Nov. 13, 1999
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After weeks of inconsistent performances,
top-ranked Florida State looked deserving of its ranking Saturday.
Chris Weinke threw six touchdown passes – three to Peter Warrick – as the
Seminoles clobbered Maryland 49-10, reaching 10 victories for the 13th straight
The Seminoles (10-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) need to defeat archrival
Florida (9-1) next Saturday at Gainesville to guarantee a second straight trip
to the national championship game.
“This is what we needed,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said of his
team’s dominating performance against Maryland. “I’d have been pretty
disappointed if we hadn’t played good.”
Florida State trailed at one point in each of its previous four victories,
barely escaping once – 17-14 at Clemson, Oct. 23.
Bowden admitted much of the season has been a tuneup for the showdown with
No. 4 Florida.
“Now the rest comes next week,” Bowden said. “I doubt if anything we
could do would intimidate them.”
Weinke, who did not play in the fourth quarter, threw four touchdown passes
by halftime. He had two 6-yard scoring throws to Ron Dugans, another 5-yard TD
to Warrick and a 30-yarder to Atrews Bell as the Seminoles built a 28-3 lead.
Weinke combined with Warrick on scoring plays covering 26 and 28 yards in
the third period as the Seminoles increased the lead to 42-3. Marcus Outzen’s
35-yard touchdown pass to Greg Moore in the fourth quarter completed Florida
Weinke missed last year’s game against Florida as Outzen led the Seminoles
to a 23-12 victory.
“They’re going to play good football at home,” Weinke said. “We realize
The 27-year-old quarterback knows Florida State fans rate the team and its
quarterbacks on how they do against the Gators.
“If you don’t win that game everybody forgets about the first 10 wins,”
Weinke said. “We saw two years ago. We felt like we had a better team going
down there and we got beat.”
There was no doubt who was better Saturday.
Maryland (5-5, 2-5) was hurt by five turnovers and also had two punts
blocked, offsetting LaMont Jordan’s 169 rushing yards – the most this year
against Florida State.
“Our expectations were to compete on even terms,” Maryland coach Ron
Vanderlinden said. “We couldn’t move the ball.”
Warrick caught nine passes for 134 yards and became the ACC’s career leader
with 3,427 receiving yards. North Carolina State’s Torry Holt held the record
for a year with 3,379 yards.
“I did not come back this year for records,” said Warrick, who surprised
most everyone earlier this year when he decided against making himself eligible
for the NFL draft where he was a certain high first-round pick.
“I came back to try and win a national championship,” Warrick said.
“We’ve got ourselves in position to do that and that’s what I’m happy about.”
Although he missed two games for legal reasons, Warrick has caught 62 passes
for 844 yards and eight touchdowns. His touchdown catches Saturday give him the
school record with 32, eclipsing E.G. Green’s 29.
Weinke, who was 23-of-33 for 304 yards, matched the school record for
touchdown passes set in 1989 by Peter Tom Willis against Memphis State.
Jermaine Arrington’s 77-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter set up
Maryland’s only touchdown, a 1-yard pass from Trey Evans to tight end Eric
James. The Terrapins also scored on Brian Kopka’s 38-yard field goal in the
opening minute of the second quarter.
Maryland lost its next best scoring opportunity in the third period when
Evans’ pass was intercepted in Florida State’s end zone by Clevan Thomas, who
had two of the Seminoles’ four interceptions.
Freshman quarterback Latrez Harrison, making his first start for Maryland,
was knocked out of the game in the first half with a sprained ankle.
The Terrapins are 0-10 against Florida State.
Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State has won six league titles
outright, shared two and stands 62-2 in conference play.
The Seminoles have not lost at home in eight years, a span of 46 games while
winning their last 29 since a 31-31 tie against Florida in 1994.
Bowden’s teams are 107-13-1 this decade and 57-1-1 at home where they
haven’t lost since a 17-16 defeat to Miami in November 1991.
“Thank goodness we haven’t had one of those lately,” Bowden joked
During the 13-year run of 10-win seasons, Florida State’s record is