Oct. 18, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is still
for his top-ranked Seminoles to play a complete game on both sides of the
Florida State looked anything but the country’s top-ranked team for a
Saturday night before stepping it up in a 33-10 victory over Wake Forest.
“We finally realized we were playing for a national title even in this
game,” Florida State senior offensive guard Jason Whitaker said. “It doesn’t
matter who you lose to. If you lose you’re out of the picture.”
Florida State (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended its home
unbeaten streak to 45 games, including 28 straight victories. The Seminoles,
104-13-1 in the 1990s, have won the most games in a decade in NCAA history.
But Saturday’s homecoming victory won’t rank among the most memorable.
Bowden was upset about his team’s 15 penalties and wondered about the
intensity of his players.
“They’ve played good enough to win and sometimes good ball clubs do
Bowden said Sunday. “It’s hard to be intense when things are going so well.”
The Seminole defense and placekicker Sebastian Janikowski combined to
Florida State a 9-3 halftime lead over Wake Forest.
“I think they play a little nervous because they are the No. 1 team in
nation and everyone’s taking a shot at them,” said Wake Forest linebacker
Dustin Lyman. “They wore us down. … And that’s why they’re No. 1.”
Chris Weinke threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to former walk-on
Atrews Bell and Sebastian Janikowski kicked his fourth field goal in the game
and 17th of the season – as the Seminoles took command.
“We didn’t play great, but we came away with a win,” said Weinke, who
threw for a career-high 354 yards. “We will have to be sharper for 60 minutes
the rest of the way.”
“They had a good plan for us,” Bowden said. “And we weren’t sharp
tonight. We’d better be sharp next week or we’ll get our butts whipped.”
Bowden will try to become only the fifth Division I-A coach to reach 300
victories next week when the Seminoles travel to Clemson, which is coached by
his son, Tommy.
Janikowski kicked field goals from 31, 34, and 52 yards in the first half
and then added a 32-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Wake Forest (3-3, 1-3) scored its only touchdown on a 1-yard pass from
Leak to Fabian Davis on the final play of the game.
Wake Forest’s Morgan Kane came into the game averaging 134 yards
game, but was held to just 28 yards on 12 carries.
The Seminoles were playing for the second straight game without receiver
Peter Warrick. He is hoping to have a felony theft charge reduced so he can
return to the team. And the Seminoles lost senior receiver Ron Dugans with a
chest contusion in the first half.
“I’m getting a little nervous about these wide receivers,” Bowden said.
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer