Oct. 23, 2001
#19 FLORIDA STATE (4-2, 3-1 ACC) vs #10 Maryland (7-0, 5-0 ACC)
Saturday, October 27 * 3:30 pm * ABC
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000) * Tallahassee, FL
SETTING THE SCENE: The Florida State Seminoles, ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll after an impressive 43-7 victory at Virginia, host Maryland Saturday in an important Atlantic Coast Conference battle. The 10th-ranked Terrapins lead the league with an ACC mark of 5-0, followed by two one-loss teams in North Carolina (4-1) and Florida State (3-1). The Seminoles have never lost a conference game in Doak Campbell Stadium since joining the ACC in 1992, a record of 38-0.
In their last outing, Florida State rushed for a season-high 303 yards against the Cavaliers and finished with 533 yards of total offense. Three Seminole tailbacks had at least 75 yards on the ground (Greg Jones 107, Eric Shelton 95 and Nick Maddox 76). Redshirt freshman Chris Rix threw for 205 yards on 11-of-21 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions. True freshman Adrian McPherson, a true freshman, had his best outing as a Seminole with a pair of touchdown passes on the night. The defense limited Virginia to 201 total yards (34 rushing, 167 passing) and forced five turnovers. FSU’s secondary held the conference’s top receiver, Billy McMullen, to just 25 yards on four catches. Rover Abdual Howard brought an interception back 80 yards for a score.
The Seminoles rank third in the ACC in total offense (419.2), third in rushing offense (182.3) and fourth in passing offense (236.8). Quarterback Chris Rix is second in the ACC and 24th nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 143.3. Javon Walker’s 80.2 receiving yards per game average ranks third in the ACC and 30th in the NCAA.
On the other side of the ball, FSU is third in the conference in total defense (297.8), rushing defense (104.2) and pass defense (193.7). Linebackers Kendyll Pope and Bradley Jennings are the team leaders in tackles with 62 and 60 total stops on the year, respectively.
TELEVISION: ABC: Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (color) & Lynn Swann (sideline). Sunshine: Paul Kennedy (play-by-play), Keith Jones (color) & Tom Block (sideline). Sunshine tape delay: Sunday 7:00 pm & Monday 12:30 pm.
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) & Peter Tom Willis (color).