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Seminoles Begin Quest For Ninth Straight ACC Football Title Against Yellow Jackets

Sept. 5, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State tries to extend its ACC dominance as it begins
conference
play
at Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The defending national champion and No. 2 Seminoles (1-0) have
amassed
a
62-2 conference record since joining the ACC for the 1992 season. Florida
State
has won 15 straight ACC games and is 8-0 against Georgia Tech since
entering
the conference.

Bobby Bowden’s team extended its overall winning streak to 13 games
and
its
regular season winning streak to 22 games with a 29-3 rout of Brigham
Young
in
the Pigskin Classic at Jacksonville on Aug. 26. Chris Weinke completed 31
of
50
passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns as the Seminoles easily
overwhelmed
the
Cougars.

“We did some good things, but we had a couple of missed field goals,
a
couple of missed opportunities,” said Weinke, who also threw a key block
on
a
reverse on a third touchdown. “We know we could have gotten more points
but
you can’t be disappointed when you win. We know we have some more work to
do.”

Weinke, though, accomplished an important objective in the season
opener by
finding new targets to replace the graduated Peter Warrick. Marvin Minnis
had
nine receptions for 137 yards while Javon Walker added eight catches for
70
yards and a touchdown.

Florida State’s defense had little trouble containing BYU, holding
the
Cougars to 225 yards. The Seminoles forced four turnovers, recorded a
safety
and had five sacks.

Georgia Tech (1-0), who had its season opener against Virginia Tech
postponed due to lightning, began life without graduated quarterback Joe
Hamilton by rallying to beat Central Florida 21-17 last Saturday. George
Godsey, benched twice during the game, threw a pair of touchdown passes in
the
final 3:48.

Godsey went 19-of-31 for 189 yards and spread the offense, throwing
passes
to seven different receivers. Joe Burns led the running game with 22
carries
for 73 yards.

Georgia Tech’s defense held Central Florida to 266 yards, including
eight
rushing.

Hamilton and the Yellow Jackets gave the Seminoles a scare last
season,
but
Florida State survived for a 41-35 victory at Tallahassee. Hamilton threw
for
387 yards and four touchdowns, but Weinke countered with 262 yards and
three
scores.

The Seminoles lead the all-time series 8-7-1.

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