Oct. 22, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (5-2, 4-0 ACC) continued to prepare for Saturday’s game against No. 6 Notre Dame (7-0) with a 21-period practice Tuesday afternoon in shells. The team spent the majority of the day working against Notre Dame scout teams before wrapping up with 11-on-11, one minute scrimmaging.
“We got through today without anyone getting hurt,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They have been working hard and not holding anything back.”
During 11-on-11 drills, the defense was able to hold the offense out of the endzone until Chris Rix hit Travis Smith on a 45-yard hail mary on the last play of the afternoon. Talman Gardner pulled in a 25-yard pass from Rix despite a big hit from safety Claudius Osei earlier in 11-on-11. Allen Augustin recorded a sack for the defense while Alonzo Jackson and Osei combined on a tackle for loss.
Florida State’s rushing attack will be tested by a Notre Dame defense that is only allowing 80.1 yards per game on the ground. The fighting Irish rank among the nation’s top 10 in rushing defense (6th), total defense (10th) and scoring defense (3rd). The Seminoles are 15th nationally in rushing (230.7 ypg) with Greg Jones leading the way at 117.4 yards per game.
“Our offensive line against their defensive line will be a great match-up,” said Bowden. “They are all seniors and it will be our strength against their strength. The maturity of their football team is very obvious. They are never out of position and they play hard all game.”
The game against Notre Dame on Saturday will be televised nationally by ABC and is scheduled for a 12:00 noon kickoff.