September 20, 2000 - by
Seminoles Look To Keep Home Unbeaten Streak Alive In Matchup

Sept. 20, 2000

AP –
Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium is such an intimidating
place to play
that Auburn paid $500,000 last year to get out of a home-and-home series
with
the Seminoles.

Enter upstart Louisville, which filled Auburn’s spot on this week’s
schedule
and will take its shot at ending No. 2 Florida State’s unmatched home
dominance
Saturday.

Louisville (2-0) hasn’t opened a season with three wins since 1993,
and
facing the Seminoles (3-0) at Tallahassee will make it very tough to end
that
streak. Florida State has won 30 in a row at Doak Campbell Stadium and is
unbeaten in its last 47 at home. Both streaks are the longest in the
nation.

Making matters worse for the Cardinals is the fact that they were
idle
last
week, while the Seminoles are coming off a 63-14 rout of North Carolina in
last
Saturday’s home opener.

After relatively tough games against Brigham Young and Georgia Tech,
the
Florida State offense unloaded on North Carolina as 10 different Seminoles
scored.

The Florida State trio of quarterback Chris Weinke, wideout Marvin
Minnis
and tailback Travis Minor led the rout. In three quarters, Weinke
connected
on
12 of 22 passes for 262 years and four touchdowns. Minnis caught five of
the
passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Minor rushed for 112 yards against the Tar Heels, who at the time
were
ranked No. 1 in the nation against the run. Florida State’s dismantling of
North Carolina’s run defense left Louisville as the top-ranked team
against
the
rush, so the Seminoles will be attempting to knock a second consecutive
opponent from that perch.

The Cardinals are allowing just 19.5 yards per game on the ground.

“I was very happy with the way Travis Minor and Jeff Chaney ran the
ball
against North Carolina,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. “A lot of
that is a reflection on the offensive line, the fullbacks and tight ends.
They
had some holes to run through.”

But the running game is usually secondary in Bowden’s offense, and
Weinke’s
statistics provide proof. Weinke, who has won 23 straight games as the
Seminoles’ starter, has completed 69 of 110 passes for 1,023 yards and
eight
touchdowns already this season. He has yet to throw an interception.

Sophomore quarterback Dave Ragone has helped Louisville get off to
its
strong start, throwing for 433 yards and seven touchdowns in two games.
However, he will be facing a speedy, big-play Florida State defense that
has
scored a touchdown in four straight games and already recorded 15 sacks
this
season.

“I think our defense has played all three games better than I thought
they
could,” Bowden said. “North Carolina was a real test.”

The Seminoles have are 11-1 all-time against Louisville, winning
40-15
on
the road in the teams’ last meeting in 1991.

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