Nov. 16, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (10-0, 8-0 ACC) practiced for two
hours this afternoon, preparing for Saturday’s showdown with Florida
(9-1, 7-1 SEC). The team worked on fundamentals and the kicking game,
before moving to practice against Florida scout teams later in the day.
“It was a pretty good practice,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
“They worked hard and the weather was perfect.”
The Seminoles will be trying to beat the Gators in Gainesville
for the first time since FSU won the national championship in 1993.
Bowden commented on the importance of the running game after the
workout. The team that has won the rushing battle has won 10 of 11
matchups in the 1990s.
“We have definitely worked on the running game,” said Bowden.
“You have to run the ball at least well enough to keep them honest.”
FSU is averaging 126.8 rushing yards and 306.9 passing yards per
game. Bowden also discussed what he thought to be other keys to the
“A key for both teams is execution,” said Bowden. “These two
defenses are very difficult to execute against because they to disrupt
what you are trying to do offensively.”
Tailback Davy Ford sustained the only injury of the afternoon –
a left thigh contusion.
Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Ben Hill
Griffin Stadium in Gainesville and will be televised by CBS.