Sept. 11, 1999
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State’s Peter Warrick and Georgia Tech’s
Joe Hamilton lived up to their billing Saturday. So, too, did top-ranked
Florida State, which had too many weapons in a 41-35 victory over the
10th-ranked Yellow Jackets.
Hamilton threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell with 1:35 left as
the Yellow Jackets (1-1) closed to 41-35 in the final minute. An onside kick
was fielded by Florida State’s Travis Minor and the Seminoles (2-0) ran out the
clock to win the Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Hamilton, who was knocked out of the last two games against Florida State,
was 22-of-25 for 387 yards and four touchdowns, completing his final 14 passes
of the game.
Warrick caught a touchdown pass, ran for a TD and finished with 167 yards as
Florida State extended its home unbeaten streak to 42 games.
The teams combined for 595 yards in the first half and Florida State scored
last to take a 28-21 halftime lead. The game was tied three times in the half.
Florida State, which never trailed in the game, took the lead for good at
28-21 with 68 seconds left in the half when Jeff Chaney weaved 29 yards for a
TD on a screen pass from Chris Weinke.
Florida State finally got a bit of breathing room on the first drive of the
second half when Warrick caught a 26-yard pass from Weinke for a touchdown and
a 35-21 advantage.
Hamilton’s 11-yard TD throw to Kerry Watkins shaved the Georgia Tech deficit
to 35-28. Florida State countered on field goals by Sebastian Janikowski
covering 46 and 45 yards for a 41-28 lead.
Once the teams scored, they couldn’t stop.
The teams produced touchdowns on seven straight series, combining for five
in the second quarter alone.
Georgia Tech had tied the game 21-21 when the Hamilton and Kelly Cambell
hooked up on a 56-yard touchdown.
Minor’s 18-yarder midway through the second quarter had given the Seminoles
a 21-14 lead, just two minutes after Hamilton’s 19-yard run had tied the game
Dan Kendra, making his first start at fullback, put Florida State into a
14-7 lead early in the quarter when he caught a 3-yard TD pass from Weinke.
Kendra, recruited by Florida State to play quarterback, also lined up at his
old position to convert first downs on two short-yardage keepers.
Warrick, lining up at quarterback in a shotgun formation, ran 17 yards for
the game’s first score. His 59-yard catch keyed the drive.
Dez White’s 80-yard touchdown catch tied the score 7-7 and the scoring
parade was off.
Georgia Tech had won six straight games dating back to a 34-7 defeat last
October to Florida State.