October 21, 1999 - by

Head Coach and proud father,
Bobby Bowden readys himself
for the game against
his son Tommy.

Battle Of The Bowdens In ACC Matchup

College football’s first father-son coaching rivalry happens Saturday.

Oct. 21, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Saturday’s game between top-ranked Florida State and Clemson will be a

family affair.

The game will feature the first father-son coaching matchup in college

football history as Florida State’s Bobby Bowden takes on son Tommy of


A win Saturday would give Dad his 300th career win, allowing Bobby to


Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Joe Paterno in the 300-victory


The impending milestone may end up being the determining factor in who


rest of the Bowden clan will be cheering for Saturday.

“I would say that most all of them will be cheering for my father simply

because he has more at stake,” Tommy said. “With him going for 300 wins I am

sure they would like to see him win, but in a close game. My wife and kids


be cheering for me, but other than that I would say that deep down everyone

will be rooting for dad.”

Having his family cheering against him won’t be Tommy’s biggest problem.

Florida State (7-0, 5-0 ACC) ranks fourth nationally in scoring

offense at

40.1 points per game and 15th in scoring defense at 16.7 points per game


The Seminoles have scored 31 or more points in every game and are


40 points per game.

In last week’s 33-10 win over Wake Forest, Chris Weinke threw for a

career-high 354 yards and Florida State held the Demon Deacons to 178 yards of

offense in improving to 59-2 against the ACC.

Clemson (3-3, 3-1) has also been putting up points, averaging 34.7 in its

last three games.

In two starts since taking over for the injured Brandon Streeter,

quarterback Woodrow Dantzler has averaged 268 yards passing and 361 yards of

total offense. Running back Travis Zachery has 306 yards and six touchdowns in

his last three games.

In last season’s meeting, Florida State routed Clemson 48-0 at


The Seminoles outgained the Tigers 455-129 in total offense and recorded 28

first downs to Clemson’s five. Weinke recorded his second career 300-yard


going 18-of-35 for 302 yards and throwing four touchdowns to four different


However, the Seminoles will probably be without star receiver Peter


for the second straight week. Warrick, who is suspended until his legal

problems stemming from a department store scam are resolved, received a second

court postponement on a plea agreement Thursday.

His lawyer wants to make sure Warrick can rejoin the top-ranked Seminoles

after his legal problems are settled, and his return will require the approval

of the university president.

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