Sept. 10, 2001
#5 FLORIDA STATE (2-0, 1-0 ACC) vs #10 Georgia Tech (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
Saturday, September 15 * 7:45 PM * ESPN
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000) * Tallahassee, FL
SETTING THE SCENE: Florida State, ranked No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, hosts No. 10 (AP) Georgia Tech in a contest that could go a long way in determining the 2001 ACC champion. The Seminoles are coming off a 29-7 win over UAB in Tallahassee while the Tech improved to 3-0 with a 70-7 win over Navy.
Redshirt freshman Chris Rix completed 15-of-23 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown in the win over UAB. Rix also led the team with 52 rushing yards, the first FSU quarterback to do so since since Charlie Ward in 1993, and added another TD on the ground. Senior Javon Walker led all receivers with 104 yards on three catches against the Blazers. True freshman placekicker Xavier Beitia was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts in the game and is now a perfect 5-for-5 on the season.
Florida State owns the nation’s longest home winning streak, which stands at 36 games. The streak ranks 12th in NCAA history and dates back to the 31-31 tie with Florida in 1994. FSU’s home unbeaten streak is 53 games, dating back to a 1991 loss to Miami. The Seminoles have not lost a conference game at Doak Campbell Stadium since joining the ACC in 1992, a record of 37-0.
After two games, the Seminoles lead the ACC in rushing defense (57.5 ypg) and are third in total defense (229.0 ypg). FSU ranks first in the league in scoring offense (42.0 ppg) and fourth in total offense (385.0 ypg). Beitia is tied for the ACC lead in individual scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game.
TELEVISION: ESPN. Talent: Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Mike Gottfried (color) & Adrian Karsten (sideline). Sunshine Network tape delay – Sunday 7:00 pm, Monday 12:30 pm.
INTERNET: ESPN.COM will carry a first-ever live web broadcast featuring former Ohio State head coach John Cooper and former Georgia head coach Jim Donnan.
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) & Peter Tom Willis (color).