Sept. 25, 2000
SETTING THE SCENE: The Florida State Seminoles, ranked No. 2 in both polls,
return to ACC competition with a Thursday night ESPN contest at Maryland. FSU
is riding a 16-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, and have not lost a
regular season contest in 25 games (dating back to a loss at NC State in 1998).
The Seminoles will have just four days off after defeating Louisville 31-0 Satur-day
night. FSU is 2-1 all-time in Thursday night games, beating Louisville in
1983 and NC State in 1996, and losing to Virginia in 1995.
The FSU defense recorded its first shutout in 23 games with the 31-0
blanking of Louisville Saturday. Senior All-America candidate Tommy Polley, who
returns to his home state of Maryland this week, led the defense with an intercep-tion
for a touchdown. The Seminole defense, which has scored in each of FSU’s
last five games, ranks `second in the nation in rush defense (39.8 yards per
game) and eighth in the country in scoring defense (9.5 points per game).
Senior tailback Travis Minor has led a balanced FSU offensive attack
over the last two games with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against UNC
and Louisville, both of which led the nation in rush defense coming into the game.
Quarterback Chris Weinke improved his career record to 25-1 (.962) as FSU’s
starter and is currently tied for fourth all-time with a winning streak of 24 games.
The senior ranks sixth nationally in total offense (299.8) and eighth in passing
efficiency (154.8). As a team, the FSU is third nationally in passing offense (350.3)
and fifth nationally in total offense (490.0).
Senior Jamal Reynolds has constantly been in opposing backfields from
his defensive end post, recording eight sacks through the first four games.
Reynolds, who has also forced three fumbles on the year, has a chance to break
Peter Boulware’s single season FSU sack record of 19.
TELEVISION: ESPN. Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Lee Corso (color),
Kirk Herbstreit (color), Dr. Jerry Punch (sideline reporter).
SUNSHINE. (Delay – Sun. 7:00 p.m./Mon. 12:00 noon)
Talent: Paul Kennedy (play-by-play), Keith Jones (color) & Tom
Block (sideline reporter)
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play)
& Peter Tom Willis (color)