Nov. 13, 2000
SETTING THE SCENE: Florida State, ranked No. 3 in both polls, improved to 10-1 with a 35-6 win over Wake Forest last Saturday. Heisman Trophy candidate Chris Weinke threw five touchdown passes, three to Marvin “Snoop” Minnis, and finished with 324 passing yards on the day. With the victory over the Demon Deacons, the Seminoles extended their NCAA record streak of 10-win seasons to 14 and Bobby Bowden moved into a tie for fourth on the NCAA all-time Division I-A coaching victory list with Amos Alonzo Stagg (314).
FSU leads the nation in total offense (558.6 yards per game) and passing offense (386.8 yards per game). Weinke, who is 31-2 as FSU’s starting quarterback, leads the nation in passing yardage (3,814) and passing efficiency (166.5). The senior is tied for the national lead with 30 touchdown passes and needs just 129 yards against Florida to become the ACC’s all-time leading passer.
Biletnikoff semifinalist Marvin Minnis caught six passes for 122 yards and three TDs at Wake Forest. He has now totaled 1,153 yards this season, which ranks fifth on the all-time FSU single season receiving list. Minnis set an FSU record two weeks ago against Clemson when he hauled in a 98-yard TD pass from Weinke.
On the other side of the ball, FSU ranks second nationally in scoring defense (10.6 points per game), fifth in total defense (273.6 yards per game) and fourth in rushing defense (77.3 yards per game). Lombardi finalist Jamal Reynolds leads the ACC with 12 sacks, while also being credited with four caused fumbles and two safeties. Cornerback Tay Cody has the most tackles (79) for an FSU cornerback since LeRoy Butler recorded 91 in 1989.