Nov. 15, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State extended their NCAA record of consecutive 10-win seasons to 13 with a 49-10 over Maryland last Saturday. The Seminoles also continued another current NCAA record with 29 straight wins at home and 46 games without a loss in Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU will attempt to go undefeated in the regular season for the third time in school history. The Seminoles have not won in Gainesville since the national championship season in 1993. Both teams have been ranked in the Top 10 heading into this game in all 12 meetings in the 1990s.
The Tribe played one of their most complete games of the season in defeating Maryland 49-10. Chris Weinke tied school and conference records with six touchdown passes. He finished the day 23-of-33 for 304 yards. Peter Warrick was on the receiving end of three of the scores as he caught nine passes for 134 yards. Ron Dugans caught two touchdown passes and Atrews Bell had the other. The Seminole defense forced five Maryland turnovers and blocked two punts.
Quarterback Marcus Outzen, filling in for an injured Chris Weinke, led No. 5 FSU to a 23-12 victory over No. 4 Florida last year in Tallahassee. Warrick had eight receptions for 119 yards with one TD catch and one TD pass. Tailback Travis Minor also had a big game, rushing for 127 yards on 30 carries. The FSU defense held the Gators scoreless in the second half and did not allow Florida to convert on a single third down all game.
Peter Warrick leads the ACC with 7.8 catches per game and is averaging 105.5 yards per contest. Warrick has accounted for touchdowns in four different ways this season with eight TD receptions, two TD runs, one TD pass and a punt return for a TD. Weinke leads the ACC in passing yards per game (284.0) and is seventh in the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 146.6. FSU ranks among the nation’s top 15 in total offense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense. Lombardi finalist and Outland candidate Corey Simon leads the team with 19 tackles for loss. The senior also has four sacks, one interception, three pass break-ups and a caused fumble.
#1 FLORIDA STATE at #3 Florida
Saturday, November 20 – 3:30 PM – CBS
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (83,000) – Gainesville, FL
TELEVISION: CBS. Talent: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Michele Tafoya.
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff, Peter Tom Willis.
(10-0, 8-0 ACC)
|8.28||LA. TECH||W 41-7||espn2|
|9.11||GEORGIA TECH||W 41-35||ABC|
|9.18||NC STATE||W 42-11||ABC|
|9.25||@ N. Carolina||W 42-10||ABC|
|10.2||vs. Duke*||W 51-23||JP|
|10.16||WAKE FOREST||W 33-10||SUN|
|10.23||@ Clemson||W 17-14||ESPN|
|10.30||@ Virginia||W 35-10||ESPN|
(* Jacksonville, FL)
(9-1, 7-1 SEC)
|9.4||W. MICHIGAN||W 55-26|
|9.25||at Kentucky||W 38-10|
|10.2||ALABAMA||L 40-39 OT|
|10.9||at LSU||W 31-10|
|10.16||at Auburn||W 32-14|
|10.30||vs. Georgia||W 30-14|
|11.13||at South Carolina||W 20-3|
GLADDEN’S 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Jim Gladden is celebrating his silver anniversary as a member of the FSU coaching staff in 1999. Gladden’s tenure is even longer than Bobby Bowden and is the second-longest in school history. Gladden has coached the defensive ends since 1996 and guided several current NFL standouts at that position, including Peter Boulware (Ravens), Reinard Wilson (Bengals) and Andre Wadsworth (Cardinals).
Along with Jim Gladden, several FSU coaches have been with the program for a number of years. Bowden’s nine assistants average more than 18 years of collegiate experience (166 years total). Only one coach has departed since the 1993 national championship season. Billy Sexton (24th season), Chuck Amato (18th season) and Mickey Andrews (16th season) are next in line behind Gladden in tenure. FSU’s coaching staff tenure is second only to Penn State’s nationally.
WARRICK BREAKS GREEN’S MARK
Peter Warrick has now caught a pass in 39 consecutive games (including bowls) to break E.G. Green’s school record. Green (now with the Indianapolis Colts) had 38 consecutive games with a catch from 1994-97. Warrick and Green were FSU’s starting receivers in 1997.
MARK IT AT THE 20
Of Sebastian Janikowski’s 76 kickoffs this season, 52 have resulted in touchbacks (68.4%). Four kickoffs have gone throught the uprights and two others have bounced off the uprights this year. The average start for opponents following a kickoff is the 20.7 – yard line.
SPREADING IT AROUND
With Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles out of the lineup, Chris Weinke completed passes to 11 different receivers in FSU’s 31-21 win over Miami. Against Wake Forest, Weinke threw to 10 different Seminoles, including all eight scholarship receivers (that dressed for the game).
BOWDEN REACHES 300 VICTORIES
Bobby Bowden became the fifth Division I-A coach to record 300 wins with the victory at Clemson. Bowden’s 302 wins rank second among active coaches behind only Penn State’s Joe Paterno.
ALL-TIME DIV. I-A COACHING VICTORIES
|1.||Paul “Bear” Bryant||323|
|2.||Glenn “Pop” Warner||319|
|4.||Amos Alonzo Stagg||314|
FSU & BOBBY BOWDEN’S SUCCESS
Florida State is the only team in the history of college football to finish among the Associated Press Top Four for 12 consecutive seasons.
FSU also has the NCAA record for most consecutive bowl victories as the Seminoles won 11 straight from 1986 to 1996.
The Seminoles are the only team in the history of the game to post a 14-game bowl unbeaten streak.
Florida State has won eight straight ACC championships and has lost just twice in 64 games against conference opponents.
FSU players have won the Heisman, Thorpe (twice), Butkus (twice), Unitas (twice), O’Brien, Maxwell, Lombardi and Groza Awards, all in the last 12 years.
Bowden is the only coach in college football history to post 13-straight, 10-win seasons.
Over the last 12 years, Florida State has won the Orange (3), Fiesta (2), Sugar (3), Blockbuster (1) and Cotton (1) Bowls.
Bowden owns the nation’s best all-time bowl winning percentage at .750 with a 16-5-1 mark. His 16 victories rank second all-time (19, Paterno). At FSU, Bowden is 15-4-1 in bowls.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Florida clinched the SEC East title with a 20-3 win at South Carolina Saturday. Earnest Graham rushed for 105 yards on 24 carries to pace the Gators. Jesse Palmer made his first start of the season in place of Doug Johnson and completed 15-of-33 passes for 161 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Florida’s lone loss came at home in overtime to Alabama, 40-39. Graham is the team’s top rusher (83.7 yards per game) and Darrell Jackson leads the receivers (100.3 yards per game).
FLORIDA QUICK FACTS
Florida leads the all-time series 26-15-2, which dates back to 1958. FSU holds a 6-4-1 edge in the 1990’s. The two teams met in the postseason (1995 and 1997 Sugar Bowls) with each winning one of those meetings. Bobby Bowden is 13-11-1 against the Gators. The home team has won the last four meetings in the series.
FSU’S RECORD SUCCESS THIS DECADE
Florida State became the all-time winningest team of any decade in NCAA history with the victory over Wake Forest. The Seminoles are 107-13-1 this decade and have the nation’s best winning percentage (.889). Nebraska is second at 105-16-1 with Florida checking in at number three with a record of 102-19-1. Only four others before the current runs of FSU, Nebraska and Florida in the 1990’s had recorded 100+ wins in a decade in college football history – Nebraska (103-20, 1980-89), Brigham Young (102-26, 1980-89), Oklahoma (102-13-3, 1970-79), Alabama (103-16-1, 1970-79). Only teams to compete at the Div. IA level for the entire decade were considered.
BOBBY BOWDEN AT A GLANCE
|Doug Johnson||170-299-2,360 yds. (19 TD, 11 INT)|
|Jesse Palmer||29-56-319 yds. (2 TD, 2 INT)|
|Darrell Jackson||57-1,003 yds. (9 TD)|
|Travis Taylor||27-377 (6 TD)|
|Alex Willis||24-322 yds. (2 TD)|
|Reche Caldwell||26-265 yds. (2 TD)|
|Erron Kinney||15-223 yds.|
|Robert Gillespie||12-156 yds.|
|Earnest Graham||98-586 yds. (5 TD)|
|Bo Carroll||79-546 yds. (3 TD)|
|Robert Gillespie||82-464 yds. (8 TD)|
|Chris Weinke||208-341-2,840 yds. (24 TD, 13 INT)|
|Marcus Outzen||12-26-169 yds. (1 TD, 1 INT)|
|Peter Warrick||62-844 yds. (8 TD)|
|Ron Dugans||39-604 yds. (3 TD)|
|Atrews Bell||14-202 yds. (4 TD)|
|Marvin Minnis||15-199 yds. (2 TD)|
|Robert Morgan||13-197 yds.|
|Germaine Stringer||8-177 yards (1 TD)|
|Talman Gardner||7-123 yds.|
|Anquan Boldin||12-115 yds. (2 TD)|
|Travis Minor||168-784 yds. (7 TD)|
|Nick Maddox||29-111 yds.|
|Jeff Chaney||33-116 yds. (1 TD)|
|Dan Kendra||32-79 yds. (2 TD)|
|Peter Warrick||11-77 yds. (2 TD)|
WEINKE THROWS FOR SIX TOUCHDOWNS
Chris Weinke’s six touchdown passes against Maryland tied the school and ACC record for scoring throws in a game. Peter Tom Willis’ FSU record was set in 1989 against Memphis State. Steve Slayden of Duke (1987) is the only other player in ACC history to throw for six touchdowns in a game.
NO PLACE LIKE DOAK
Florida State already owned the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak (now at 46 games) and with Florida’s 40-39 overtime loss to Alabama earlier this year in Gainesville, FSU took over the country’s longest home winning streak (now 29). Miami, ranked No. 2 at the time, was the last team to win at Doak Campbell Stadium as they defeated top-ranked FSU 17-16 on Nov. 16, 1991. Seminole placekicker Gerry Thomas’ 34-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds to play sailed wide right, allowing the ‘Canes to win that game. Ironically, Florida placekicker Jeff Chandler’s extra point attempt in overtime against Alabama missed wide right, giving FSU the nation’s longest home winning streak.
PRESEASON NO. 1 FOR FIFTH TIME
Florida State opened the year at the top of the polls for the fifth time in school history. FSU was voted the AP preseason No. 1 in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995. In 1993, FSU became just the eighth team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason and end up as national champion. Oklahoma (1956, ’74, ’75, ’85), Tennessee (1951), Michigan State (1952) and Alabama (1978) were the others. Only two teams have gone wire-to-wire in the AP poll since 1950 – Nebraska (1971) and Southern California (1972).
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
Coach Bowden’s 1999 captains are WR Ron Dugans and OG Jason Whitaker (offense), DT Jerry Johnson and NG Corey Simon (defense) and LB Bobby Rhodes (special teams). Permanent captains are voted on by the team at the end of the season.
OFF TO A FAST START
For the fifth time in the Bobby Bowden era, Florida State has started the season at least 10-0. Here’s a look at those seasons and FSU’s record and ranking at the end of the year:
|Year||Start||Final Record/AP Rank|
TALE OF THE TAPE
Florida State ranks among the top 20 in 10 of the 12 NCAA team statistical categories. Florida is in the top 20 in five of those 12 categories. FSU is ranked higher in eight of the 12.
|Turnover Margin||16th||T 74th|
WEINKE’S NUMBERS UP OVER LAST YEAR
Quarterback Chris Weinke has improved his completion percentage and has thrown for more yards and touchdowns as compared to his stats a year ago after ten games (he suffered a season-ending injury just before the half in game 10 last season). Here’s a look at the 1998 and 1999 numbers after 10 games:
PASSING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
If Chris Weinke continues his current pace into the final game, he would finish the year with 3,124 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. Those numbers would tie him for second all-time in single season passing yardage with Peter Tom Willis (1989) and would rank him third all-time in single season touchdown passes. Adding those projected numbers to his career stats would put the junior fifth on the career passing yardage list (5,693) and third on the career TD list (47).
WEINKE SETS ACC MARK
Chris Weinke established a new ACC record for consecutive passes without an interception in the Louisiana Tech game. Weinke’s touchdown pass to freshman Anquan Boldin tied Matt Blundin’s (Virginia) record of 231. The record was broken when Weinke hit Peter Warrick for five yards with 13:15 remaining in the first half. The streak ended at 237 when Weinke was intercepted just before the half. The streak of eight plus games without a pick ranks as one of the most impressive runs in school history. Since throwing six interceptions at NC State last year, Weinke had completed 126 passes in 237 attempts for 2,140 yards and 18 touchdowns without an interception. Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward put together a similar stretch (110-of-160 for 1,278 yards and 11 TD) during the 1993 season. After an INT in the first series at UNC that year, Ward rolled through the next four games before being picked off at Notre Dame.
WARRICK JOINS 3,000 YARD CLUB
Peter Warrick became just the second Seminole to eclipse 3,000 receiving yards against North Carolina. Warrick’s 3,427 career yards are second only to Ron Sellers (3,598). Warrick broke E.G. Green’s school record for touchdown catches with three against Maryland and now has 32. Warrick is now second in career receptions with 198. He also stands in second place on the school’s career list for 100-yard games with 14. Ron Sellers (1966-68) is FSU’s all-time leader in the category with 18.
Career Rushing Yardage
|1. Warrick Dunn||3,959|
|2. Greg Allen||3,769|
|3. Larry Key||2,953|
|4. Sammie Smith||2,539|
|5. Travis Minor||2,264|
Career Rushing Touchdowns
|1. Greg Allen||44|
|2. Warrick Dunn||37|
|3. Amp Lee||30|
|4. Dayne Williams||24|
|5. Travis Minor||23|
Career Passing Yardage
|1. Gary Huff||6,378|
|2. Danny Kanell||6,372|
|3. Thad Busby||5,916|
|4. Charlie Ward||5,747|
|5. Chris Weinke||5,409|
Career Touchdown Passes
|1. Danny Kanell||57|
|2. Gary Huff||52|
|3. Charlie Ward||49|
|4. Thad Busby||46|
|5. Chris Weinke||45|
|1. Ron Sellers||212|
|2. Peter Warrick||198|
|2. Kez McCorvey||189|
|4. E.G. Green||166|
|5. Mike Shuman||134|
Career Receiving Yards
|1. Ron Sellers||3,598|
|2. Peter Warrick||3,427|
|3. E.G. Green||2, 920|
|4. Kez McCorvey||2,660|
|5. Barry Smith||2,392|
Career Touchdown Catches
|1. Peter Warrick||32|
|1. E.G. Green||29|
|3. Barry Smith||25|
|4. Andre Cooper||24|
|5. Ron Sellers||23|
|1. Derek Schmidt||393|
|2. Scott Bentley||326|
|3. S. Janikowski||312|
|4. Warrick Dunn||294|
|5. Greg Allen||278|
SIMON ONE OF FOUR LOMBARDI FINALISTS
All-American noseguard Corey Simon is one of four finalists for the 1999 Rotary Lombardi Award – given annually to the nation’s top lineman. Through nine games this season, Simon is fourth on the team with 74 tackles (45 solo) and leads the team with 19 tackles for loss. He also has three pass break-ups, an interception, a forced fumble, a blocked punt and four sacks. The only Seminole to win the Lombardi was linebacker Marvin Jones in 1992.
NO THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS IN 2ND HALF
In the last three games against Clemson, Virginia and Maryland, FSU has not allowed a third down conversion in the second half. The last three opponents are a combined 0-for-21 on third downs in the final 30 minutes of the game. The only points the Tribe has allowed in the second half of those games came on a late 4th quarter Maryland touchdown. The Seminole defense gave up just 70 second half yards to Clemson, 103 to Virginia and 94 to Maryland.
DEFENSE CONSISTENTLY AT THE TOP
The Seminoles have ranked among the nation’s top 10 in total defense in six of the last eight years, including a No. 1 national ranking last year. FSU has been in the nation’s top 10 in rushing defense in seven of the last eight years (No. 1 in 1996, 1997 and No. 2 in 1998). In pass efficiency, the Tribe ranked first nationally last season and has been among the 10 best in five of the last six years. FSU has also ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense in four of the last six seasons. This year, the Seminoles rank 11th in total defense, 16th in pass efficiency defense and 9th in scoring defense.
AMATO UP FOR ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR
Assistant head coach Chuck Amato has been nominated for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award. In addition to his duties as asst. head coach, Amato coaches FSU’s linebackers. His starting three linebackers are the top three tacklers on a Seminole defense that is ranked first in the ACC.
Florida State junior placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, the 1998 Lou Groza Award winner, had hit nine straight field goals before missing from 49 and 52 yards at UNC. He tied an FSU mark with five field goals in the win over NC State and also saved two points by making a tackle on a botched extra point in that game. Against Wake Forest, Janikowski hit four-of-six, missing from 51 and 55 yards, but connecting on a season-long of 52. The junior has made 32 of his last 40 attempts. He hit the game-winning FG (39 yards) at Clemson. Here is a breakdown of his attempts during that span:
IN THE RANKINGS
FLORIDA STATE AND THE NFL
Over the last five years, FSU has had nine players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. During that time, 34 Seminoles have been drafted. With just four players drafted last year, the 1999 squad is loaded with players who will likely fill NFL rosters for years to come. NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., rated seven FSU seniors among the top 15 at their respective positions earlier this season with Peter Warrick leading the way as the No. 1 wide receiver. Eight juniors were rated among the top 10 at their positions for the 2001 NFL Draft. Chris Weinke and Sebastian Janikowski were the top rated QB and K in the country among the underclassmen.
FSU IN THE WEEKLY AP POLL
Since the middle of the 1989 season, Florida State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 in 166 of the 171 weekly polls. Of the last 151 polls (11/12/90), the Seminoles have been out of the AP Top 10 just twice. Additionally, FSU has been at No. 1 for a total of 54 weeks.
STRONGEST FSU SQUAD EVER
The 1999 team’s hard work in the weight room is documented by the results of summer testing. A record nine Seminoles bench pressed 500 pounds or more with DT Antoine Mirambeau leading the way at 535. OG Justin Amman, OL Donald Heaven, OG Montrae Holland, DT Jerry Johnson, LB Brian Allen, DE Jamal Reynolds, LB Bobby Rhodes and OT Todd Williams were the other eight to reach the 500-lb. plateau. Forty-four ‘Noles benched at least 400 pounds.
PROTECTING THE BALL
With a turnover margin of +.7, FSU’s defense has been forcing interceptions and fumbles while the offense has been doing a good job of holding onto the football. Of 356 rushing attempts, 226 pass receptions and 59 returns this season, FSU’s ball carriers have only lost the ball four times. That ranks fourth-best in the country. Only Fresno State (3), Michigan (3) and Miami (Ohio) (2) have fewer fumbles on the year. Florida has lost 12 fumbles on 343 rushing attempts, 201 pass receptions and 58 returns this season.
WEINKE BREAKS WARD’S MARK
With his 18th career 200-yard passing game vs. Virginia, Chris Weinke broke Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward’s former record of 17. Weinke now has 19 200+ games after throwing for 304 vs. Maryland.
EDWARDS A THORPE SEMIFINALIST
Cornerback Mario Edwards is one of the 12 defensive backs to be named as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Edwards leads the team with eight pass break-ups this season. Two ‘Noles have won the Thorpe Award – Deion Sanders (1988) and Terrell Buckley (1991).
MINOR, SIMON AND WHITAKER MENTIONED
There are several other Seminoles on national award “watch” lists. RB Travis Minor (Doak Walker), NG Corey Simon (Bronko Nagurski & Outland) and OG Jason Whitaker (Outland) have been recognized on preliminary award releases. Coach Bowden is the keynote speaker at the Bronko Nagurski Award in December.
SEMINOLES 37-4 AT AP NUMBER ONE
FSU holds a 37-4 record when ranked the No. 1 team in the AP Poll. The first loss, which came in FSU’s first game as the nation’s top team, was a 31-0 season-opening defeat at Miami in 1988. The Seminoles also lost to Miami (1991), Notre Dame (1993) and Florida (1996) while in the top spot.
Florida State blocked its first kick of any kind in over a year when Tommy Polley blocked a field goal against Miami. Cornerback Tay Cody sealed FSU’s 17-14 win over Clemson when he partially blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt with less than two minutes left in the game. Against Virginia, noseguard Corey Simon blocked a punt in one of the best all-around games of his career. David Warren and Malcolm Tatum got into the action with each blocking a punt vs. Maryland. FSU has blocked 70 punts in the Bowden era (since 1976) and in the 1990s. The Seminoles blocked only one kick last year – a field goal against Maryland on October 3, 1998.
COLLEGES PRODUCING THE MOST FIRST-ROUND NFL PICKS SINCE 1989
|1. Florida State||15|
|2. Ohio State||14|
|6. Notre Dame||12|
RECORDS IN THE 1990s (PERCENTAGE*)
BLOCKED KICKS IN THE BOWDEN ERA
|1999||11/13||Maryland||2 Blocked Punts|
|11/1||NC State||Blocked Punt|
|9/28||UNC||2 Blocked Punts|
|9/19||NC State||Blocked Punt|
|11/11||UNC||2 Blocked Punts|
|Blocked Extra Pt.|
|1991||10/19||Mid Tenn St||Blocked Punt|
|1990||12/29||Penn State||Blocked FG|
|9/15||Ga. South.||Blocked Punt|
TOTAL BLOCKED KICKS
|1976-1999||70 Blocked Punts, 20 Blocked Kicks|
|1976-1989||52 Blocked Punts, 14 Blocked Kicks|
|1990-1999||18 Blocked Punts, 6 Blocked Kicks|
REGULAR SEASON WIN STREAK AT 20
Florida State has won 20 consecutive regular season games entering the Florida contest. The Seminoles’ last regular season loss was at North Carolina State on Sept. 12 last year. The 20-game regular season run is the second-longest mark in school history. FSU won 21 in a row during the regular season from the start of the 1996 campaign to the final game of the 1997 season.
BOWDEN, SIMON & WARRICK SEMIFINALISTS
Head Coach Bobby Bowden is one of 10 semifinalists for the 1999 Football News’ Coach of the Year Award. Noseguard Corey Simon is one of 15 semifinalist for the publication’s defensive player of the year award and wide receiver Peter Warrick is among the final 15 listed for offensive player of the year honors. Simon is the only interior defensive lineman among the semifinalists on defense while Warrick is one of three wide receivers.
WEINKE AN O’BRIEN AWARD CANDIDATE
Junior Chris Weinke has been announced as one of 25 leading candidates for the 1999 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Weinke is one of two players listed from the ACC (Joe Hamilton, Ga. Tech). The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN on December 9 in Orlando, FL. Charlie Ward is the only Seminole to win the O’Brien Award (1993).
MARYLAND POST-GAME INJURY REPORT
DT Rian Cason, cervical burner
RV Derrick Gibson, left ankle sprain
DE O.J. Jackson, lower back sprain
K Sebastian Janikowski, left hip flexor strain
LB Bradley Jennings, cervical burner
FS Sean Key , pulled left groin
LB Tommy Polley, cervical burner
LB Bobby Rhodes, right forearm contusion
DE Roland Seymour, DNP (right shoulder)
NG Corey Simon, left shoulder contusion
OT Tarlos Thomas, right neck contusion
DE David Warren, right hip pointer
OG Jason Whitaket, right foot sprain
FLORIDA STATE IN THE RED ZONE
|La. Tech||4-4 (3 TD, 1 FG)|
|Ga. Tech||3-3 (3 TD)|
|NC State||5-5* (2 TD, 3 FG)|
|No. Carolina||3-3* (3 TD)|
|Duke||6-6 (3 TD, 3 FG)|
|Miami||3-4 (3 TD, 1 fumble)|
|Wake Forest||6-6 (3 TD, 3 FG)|
|Clemson||3-5 (1 TD, 2 FG, 2 MFG)|
|Virginia||4-5 (4 TD, 1 fumble)|
|Maryland||3-3 (3 TD)|
|Overall||40-44 (28 TD, 12 FG)|
*FSU was inside 20-yard line with substantial lead when game ended (not included)
FSU OPPONENTS IN THE RED ZONE
|La. Tech||1-2 (1 TD, 1 fumble)|
|Ga. Tech||3-3 (3 TD)|
|NC State||2-2 (1 TD, 1 FG)|
|No. Carolina||1-1 (1 TD)|
|Duke||2-3 (2 TD)|
|Wake Forest||2-2 (1 TD, 1 FG)|
|Clemson||2-2 (2 TD)|
|Virginia||2-2 (1 TD, FG)|
|Maryland||1-2 (1 TD, 1 INT)|
|Overall||18-21 (15 TD, 3 FG)|
MINOR BIG AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Junior tailback Travis Minor has played his best against ranked opponents. In 12 games as a starter against AP Top 25 teams, Minor is averaging 102.6 yards per game. He has six touchdowns in those games and 30 catches for 170 yards. Included in those figures is a 1998 game against USC in which he played less than a half after injuring an ankle and rushed for just 19 yards. In six games as a starter against AP Top 10 opponents, Minor is averaging 109.2 yards (6-655) with two scores. Listed below are Minor’s numbers vs. ranked opponents:
|Date||AP Rank/Opponent||Rushing Yds.|
|11/8/97||#5 North Carolina||30-128|
|11/22/97||#10 Florida||21-142(1 TD)|
|1/1/98||#9 Ohio State||12-53|
|8/28/98||#15 Texas A&M||34-146 (1 TD)|
|9/26/98||#18 So. California||7-19|
|10/24/98||#20 Georgia Tech||13-72|
|11/7/98||#12 Virginia||28-130 (1 TD)|
|9/11/99||#10 Georgia Tech||22-122 (1 TD)|
|9/18/99||#20 NC State||16-64 (1 TD)|
|10/9/99||#19 Miami||25-146 (1 TD)|
|Totals||253-1,232 (6 TD)|
AGAINST THE TOP 25
The Seminoles have been tough on Associated Press Top 25 teams since joing the ACC in 1992. Over that span, FSU is 35-8-1 against ranked foes. Against ACC teams that are ranked, Florida State has posted a 20-1 mark with the only loss coming at No. 24 Virginia, 33-28, in 1995. The Seminoles have won 16 of their last 17 regular season games against ranked teams.
‘NOLES LEAD COUNTRY WITH 20 PICKS
With four interceptions Saturday against Maryland, FSU’s defense is now tied with Marshall for the national lead in interceptions. Each team has 20 heading into their final games. Ten different Seminoles have recorded an interception and three of those players have returned them for touchdowns – Sean Key, Abdual Howard and Theon Rackley. The school record for interceptions is 25 (1968 and 1991) and the 1999 squad ranks 11th all-time with 20. Last year’s defense had 18 interceptions by eight players, none were returned for touchdowns.
#9 & #80 CATCH ON AT CLEMSON
Both Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans set career highs with 11 and seven catches, respectively, in FSU’s 17-14 win at Clemson. Warrick’s previous best was nine (three times – Texas A&M ’98, La. Tech ’99, NC State ’99) while Dugans’ top outing was six (twice – Clemson ’98, Tennessee ’99).
RICHT FAMILY ADDS TWO
Offensive coordinator Mark Richt and his wife Kathryn had a busy summer as they adopted two orphaned children from the Ukraine. Zach (3) and Anya (2) join Jonathan (9) and David (4) as the two newest members of the Richt family. Richt and the offensive coaches moved their pregame plans up a month so he could join his wife in the Ukraine and complete the adoption process.
CALLAWAY’S LAST TRIP TO GAINESVILLE
Head equipment manager Jimmie Callaway will be making his last trip to Gainesville as he is retiring at the conclusion of the season. Callaway, who was the ball boy at FSU’s first ever football game in 1947, has been the been the head equipment manager for the last 10 years.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
This season, Florida State has been dominant in either one half or the other. The Tribe played one of their most complete games Saturday against Maryland, jumping out to a 28-3 after two quarters. The Seminoles have had to step it up in the second half to beat Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia. Earlier in the season, FSU took control of games early with strong first halves. Here’s a look at the Tribe in the first and second half:
|Game||1st Half||2nd Half|
|FSU||14 (209)||27 (209)|
|La. Tech||7 (189)||0 (80)|
|FSU||28 (296)||13 (145)|
|Ga. Tech||21 (299)||14 (202)|
|FSU||18 (175)||24 (203)|
|NC State||3 (99)||8 (139)|
|FSU||35 (234)||7 (226)|
|UNC||3 (143)||7 (130)|
|FSU||44 (345)||7 (164)|
|Duke||0 (149)||23 (102)|
|FSU||21 (247)||10 (238)|
|Miami||21 (282)||0 (166)|
|FSU||9 (266)||24 (159)|
|W. Forest||3 (66)||7 (112)|
|FSU||3 (144)||14 (212)|
|Clemson||14 (195)||0 (70)|
|FSU||7 (171)||28 (232)|
|Virginia||10 (165)||0 (103)|
|FSU||28 (247)||21 (212)|
|Maryland||3 (127)||7 (94)|
In Florida State’s better half , they are outscoring opponents 256-37 with a yardage advantage of 2,347-1,348. In the other half, the Seminoles hold just a 126-114 scoring edge and have gained 1,990 yards to their opponents’ 1,564.
WARRICK SETS ACC RECEIVING RECORD
Peter Warrick became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time receiving yardage leader against Maryland. Warrick passed Torry Holt’s (NC State) mark of 3,379 yards and now has 3,427. The record was broken when Warrick caught a 26-yard TD pass from Chris Weinke in the third quarter of that game.
PILING UP THE POINTS
Under Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles are 104-1 in games in which they score 40 or more points. FSU scored 40 or more points six times this season. FSU scored 40+ points eight times in the 1993 and 1995 seasons. In the 105 games (dating back to 1976), FSU has scored 50-59 points 31 times, 60-69 points seven times and scored 70+ points seven times. The lone loss when scoring 40 or more came against Auburn at home in 1984, 41-42.
WELL ROUNDED TEAM
FSU is one of three teams in the nation to be ranked in the top 15 in scoring defense, scoring offense, total defense and total offense. Marshall and Virginia Tech are the only other two schools to hold that distinction. FSU has scored less than 30 points just once this season and has scored over 40 points six times. Defensively, Florida State has held its opponents to 10 or fewer points five times this year. The Seminoles are churning out 433.7 yards per game while giving up 290.9.
JANIKOWSKI NAMED A GROZA FINALIST
Junior kicker Sebastian Janikowski is one of three finalists for the 1999 Lou Groza Award. Janikowski, the 1998 Groza winner, has converted on 20-of-27 field goals this season and is a perfect 44-of-44 on extra point attempts. His season long is 52 yards and he hasn’t missed from inside 45 yards in 1999. The other two finalists are Kansas State’s Jamie Rheem and Wisconsin’s Vitaly Pisetsky. The Groza Award is given by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
About the offense against Maryland
“I thought we had the best pass protection we’ve had all year against Maryland.”
About the climate going into the Florida game
“I would not want to go down there (to Florida) struggling. Now, the fact that you are not struggling when you go down there doesn’t mean you won’t struggle once you’re there. Florida has better athletes than who we have played. Their athletes compare with us. It will be an execution game there is no doubt about it. Who will execute better?”
About Florida quarterback situation
“The last time we played down there they combined their quarterbacks and beat us. We must prepare for both of their quarterbacks. I would imagine Steve’s (Spurrier) strategy won’t change that much with either one. At least we have some film to study on Palmer. Imagine if they had put him out there for the first time against you and you’ve never seen him.”
About playing at Florida
“The only thing different at Florida is the crowd noise – but that is a difference. However, we had crowd noise at Clemson. There was as much noise as at the Fiesta Bowl at Clemson. At least he (Chris Weinke) has been through that noise thing. Now, the noise at Florida fires them up as well. At least Chris is exposed to that.”
About Chris Weinke’s season
“He started the year with the uncertainty of not knowing physically if he could handle it – whether his injury would hold up. Each game has been a step up the ladder. Good thing is it looks like we’ve got the continuity back.”
About Steve Spurrier
“He is more involved in his offense than any coach I’ve seen on the field. It’s like he’s playing the game. Any interception they throw, it’s like he threw it. He’ll study our film and he’ll have a plan for us. You better not have a weakness. You better not have something he sees or he’ll pick it. He will take advantage of it.”
About FSU/Florida series
“FSU vs. Florida has become what FSU vs. Miami was for 10 years from 1983. Another facet of the FSU/Florida game is that we play late in the season. It comes right down to who gets the trip. We used to play Miami in the middle of the year – we played for it (the chance at a national championship) but no one knew it yet.”
About FSU’s running game
“Our running game is not as good as I would like. No question we are better at throwing and catching. I’m sure both of us will work hard on running the ball.
About FSU’s position going into the game
“We probably couldn’t be in any better position. Last year we were in a dependent position. This year it is in our hands. You go out and win the game and you go to the Sugar Bowl.”
A LOT ON THE LINE
The Florida State-Florida game has been one of the most important college football games in recent years with both teams annually in national championship contention. This year is no different with the winner likely headed for the Sugar Bowl. Both teams have been ranked in the AP Top 10 heading into the game since 1990 (12 games). The winner of the FSU-UF game has played for the national championship four times this decade. FSU won at Florida in 1993 on the way to the national title while UF won a rematch in the 1997 Sugar Bowl for the 1996 national championship.
A LOOK BACK AT 1998
Here are some interesting facts about FSU’s 23-12 win over UF in Tallahassee last season:
FSU has moved up in nine of 12 NCAA team statistical categories since September 24th. The Seminoles have climbed in all four of the major defensive categories, going from 75th (after game three) to 16th passing efficiency defense. In total defense, the Tribe has climbed 40 spots to No. 11. The team has jumped 26 spots into a tie for ninth in scoring defense. Offensively, FSU’s biggest improvement has been in total offense. Heading into the Florida game, the offense is ranked 15th in the
country, up from 36th seven weeks ago. A look at the numbers after week three and where they are now:
|Category||9/19||11/14||+ / –|
|Scoring Offense||11th||6th||(+ 5)|
|Total Offense||36th||15th||(+ 21)|
|Passing Offense||25th||12th||(+ 13)|
|Rushing Offense||58th||82nd||(- 24)|
|Scoring Defense||35th||T9th||(+ 26)|
|Total Defense||51st||11th||(+ 40)|
|Passing Defense||75th||16th||(+ 59)|
|Rushing Defense||23rd||17th||(+ 6)|
|Kickoff Returns||64th||63rd||(+ 1)|
|C Eric Thomas||9/11 vs. Georgia Tech|
|OG Jason Whitaker||9/18 vs. NC State|
|10/2 vs. Duke|
|10/9 vs. Miami|
|NG Corey Simon||10/30 vs. Virginia|
|LB Tommy Polley||10/16 vs. Wake Forest|
|LB Brian Allen||10/23 vs. Clemson|
|PK S. Janikowski||9/18 vs. NC State|
|WR/PR Peter Warrick||9/25 vs. UNC|
|CB Tay Cody||10/23 vs. Clemson|
|P Keith Cottrell||10/30 vs. Virginia|
|Category||Player||Per Game Avg.||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|Receiving Yds P/G||Peter Warrick||105.5||2||7|
|Receptions P/G||Peter Warrick||7.8||1||6|
|Passing Efficiency||Chris Weinke||146.6||2||7|
|Total Offense||Chris Weinke||274.5||2||15|
|Peter Warrick||8.3||5||T 25|
|Travis Minor||4.2||T 18||–|
|All-Purpose Yds.||Peter Warrick||143.5||4||23|
|Ron Dugans||67.1||T 17||–|
|Field Goals||Sebastian Janikowski||2.0||1||1|
|Interceptions||Derrick Gibson||0.4||T 6||T 40|
|Chris Hope||0.3||T 11||–|
|Clevan Thomas||0.3||T 11||–|
|Tay Cody||0.2||T 17||–|
|Sean Key||0.2||T 17||–|
|Reggie Durden||0.2||T 17||–|
|Punting||Keith Cottrell||42.3||T 2||T 26|
|Per Return Avg.||ACC||NCAA|
|Punt Returns||Peter Warrick||13.4||2||16|
|Category||Per Game Avg.||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|Passing Efficiency Defense||104.9||1||16|
|Scoring Defense||15.1||1||T 9|
|1st Downs Per Game(Off.)||24.0||2||–|
|1st Downs Per Game (Def.)||16.2||1||–|
|3rd Down Conversion % (Off.)||44.1||2||–|
|3rd Down Conversion % (Def.)||30.6||2||–|
|Turnover Margin||.7||T 2||T 16|
|Sacks Per Game (Def.)||2.8||T 2||–|