Sept. 28, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – As the game reached a merciful conclusion, Chris
Weinke watched the action in a chair beyond the end zone, his left foot
immobilized and elevated.
The scene put a damper on an otherwise delightful night for No. 2 Florida
State and its record-setting quarterback.
Weinke threw three touchdown passes before leaving early in the third
quarter with an apparent sprained ankle, and the Seminoles cruised to a 59-7
victory Thursday night.
Weinke left after his third touchdown pass made it 38-7. With rival Miami
next on the Seminoles’ schedule, coach Bobby Bowden was probably ready to pull
his senior quarterback anyway.
The severity of the injury was not immediately known.
“I inverted my ankle on the second series, then I re-injured it in the
second quarter,” Weinke said. “I did not feel comfortable dropping back and
putting pressure on it in the third quarter. We’ll find out tomorrow.”
At least the Seminoles have an extra bit of time for the injury to heal.
“I hope it’s a minor thing. Thank goodness it’s a Thursday night game,”
Weinke went 11-for-15 for 234 yards. His final TD pass gave him 58 for his
career, breaking Danny Kanell’s school record.
“I didn’t even know I set the record, to be honest,” he said. “It’s a
It was 25-0 before Maryland (2-2, 0-1) got its initial first down, on a
74-yard touchdown run by LaMont Jordan.
Jordan finished with 114 yards rushing, his first 100-yard game of the
season, but Maryland managed only eight first downs, four on the final drive of
the game. Calvin McCall, who was victimized by several dropped passes, went
10-for-27 for 100 yards and one interception.
“We had a chance to show the country what we are made of, and instead all
those people watching on TV are saying it’s the same old Maryland Terps,” said
linebacker E.J. Henderson.
“Nothing’s changed with Florida State,” Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden
said. “It’s the most talented football team in the country.”
Florida State is 11-0 against Maryland, winning by an average of 34 points.
The Seminoles have scored at least 48 points in eight of the last nine games
between the teams.
After the Terrapins took the opening kickoff and gained only 1 yard in three
plays, the Seminoles quickly covered 59 yards to go up 7-0. Weinke went 3-for-3
for 36 yards before McCray ran in from the 1.
“We wanted to set the tempo early tonight. We wanted to score a touchdown
on our first drive, and we did that,” Weinke said.
Maryland again did nothing on offense, and a 28-yard punt return by Clevan
Thomas set up a career-long 44-yard field goal by Matt Munyon.
The Terrapins’ next possession featured two dropped passes, and after the
Seminoles’ first punt, a botched pitchout by McCall was recovered by FSU at the
Maryland 16. Although the Seminoles couldn’t convert, a coffin-corner punt by
Keith Cottrell set up a safety for a 12-0 lead.
Immediately after the free kick, Robert Morgan slipped behind Curome Cox on
the right sideline and hauled in a 58-yard touchdown pass.
The Terrapins not only found it impossible to get a first down, but they
couldn’t help giving the ball away. An interception by the Seminoles’ Chris
Hope led to a 2-yard touchdown run by McCray and a 25-0 lead.
Maryland ended its first-down drought and snapped the shutout with one play,
Jordan’s lengthy touchdown run off a block by tight end Jeff Dugan.
Undaunted, the Seminoles made it 32-7 on a 2-yard pass from Weinke to Bell
with 14 seconds left in the half.
At that point, a good portion of the 47,044 at Byrd Stadium headed for the
exits. It was the biggest crowd at Maryland since 1995.
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer