Oct. 30, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Game Day Central
The Florida State Seminoles (5-2, 4-1 ACC), ranked No. 14 in both Associated Press and Coaches Poll, practiced in shells for 22 periods Tuesday in preparation for this weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference match-up with No. 24 Clemson (5-2, 3-2 ACC). The Seminoles worked on special team drills at the start of practice before moving on to offensive and defensive drills against Clemson scout teams. Saturday’s game, dubbed the Bowden Bowl, will be the third match up between FSU’s head coach Bobby Bowden and his son Tommy, who is the head coach at Clemson.
Clemson is coming off a 21-14 victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC this past Saturday. This weekend will be the Tigers’ first home game since a 38-3 loss to North Carolina on October 20. Clemson is led by quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, who had 119 yards rushing against Wake Forest and now has 678 rushing yards on the season. Dantzler is 31st in the nation in rushing yards per game with a 96.86 average.
“The atmosphere is really going to be good,” said Bowden on this Saturday’s game against the Tigers. “We’re going up there with a younger football team, but it’s a team that’s beginning to finally come into its own. The crowd up there is going to be tough, Tommy’s going to have them ready for us.”
Three Seminoles were named ACC Players of the Week following the victory over Maryland. Junior wide receiver Talman Gardner, who led FSU with a career-high six catches for a career-high 140 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-31 victory over Maryland, was named offensive back of the week. Linebacker Michael Boulware was voted the league’s top defensive back as he had a career-high 11 tackles, seven solo stops and a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Terrapins. Chris Rix was named rookie of the week for his career-best 350 yards on 15-of-24 passing with five touchdowns. Along with ACC rookie of the week, Rix was voted USA Today national player of the week and Sporting News national player of the week.
No injuries were reported after today’s practice.