Sept. 9, 1999
By Brian Orefice
AP MegaSports Writer
Now that the non-conference appetizers are out of the way, it’s time
main course in the ACC.
Having dispensed with mismatched season-opening opponents, No. 10 Georgia
Tech comes into Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday night to face top-ranked
Florida State in a battle between last season’s conference co-champions.
The Yellow Jackets bring a six-game winning streak into the game and will
try to extend it against the team that handed them their last defeat. Florida
State beat Georgia Tech 34-7 last Oct. 24.
Georgia Tech will have to not only overcome what is arguably the most
talented team in the country, but a little bit of history as well. Florida
State has a 41-game home winning streak and is 7-0 against the Yellow Jackets
since joining the ACC.
Add the fact that Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden is 29-0 against league
at home and Florida State has outscored Georgia Tech 121-10 over the past
meetings, and it’s obvious the Yellow Jackets have their work cut out for
“I’ve watched tape on them and I don’t see a lot of flaws in their
defense or kicking game,” said Georgia Tech coach George O’Leary, who returns
to the sidelines after watching last week’s 49-14 win over Navy from the press
O’Leary was forced to watch from above after being penalized by the
April for making an improper loan to former running back C.J. Williams.
O’Leary will look to senior quarterback Joe Hamilton, who threw two
touchdown passes and ran for another against Navy, to lead the way.
Hamilton poses a double threat to opposing defenses, but he’s been
check by Florida State in the past. In three games against the Seminoles, he’s
completed only 21 passes for 169 yards and no touchdown throws.
Florida State, coming off a bye week, will counter with a superstar of
own in receiver Peter Warrick. The senior, who had three touchdown receptions
in last season’s win over the Yellow Jackets, caught nine passes for 121 yards
and had a dazzling 20-yard TD run as Florida State defeated Louisiana Tech
in its opener.
Warrick passed up millions of dollars and stayed in school with one
mind: to go out with a national championship. He’ll look to move his team one
major step closer to that this weekend.