Nov. 6, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (8-1, 6-0 ACC) conducted their final practice in preparation for Saturday’s contest at Clemson (5-4, 3-3 ACC) with a 15-period practice in shorts Thursday afternoon. As with most Thursday’s before a road game, after period one was completed, the offense and scout team moved into Doak Campbell Stadium for the remainder of the practice where crowd noise was filtered in while the defense remained on the practice fields. Clemson’s Memorial Stadium’s capacity is listed at 81,473.
“This week wasn’t any different than any other week,” FSU Associate Head Coach Mickey Andrews said. “We got a lot done. At least I think we did, but you really never know until Saturday. The big thing is that we are going to be playing against better athletes than some of the guys we played against at Notre Dame last week. We’ve seen big, old, tall, skilled receivers like they got who can run like they can and make plays. We had trouble covering them last year. It’s not going to be an easy chore again this year.”
Saturday’s game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 7:45 p.m., will be the 17th meeting between the Seminoles and the Tigers and the 5th Annual Bowden Bowl. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 14-2, including an 11-0 mark since joining the ACC in 1992. Florida State is 7-2 in Tallahassee and a perfect 7-0 in Death Valley. FSU won the first-ever meeting 38-13 at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Last year, the Seminoles rushed for 272 yards in a 48-31 victory in Tallahassee. Greg Jones led the way with 165 yards on 22 carries. Two years ago at Clemson, Chris Rix threw for 369 yards on 19-of-30 passing with four touchdowns in a 41-27 win. The Seminoles are averaging 35.0 ppg against the Tigers and are allowing 15.0 ppg in the 16-game series.
The Seminoles could clinch the ACC Championship outright as well as a spot in a BCS bowl with a win at Clemson on Saturday.