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Seminoles to Face Duke.



Sept. 14, 1998

No. 11 (AP/USA Today) Florida State (1-1, 0-1 ACC)
opens its home schedule with Duke (2-0) as the Seminoles look to bounce
back after last week’s loss at NC State. Despite the loss, All-America
candidate Peter Warrick continued his success with his fifth career
100-yard receiving game against the Wolfpack. Tailback Travis Minor
continues to lead the ACC in rushing with 122.5 yards per game and just
missed his fifth career 100-yard rushing game against NC State with 99
yards.

The game features a matchup of the league’s top two teams in total
offense. Duke leads the ACC with 439.5 yards per game, while FSU follows
with 399.5 yards per game. The Seminoles continue their tradition of
stopping the run, giving up just 61.5 yards on the ground per game — the
best in the league.


THE OPPONENT: Duke (2-0) rolled to its second victory of the season with a
44-10 win at Northwestern last Saturday. QB Spencer Romine completed 20 of
37 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown, while connecting with receiver
Richmond Flowers on seven passes for 124 yards. Duke is averaging 439.5
yards of total offense per game, while the Blue Devils’ defense has held
opponents to 231.5 yards per game.


SERIES NOTES: Florida State leads the series 6-0 since 1992 when the
Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992. Bobby Bowden owns a 6-2 record against
the Blue Devils with his two losses coming at West Virginia. FSU is
averaging 52.8 points per game against Duke, with a 34.8 point average
margin of victory. Duke head coach Fred Goldsmith is a native of Coral
Gables and is a University of Florida graduate. Goldsmith coached at five
Florida high schools, served as a graduate assistant at Florida (1971) and
was the defensive coordinator at Florida A&M in Tallahassee for five
seasons (1974-78).


TELEVISION: Sunshine Network (Pay-Per-View). Call your local cable station
for more information.

RADIO: Seminole Sports Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff, Peter Tom Willis.


WARRICK ENTERS FSU CAREER RECORD BOOK
All-America candidate Peter Warrick entered Florida State’s career
receiving yards list with 130 yards on four catches against NC State. It
was his fifth career 100-yard receiving game and gave him 1,587 yards
receiving in his third season. Against Texas A&M, Warrick caught a
career-high nine passes on the day for 106 yards and was named the Kickoff
Classic MVP. He need just one TD reception to tie Jackie Flowers (1976-79)
for 12th on the FSU career TD reception list with 14.

FSU Career Receiving Name, Years Yards 1. Ron Sellers (66-68) 3598 2. E.G. Green (94-97) 2920 3. Kez McCorvey (91-94) 2660 4. Barry Smith (70-72) 2392 5. Mike Shumann (73-75, 77) 2306 6. Lawrence Dawsey (87-90) 2129 7. Jessie Hester (81-84) 2100 8. Rhett Dawson (69-71) 1915 9. Andre Cooper (93-96) 1810 10. Hassan Jones (82-85) 1764 11. Jackie Flowers (76-79) 1697 12. Peter Warrick (96-98) 1587


POLL PONDERINGS
Florida State dropped out of the Associated Press Top 10 for the first time
in 61 weeks. The last time FSU was out of the Top 10 was October 9, 1994,
following a 34-20 loss to Miami when they were ranked No. 11. The largest
drop in the polls FSU has suffered after a loss was 10 spots — from #6 to
#16 after a 30-26 setback to unranked Southern Miss in 1989. Here is a
list of FSU’s biggest drops in the AP poll:

Spots    Date               Previous
Dropped  of Poll    Rank    Rank     Opponent        Score
10       9/5/89      16      6       Southern Miss   L, 26-30
10       9/12/89     NR      16      Clemson         L, 23-34
9        9/13/98     11      2       NC State        L, 7-24
9        9/6/88      10      1       Miami           L, 0-31
8       10/9/94      11      3       Miami           L, 20-34
4       11/5/95      6       2       Virginia        L, 28-33


LONG STRETCH OF WINS

Before today, the Seminoles had not lost a game to an opponent who was not
ranked in the AP Top 25 since Brett Favre quarterbacked Southern Miss to a
30-26 season-opening win in Jacksonville, FL in 1989. FSU had reeled-off a
string of 58 consecutive wins against non-ranked opponents since that game.


WORST LOSS SINCE
FSU’s 17-point loss to NC State is Florida State’s worst loss since a 52-20
defeat by Florida in the 1997 Sugar Bowl. It is only FSU’s second loss in
conference play and breaks an ACC winning streak of 18 consecutive games.
It was also the least amount of points FSU has scored in the 1990s and the
least since the Seminoles 31-0 loss to Miami in 1988. It was only the
second time of this decade that FSU had not scored in double-digits. (The
other was the 14-9 loss to Florida in 1991.


OUTZEN SEES SOME ACTION
Backup QB Marcus Outzen completed his first career pass for 16 yards to Dee
Feaster in the fourth quarter of the NC State game. Last season, Outzen
did not attempt a pass in limited action at quarterback.


INTERCEPTIONS COSTLY
FSU quarterback Chris Weinke did not throw a single interception in 36
attempts in his first-ever start against Texas A&M on August 31, but his
six interceptions against NC State set a new single-game record for picks
thrown by an individual quarterback. The previous record of five was set
by Bill Cappleman in 1968 against Virginia Tech.


IN THE RED ZONE

Offense
Opp           Drives     Result                          Percent
              Inside 20  
Texas A&M       5        1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG         100
NC State        2        2 INT   0
Total           7        1 TD Run, 1 TD pass, 3 FG, 2 INT   71

Defense Opp Drives Result Percent Inside 20 Texas A&M 1 1 TD run 100 NC State 2 INT, Missed FG 0 Total 3 1 TD run, INT, Missed FG 33


DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN
The last time FSU was shut out for three quarters of a football game was a
20-17 loss to Auburn in 1990. The Seminoles did not score in the first
quarter, put up 17 points in the second quarter and were shutout in the
second half. The last time FSU was shutout for three straight quarters
(actually four) of a game was a 31-0 loss to Miami in the season-opener of
1988.


KICKING IT
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski booted 50 percent (42-of-84) of his kickoffs
for touchbacks last season and continued his success in FSU’s first two
games. All eight of Janikowski’s kickoffs in the first two games reached
the endzone while five (62.5%) of them went for touchbacks.


Home Sweet Home
The Seminoles have not lost in Doak Campbell Stadium since the 17-16 “Wide
Right I” loss to Miami in 1991. FSU is riding a 34-game (33-0-1) unbeaten
streak in Doak Campbell Stadium since that game. The lone tie was the
famous fourth quarter 31-31 comeback against Florida in 1994. Bobby Bowden
has posted a 110-16-2 (86.7%) record in Doak Campbell. FSU is also riding
a 17-game winning streak at home.


MINOR MIRACLES
Tailback Travis Minor set a career-high mark and FSU record with 34 carries
against Texas A&M. The previous record of 33 carries in a single game was
held for 15 years by Greg Allen vs. East Carolina (1983). Minor surpassed
his previous career high of 30 vs. North Carolina last season. His 146
rushing yards, the second most of his career, gave him his fourth 100-yard
rushing game. Minor just missed another 100-yard game against NC State as
he ran for 99 yards on 18 carries.


Home Openers
Florida State is 20-2 in home openers under head coach Bobby Bowden. The
Seminoles have won eight straight season-opening games in Doak Campbell
Stadium. FSU’s last loss in a home opener came in 1989 when Clemson
defeated the Tribe 34-23 on September 9, 1989. Bowden’s only other home
opening loss since arriving at Florida State in 1976 came to Miami, 23-17,
in 1977.


Minor Major
Sophomore Travis Minor is off to an outstanding start in 1998. Minor
rushed for 146 yards on an FSU record 34 carries in the season-opener
against Texas A&M and followed up with 99 yards on 18 carries at NC State.
He is averaging 122.5 yards per game on the ground this season. If he
continues at that pace for the rest of the season, Minor would set Florida
State’s single season rushing record with 1,470 yards. Warrick Dunn
currently owns the mark with 1,242 yards in the 1995 season. In the first
13 games of his career, Minor has rushed for 868 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Dunn, FSU’s all-time leading rusher with 3,959 yards, rushed for 515 yards
and four TD’s in the first 13 games of his career.


Edwards Notches First Career INT
Junior cornerback Mario Edwards first career interception against NC State
was also the first of the season for the FSU defense. Edwards has seen
increased playing time at corner and is pushing for a starting job after
sitting out last season. The 49-yard run after the pick was the longest
interception return since Lamont Green’s 56-yard touchdown return at
Georgia Tech on Novemeber 2, 1996.


‘Noles in the Pros
Now that National Football League teams have pared down their rosters,
former Florida State players are represented on every team except four –
Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington. Thirty-eight former
Seminoles made opening day NFL rosters.


First Time Starters
Two Seminoles got the first starts of their career against NC State last
Saturday. Noseguard Corey Simon, from Pompano Beach, got the call for an
injured Larry Smith and responded with nine tackles, three for loss and a
pair of sacks. He has 16 stops now this season. Tallahassee native Theon
Rackley moved from behind Lamont Green at weakside linebacker and over to
the strong side to start in place of Tommy Polley, who sat out the contest
with a hamstring injury.


Lighting It Up
In Florida State’s first 49 games as members of the ACC, the Seminoles have
scored 50 or more points in 15 contests. The other eight ACC teams have
played a total of 170 conference games in that span but have combined for
just 10 games of 50 or more points. Three of FSU’s 50 points games have
come against Duke, including last year’s 51-27 win in Durham. Florida State
also scored more than 50 against the Blue Devils in 1994 (59-20 in
Tallahassee) and in 1995 (70-26 in Orlando).


Jackson, Cody on Thorpe Award List
Senior free safety Dexter Jackson and sophomore cornerback Tay Cody are
among 44 players nominated nationally for the 1998 Jim Thorpe Award, given
to the nation’s top defensive back. Jackson was FSU’s fourth leading
tackler a year ago and also had nine pass break-ups and two interceptions.
Cody earned Freshman All-America honors a year ago after making 46 tackles
and picking off three passes. Deion Sanders (1988) and Terrell Buckley
(1991) are former FSU players that have won the Thorpe previously.


Warrick, Minor Over 100
Even with FSU’s high scoring offenses over the past several years, no two
Seminoles have ever averaged over 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving
in a single season. Only once in more than 50 years of football have three
players gone over the 1,000 yard mark in their respective categories. That
happened in 1995 when Warrick Dunn piled up 1,242 yards on the ground and
E.G. Green an d Andre Cooper each totaled over 1,000 yards in receiving
yardage. Through two games this season, Peter Warrick is averaging 118.0
receiving yards per game with Travis Minor rushing at a 122.5-yard per game
clip.


Special Teams, Defense Score vs. Duke
In the past two games against the Blue Devils, FSU has scored three
touchdowns from their defense and special teams. In 1996, Dee Feaster
retured a punt 59 yards for a touchdown in Tallahassee. Last year, Sam
Cowart returned a fumble 24 yards for a score after a Tony Bryant sack and
Derrick Gibson recovered a Tommy Polley blocked punt in the endzone.


FSU After a Loss
In the Bowden era, Florida State holds a 24-10-2 (.658) record after a
loss. That includes a 12-3 record over the past decade. The last three
times the Seminoles have suffered back-to-back defeats were 1991 (Miami and
Florida), 1990 (Miami and Auburn) and 1989 (Southern Miss and Clemson).


DYNASTY
Florida State was officially named a college football dynasty by the NCAA
in the organization’s record book. The Seminoles are the only Division I
school ever to win at least 10 games for 11 straight years. The Tribe has
posted a 119-16-1 mark since 1987. Bobby Bowden has also led his teams to
an NCAA record 11 straight Top Four finishes in the Associated Press poll.


FSU Career Stats vs. Duke

Rushing Dee Feaster 18-97 Travis Minor 10-46 (1 TD) Laveranues Coles 4-21

Receiving Peter Warrick 7-170 (1 TD)

Punt Returns Dee Feaster 3-78 (59 yard TD) Peter Warrick 6-60

Kickoff Returns Laveranues Coles 3-58 Peter Warrick 2-57

Defensive (Tackles-TFL-Sacks) Jerry Johnson 12-0-0 Larry Smith 11-2-1 Dexter Jackson 8-0-0 Lamont Green 7-0-0 Tay Cody 2-0-0 (1 INT)


Players Talk


Lamarr Glenn – Fullback

“It was tough loss for everybody. First of all, we have to back each
other up and make sure we don’t get down on each other. The key is to go
out against Duke in front of our home crowd and play like we are capable of
playing. The confidence will come back at home and things will work
themselves out. This was a loss that was hard to take. When I got home
and walked through my door, I sat there and it finally started to set in.

I didn’t play my best game and I think a lot guys didn’t think they
played their best either. We need to use this loss to as motivation to get
better, especially during this next week of practice. It is going to be a
difficult road, but our number one goal remains the same, to win a national
championship.”


Tay Cody – Cornerback

“They (NC State) made some great plays against us. Torry Holt is a great
player and they did a good job of getting him the ball, especially by using
a lot of motion. You have to give them credit. This a new experience for
me, coming back after an ACC loss. Words still can’t really explain how I
feel about it. We will find out what kind of leadership we have on this
football team.

When we go back out to practice on Monday we will have to continue to
work hard and correct some of the things that went wrong. Duke put a lot
of points on the board against Northwestern so we’ll have to be prepared.
From here, we have to finish the year perfect and that starts at home with
Duke.”

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