November 7, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Senior safety Dexter Jackson made two of Florida
State’s four interceptions that set up touchdowns Saturday as the sixth-ranked
Seminoles extended the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak with a 45-14
victory over No. 12 Virginia.
Florida State can now win its seventh straight Atlantic Coast Conference
title with a victory next week at Wake Forest. The Seminoles (9-1, 6-1 ACC)
have won eight straight games since a 24-7 loss Sept. 12 at North Carolina
Virginia (7-2, 5-2) didn’t get into Florida State territory in the second
half as quarterback Aaron Brooks suffered through a miserable afternoon,
passing for just 96 yards and throwing three interceptions.
Florida State played the second half without quarterback Chris Weinke, who
was knocked out of the game just before halftime with a concussion.
Weinke, who had thrown one touchdown pass and run for one as the Seminoles
built a 21-14 halftime lead, was hurt on the penultimate play of the half when
sacked by Virginia defensive end Patrick Kerney.
Marcus Outzen, who had played sparingly behind Weinke, had a pass
intercepted at the goal line, but otherwise efficiently handled Florida State’s
offense in the second half.
Led by Jackson, linebacker Lamont Green and tackle Corey Simon, the
Seminoles smothered Virginia in the second half, allowing the Cavaliers only
four first downs and 64 yards offense after the break.
Fourth-quarter interceptions by Reggie Durden and Bradley Jennings led to
TDs that made the final score a bit lopsided.
Florida State’s Sebastian Janikowski tied a school and ACC record with his
23rd field goal of the season and set a conference scoring record for kickers
with 106 points. Clemson’s Obed Ariri (1980) and Florida State’s Derek Schmidt
(1987) also kicked 23.
The Seminoles’ home unbeaten streak reached 39 games. Florida State hasn’t
been beaten at home since Miami’s 17-16 victory in 1991 in the “wide right”
Jackson’s first interception, on a pass deflected by teammate Tony Bryant,
set up a touchdown that gave Florida State a 21-7 lead early in the second
quarter. His second interception led to the Seminoles’ first touchdown of the
second half and a 28-14 lead.
Virginia closed to 21-14 when Thomas Jones caught an 8-yard scoring pass
from Aaron Brooks.
Six players scored touchdowns for the Seminoles, including Peter Warrick who
scored the game’s first touchdown on a 79-yard pass from Weinke.
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer