September 8, 1999 - by
No. 1 Florida State Takes On No. 10 Georgia Tech Saturday

Sept. 8, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles have not been beaten in Doak Campbell since a 17-16 (Wide Right I) loss to Miami in 1991. FSU’s record of 50-1-1 (.971) at home in the 1990s is the best in the country. The Tribe enters the 1999 campaign riding a 41-game home unbeaten streak. Bowden has a 117-16-2 record at Doak Campbell and is 66-2-1 at home since the middle of the 1987 season.


FSU ON THE TUBE

Florida State is accustomed to playing in front of the major network cameras and has posted a 117-35-4 record on television. The 8:00 p.m. ABC contest with Georgia Tech will be FSU’s 99th nationally televisd game. In those games, the Seminoles have a record of 66-28-4. Florida State’s first TV game was carried by ABC – the 1958 Bluegrass Bowl vs. Oklahoma St.


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 Wilso (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.


‘NOLES PERFORM WELL IN CLASSROOM

In a USA Today poll that shuffled the Top 25 football teams and ranked them in terms of graduation rates (1989-92), FSU and Penn St. were the only two members of the “football” top five that were also ranked among the Top 10 in the “graduation” poll.


BOWDEN NEARS 300 VICTORIES

Bobby Bowden could become the fifth Division I-A coach to record 300 wins with FSU’s eighth victory this season. Bowden’s 293 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. Amos Alonzo Stagg    314
4. Joe Paterno          307
5. Bobby Bowden         293


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

Georgia Tech returns nine starters from an offense that led the ACC and ranked 13th nationally in scoring a year ago (35.5 ppg). Joe Hamilton is the second Heisman hopeful QB to visit Tallahassee in as many games. Hamilton finished just ahead of Chris Weinke with the conference’s top passing efficiency rating in 1998. WR Dez White ranked third in ACC receiving yards (89.7) and will be Hamiton’s main target. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets lost five starters from a group that gave up 397.6 yards per game a year ago. Senior FS Travares Tillman is the top returner for new defensive coordinator Ted Roof.

GEORGIA TECH QUICK FACTS

Coach: George O’Leary (New Hampshire ’68)
Overall Record: 29-21 (Fifth Year)
Record at Tech: 29-21 (Fifth Year)
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Nickname: Yellow Jackets
Colors: Old Gold and White
Founded: 1885
Enrollment: 13,000


THE SERIES

The overall series is tied at 7-7-1. Florida State has won the last seven meetings (all in ACC play), including a 34-7 decision in Atlanta last season. Georgia Tech won the first meeting in 1952, the 14-14 tie occurred in 1962, and the Yellow Jackets’ last win came in 1975.


PEACH STATE SEMINOLES

Georgia has always been a fertile recruiting ground for the Seminole coaching staff. Florida State has eight scholarship players on its roster from the state of Georgia. OT Ross Brannon (Marietta) and CB Tay Cody (Blakely) are two starters who hail from Georgia while DE Alonzo Jackson (Americus), WR Germaine Stringer (Atlanta), TE Ryan Sprague (Augusta), DT Rian Cason (College Park), DT Jeff Womble (Dunwoody) and WR Robert Morgan (East Point) are key reserves. The state of Georgia ranks second, behind only Florida, in number of FSU players from a state.

BOBBY BOWDEN AT A GLANCE

Alma Mater: Howard (now Samford), 1953
Overall Record: 293-85-4 (33rd season)
Record at FSU: 220-53-4 (24th season)
Home Record at FSU: 117-16-2
Record vs. Ga. Tech: 7-0
Bowl Record: 16-5-1

1998 GA. TECH RETURNING STAT LEADERS


Passing

Joe Hamilton   145-259-2,166 yds. (17 TD)


Receiving

Dez White       46-973 yds. (9 TD)
Phillip Rogers   9-144 yds. (2 TD)
Kelly Campbell  11-131 yds. (1 TD)
Ed Wilder       11-130 yds. (2 TD)
Joe Burns       13-94 yds.  (0 TD)

Rushing

Phillip Rogers   117-503 yds. (2 TD)
Joe Burns         98-499 yds. (5 TD)


Defense

Travares Tillman   82 tackles, 7 PBU
Jesse Tarplin      72 tackles, 9 sacks

1999 FSU STAT LEADERS


Passing

Chris Weinke   20-32-242 yds. (2 TD, 1 INT)
Marcus Outzen   3-5-40 yds.


Receiving

Peter Warrick    9-121 yds.
Talman Gardner   3-60 yds.
Anquan Boldin    2-33 yds. (2 TD)
Robert Morgan    3-24 yds.


Rushing

Nick Maddox     7-46 yds. 
Peter Warrick   2-41 yds. (1 TD)
Travis Minor   13-29 yds.


Defense

Derrick Gibson   7 tackles, 1 PBU
Tommy Polley     7 tackles, 1 sack,  2 FF, 1 PBU
Roland Semour    7 tackles, 1 TFL


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.


94% OF OFFENSE IS BACK

Peter Warrick’s decision to return for his senior season means FSU lost just 274 yards of total offense from its 1998 totals. The Seminoles return their top five receivers and top four rushers along with every player who attempted a pass. Of FSU’s 385 points scored last year, 373 were scored by players who are back for the 1999 campaign. FB Lamarr Glenn, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raymont Skaggs, who transferred last week, had one touchdown each last season.


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.


DUGANS & CHANEY BACK IN LINEUP

FSU gets back WR Ron Dugans and RB Jeff Chaney, two offensive standouts from a year ago, for the Georgia Tech game. Dugans missed the La. Tech game with a fractured hand and Chaney sat out with a one-game suspension. Chaney will back up Travis Minor at tailback and Dugans is scheduled to return to his starting split end position opposite Peter Warrick. The Seminoles were without their number two, three and four receivers in the season opener. Laveranues Coles (knee) could return for the Tech game, while Marvin Minnis is out with a broken foot.


‘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.

    WEINKE SETS ACC MARK

    QB Chris Weinke established a new ACC record for consecutive passes without an interception two weeks ago vs. Louisiana Tech. 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.


    BOLDIN & MADDOX MAKE EARLY IMPACT

    True freshmen Anquan Boldin and Nick Maddox (who happen to be roommates) had an opportunity to contribute immediately in their rookie seasons with the Tribe. Boldin, who switched to WR from QB after three days of practice, stepped in against Louisiana Tech and caught a pair of TD passes. Maddox was FSU’s leading rusher in the opener with 46 yards on seven carries.


    MAKING COMPLETIONS COUNT

    In 10 games last season, QB Chris Weinke set the FSU single-season record for most yards per completion at 17.2. The former mark was 15.6, set by Eric Thomas in 1984. Gary Huff’s (1970-72) career mark stands at 14.6.


    FRANKLIN TAKES OVER AT TIGHT END

    Senior Nick Franklin has won back the starting tight end job he relinquished to junior Ryan Sprague for the opener. Franklin was listed as the starter after spring practice, but Sprague moved ahead of him during preseason drills. Franklin led all FSU tight ends last season with three catches for 48 yards while backing up starter Myron Jackson.


    ‘NOLES MOVING UP IN THE RECORD BOOK



    Career Rushing Touchdowns

    1. Greg Allen      44
    2. Warrick Dunn 37
    3. Amp Lee 30
    4. Dayne Williams 24
    5. Mark Lyles 20
    6. Dexter Carter 17
    7. William Floyd 16
    7. Travis Minor 16


    Career 300-Yard Passing Games

    1. Danny Kanell     10
    2. Thad Busby        8
    3. Gary Huff         7
    4. Charlie Ward      6
    4. Peter Tom Willis  6
    6. Bill Cappleman    5
    7. Kim Hammond       4
    8. Casey Weldon      2
    8. Chris Weinke      2


    Career Receptions

    1. Ron Sellers    212
    2. Kez McCorvey   189
    3. E.G. Green     166
    4. Peter Warrick  145
    5. Mike Shuman    134


    Career Receiving Yards

    1. Ron Sellers    3,598
    2. E.G. Green     2,920
    3. Peter Warrick  2,704
    4. Kez McCorvey   2,660
    5. Barry Smith    2,392


    Career Touchdown Catches

    1. E.G. Green     29
    2. Barry Smith    25
    3. Andre Cooper   24
    3. Peter Warrick  24
    5. Ron Sellers    23


    Career Scoring

    1. Derek Schmidt   393
    2. Scott Bentley   326
    3. Warrick Dunn    294
    4. Greg Allen      278
    5. Dave Cappelen   240
    6. Richie Andrews  228
    7. S. Janikowski   219

    LOCKER ROOM GETS UPGRADE

    The Florida State football locker room got a much needed renovation over the summer. The new locker room is approximately twice as large after the expansion that took place underneath the North end zone adjacent to the old locker room. Also added were new larger wooden lockers, carpeting with a Seminole logo in the middle of the floor and a partition that allows the offense and defense to meet separately on game days.


    MEGAVISION MAKES ITS DEBUT

    The newly installed MegaVision was up and running for the for the first time in the Louisiana Tech game. The giant screen offers five different camera views (two network, three FSU) and a very clear picture. Students from Florida State’s school of communication assist with the operation. Seminole game highlights, replays, messages and footage of other games across the country are shown. MegaVision was installed in the North endzone scoreboard.


    MORE OFFENSIVE LINE CHANGES

    Two players who started the La. Tech game have been beaten out along the offensive front for the Ga. Tech contest. Char-ron Dorsey will take over for Tarlos Thomas at right tackle and Eric Thomas has moved ahead of Jarad Moon at center. Eric Thomas started 10 games last year while Tarlos Thomas started all 13. The offensive line returns all five starters from last season, but only two that started in the Fiesta Bowl (Jason Whitaker & Ross Brannon) will start this Saturday. OG Jerry Carmichael is still out with a knee injury he suffered in the national championship game.


    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 Antoine Mirambeau leading the way at 535. Justin Amman, Donald Heaven, Montrae Holland, Jerry Johnson, Brian Allen, Jamal Reynolds, Bobby Rhodes and Todd Williams were the other eight to reach the 500-lb. plateau. Forty-four ‘Noles benched at least 400 pounds.


    RICHT FAMILY ADDS TWO

    Offensive coordinator Mark Richt and his wife Kathryn had a busy summer as they adopted two orphaned children from the Ukraine. Zach (3) and Anya (2) join Jonathan (9) and David (4) as the two newest members of the Richt family. Richt and the offensive coaches moved their pregame plans up a month so he could join his wife in the Ukraine and complete the adoption process.


    POSITION/NUMBER CHANGES

    Former center Antoine Mirambeau has moved to the other side of the ball during the preseason to give FSU needed depth on the interior defensive line behind Jerry Johnson and Corey Simon. Mirambeau was the third-team center before the move. Anquan Boldin, a prep All-American quarterback, is wearing #4 at wide receiver. Freshman RB Nick Maddox will wear #37 instead of #20. Maddox chose the number because it was the number worn by former Texas great Doak Walker, who was idolized by Maddox’s high school coach at A.L. Brown in Kannapolis, NC.


    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.


    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 155 of the 160 weekly polls. Of the last 141 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 43 weeks.


    POLLEY NAMED TO BUTKUS WATCH LIST

    Junior weakside linebacker Tommy Polley was one of 65 players on the preliminary Butkus Award list. Polley was fifth on the team with 59 total tackles in 1998, had five tackles for loss and an interception. Against La. Tech, Polly recorded seven tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and a pass break-up. In the Butkus Award’s 14-year history, FSU has had two winners (Paul McGowan – 1987 and Marvin Jones – 1992).


    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
    8. Colorado        9
    8. Michigan        9
    8. Nebraska        9


    BLOCKED KICKS IN THE BOWDEN ERA

    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
    

    1990-1998 15 Blocked Punts, 5 Blocked Kicks 1976-1989 52 Blocked Punts, 14 Blocked Kicks 1976-1998 67 Blocked Punts, 19 Blocked Kicks


    CODY, EDWARDS & THORPE

    Cornerbacks Tay Cody and Mario Edwards are two of the 37 defensive backs on the Jim Thorpe Award “watch list.” Florida State is one of just three schools to have two players mentioned (Nebraska and Tennessee). Two Seminoles have won the Thorpe Award – Deion Sanders (1988) and Terrell Buckley (1991).


    MINOR, SIMON AND WHITAKER MENTIONED

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


    FIRST THREE OPPOSING QUARTERBACKS

    The first three starting quarterbacks (Tim Rattay, Joe Hamilton and Jamie Barnette) on FSU’s schedule combined for 10,278 passing yards last season. Rattay was the nation’s passing leader in 1998 with 4,943 yards while Hamilton, FSU starting quarterback Chris Weinke and Barnette ranked 1-2-3 in ACC passing efficiency last season.


    SEARS TROPHY A FAMILIAR SIGHT

    The Sears National Championship Trophy will be on display for the FSU-Georgia Tech game. FSU will make its 11th appearance before the Sears Trophy, the most among all schools. This will be the third trip to Tallahassee for the Trophy with the Seminoles defeating Florida in 1996 on the last visit. Two of FSU’s last three games have been played in front of the Sears Trophy (Fiesta Bowl). Florida State played in the first-ever Sears Trophy sideline game (at Notre Dame, 1993).


    RACKLEY SCORES FOR DEFENSE

    LB Theon Rackley’s 10-yard interception return for a touchdown against La. Tech was the first defensive score for FSU since LB Sam Cowart returned a fumble for a TD at Florida in 1997. DE Tony Bryant was the last defender to return an interception for a score (Wake Forest, 1997).


    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        98-13-1   .878
    2.  Nebraska   96-15-1   .862
    3.  Florida    93-18-1   .835
    4.  Tennessee  90-19-2   .820
    5.  Marshall  101-25-0   .802
    *1999 season not included

    FRESHMAN CB PLAYS ROLE OF HAMILTON

    Freshman cornerback Rufus Brown (El Paso, Tex.) has been running the scout team “Georgia Tech” offense as QB Joe Hamilton. Brown, who was originally an option quarterback, was regarded as one of the top prep athletes in the country a year ago.


    STEPPING IT UP AGAINST TECH

    In the last six games vs. Georgia Tech, Florida State has been outscored by a total of 16-14 in the first quarter. But, in the final three quarters, the Seminoles have scored 241 points to Tech’s 14 (an average of 40.2 to 2.3 points). Last year, FSU led only 10-7 after three quarters of play.


    WARRICK MOVING INTO NCAA ELITE

    Senior All-American Peter Warrick will rank in the top ten in two NCAA receiving categories if he can at least duplicate his 1998 stats. If Warrick had exactly the same numbers this season, he would finish seventh on the NCAA all-time career receiving yardage list (3,815) and tied for seventh on the NCAA all-time career receiving touchdowns (35). Additionally, his 197 receptions would place him into a tie for 27th. Junior Sebastian Janikowski would tie for 17th in kicker career scoring (331) if he matched his point total of 123 from a year ago. That figure would put him just ahead of former Seminole kicker Scott Bentley’s total of 326.


    OUTPASSING THE TOP PASSER

    For just the second time as a La. Tech starter (22 of 24 contests), Tim Rattay was outpassed by his quarterback counterpart. FSU’s Chris Weinke threw for 242 yards on 20-of-32 passing, while Rattay threw for 240 yards on 28-of-48 passing. The other occassion for Rattay was against Auburn’s Dameyune Craig in 1997.


    SEMINOLE BIG PLAY SCORES VS. GA. TECH

    Florida State has used the long touchdown to break open games with Georgia Tech the last three seasons. In fact, the Seminoles have scored six touchdowns of 40 yards or more in the last three meetings with the Yellow Jackets. Here is a list of them:


    1998

    44 — Chris Weinke to Peter Warrick pass ties the game at seven to close the first quarter.
    60 — Laveranues Coles run ices the 34-7 win.


    1997
    66 — Thad Busby hits E.G. Green with scoring strike to make it 21-0.
    47 — Dan Kendra bomb to Coles provides final margin in 38-0 win.


    1996
    56 — Lamont Green returns an interception to give the Seminoles a 7-3 lead and spark a 28-point second quarter.
    45 — Warrick Dunn run makes it 35-3.


    CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR

    Georgia Tech has played Florida State progressively tougher each of the last three seasons, but the Seminoles have always pulled away to win by a large margin. Here is a breakdown of the last three meetings:


    1996

    28 points in the second period jump start the Seminoles on the way to a 49-3 win at Georgia Tech. The Jackets led 3-0 at the end of one quarter.

    1997

    31 second half points give Florida State a 38-0 victory at home. The game was scoreless through the opening quarter and FSU led just 7-0 at the half.

    1998

    24 fourth quarter points by FSU gives the Tribe a 34-7 win in Atlanta. The game was tied 7-7 at halftime and Florida State led 10-7 after three periods.


    DEFENSE DOMINANT AT DOAK

    Florida State’s defense has been one of the country’s best throughout the decade. Its dominance of ACC opponents at home is particularly impressive. Since joining the league in 1992, FSU is allowing just 10.8 points per game in 29 home games against conference foes. Twenty of the 29 opponents have not scored more than 14 points, 15 of the 29 have note scored more thatn 10 and seven have been shutout. In fact, only four ACC teams have scored 20 or more points on the Tribe at Doak Campbell Stadium (FSU 48, NC State 35 in 1997, FSU 31, Virginia 24 in 1996, FSU 59, Duke 20 in 1994, FSU 69, Maryland 21 in 1992).


    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 32-8-1 against ranked foes. Against league teams that are ranked, Florida State has posted a 17-1 mark with the only loss coming at No. 24 Virginia, 33-28, in 1995. The Seminoles have won 14 of their last 15 regular season games against ranked teams.


    DEFENSE SLAMS DOOR ON LA. TECH

    After giving up one touchdown and 189 yards of total offense (six yards rushing, 183 yards passing) in the first half, the Seminole defense gave up only 80 yards (13 rushing, 67 passing) in the second half. The 19 total yards rushing for La. Tech was the lowest total for an opponent since FSU held Wake Forest to (-1) yard rushing in 1997.


    SEMINOLES 29-4 AT AP NO. 1

    FSU holds a 29-4 record as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press 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 Tribe also lost to Miami (1991), Notre Dame (1993) and Florida (1996) while in the top spot.


    WHERE BOLDIN STACKS UP

    Here’s a look at where WR Anquan Boldin’s first career game stacks up against other FSU greats.


    Charlie Ward (’89) – 4 punts for 39.0 avg. in loss to Southern Miss.
    Kez McCorvey (’91) – 4 catch for 33 yds. in win over BYU
    Tamarick Vanover (’92) – 1 catch for 16 yds., 2 rushes for -5 in win over Duke
    Warrick Dunn (’93) – 8 rushes for 68 yds. in win over Kansas
    Peter Warrick (’96) – 2 catches for 36 yds., 1 rush for -5 in win over Duke
    Travis Minor (’97) – 2 rushes for 5 yds. in win over USC
    Anquan Boldin (’99) – 2 catches for 33 yds. (2 TD), 1 rush for 13 yds. in win over La. Tech


    GAME ONE STARTING LINEUP

    SE Robert Morgan*
    ST Ross Brannon
    SG Justin Amman*
    C Jarad Moon
    TG Jason Whitaker
    TT Tarlos Thomas
    TE Ryan Sprague*
    QB Chris Weinke
    FB William McCray*
    TB Travis Minor
    FL Peter Warrick


    RE Jamal Reynolds
    DT Jerry Johnson
    NG Corey Simon
    LE Roland Seymour
    WLB Tommy Polley
    MLB Bradley Jennings*
    SLB Brian Allen
    LC Mario Edwards
    FS Sean Key
    RV Derrick Gibson
    RC Tay Cody


    K Sebastian Janikowski
    P Keith Cottrell


    *denotes first-time starters

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