Oct. 15, 2001
The No. 21 Florida State Seminoles (3-2, 2-1 ACC) began preparations for their ACC match-up against Virginia (3-3, 2-2 ACC). The Seminoles worked out for 8-periods in shorts against Cavalier scout teams.
“The kids were in good spirits tonight under the circumstances,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We had a good meeting with them and helped put things in perspective with what’s happening to other teams around the country. At least we got through that game (Miami) without any injuries. I think this is the first game where we haven’t lost anyone to an injury. Maybe that’s a good sign.”
Florida State comes into the game with an 8-1 all-time record against Virginia. The Seminoles have won five straight against the Cavaliers dating back to November 2, 1995, in Charlottesville, where Virginia won by a score of 33-28. Florida State is averaging 35.2 points per game against the Cavs while only giving up 15.4 per game. FSU is in the midst of a five-game streak of teams who are led by first year coaches, including Virginia’s Al Groh.
“Virginia is a very solid football team,” said Bowden. “It seems like people are having a hard time running on those guys. Every once in a while something will come out of that running game, but they make a lot of plays against that run.”
Virginia started the season with a 3-1 record that included an upset victory at Clemson, but has since dropped two straight to even their record at 3-3. Last Saturday, the Cavaliers fell 30-24 on the road at North Carolina. Billy McMullen is Virginia’s top offensive threat, with a league-leading average of 98.0 receiving yards per game. The Cavaliers are second in the ACC in passing offense, averaging 257.7 yards per game through the air. Virginia returns home for the first time in almost a month, when they defeated Duke 31-10 on September 29.
The nationally televised game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA.
No new injuries were reported after today’s practice.