November 10, 1998
#5 Florida State at Wake Forest
Saturday, November 14, 1998 * 5:00 p.m.
Groves Stadium (31,500) * Winston-Salem, NC
SETTING THE SCENE: No. 5 (AP/USA Today) Florida State (9-1, 6-1 ACC) can clinch its seventh straight ACC title if the Seminoles close out the season with a win over Wake Forest (3-6, 2-4 ACC). FSU boasts the nation’s top-ranked defense, allowing just 219.5 yards per game. Florida State also ranks second in the nation in pass efficiency defense (85.6) and will face the ACC’s second-best passing offense as the Deacons average 272.0 yards per game. Wake Forest averages just 76.4 rushing yards (the league’s worst) and will be pitted against the Seminoles’ ACC-best in rushing defense (97.1 yards per game). Receiver Peter Warrick is second in the league with 110.3 receiving yards, while tailback Travis Minor in third in the ACC with 78.5 rushing yards. Kicker Sebastian Janikowkski is second in the nation with 2.3 field goals per game (23-for-28).
THE OPPONENT: Wake Forest looks to break a three-game losing streak as they host the Seminoles this weekend. The Demon Deacons have the ACC’s fifth-ranked offense with a 348.4 yards per game average, but are giving up 393.1 yards per game which rates eighth in the league. Receiver Desmond Clark averages 6.8 receptions per game, the second best in the ACC, while QB Brian Kuklick has the conference’s fourth-best pass efficiency rating (122.22).
SERIES NOTES: Florida State holds a 13-2-1 record against Wake Forest in the series and have won six straight games against the Demon Deacons. The Seminoles have averaged 53.2 points per game against WFU since joining the ACC in 1992, while holding the Deacs to 8.0 points per game. Florida State has not played in Winston-Salem since a 56-14 win in 1994. The Tribe is 1-1 in Groves Stadium, including a 9-7 loss in 1973. FSU has held Wake Forest to 14 points or less in the last eight meetings. DE Jamal Reynolds’ brother, Diron, is the defensive graduate assistant for WFU.
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FOR THE RECORD
Coach Bobby Bowden – (Samford ’53)
Overall Record – 290-84-4/33rd Season
Record at FSU – 217-52-4/23rd Season
Record vs. W. Forest – 6-0
Coach Jim Caldwell – (Iowa ’77)
Overall Record – 17-47/6th Season
Record at Wake Forest – 17-47/6th Season
Record vs. FSU – 0-6
Stopping the Pass
Florida State has held five of its first 10 opponents to fewer than 100 yards passing this season and ranks second in the nation in passing defense. The ‘Noles have also held seven of the last eight opposing quarterbacks to a 50 percent or less completion rate with the exception of Georgia Tech. Last year’s dominating unit held just two of 12 opponents to less than 100 yards with North Carolina just topping that figure at 101 in Chapel Hill. The 1997 pass defense gave up an average of 189.5 yards per game. This year’s unit is allowing only 122.4 yards per game through the air.
Weinke Joins 2,000 Yard Passing Fraternity
Chris Weinke joined an elite club against Georgia Tech when he pushed his season passing yards total over the 2,000 mark. Weinke has now thrown for 2,487 yards this season making him just the 12th quarterback in FSU history to reach the milestone. He now ranks 10th on the FSU season passing yardage list. FSU’s all-time record was set by Thad Busby last year with 3,317 yards.
Racking Up the Yards
With his 338-yard passing performance against Georgia Tech, Chris Weinke threw for 200 yards in his first nine games this season tying the FSU season record of nine by Charlie Ward (’93), Peter Tom Willis (’89) and Gary Huff (’72). The streak ended with a 143 yard performance in the first half against Virginia before getting injured and leaving the game.
Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski is now 23-of-28 on the season on field goal attempts and tied FSU and ACC season records with a 22-yarder against Virginia last weekend. He is tied with Derek Schmidt (1987) for the Florida State season record and Obed Ariri of Clemson (1980) for the ACC record.
Against the Best
The Seminoles are 56-61-4 against teams ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 20. FSU is 32-10-1 (.759) against Top 20 in the 1990s. The Seminoles have defeated four Top 20 teams so far this season — then #15 Texas A&M, #18 Southern California, #20 Georgia Tech and #12 Virginia with #4 Florida lurking ahead.
Coles Breaks the Century Mark For the First Time– Junior wide receiver Laveranues Coles had the first 100-yard receiving game of his career in the 39-13 win over North Carolina. The Jacksonville, Fla., native had 120 yards and a touchdown on a season-high five receptions. Coles has seen time at both wide receiver and tailback – the position he played upon his arrival at Florida State – the last three weeks. He ran for 82 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown, on three carries at Georgia Tech two weeks ago. Coles has become a multi-dimensional threat as he has scored touchdowns three ways this season – rushing, receiving and kickoff return. He is averaging 19.1 yards every time he touches the ball this season.
IN THE RED ZONE
Opp Drives Result % Inside 20
Texas A&M 5 1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG 100
NC State 2 2 INT 0
Duke 9 4 TD Run, 2 TD pass, 2 FG 89
USC 7 1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG, miss FG 71
Maryland 4 3 FG, miss FG 75
Miami 3 1 TD run, FG, fumble 67
Clemson 4 1 TD run, 2 TD pass, miss FG 75
Georgia Tech 3 1 TD run, 1 TD pass, FG 100
N. Carolina 4 2 TD run, 2 FG 100
Virginia 6 5 TD run, 1 FG 100
Total 47 16 TD Run, 7 TD pass, 16 FG, 2 INT 83
Opp Drives Result Percent
Texas A&M 1 1 TD run 100
NC State 2 INT, miss FG 0
Duke 2 1 TD run, FG 100
USC 1 1 TD run 100
Maryland 3 1 TD pass, 1 FG, 1 Blk FG 66
Miami 2 1 TD pass, INT 50
Clemson 1 took over on downs 0
Georgia Tech 1 1 TD run 100
N. Carolina 3 1 TD pass, 2 FG 100
Virginia 3 1 TD run, 1 TD pass 66
Total 19 5 TD run, 4 TD pass, 4 FG 68.4
Warrick Enters FSU Career Record Book
Peter Warrick’s five catches for 123 yards last week against Virginia moved him up the ranks in the FSU record books. He now ranks fourth in all-time receiving yards with 2,454 yards. His performance against UVA moved him past Barry Smith (70-72) on the list, and to within 206 yards of moving ahead of Kez McCorvey (91-94) into third place. With one TD reception last week, Warrick moved into a tie with Ron Sellers (66-68) on the FSU career TD catch list with 23. He is also in the Seminole career top 10 in catches with 125 for ninth on the list. Warrick has six 100-yard receiving games this year and eight in his career. He now has 52 receptions for 1,103 yards on the season which ranks fourth on the FSU season receiving yards list. His 11 TD catches ties E.G. Green and Fred Biletnikoff for fourth on the season list.
FSU Career ReceivingName, Years Yards 1. Ron Sellers (66-68) 3598 2. E.G. Green (94-97) 2920 3. Kez McCorvey (91-94) 2660 4. Peter Warrick (96-pres) 2454 5. Barry Smith (70-72) 2392
FSU Season Receiving Yards
Name, Year Yards
1. Ron Sellers, 1968 1496
2. Barry Smith, 1972 1243
3. Ron Sellers, 1967 1228
4. Peter Warrick, 1998 1103
5. E.G. Green, 1997 1059
FSU Career Stats vs. Wake Forest
Dan Kendra 27-54, 363 yds. (3 TD)
Chris Weinke 2-3, 34 yds. (1 TD)
Dee Feaster 9-75 yds. (1 TD)
Peter Warrick 2-14 yds.
Peter Warrick 10-165 yds. (2 TD)
Laveranues Coles 7-72 yds.
Germaine Stringer 3-64 yds. (1 TD)
Lamont Green 14-1-0
Dexter Jackson 12-0-0 (2 INT)
Demetro Stephens 11-4-0
Jerry Johnson 10-2-1
Larry Smith 7-2-0
Tony Bryant 5-0-2
(INT return 19 yds. for TD)
QB Chris Weinke
“I’m still in a lot of pain at this point. It starts at my neck and shoulder and runs down my right arm. Right now, I’m just going to do what the trainers tell me to do and go from there. I’ll put ice on it and get x-rays tomorrow (Monday). Hopefully, we will be able to find out more at that time.”
QB Marcus Outzen
“It was an unfortunate situation when Chris (Weinke) had to come out at the end of the first half. But, it’s my job to be ready in case something like that does happen. Hopefully, he will be able to get back in there and be ready to play next week. I will have to prepare myself and take on the responsibility in case he can’t go. You have to go into practice and meetings with a different mindset if there’s a chance you might get the call. I know I don’t have the game experience, but there is only one way to get that. There is no substitute for experience. The game this weekend at Wake Forest is for the ACC Championship so we know, no matter who the quarterback is, that it is an important game.
“The defense really came out in the second half and shut them (Virginia) down. That made it easier on the offense, with them playing that well and keeping them in check. I thought I played pretty well, we did what we had to offensively to win the game. We couldn’t really do anything wide open, but we didn’t need to with the way the offensive line and the defense was playing. The offensive line played great and we were able to get the running game going, especially in the second half because they started to wear Virginia down.”
DT Corey Simon
“At halftime of the Virginia game, we knew we had to come out and take over the ballgame. With Chris (Weinke) being out we didn’t want to leave anything in question. We knew Marcus (Outzen) would come in and do a good job, but he doesn’t get the practice reps. that the No. 1 guy gets. It was a combination of the defense coming out and doing our job and the offense taking care of business, too. We knew coming in that they had a great running game with Thomas Jones and they ran it pretty well in the first half, but we held them to 69 yards of offense in the second half.
“I don’t know that much about Wake Forest. I haven’t seen them that much this year. I know they have an experienced quarterback who did a good job against us last year. If Desmond Clark can play, he is a weapon because of his size and the way he is able to move. They are an athletic team who will come out and fight hard. Winning this one is our last step to the ACC Championship, our goal since the NC State loss.”
Making Completions Count
Through 10 games, QB Chris Weinke is on pace to set the Florida State single-season mark for most yards per completion. Weinke has connected on 145 passes for 2,487 yards in 1998 for an average of 17.2 yards per completion. The school single-season record is 15.6, set by Eric Thomas in 1984 (78 for 1,218). The career mark of 14.6 was set by Gary Huff, 1970-72, he finished with 6,378 yards on 436 completions. The single-season ACC record is 18.77 by Bruce Shaw of NC State (1972).
An injured Chris Weinke left the Virginia game with 218 pass attempts in a row without an interception. Weinke’s eight game streak without an interception also ranks as one of the most impressive runs in Florida State history. Since his six-interception game at NC State, Weinke has completed 115 passes in 218 attempts for 2,037 yards and 17 touchdowns without an INT. Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward put together a similar stretch (110-of-160 for 1,278 yards and 11 TD) during the 1993 National Championship season. After an interception in the first series against North Carolina, Ward rolled through the next four complete games before being picked off at Notre Dame. Weinke has both more completions, touchdowns and yards during his streak. Listed below are the top three QB interception-less streaks in the Bowden era.
Charlie Ward – 1993North Carolina 24-36, 269 yds. (2 TD) (after 1st Qtr. INT) Georgia Tech 21-28, 222 yds. (4 TD) Miami 21-31, 256 yds. (1 TD) Virginia 23-31, 322 yds. (3 TD) Wake Forest 13-20, 125 yds. (0 TD) Maryland DNP Notre Dame 8-14, 84 yds. (1 TD) before INT Total 110-160, 1278 yds. (11 TD)
Chris Weinke – 1998Duke 11-19, 241 yds. (3 TD) USC 13-31, 228 yds. (2 TD) Maryland 16-32, 261 yds. (1 TD) Miami 17-32, 316 yds. (2 TD) Clemson 18-32, 302 yds. (4 TD) Georgia Tech 17-26, 208 yds. (2 TD) North Carolina 15-27, 338 yds (2 TD) Virginia 8-16, 143 yds. (1 TD) Total 115-218, 2037 yds. (17 TD)
Eric Thomas – 1984East Carolina 12-19, 177 yds. (2 TD) (first game of season) Kansas 11-16, 167 yds. (1 TD) Miami 9-15, 151 yds. (1 TD) Temple 8-17, 144 yds. (3 TD) Memphis St. 5-21, 56 yds. (1 TD) Auburn 18-29, 357 yds. (4 TD) Total 63-117, 1052 yds. (10 TD)
Take Away the Take Aways
Chris Weinke has not thrown an interception in nine of FSU’s 10 games and has thrown 18 TDs in those contests. In fact, if you subtract his NC State numbers (9-for-32, 6 INT, 243 yards, 1 TD), Weinke would boast a 53.96 completion percentage and 152.28 pass efficiency rating. His true season numbers are a 50.7 completion percentage and 141.5 rating.
Weinke’s Season Numbers Without…Opp. Att-Comp-Int Yards TD N.C. State Texas A&M 36-21-0 207 1 Duke 1 9-11-0 241 3 So. California 31-13-0 228 2 Maryland 32-16-0 261 1 Miami 32-17-0 316 2 Clemson 35-18-0 302 4 Georgia Tech 17-26-0 208 2 North Carolina 15-27-0 338 2 Virginia 8-16-0 143 1 Total 252-136-0 2244 18
Pass It On
Chris Weinke has thrown a touchdown pass in 12 consecutive games played. Also, with 19 touchdown passes this season, he ranks 10th on the FSU season TD pass list.
Defense Rises to Challenge in 2nd Half
As it has all season, FSU’s defense turned in an impressive second half performance against Virginia Saturday. After giving up 14 points in the first half to the Cavaliers, the defense held them scoreless in the second. In fact, Virginia did not cross the 50-yard line in the second half of play.
Here’s a look at what FSU held Virginia to in the second half:
Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State is 6-0 against Wake Forest with an average score of 53.2 to 8.0. The Seminoles have scored over 50 points in four of those six contests. FSU has only played at Winston-Salem once before in ACC play, a 56-14 win in 1994. The two teams have played four times in Tallahassee and once in Orlando (1996).
Stepping It Up In the Second Half
Florida State has outscored their 1998 opponents by a margin of 187-38 in the second half including an 94-13 total in the third quarter. The Seminoles own a 152-81 scoring edge in the first half this season.
The Winningest Program in the ’90s
Nebraska not only lost a game to Texas two weeks ago, they also lost the distinction as the winningest college football program in the ’90s. Florida State had been the most successful program this decade until last season’s Big 12 Championship game, which the Cornhuskers won to give them the edge. The Seminoles are 95-12-1 during the ’90s for an .884 winning percentage. Nebraska is 94-13-1 (.875) during the same span.
Coles Accomplishes Rare Feat
Laveranues Coles has done this season what only one other Seminole has done during the Bowden Era (since 1976). Coles has scored a touchdown three different ways in the same season — on the ground, through the air and on a return. Tamarick Vanover is the only other FSU player to do this under Bowden’s tenure. Vanover had four scores on receptions, one rushing TD and returned two kickoffs to the endzone in 1992. This season, Coles returned a kickoff for a TD against Duke, rushed 60 yards for a score against Georgia Tech and has scored on three TD catches this season.
‘Noles Impressive Versus National Champs
Since the 1987 season, 12 teams have won or shared a national championship – Miami (1987, ’89, ’91), Notre Dame (1988), Colorado (1990), Georgia Tech (1990), Washington (1991), Alabama (1992), Florida State (1993), Nebraska (1994, ’95, ’97), Florida (1996), Michigan (1997).
Since that 1987 season, Florida State has played against nine of those 12 schools, excluding Colorado, Alabama and Washington. During that span, the Seminoles have posted a 28-11-1 record against the national champs. FSU is 15-4-1 in its last 20 games against those teams.
Jackson Picks ‘Em Off
Dexter Jackson leads the FSU defense with four interceptions this season, including two against Virginia last week. The Seminole defense picked off four passes against the Cavaliers, the most since the 1992 Tulane victory. The last Seminole to intercept two passes in a game was Samari Rolle against Wake Forest last season.
Seniors on Defense Successful vs. Deacons
Four of FSU’s senior leaders have had recorded solid career numbers over their careers against Wake Forest. Lamont Green owns 14 career tackles with one for loss, Dexter Jackson has totaled 12 total tackles and a pair of interceptions and Demetro Stephens is also in double figures with 11 tackles (four for loss). Senior defensive end (Juco transfer) Tony Bryant had five tackles, two sacks and 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in his only meeting with Wake Forest last year in Tallahassee.
Warrick Vs. Wake
Junior wide receiver Peter Warrick has 10 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns in two previous games against Wake Forest. Last year in Tallahassee, Warrick pulled down 7 catches for 93 yards and one TD. In Orlando in 1996, Warrick caught three from QB Dan Kendra for 72 yards including a 42-yard TD.
Running It In
Florida State had five different players rush for a TD against Virginia last week — Lamarr Glenn, Chris Weinke, Travis Minor, Jeff Chaney and Raymont Skaggs. It was the first time that the Seminoles had five different players run for a TD since the 1992 Maryland game when FSU scored six times on the ground. In that game, Tiger McMillon, Charlie Ward, William Floyd, and Zack Crockett each scored once, while Clyde Allen had two rushing touchdowns against the Terrapins in the 69-21 win. The Cavaliers had given up just four rushing touchdowns this season before last week’s game.