Nov. 11, 2000
No. 3 Florida St. 35, Wake Forest 6
By JENNA FRYER
AP Sports Writer
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — There were few smiles in Florida State’s locker
room after their 29-point victory over Wake Forest. Despite the win, the
third-ranked Seminoles felt like losers.
Chris Weinke threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns – three to Marvin
Minnis – to lead Florida State to a 35-6 win over the Demon Deacons on
“It’s gotten to be that the expectations are so high with this team, that
if we don’t win by 50 we didn’t do a good job,” Weinke said. “Winning by 29
is still nice, but we know it’s probably going to cost us.”
Until the Bowl Championship Series standings are released Monday, it
remained to be seen whether the Seminoles (10-1, 8-0 ACC) would hold their
second-place edge over Miami. The teams that finish 1-2 in the final BCS
standings will play in a national title game in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.
Oklahoma, a 35-31 winner over Texas A&M on Saturday, was first in last
week’s BCS standings. Miami beat Pittsburgh 35-7, and could sneak past Florida
State in the standings based on strength of schedule.
“We weren’t playing against Wake Forest today, we were playing against a
computer and we didn’t win,” Minnis said. “You gotta win big these days and I
don’t think we won big enough.”
Weinke said the Seminoles fully expected to slip behind Miami, but could get
the spot back with a win over No. 5 Florida in next week’s regular-season
“We’ll probably lose a spot in the standings because you are playing
against so many factors these days, too many to even keep track,” Weinke said.
“If we do slip, I would think a win over Florida next week could get us back
up there. The ball is in our court now.”
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said it was difficult to keep the Seminoles
from looking past Wake Forest (1-8, 1-6).
“When you are favored by so much and you take your opening drive in for a
score, you tend to let down,” Bowden said. “So I told the team that we’re not
on TV tonight, but we are on a computer and the computer puts you in a position
where you must hold your opponent down and keep scoring.”
Florida State led only 21-6 at the start of the fourth quarter. But Weinke,
who also had two interceptions, threw touchdown passes of 4 and 14 yards to
Anquan Boldin on consecutive series to give the Seminoles a 35-6 lead with 7:22
But Wake Forest ate up a chunk of clock on its next series, finally turning
the ball over on downs on the 27 with 2:08 to play.
Marcus Outzen replaced Weinke and began throwing the ball. On second-and-9
at the Wake 43, he appeared to hook up with Boldin on the 8, but the receiver
dropped the ball as he hit the sideline and the officials ruled it incomplete.
Outzen was intercepted on the next play by Quintin Williams, who was hit out
of bounds at the end of a 40-yard return that caused a flurry of pushing and
shoving along the Wake Forest sideline with 25 seconds to play.
Wake Forest then took four shots at the end zone to end the game.
“The first three quarters, we hung in there and played well,” Wake Forest
coach Jim Caldwell said. “We just couldn’t score enough points to keep up with
them. Nobody expected us to win this game, but we had different expectations
The win was the 314th of Bowden’s career, tying him with Amos Alonzo Stagg
for the fourth most in Division I-A.
The Seminoles lost three tailbacks to injury during the game. When Bowden
took starter Travis Minor out with a slightly sprained ankle in the second
half, backup Jeff Chaney was knocked out of the game with a sprained right
Bowden said Chaney was likely out for the season with torn knee ligaments.
His replacement, Davey Ford, left one series later with a possible fractured
collarbone. When fourth-stringer Greg Jones temporarily limped off the field
two plays later, Bowden was forced to use receiver Nick Maddox in the
Maddox, who had three carries through Florida State’s first 10 games,
carried the ball four times for 52 yards before Jones returned.
“I am glad to get out of here alive,” Bowden said. “All our tailbacks got
hurt, so if we have any advantage over an ACC team, it’s depth.”
The game remained close in the first half thanks to Florida State’s errors.
Weinke got the Seminoles on the board six plays into their first drive with
a 10-yard touchdown pass to Minnis that made it 7-0.
But the Seminoles stumbled through their next three possessions and, after a
Wake Forest field goal, needed a 36-yard TD pass from Weinke to Minnis to take
a 14-3 lead into halftime.
“We always have a tough time with Wake Forest,” Bowden said. “I told
coach Caldwell after the game that no one plays us tougher than him. It was a