October 26, 1999 - by
With No. 300 Behind Him, Bowden Looks To Get Back On Track

Oct. 26, 1999

By BRIAN OREFICE

AP MegaSports Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a historic milestone and a showdown with his son now out of his way,
Bobby Bowden and his Florida State team can get back to doing what they do
best: focusing on a national title.

Fresh off win No. 300, a 17-14 squeaker against a Clemson squad
coached by
son Tommy, Bowden and his top-ranked Seminoles resume their quest for a
championship Saturday night when they travel to ACC rival Virginia.

Florida State (8-0, 6-0) remained one of just six undefeated teams in I-A
with the victory, but its lead in the poll dwindled from 64 to 49 over No. 2
Penn State this week and it lost seven first-place votes from the writers
panel.

Even Bobby admitted he wasn’t sure how his team pulled it out, calling it
“one of those games you go out there and play and you feel like you’re losing,
you’re losing, you’re losing and you’re going to get beat.

“Then all of a sudden you win it and I don’t even know how.”

The Seminoles will look to put that mediocre performance – and the
numerous
distractions that went along with it – behind them this weekend when they head
to Charlottesville to take on the Cavaliers (4-3, 3-2).

One player in particular who will try to step up his performance will be
Heisman-hopeful receiver Peter Warrick, who, despite making 11 catches for 121
yards against Clemson, uncharacteristically dropped four passes.

“I’ve never seen Peter do what he did tonight since he was a freshman,”
Bowden said.

Warrick was making his return after missing two games on a petty theft
charge, which he pleaded guilty to just a day before the game. Being part of
the plea agreement did not include jail time, he was immediately cleared to
play.

Virginia, which was off last week following a 47-26 win over North
Carolina
State, will surely have its hands full against the not-quite-as-rusty
game-breaking wideout and his talented teammates.

“I don’t think they’re vulnerable,” said Cavaliers tailback Thomas Jones,
who leads the conference in rushing with 1,109 yards. “Just because they’ve
struggled, that doesn’t mean they’re weak.”

Florida State leads the series 6-1 with the one loss coming four years
ago
and marking the Seminoles first of just two defeats all-time in ACC play. Last
season, the Cavs fell 45-14 at Tallahassee.

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