September 8, 1998
#2 Florida State
vs. North Carolina State
Saturday, September 12, 1998
3:30 p.m. * ABC -Sports
Carter-Finley Stadium(51,500) * Raleigh, N.C.
SETTING THE SCENE: No. 2 (USA Today/AP) Florida State (1-0) opens its ACC schedule with NC State at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. The Seminoles have not lost to the Wolfpack since joining the ACC in 1992 and have won 18 consecutive games against ACC opponents. QB Chris Weinke’s debut as a starter was successful with a 23-14 win over Texas A&M as he connected with Kickoff Classic MVP Peter Warrick for nine receptions, 106 yards and a touchdown. Tailback Travis Minor set an FSU single-game record for carries with 34 as he racked up 146 rushing yards and DT Jerry Johnson led all FSU defenders with 10 tackles, a sack and caused fumble against the Aggies.
THE OPPONENT: NC State (1-0) came back from a 31-14 deficit against Ohio University to defeat them 34-31 after Chris Coleman returned a blocked punt for a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Wolfpack gave up 397 total yards, including 361 yards rushing, against Ohio. WR Torry Holt led the Pack with three receptions for 72 yards and a TD, while tailback Rahshon Spikes gained 72 yards rushing on 14 carries. Linebacker Clayton White led NC State with 16 tackles.
SERIES NOTES: Florida State leads the series 14-4 and has posted eight straight wins over the Wolfpack. The Seminoles are averaging 51.0 points over the the last six meetings, while holding NC State to 12.2 point per game — a 38.8 average margin of victory. The last time the Wolfpack defeated FSU was a 20-10 win in 1967, when current FSU Asst. Head Coach Chuck Amato was a linebacker on the Pack’s defense. Bobby Bowden holds a 7-1 career mark against NC State, including a 1-1 at West Virginia. The Tribe scored their largest margin of victory in any ACC game, 60 points, in the 77-17 win over the Wolfpack in 1995.
FLORIDA STATE Coach Bobby Bowden (Samford '53) Overall Record 282-83-4/33rd Season Record at FSU 209-51-4/23rd Season Record vs. NC State 7-1
NC STATE Coach Mike O'Cain (Clemson '77) Overall Record 29-29/6th Season Record at NC State 29-29/6th Season Record vs. FSU 0-5
ABC-Sports. Talent: Tim Brandt, Terry Gannon. RADIO: Seminole Sports Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff, Peter Tom Willis.
WARRICK HAS CAREER DAY
Despite injuring his ankle on a long pass route againstTexas A&M, receiver Peter Warrick re-entered the game to catch a nine-yard TD and record his fourth career 100-yard receiving game. Warrick caught a career-high nine passes on the day for 106 yards and was named the Kickoff Classic MVP. He needs just 125 yards to rank in the top 12 of FSU’s Career Receiving Yardage list and one TD reception to tie Jackie Flowers (1976-79) for 12th on the FSU career TD reception list with 14.
THE ANCHOR IN THE MIDDLE
Junior defensive tackle Jerry Johnson is listed as a preseason candidate for the Outland Trophy and certainly made a case for himself with his play against Texas A&M. Not only did Johnson lead the Seminoles with 10 tackles, he also had a tackle for loss, a sack, an intimidation and three pressures. He also caused a fumble by the Aggies that led to an FSU field goal. Johnson is quickly approaching third on the FSU career tackle for loss list in only his third season of play.
FSU Career Tackles for Loss 1. Ron Simmons (77-80) 44 2. Paul McGowan (84-87) 32 3. Marvin Jones (90-92) 27 4. Jerry Johnson (96-present) 26
LITTLE BY LITTLE
Florida State became accustomed to making “big plays” (offensive plays of 20 yards or more) last season as they accounted for 70 plays for the Seminoles (nine percent of FSU’s offense). However, in the season opener, FSU made just one “big play” — a 30-yard pass play from Chris Weinke to Peter Warrick on the first snap of the game. The Seminole defense allowed just a single offensive play of 20 yards or more by the Aggies.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski booted 50 percent (42-of-84) of his kickoffs for touchbacks last season and continued his success against Texas A&M. All six of Janikowski’s kickoffs against the Aggies reached the endzone while four (66%) of them went for touchbacks. Janikowski was perfect as a placekicker with three field goals and two PATs.
Tailback Travis Minor set a career-high mark and FSU record with 34 carries against Texas A&M. The previous record of 33 carries in a single game was held for 15 years by Greg Allen vs. East Carolina (1983). Minor surpassed his previous career high of 30 vs. North Carolina last season. His 146 rushing yards, the second most of his career, gave him his fourth 100-yard rushing game.
DEFENSE CONTINUES ITS DOMINANCE
Florida State’s defense shut down the Aggies in the second half allowing just 20 total yards and 133 yards for the entire game. Last year, FSU held opponents under 150 total offensive yards four times. The Seminoles also held Texas A&M to 33 yards rushing, a feat they accomplished eight times last year.
ACC Players of the Week August 31st vs. Texas A&M Offensive Back Travis Minor 34 for 146 yards rushing, 1 TD Offensive Lineman Jason Whitaker 5 1/2 intimidations, 93 percent, no sacks, pressures or penalties
FSU Career Stats vs. NC State Rushing Travis Minor 10-64 (2 TD) Laveranues Coles 8-46 Dee Feaster 7-42 (2 TD)
Receiving Travis Minor 7-56 (1 TD) Peter Warrick 4-52 (1 TD) Laveranues Coles 3-97 Germaine Stringer 2-46 (1 TD) Ron Dugans 3-30 Marvin Minnis 2-29
Defense Lamont Green 15 tackles, 1 TFL, 0.5 sack Dexter Jackson 21 tackles, 2 PBU Demetro Stephens 10 tackles 1 PBU