Oct. 23, 2000
SETTING THE SCENE: Florida State, ranked No. 6 in both polls, won its 33rd
straight home game with a 37-3 victory over Virginia. The Seminole defense
forced five turnovers Saturday and held the Cavaliers to a season-low 199 yards
of total offense. Marvin “Snoop” Minnis led the way with 131 yards receiving and
two touchdowns while Chris Weinke completed 16-of-28 passes for 274 yards.
FSU leads the nation in total offense (537.4 yards per game) and pass-ing
offense (401.5 yards per game). Weinke, who has played the last three games
with a sprained left foot, leads the nation in passing yardage (2,784) and touch-down
passes (22) while ranking second nationally in passing efficiency (164.6).
After becoming the ACC’s leader in career touchdown passes two weeks ago
against Duke, Weinke is now 28-2 as FSU’s starting quarterback. In his last
three games, the senior has thrown for more yards (1,306) than 34 NCAA Divi-sion
IA teams have passed for this season and has thrown more TD passes (12)
in those three games than 58 teams have recorded this year.
Minnis is the team’s leading receiver and ranks 10th nationally in receiv-ing
yards per game (101.0). Fellow wide receiver Atrews Bell has recorded 10
total touchdowns (nine receiving, one rushing) and ranks third in the ACC in scor-ing.
On the other side of the ball, FSU ranks fourth nationally in scoring de-fense
(11.1 points per game), eighth in total defense (273.4 yards per game) and
fourth in rushing defense (68.0 yards per game). Lombardi semifinalist Jamal
Reynolds leads the ACC with 10 sacks (which does not include a sack on a two-point
attempt). Reynolds has also forced four fumbles on the year and recorded
two safeties. The defense has scored in six of FSU’s eight games this season.