September 15, 1999 - by
Seminoles Seek Redemption Against Wolfpack

Sept. 15, 1999



By DOUG FEINBERG

AP MegaSports Writer


North Carolina State wants to prove that last year’s victory over Florida
State was no fluke.


The 20th-ranked Wolfpack will have their chance on Saturday when they
travel
to Tallahassee to take on the top-ranked Seminoles. N.C. State (3-0) beat
Florida State 24-7 last year to hand the Seminoles just their second loss
since
joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.


“I feel like a lot of pressure is on them,” N.C. State defensive back
Tony
Scott said at the team’s Monday news conference.


“I feel like they want to get back at us. I feel the pressure is on them.
They’re going to try to dominate the ballgame. We’re just going to go down
there and do what we’re coached to do.”


The Wolfpack were able to pressure Seminole quarterback Chris Weinke into
throwing six interceptions last year. He has only thrown one since then.


“When you play Florida State, before the game starts you have to know and
believe in your heart you can play with them,” added Scott.


N.C. State has every reason to believe they can beat the Seminoles
(2-0) for
a second-straight season. Their defense, which is ranked second in the ACC,
hasn’t given up a touchdown in the last 10 quarters and has three
interceptions
and 10 sacks. The defense has given up an average of 311 yards per game.


Opponents have been inside the Wolfpack’s 20-yard line nine times but
have
managed only one touchdown and two field goals.


But the Pack hasn’t faced an opponent with the offensive firepower of
Florida State. The Seminoles also have a 42-game winning streak at home, which
spans back to 1991.


“N.C. State is not 3-0 because they are lucky,” said Florida State coach
Bobby Bowden. “They play hard and hustle for the entire game. They have a pair
of excellent cornerbacks and their special teams are as good as anybody in the
country. That is something we have worked on.”


Furthermore, Bowden said he won’t mention last year’s game to his
players.


“I don’t even want them thinking about it,” he said.


N.C. State will have to figure out how to slow down Florida State’s
offense,
which put up 41 points against Georgia Tech.


Senior receiver Peter Warrick, who returned for his senior year, caught a
touchdown pass, ran for a TD and finished with 167 yards against Georgia Tech.


The Yellow Jackets, who have a very potent offense led by quarterback Joe
Hamilton, were able to score 35 points, which could spell trouble for Florida
State. The Seminoles have given up 59 points in their last two meetings with
the Wolfpack.


“We’ve got to attack them down the field,” said Wolfpack coach Mike
O’Cain.


Florida State leads the all-time series with N.C. State 13-5.

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