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Seminoles Step Away From ACC Action To Battle Louisville

Sept. 18, 2000

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State Seminoles, ranked No. 2 in both polls,
step away from conference action to host undefeated Louisville (2-0). FSU is
riding a 15-game winning streak, the longest in the nation following Marshall’s
loss at Michigan State two weeks ago. The Seminoles have not lost a regular
season contest in 24 games, dating back to a loss at NC State (9/12/98). The
Seminoles have won 30 straight games at Doak Campbell Stadium and have not
lost in 47 consecutive contests (FSU tied Florida in 1994). Both home streaks
currently lead the nation.

Heisman Trophy candidate Chris Weinke improved a winning streak of
his own in FSU’s 63-14 victory over UNC, winning his 23rd consecutive game as
a starting quarterback. After passing Steve Walsh’s (Miami) career mark of 23-1
(.958), Weinke is now the winningest college quarterback in almost 30 years with
a career record of 24-1 (.960) as a starter. The senior threw for 262 yards on 12-
of-22 passing with four touchdowns and no interceptions against UNC.

All-America candidate Marvin Minnis (5-132 yards) and fellow wide re-ceiver
Atrews Bell (3-96 yards) each caught a pair of touchdown passes against
the Tar Heels. The FSU running game had its best outing of the season as the
Seminoles picked up 194 yards on the ground. Travis Minor (16-113 yards) and
Jeff Chaney (5-52 yards) were the Tribe’s top rushers.

Defensively, FSU totaled sacked Tar Heel quarterbacks five times to bring
the season total to 17. The Seminole defense continued to make big plays as
safety Chris Hope returned an fumble for a touchdown and cornerback Tay Cody
returned an interception 35 yards into UNC territory.

In the national rankings, FSU is second in pass offense (375.7 ypg),
sixth in total offense (483.7) and fourth in rush defense (52.0). The Seminoles
are averaging 39.3 points per game (12th in NCAA) and giving up just 12.7 points
per game (18th in NCAA).

TELEVISION: espn2. Talent: Mark Jones (play-by-play), Gino Torretta (color)
SUNSHINE. (Delay – Sun. 7:00 p.m./Mon. 12:00 noon)

Talent: Paul Kennedy (play-by-play), Keith Jones (color) & Tom
Block (sideline reporter)

RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play)
& Peter Tom Willis (color)

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