October 11, 2000 - by

Seminoles Look To Bounce Back Against Blue Devils

Oct. 11, 2000

From the Associated Press

Their winning streak is gone, but the Florida State Seminoles hope
their
national championship dreams are not.

Knowing they need to run the table following their devastating loss to
Miami, the seventh-ranked Seminoles are presented with a perfect opportunity
to
rebound Saturday as they face the winless Duke Blue Devils.

“We’re going to bounce back. Don’t even worry about it,” Seminoles
defensive end Ronald Seymour said.

While taking care of the lowly Blue Devils should be little trouble,
Florida
State realizes this contest must be the start of a perfect run the rest of
the
season to have any chance for a national title.

The Seminoles (5-1, 3-0 ACC) had their nation-best 17-game winning
streak
halted last Saturday when Matt Munyon’s 49-yard field goal attempt sailed
wide
right as time expired, giving then-No. 7 Miami a 27-24 victory.

Florida State fell from the top spot in the AP Top 25, dropping below
five
unbeaten teams in the poll.

“Our goal now is to win the rest of our games,” said quarterback Chris
Weinke. “We’re definitely capable of doing that, and then we could be right
back in the hunt.”

Weinke threw for a career-high 496 yards and three touchdowns in the
loss,
but also was picked off twice and could not get the Seminoles close enough
for
the potential tying field goal in the final seconds. The 28-year-old Heisman
Trophy candidate had limited mobility and said he was only at “about 75
percent” due to a sore left foot.

It may not matter what kind of condition Weinke is in for this contest,
considering Duke (0-5, 0-3) has lost its five games this season by an
average
of 27.2 points.

The Blue Devils had their most productive day offensively in their last
contest, but were still blown out by then-No. 7 Clemson 52-22 on Sept. 30.

Duke has used three quarterbacks this season but none have been
successful,
combining to complete just 44 percent of their passes while throwing 11
interceptions and only one touchdown.

The team’s defense has been awful as well, allowing an average of 463.8
yards per game.

Duke has never won in eight all-time meetings with Florida State.

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