolina State (3-1, 0-1) upset the Seminoles 24-7 last year behind
quarterback Jamie Barnette, who lost two fumbles and was intercepted four
times
Saturday.

Florida State’s defense, which gave up five touchdowns a week earlier
in a
41-35 victory over Georgia Tech, looked back on its game against the Wolfpack.

“Jamie was running for his life,” North Carolina State coach Mike O’Cain
said. “He was getting his butt knocked off after every play.”

Two turnovers by Barnette resulted in Florida State touchdowns.
Abdual Howard returned one interception 47 yards for the game’s final
score
and Jamal Reynolds recovered a Barnette fumble in the end zone for a third
quarter TD that gave Florida State a 32-11 lead. The ball was stripped by
David
Warren.

“That really turned the game around,” said Barnette, who was also sacked
three times.

Barnette, who threw for 287 yards against Florida State last year, was
10-of-25 for 129 yards.

Florida State led 18-3 at the half on a 1-yard touchdown run by
fullback Dan
Kendra and four field goals.

Janikowski, a left-footed junior, kicked field goals of 30, 47, 22 and 31
yards. He also ran down Clayton White, who intercepted a 2-point conversion
pass thrown by holder Marcus Outzen after a poor snap.

Janikowski, who added a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter, could have been
given an opportunity to try one from 61 yards away on the final play of the
first half but Florida State instead was unsuccessful on a desperation “Hail
Mary” try.

Travis Minor scored on a 2-yard run that gave Florida State a 25-3 lead
early in the third quarter.

Kent Passingham’s 22-yard field goal that briefly tied the game 3-3 in
the
first quarter and Rahshon Spikes’ 3-yard run in the third quarter accounted
for
the Wolfpack’s scoring. Spikes led all runners with 89 yards on 21 carries.

“They came down here with some confidence because they won last year,”
Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke said. “We wanted to take that
confidence out of them early.”

Florida State’s offense struggled all day, managing 378 yards – its
lowest
output in three games.

“We’re not as good offensively as last year, but we’re better
defensively,” O’Cain said.

Weinke, who threw six interceptions in last year’s loss, was intercepted
twice Saturday and failed for the first time in 13 starts at Florida State to
throw a TD pass.

“Forty two points is not enough against a team that humiliated us last
year,” said Florida State’s Peter Warrick, who caught nine passes for 75 yards
and returned 2 punts for 46 yards.

“I would have loved to have buried those guys,” Weinke said. “And we
didn’t bury them.”

Bowden was more philosophic.

“The offense has been kind of inconsistent,” he said. “But there’s no
need in me complaining about 42 points.”

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