Oct. 14, 2000
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Chris Weinke threw for a school-record 536 yards
and five touchdowns Saturday night as No. 7 Florida State bounced back from
last week’s loss at Miami with a 63-14 victory over winless Duke.
Weinke, who has passed for 1,032 yards in the last two games, picked apart
Duke’s defense, throwing to 11 different receivers for 446 yards and four
touchdowns by halftime as the Seminoles built a 42-0 lead.
He completed 17-of-19 passes for 238 yards and three TDs as Florida State
needed just 14 minutes to take a 28-0 lead.
Florida State (6-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) ran the ball just five
times while throwing 41 passes in the first half.
Duke (0-6, 0-3 ACC) scored twice in the third quarter on Ronnie Hamilton’s
84-yard punt return and Chris Douglas’ 44-yard TD run.
Florida State, which fell out of the No. 1 ranking after last week’s 27-24
loss to Miami, scored on third play of the game when Robert Morgan grabbed a
sideline pass from Weinke in full stride and ran 71 yards for the touchdown.
Bell, who caught a 21-yard scoring pass in the second quarter, caught his
ninth scoring pass of the season in the third quarter – a 48-yarder from
Weinke also became the ACC career leader in touchdown passes. His 66 TD
passes surpassed the mark held by Georgia Tech’s Joe Hamilton.
Florida State’s former passing yardage mark was held by Bill Cappleman, who
threw for 508 yards against Memphis State in 1969.
Freshman walk-on Stephen de la Motte of San Luis Obispo, Calif., relieved
Weinke in the fourth quarter in the absence of backup Marcus Outzen, who was
suspended for his involvement in an early Friday off-campus fight.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound de la Motte had written Florida State coach Bobby
Bowden years ago hoping he could some play with the Seminoles. He threw long
twice, but both were incomplete.
Bowden’s 310th career coaching victory and 66th in the ACC moved him into a
second place tie with Clemson’s Frank Howard in career conference wins. Florida
State, bidding for a ninth straight ACC title, has lost just two conference
games since joining the league in 1992.
Chance Gwaltney handled the extra point kicking duties, converting nine
straight although he missed a 37-yard field goal try. He replaced Matt Munyon,
who missed two field goals last week against Miami.