Sept. 20, 2000
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
Enter upstart Louisville, which filled Auburn’s spot on this week’s
and will take its shot at ending No. 2 Florida State’s unmatched home
Louisville (2-0) hasn’t opened a season with three wins since 1993,
facing the Seminoles (3-0) at Tallahassee will make it very tough to end
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
Making matters worse for the Cardinals is the fact that they were
week, while the Seminoles are coming off a 63-14 rout of North Carolina in
Saturday’s home opener.
After relatively tough games against Brigham Young and Georgia Tech,
Florida State offense unloaded on North Carolina as 10 different Seminoles
The Florida State trio of quarterback Chris Weinke, wideout Marvin
and tailback Travis Minor led the rout. In three quarters, Weinke
12 of 22 passes for 262 years and four touchdowns. Minnis caught five of
passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Minor rushed for 112 yards against the Tar Heels, who at the time
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
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
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.
had some holes to run through.”
But the running game is usually secondary in Bowden’s offense, and
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
touchdowns already this season. He has yet to throw an interception.
Sophomore quarterback Dave Ragone has helped Louisville get off to
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
scored a touchdown in four straight games and already recorded 15 sacks
“I think our defense has played all three games better than I thought
could,” Bowden said. “North Carolina was a real test.”
The Seminoles have are 11-1 all-time against Louisville, winning
the road in the teams’ last meeting in 1991.