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COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: No. 19 FSU Football Just A Week Away From Season-Opener

Aug. 27, 2007

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    Florida State enters Monday’s game with Clemson having won 16 of its last 17 season-openers. The only season-opening loss in the last 17 years came in 2004 versus Miami (10-7). Bobby Bowden is 27-4 all-time at FSU in season-openers and Florida State has an all-time record of 46-14 in the first game of the year.



    Bobby Bowden is 28-3 in season-openers since taking over as head coach in 1976. This will mark the tenth time in the last 16 years FSU has opened the season with an ACC opponent. The only time FSU has lost a season-opener against an ACC opponent was 2004 versus Miami. Florida State is 4-0 versus Duke, 1-0 versus Virginia, 1-0 versus North Carolina and 2-1 against Miami in those games. The Seminoles are 13-2 all-time in ACC openers, with the only losses to NC State in 1998 and Miami in 2004. In FSU’s previous 14 ACC openers, FSU has averaged 37.4 ppg while giving up 15.7 ppg.


    FSU in ACC Openers

    1992      Duke*                 48-21

    1993      @ Duke               45-7

    1994      Virginia*             41-17

    1995      vs. Duke*            70-26

    1996      Duke*                 44-7

    1997      Maryland             50-7

    1998      @ NC State         7-24

    1999      Georgia Tech       41-35

    2000     @ Georgia Tech    26-21

    2001      @ Duke*             55-13

    2002     Virginia.              40-19

    2003     @ North Carolina* 37-0

    2004     @ Miami*            10-16 (OT)

    2005     Miami*               10-7

    2006     @Miami*             13-10

    *denotes season-opener



    Monday night’s game in Clemson will represent the 30th time in FSU football history that the Seminoles have opened a season away from Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 20-9 in the previous 29 instances, including eight neutral-site games. Under head coach Bobby Bowden’s direction, FSU is 14-4 when opening a season on the road, including seven neutral site games.



    …Played its ACC opener away from Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee seven times since joining the ACC for the 1992 season.  The Seminoles are 6-1 in those games with their only loss coming at NC State on Sept. 12, 1998. 



    Since 1980, a total of 27 Division I-A football teams have finished a season undefeated and untied.  During that span of 28 years, both Florida State (12-0-0 in 1999 / National Champions) and Clemson (12-0-0 in 1981 / National Champions) have finished one season with an unblemished record.  Also during that span, three members of the Bowden family (Bobby, Terry and Tommy) have guided different teams to undefeated and untied records.  Bobby guided his 1999 team to a 12-0-0 record and a National Championship; Terry led his 1993-Auburn University team to an 11-0-0 record and Tommy led his 1998 Tulane University team to a perfect 12-0-0 record.  There is a good chance all three Bowden’s will be in Clemson for the Labor Day showdown between the Seminoles and the Tigers.  Ironically, when Bobby won his first National Championship with a one-loss Florida State team, son Terry was helping Auburn to a perfect 11-0-0 record in 1993.


    The Bowden Family And Undefeated Teams

    Year      Coach                      Team                       Record      National Finish

    1993      Terry Bowden             Auburn                     11-0-0        7th/AP

    1998      Tommy Bowden         Tulane                      12-0-0       7th/AP

    1999      Bobby Bowden           Florida State              12-0-0       1st/AP/National Champions



    Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is 14-5 against Clemson, including 5-3 in Bowden Bowl play, with all 14 victories coming at Florida State.


    Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is 3-5 against his father in the Bowden Bowl. He picked up his first victory over Florida State – where he was an assistant for four years (1978-79 & 1981-82) – in the Tigers’ 26-10 triumph at Clemson in 2003.


    Two of Tommy Bowden’s three wins in the series have come in South Carolina. The last time Florida State won at Clemson was in 2001. That year the Seminoles defeated the Tigers 41-27.


    In last year’s game cornerback Tony Carter became the first Seminole player to ever return a PAT for points. Not only did the All-American candidate return the PAT but later in the game he took a blocked field goal back for six points. At one point in the second quarter, Carter had outscored Clemson 8-7.


    No Clemson QB has ever thrown for 300 yards versus a Seminole defense. The closest any Tiger quarterback has come to that mark was in 2002 when Willie Simmons passed for 293 yards. In 20 all-time meetings, Clemson QB’s has thrown for 200 yards or less 12 times and 115 yards or less eight times.


    Clemson will enter the season-opener versus FSU with one of the most heralded backfields in the nation. The Seminole defense will have its hands full with CJ Spiller and James Davis but the two Clesmson backs will also be fighting a little bit of history. Since the two teams began playing in 1992 as conference foes, only one Tiger RB has hit the century mark versus the Florida State defense and that was 11 years ago. In 1995 Raymon Proestter ran for 111 yards.


    The last time FSU allowed a Clemson receiver to catch over 100 yards worth of passes was in 2005 when Chansi Stuckey caught 11 balls for 156 yards. That tied the best receiving day by a Tiger versus an FSU defense. In 1993 Terry Smith also totaled 156 receiving yards. Since FSU joined the ACC in 1992, the Tigers have only had five 100-yard receivers in the series but three of those have come in the last five years.


    Florida State‘s Maxwell Award candidate Greg Carr has never scored a TD versus Clemson.


    The two teams combined to fumble the ball seven times in last year’s game but only two of those fumbles were recovered by the opposing team.


    The Seminoles are 13-0 vs. the Tigers when scoring 24 or more points.


    Florida State is 6-2 all-time versus Clemson in games played in September. This is the earliest in the season the two teams have ever played. Florida State has never opened its season versus Clemson. The earliest the two teams have ever played is September 9 in 1989 and 1995.


    In 2005’s game at Clemson Florida State has lost to the Tigers for the first time when a Seminole rushed for over 100 yards. FSU was a perfect 6-0 against Clemson when a Seminole rushed for at least 100 yards until Lorenzo Booker ran for 112 yards in the 2005 loss. A Seminole quarterback throwing for more than 300 yards vs. the Tigers equals a 5-0 record. FSU’s record stands at 5-1 against CU when a receiver goes over the century mark with 2003 (Chauncey Stovall – 131 yards) being the lone loss.


    Peter Warrick’s 249 yards receiving against Clemson in 1997 ranks as the third-highest single-game total in school history. 


    Chris Weinke completed the longest pass and longest touchdown pass in school history, 98 yards to Snoop Minnis, vs. Clemson on Nov. 4, 2000. In that game, Weinke passed for 521 yards, the second-highest yardage total in FSU history.


    In the 1988 meeting between the two schools, LeRoy Butler set an FSU record with a 78-yard non-touchdown run in the now-famous “Puntrooksie” game. Four years later in 1992, Clyde Allen broke the mark, a record that still stands, when he scampered 84 yards vs. Maryland.

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