Sept. 29, 1999
Top-ranked Florida State looks to improve to 8-0 all-time against Duke
the Seminoles and Blue Devils meet at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville on
Florida State (4-0, 3-0 ACC) scored 41 or more points for the fourth
straight game last week, defeating North Carolina 42-10 at Chapel Hill. The
Seminoles put the game away early, scoring four touchdowns before the first
quarter was half over.
Despite Florida State’s early season success, coach Bobby Bowden is
ready to talk about the national championship.
“I know people think, `Well, he’s crazy, there is no way Duke could beat
us,”‘ he said. “Oh yeah, you could go out there and blow it. Doesn’t Duke
have about as good a chance of beating us as you would think Cincinnati
Wisconsin or Ohio State?”
The Seminoles have been led by Heisman Trophy candidate Peter Warrick.
All-American wideout had a league-high 234 all-purpose yards in the Seminoles’
win at North Carolina. Warrick had his third 100-yard receiving game of the
season, catching four passes for 103 yards.
“Nobody (in the country) is really playing like they’re No. 1,” Warrick
said. “So, we went out there with an attitude that we’ve going to play like
No. 1 today.”
Warrick also had one rush for 16 yards and returned three punts for 115
yards, including a 75-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
became only the second Seminole to reach the 3,000-yard receiving mark. He has
3,024 yards on 166 catches.
The Blue Devils (0-3, 0-0) have dropped their first three games of the
season under new coach Carl Franks, who returned to his alma mater after
spending nine years at the University of Florida.
After losing the season opener 27-9 at East Carolina, Duke lost 15-12 in
overtime to Northwestern and fell 31-14 to Vanderbilt last week. The Blue
Devils hadn’t scored a touchdown before the Vanderbilt game.
Duke is averaging 281.3 yards of offense per game while allowing 368.0
Florida State beat Duke 62-13 last year in Tallahassee and 51-27 two
ago in Durham.