Jan. 1, 2001
By MIKE FITZPATRICK
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, Jan. 3
No. 1 Oklahoma (12-0) vs. No. 3 Florida State (11-1) at Miami, 8 p.m.
Florida State by 12.
Oklahoma leads 4-1.
The 1981 Orange Bowl, Oklahoma 18-17.
Career Bowl Records
Oklahoma 20-12-1, Florida State 19-8-2.
Last Bowl Appearance
Oklahoma lost to Mississippi 27-25 in the 1999 Independence Bowl
State beat Virginia Tech 46-29 in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.
Common Opponents This Season
Bob Stoops, second season at Oklahoma (19-5), Bobby Bowden, 25th season
Florida State (242-54-4, 315-86-4 overall).
Oklahoma-Sooners rode left arm and smart decisions of Heisman runner-up
Josh Heupel to magical season. He’s especially adept at handling pressure, a
huge asset here. Tenacious LB Torrance Marshall leads active defense that
carried OU down the stretch. But his unit is not used to covering as many
speedy receivers as FSU will send downfield. Offense must find balance.
Florida State-Seminoles gunning for second straight national title.
winner Chris Weinke will be without suspended WR Marvin Minnis, his favorite
target. But FSU boasts slew of talented receivers, and RB Travis Minor is
always dangerous. Stellar defense, led by All-American DE Jamal Reynolds,
be beaten if it can’t get to QB.
Streaks, Stats and Notes
Sooners, 12-0 for first time in school history, shooting for seventh
national title and first since 1985. … Heupel has been struggling with
injury. … OU is 20-2 against current members of ACC. … Sooners ranked
seventh in nation in scoring defense (16 ppg) and eighth in total defense
(278.9 ypg). … OU has won 12 of its 16 trips to Orange Bowl. … FSU
outscored last six opponents by combined 277-51. … Seminoles are 29-10
against Big 12 foes. … Bowden is 0-3 against Oklahoma. … FSU led nation
total offense with whopping 549 ypg. … Seminoles were second in country in
scoring defense (10.3 ppg) and sixth in total defense (277 ypg). … Weinke
passed for 4,167 yards and 33 TDs. He is is 32-2 as a starter. … Reynolds
sacks) won Lombardi Award, given to nation’s top lineman.