Sept. 20, 1997
Peter Warrick caught two touchdowns and returned a punt for another, to lead the Seminoles of Florida State past Clemson. The big play was big for Florida State as they produced scores of touchdowns on two passes of 48 and 80 yards, a recovered fumble in the endzone, and returned a punt 90 yards.
Warrick caught for 249 yards through the air, the third highest total in Seminole history and the most receiving yards against Clemson in a game. Warrick accounted for 372 all-purpose yards, 123 of which came on punt returns. Florida State’s 150 yard on punt returns is the most punt return yards ever against Clemson.
Clemson scored first in this nationally televised game, as Brandon Streeter led the Tigers on an eight play, 80 yard drive. Streeter was starting for the injured Nealon Greene. Streeter capped off the drive with a 32 yard scramble for the touchdown. He was three for four on the drive for 34 yards.
Florida State then went 34 yards on five plays and Bill Gramatica kicked a 34 yard field goal. The Tigers offense mishandled a snap that was recovered by the Seminoles in the end zone to make the score Florida State 10, Clemson 7 at the end of the first quarter.
The two teams exchanged punts throughout the second quarter and the teams traveled to the lockerroom at half time with the score still 10-7.
Clemson received the ball to start the second half, were forced to punt, but Florida State fumbled the punt and the Tigers recovered. It took Clemson one play and 11 seconds to score as Nealon Greene, who was forced to play due to an injury to Brandon Streeter’s shoulder, connected with Tony Horne. Greene hit Horne on the left sideline on the 24 and Horne did the rest, eluding three Seminole tacklers and diving into the end zone.
After a Florida State 22 yard field goal by Bill Gramatica, making the score 14-13, Clemson was forced to punt. Florida State then struck again, with two passes from Thad Busby to Peter Warrick, including a 48-yard touchdown reception. The drive lasted 37 seconds and was capped off by a two-point conversion as Busby passes to Laveranues Coles, making the score 21-14 in favor of Florida State.
Matt Padgett converted on a 36 yard field goal to close out the third quarter. On the first drive of the fourth quarter, Clemson was forced to punt. Warrick struck again, as he returned the punt from the FSU ten yard line for a touchdown. The Seminoles now led 28-17.
Clemson did not wait to respond, as they mounted a six play eighty yard drive on their next possession. Greene capped it off with a 17 yard pass to Brian Wofford and Raymond Priester converted on the two-point conversion to bring the Tigers to within a field goal at 28-25.
The quick strike came again for the Seminoles as Busby hooked up with Warrick again, going for eighty yards and a touchdown. This drive lasted two plays and 25 seconds for eighty yards.
The Tigers responded again however, and mounted their own drive. Padgett kicked a 24 yard field goal to cap off the nine play 53 yard drive. This score proved to be the last for Clemson, as they could not muster another score and ran out of time. Final score: FSU 35, Clemson 28.
Nealon Greene finished 14 of 28 for 213 yards and two touchdowns, while Streeter was six for 12 for 72 yards. Tony Horne caught 10 passes for Clemson for 131 yards and a touchdown and Raymond Priester gained 77 yards on 25 carries.
Florida State was led by Busby who was 17 for 28 for 332 yards and two touchdowns. Warrick had eight receptions for his 249 yards.
Defensively, both teams stopped the rushing game, as the Seminoles only could muster 31 yards on the ground and Clemson gained only 41 net rushing yards. Anthony Simmons led Clemson with 11 tackles and Sam Cowart led Florida State with 12 tackles.