Nov. 5, 1999
#1 FLORIDA STATE
Saturday, November 13 * 3:30 PM * ABC
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000)
SETTING THE SCENE: The top-ranked Seminoles secured at least a share of their eighth straight ACC title with a victory at Virginia on October 30. After an open week, FSU will try to win the conference crown outright in the final home game of the season against Maryland. The Seminoles also look to extend their NCAA record of consecutive 10-win seasons to 13 against the Terps. FSU has not lost in Doak Campbell Stadium in 45 games and carries the nation’s longest home winning streak (28 games).
Trailing at the half for the second straight week at Virginia, FSU scored 28 unanswered points in the final two quarters to win going away, 35-10. The Seminole defense allowed just 32 passing yards (103 total) while shutting out the Cavaliers in the second half. Opponents have not converted on third down (0-15) in the final 30 minutes of the last two contests. Lombardi and Outland candidate Corey Simon was named ESPN’s Player of the Game for the second time in as many weeks as he totaled eight tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and recorded his first career interception against the Cavs. Quarterback Chris Weinke broke Charlie Ward’s record for 200-yard passing games with the 18th of his career, completing 24-of-35 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns.
The Seminoles won 24-10 at Maryland last year as Sebastian Janikowski tied a school record with five field goals and Jeff Chaney, filling in for an injured Travis Minor at tailback, rushed for 133 yards. FSU’s defense held the Terps scoreless in the second half, allowing just 65 total yards. Defensive end Roland Seymour added a safety when he sacked Randall Jones in the endzone.
Peter Warrick leads the ACC with 7.6 catches per game and is averaging 101.4 yards per contest. He also leads the league in punt return average (13.8). Warrick has accounted for touchdowns in four different ways this season with five TD receptions, two TD runs, one TD pass and a punt return for a TD. Weinke leads the ACC in passing yards per game (281.8) and is second in the conference with a passing efficiency rating of 140.7. On the other side of the ball, FSU leads the ACC in total defense (298.7) and scoring defense (15.7).
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network.
Talent: Gene Deckerhoff, Peter Tom Willis.
(9-0, 7-0 ACC)
8.28 LA. TECH W 41-7 espn2 9.11 GEORGIA TECH W 41-35 ABC 9.18 NC STATE W 42-11 ABC 9.25 @ N. Carolina W 42-10 ABC 10.2 vs. Duke* W 51-23 JP 10.9 MIAMI W 31-21 ABC 10.16 WAKE FOREST W 33-10 SUN 10.23 @ Clemson W 17-14 ESPN 10.30 @ Virginia W 35-10 ESPN 11.13 MARYLAND 3:30 ABC 11.20 @ Florida 3:30 CBS (* Jacksonville, FL)
(5-3, 2-3 ACC)
9.2 at Temple W 6-0 9.11 W. CAROLINA W 51-10 9.18 W. VIRGINIA W 33-0 9.30 at Georgia Tech L 49-31 10.9 at Wake Forest W 17-14 10.16 CLEMSON L 42-30 10.23 N. CAROLINA W 45-7 10.30 DUKE L 25-22 11.6 at NC State TBA 11.13 at Florida State TBA 11.20 VIRGINIA TBA
GLADDEN’S 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Jim Gladden is celebrating his silver anniversary as a member of the FSU coaching staff in 1999. Gladden’s tenure is even longer than Bobby Bowden and is the second-longest in school history. Gladden has coached the defensive ends since 1996 and guided several current NFL standouts at that position, including Peter Boulware (Ravens), Reinard Wilson (Bengals) and Andre Wadsworth (Cardinals).
Along with Jim Gladden, several FSU coaches have been with the program for a number of years. Bowden’s nine assistants average more than 18 years of collegiate experience (166 years total). Only one coach has departed since the 1993 national championship season. Billy Sexton (24th season), Chuck Amato (18th season) and Mickey Andrews (16th season) are next in line behind Gladden in tenure. FSU’s coaching staff tenure is second only to Penn State’s nationally.
WARRICK TIES GREEN’S MARK
Peter Warrick has now caught a pass in 38 consecutive games (including bowls) to tie E.G. Green’s school record. Green (now with the Indianapolis Colts) had 38 consecutive games with a catch from 1994-97. Warrick and Green were FSU’s starting receivers in 1997. Warrick sat out the Miami and Wake Forest games (suspension) and could break the record against Maryland.
MARK IT AT THE 20
Of Sebastian Janikowski’s 68 kickoffs this season, 48 have resulted in touchbacks (70.6%). Four kickoffs have gone throught the uprights and two others have bounced off the uprights this year.
SPREADING IT AROUND
With Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles out of the lineup, Chris Weinke completed passes to 11 different receivers in FSU’s 31-21 win over Miami. Against Wake Forest, Weinke threw to 10 different Seminoles, including all eight scholarship receivers (that dressed for the game).
BOWDEN REACHES 300 VICTORIES
Bobby Bowden became the fifth Division I-A coach to record 300 wins with the victory at Clemson. Bowden’s 301 wins rank second among active coaches behind only Penn State’s Joe Paterno.
ALL-TIME DIV. I-A COACHING VICTORIES
1. Paul "Bear" Bryant 323 2. Glenn "Pop" Warner 319 3. Joe Paterno 316 4. Amos Alonzo Stagg 314 5. Bobby Bowden 301
FSU & BOBBY BOWDEN’S SUCCESS
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Maryland will attempt to bounce back from a tough loss to Duke against NC State this weekend. The Terps are led by tailback LaMont Jordan, who is averaging 135.3 yards per game. Jordan leads the ACC with 14 touchdowns this season. At quarterback, Calvin McCall has completed 81-of-160 passes for 1,129 yards heading into Saturday’s game with the Wolfpack. Maryland is third in the conference in scoring defense (18.4) and fourth in total defense (345.4).
MARYLAND QUICK FACTS
Coach: Ron Vanderlinden (Albion ’78)
Overall Record: 10-20 (3rd Season)
Record at Maryland: Same
Location: College Park, MD
Colors: Red, White, Black and Gold
Florida State leads the all-time series 9-0, with a 7-0 mark in conference play (since 1992). FSU beat Maryland 45-21 in the first-ever meeting (1966). In the only other contest outside ACC competition, the Tribe won 24-14 at College Park in 1968. The Seminoles are 4-0 against the Terps in Tallahassee.
FSU’S RECORD SUCCESS THIS DECADE
Florida State became the all-time winningest team of any decade in NCAA history with the victory over Wake Forest. The Seminoles are 106-13-1 this decade and have the nation’s best winning percentage (.888). Nebraska is second at 103-16-1 with Florida checking in at number three with a record of 100-19-1. Only four others before the current runs of FSU, Nebraska and Florida in the 1990’s had recorded 100+ wins in a decade in college football history – Nebraska (103-20, 1980-89), Brigham Young (102-26, 1980-89), Oklahoma (102-13-3, 1970-79), Alabama (103-16-1, 1970-79). Only teams to compete at the Div. IA level for the entire decade were considered.
BOBBY BOWDEN AT A GLANCE
Alma Mater: Howard (now Samford), 1953
Overall Record: 301-85-4 (33rd season)
Record at FSU: 228-53-4 (24th season)
Home Record at FSU: 121-16-2
Record vs. Maryland: 9-0
Record at FSU vs. Maryland: 7-0
Bowl Record: 16-5-1
1999 MARYLAND STATISTICAL LEADERS
Passing Calvin McCall
Receiving Jermaine Arrington
Rushing LaMont Jordan
1999 FLORIDA STATE STATISTICAL LEADERS
Chris Weinke 185-308-2,536 yds. (18 TD, 12 INT)
Marcus Outzen 9-20-109 yds. (1 INT)
Peter Warrick 53-710 yds. (5 TD)
Ron Dugans 36-574 yds. (1 TD)
Robert Morgan 13-197 yds.
Germaine Stringer 8-177 yards (1 TD)
Atrews Bell 11-161 yds. (3 TD)
Marvin Minnis 12-143 yds. (2 TD)
Talman Gardner 7-123 yds.
Anquan Boldin 9-98 yds. (2 TD)
Travis Minor 158-729 yds. (7 TD)
Nick Maddox 28-102 yds.
Jeff Chaney 26-100 yds. (1 TD)
Peter Warrick 11-77 yds. (2 TD)
Dan Kendra 31-77 yds. (2 TD)
Davy Ford 16-63 yds.
WEINKE SETS CAREER HIGH VS. WAKE
Chris Weinke’s 354 passing yards against Wake Forest set a new career-best for the junior. Weinke finished 19-of-36 with two touchdowns and one interception. His previous best was a 338-yard outing against UNC last season. He now has five career 300-yard passing games, which puts him in a tie for sixth in the FSU record books for 300-yard games.
NO PLACE LIKE DOAK
Florida State already owned the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak at 45 games and with Florida’s 40-39 overtime loss to Alabama earlier this year in Gainesville, FSU took over the country’s longest home winning streak at 28. Miami, ranked No. 2 at the time, was the last team to win at Doak Campbell Stadium as they defeated top-ranked FSU 17-16 on Nov. 16, 1991. Seminole placekicker Gerry Thomas’ 34-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds to play sailed wide right, allowing the ‘Canes to win that game. Ironically, Florida placekicker Jeff Chandler’s extra point attempt in overtime against Alabama missed wide right, giving FSU the nation’s longest home winning streak.
PRESEASON NO. 1 FOR FIFTH TIME
Florida State opened the year at the top of the polls for the fifth time in school history. FSU was voted the AP preseason No. 1 in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995. In 1993, FSU became just the eighth team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason and end up as national champion. Oklahoma (1956, ’74, ’75, ’85), Tennessee (1951), Michigan State (1952) and Alabama (1978) were the others. Only two teams have gone wire-to-wire in the AP poll since 1950 – Nebraska (1971) and Southern California (1972).
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
Coach Bowden’s 1999 captains are WR Ron Dugans and OG Jason Whitaker (offense), DT Jerry Johnson and NG Corey Simon (defense) and LB Bobby Rhodes (special teams). Permanent captains are voted on by the team at the end of the season.
OFF TO A FAST START
For the sixth time in the Bobby Bowden era, Florida State has started the season at least 9-0. Here’s a look at those seasons and FSU’s record and ranking at the end of the year:Year Start Final Record/AP Rank 1979 11-0 11-1/6th 1991 10-0 11-2/4th 1993 9-0 12-1/1st 1996 11-0 11-1/3rd 1997 10-0 11-1/3rd 1999 9-0 ??/??
‘NOLES IN PRESEASON MAGAZINES
In the preseason college football magazines, Florida State was picked No. 1 by Lindy’s, Street & Smith’s, Athlon’s and Football News (FSU was No. 2 in the Sporting News and SI with Penn St. No. 1). Peter Warrick, Corey Simon and Sebastian Janikowski were preseason All-America selections across the board. LB Brian Allen, CB Tay Cody, CB Mario Edwards, S Derrick Gibson, DT Jerry Johnson, RB Travis Minor, LB Tommy Polley, DE Jamal Reynolds, DE Roland Seymour, QB Chris Weinke and OG Jason Whitaker were listed on All-ACC preseason teams in at least one of the publications. Below are players rated nationally by position:Brian Allen Lindy's No. 18 ILB Ross Brannon Sporting News' No. 7 OT Tay Cody Lindy's No. 15 CB Ron Dugans Lindy's No. 27 WR Mario Edwards Sporting News' No. 1 CB Lindy's No. 17 CB S. Janikowski Lindy's No. 1 K Sporting News' No. 1 K Jerry Johnson Lindy's No. 5 DT Sporting News' No. 7 DT Travis Minor Lindy's No. 7 RB Sporting News' No. 7 RB Tommy Polley Lindy's No. 13 OLB Jamal Reynolds Lindy's No. 17 DE Roland Seymour Lindy's No. 5 DE Sporting News' No. 3 DE Corey Simon Sporting News' No. 1 DT Lindy's No. 1 DT Tarlos Thomas Lindy's No. 11 OT Peter Warrick Lindy's No. 1 WR Sporting News' No. 1 WR Chris Weinke Sporting News' No. 6 QB
* Also of note in the unit rankings, FSU’s wide receivers were rated no lower than third in the country (Street & Smith’s No. 1) and the defensive line was picked as the nation’s best by Lindy’s and Street & Smith’s. The only other unit to receive top billing was the offensive line (Sporting News). The offensive backfield’s lowest rating was fourth while the secondary’s lowest rating was sixth in the preseason magazines.
PASSING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
At his current pace, Chris Weinke would finish the year with 3,100 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Those numbers would rank him third all-time in single season passing yardage and seventh all-time in single season touchdown passes. Adding those projected numbers to his career stats would put the junior fifth on both the career passing yardage list (5,669) and the career TD list (43).
WEINKE SETS ACC MARK
Chris Weinke established a new ACC record for consecutive passes without an interception in the Louisiana Tech game. Weinke’s touchdown pass to freshman Anquan Boldin tied Matt Blundin’s (Virginia) record of 231. The record was broken when Weinke hit Peter Warrick for five yards with 13:15 remaining in the first half. The streak ended at 237 when Weinke was intercepted just before the half. The streak of eight plus games without a pick ranks as one of the most impressive runs in school history. Since throwing six interceptions at NC State last year, Weinke had completed 126 passes in 237 attempts for 2,140 yards and 18 touchdowns without an interception. Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward put together a similar stretch (110-of-160 for 1,278 yards and 11 TD) during the 1993 season. After an INT in the first series at UNC that year, Ward rolled through the next four games before being picked off at Notre Dame.
WARRICK JOINS 3,000 YARD CLUB
Peter Warrick became just the second Seminole to eclipse 3,000 receiving yards against North Carolina. Warrick’s 3,293 career yards are second only to Ron Sellers (3,598). Warrick tied E.G. Green’s school record for touchdown catches (29) at Virginia. Warrick is now tied for second in career receptions with 189. He currently stands in second place on the school’s career list for 100-yard games with 13. Ron Sellers (1966-68) is FSU’s all-time leader in the category with 18.
‘NOLES MOVING UP IN THE RECORD BOOKCareer Rushing Yardage 1. Warrick Dunn 3,959 2. Greg Allen 3,769 3. Larry Key 2,953 4. Sammie Smith 2,539 5. Mark Lyles 2,218 6. Travis Minor 2,209
Career Rushing Touchdowns 1. Greg Allen 44 2. Warrick Dunn 37 3. Amp Lee 30 4. Dayne Williams 24 5. Travis Minor 23
Career Passing Yardage 1. Gary Huff 6,378 2. Danny Kanell 6,372 3. Thad Busby 5,916 4. Charlie Ward 5,747 5. Chris Weinke 5,105
Career Touchdown Passes 1. Danny Kanell 57 2. Gary Huff 52 3. Charlie Ward 49 4. Thad Busby 46 5. Casey Weldon 41 6. Chris Weinke 39 6. Jimmy Jordan 39 6. Bill Cappleman 39
Career Receptions 1. Ron Sellers 212 2. Peter Warrick 189 2. Kez McCorvey 189 4. E.G. Green 166 5. Mike Shuman 134
Career Receiving Yards 1. Ron Sellers 3,598 2. Peter Warrick 3,293 3. E.G. Green 2,920 4. Kez McCorvey 2,660 5. Barry Smith 2,392
Career Touchdown Catches 1. Peter Warrick 29 1. E.G. Green 29 3. Barry Smith 25 4. Andre Cooper 24 5. Ron Sellers 23
Career Scoring 1. Derek Schmidt 393 2. Scott Bentley 326 3. S. Janikowski 305 4. Warrick Dunn 294 5. Greg Allen 278
SIMON ONE OF 12 LOMBARDI SEMIFINALISTS
All-American noseguard Corey Simon is one of 12 semifinalists for the 1999 Rotary Lombardi Award – given annually to the nation’s top lineman. Through nine games this season, Simon is fourth on the team with 68 tackles (41 solo) and leads the team with 16 tackles for loss. He also has three pass break-ups, an interception, a forced fumble, a blocked punt and four sacks. The only Seminole to win the Lombardi was linebacker Marvin Jones in 1992.
DEFENSE PITCHES SECOND HALF SHUTOUTS
In the last two games against Clemson and Virginia, FSU faced halftime deficits of 14-3 and 10-7. Not only has the Seminole defense shut out opponents in the final 30 minutes of the last two contest, but they have held Clemson and Virginia a combined 0-for-15 on third down conversion attempts. The Tribe gave up just 70 second half yards to Clemson and 103 to Virginia. Clemson crossed midfield just once in the second stanza while Virginia made it past the 50 twice. The Tigers got to the 25 on their final drive before Tay Cody blocked a field goal to seal the victory. Virginia advanced the ball to the FSU 23, but a penalty and a sack forced a punt. The Cavs other drive across midfield reached the FSU 48 before a punt.
DEFENSE CONSISTENTLY AT THE TOP
The Seminoles have ranked among the nation’s top 10 in total defense in six of the last eight years, including a No. 1 national ranking last year. FSU has been in the nation’s top 10 in rushing defense in seven of the last eight years (No. 1 in 1996, 1997 and No. 2 in 1998). In pass efficiency, the Tribe ranked first nationally last season and has been among the 10 best in five of the last six years. FSU has also ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense in four of the last six seasons.
AMATO UP FOR ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR
Assistant head coach Chuck Amato has been nominated for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award. In addition to his duties as asst. head coach, Amato coaches FSU’s linebackers. His starting three linebackers are the top three tacklers on a Seminole defense that is ranked first in the ACC.
Florida State junior placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, the 1998 Lou Groza Award winner, had hit nine straight field goals before missing from 49 and 52 yards at UNC. He tied an FSU mark with five field goals in the win over NC State and also saved two points by making a tackle on a botched extra point in that game. Against Wake Forest, Janikowski hit four-of-six, missing from 51 and 55 yards, but connecting on a season-long of 52. He has made 32 of his last 40 attempts. The junior hit the game-winner at Clemson from 39 yards out. Here is a breakdown of his attempts during that span:Distance Results 20-29 yards 6-of-6 30-39 yards 14-of-14 40-49 yards 11-of-16 50+ yards 1-of-4
WEINKE’S NUMBERS UP OVER LAST YEAR
Quarterback Chris Weinke has improved his completion percentage and has thrown for more yards as compared to his stats a year ago after nine games. Here’s a look at Weinke after nine games in 1998 & 1999:Year Comp. Att Pct Yds 1998 137 270 50.7% 2344 1999 185 308 60.1% 2536
Florida State has scored 40 points and won by at least 30 points at least once against every ACC team in its eight seasons in the league. Thirty of the Seminoles’ 61 wins as league members have come by at least 30 points and they have scored at least 40 points in 37 of 63 ACC games. Here is a breakdown of 40-point games and 30-point plus wins against each ACC school:40-Point Games 30-Point Wins Clemson 3 (in 8 gms.) 3 (in 8 gms.) Duke 8 (8) 5 (8) Ga. Tech 5 (8) 5 (8) Maryland 6 (7) 5 (7) No. Carolina 1 (8) 1 (8) NC State 5 (8) 5 (8) Virginia 4 (8) 1 (8) Wake Forest 5 (8) 5 (8)
ACC LEADS NATIONAL TV RATINGS
Over the last two years, the Atlantic Coast Conference has reached a new level of popularity among college football television viewers across the country. In 1997, the ACC had the highest rated game on ESPN (FSU vs. UNC), CBS (FSU vs. Florida) and NBC (Ga. Tech vs. Notre Dame). In 1998, the ACC had the two highest rated games on ABC (FSU vs. Florida and FSU vs. Texas A&M), the highest rated ESPN Thursday night telecast (Virginia vs. Auburn) and the highest rated ESPN Saturday prime time telecast (Ga. Tech vs. FSU).
FLORIDA STATE AND THE NFL
Over the last five years, FSU has had nine players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. During that time, 34 Seminoles have been drafted. With just four players drafted last year, the 1999 squad is loaded with players who will likely fill NFL rosters for years to come. NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., rated seven FSU seniors among the top 15 at their respective positions with Peter Warrick leading the way as the No. 1 ranked wide receiver. Eight juniors were rated among the top 10 at their positions for the 2001 NFL Draft. Chris Weinke and Sebastian Janikowski were the top rated QB and K in the country among the underclassmen.
FSU IN THE WEEKLY AP POLL
Since the middle of the 1989 season, Florida State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 in 164 of the 169 weekly polls. Of the last 149 polls (11/12/90), the Seminoles have been out of the AP Top 10 just twice. Additionally, FSU has been at No. 1 for a total of 52 weeks.
STRONGEST FSU SQUAD EVER
The 1999 team’s hard work in the weight room is documented by the results of summer testing. A record nine Seminoles bench pressed 500 pounds or more with DT Antoine Mirambeau leading the way at 535. OG Justin Amman, OL Donald Heaven, OG Montrae Holland, DT Jerry Johnson, LB Brian Allen, DE Jamal Reynolds, LB Bobby Rhodes and OT Todd Williams were the other eight to reach the 500-lb. plateau. Forty-four ‘Noles benched at least 400 pounds.
SEMINOLE CLOTHING POPULAR
Listed below are results from the ESPN Chilton Sports Poll, that surveyed kids ages 12-17 from June 1998 to July 1999 and asked them which college team’s logo clothing they owned.1. North Carolina 9.5% 2. Michigan 6.2% 3. Notre Dame 4.8% 4. Florida State 3.1% 5. Duke 3.0%
COLLEGES PRODUCING THE MOST FIRST-ROUND NFL PICKS SINCE 19891. Florida State 15 2. Miami 14 2. Ohio State 14 2. Tennessee 14 5. Florida 13 6. Notre Dame 12 7. USC 11
IN THE RANKINGSTeam USA Today/ESPN AP Florida State 1 1 Penn State 2 2 Virginia Tech 3 3 Tennessee 4 4 Florida 5 5 Kansas State 6 6 Georgia Tech 7 7 Mississippi State 8 8 Nebraska 9 9 Wisconsin 10 10 Texas 11 11 Marshall 12 13 Brigham Young 13 15 Alabama 14 12 Michigan 15 16 Georgia 16 14 East Carolina 17 18 Texas A&M 18 21 Michigan State 19 19 Ohio State 20 20 Purdue 21 17 Miami (Fla.) 22 22 Mississippi 23 23 Arkansas 24 NR Southern Mississippi 25 25 Notre Dame NR 24
WEINKE BREAKS WARD’S MARK
With his 18th career 200-yard passing game vs. Virginia, Chris Weinke broke Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward’s former record of 17.
EDWARDS A THORPE SEMIFINALIST
Cornerback Mario Edwards is one of the 12 defensive backs to be named as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Edwards leads the team with eight pass break-ups this season. Two ‘Noles have won the Thorpe Award – Deion Sanders (1988) and Terrell Buckley (1991).
MINOR, SIMON AND WHITAKER MENTIONED
There are several other Seminoles on national award “watch” lists. RB Travis Minor (Doak Walker), NG Corey Simon (Bronko Nagurski & Outland) and OG Jason Whitaker (Outland) have been recognized as preliminary award releases. Coach Bowden is the keynote speaker at the Bronko Nagurski Award in December.
SEMINOLES 36-4 AT AP NUMBER ONE
FSU holds a 36-4 record when ranked the No. 1 team in the AP Poll. The first loss, which came in FSU’s first game as the nation’s top team, was a 31-0 season-opening defeat at Miami in 1988. The Seminoles also lost to Miami (1991), Notre Dame (1993) and Florida (1996) while in the top spot.
Florida State blocked its first kick of any kind in over a year when Tommy Polley blocked a field goal against Miami. Cornerback Tay Cody sealed FSU’s 17-14 win over Clemson when he partially blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt with less than two minutes left in the game. Against Virginia, noseguard Corey Simon blocked a punt in one of the best all-around games of his career. Simon’s block was the 68th blocked punt in the Bowden era (since 1976) and the 16th blocked punt of the 1990s. The Seminoles blocked only one kick last year – a field goal against Maryland on October 3, 1998.
1998 STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE (IN TERMS OF OPP. WINNING PERCENTAGE*)Team Opp. Rec. Pct. 1. Auburn 74-34 .685 2. Missouri 66-36 .647 3. FSU 74-43 .632 4. USC 76-46 .623 5. LSU 65-41 .613 *Does not include bowl games.
RECORDS IN THE 1990s (PERCENTAGE*)Team W-L-T Pct. 1. FSU 106-13-1 .888 2. Nebraska 103-16-1 .863 3. Florida 100-19-1 .838 4. Tennessee 96-20-2 .822 5. Marshall 109-25-0 .813
BLOCKED KICKS IN THE BOWDEN ERA1999 10/30 Virginia Blocked Punt 10/23 Clemson Blocked FG 10/9 Miami Blocked FG 1998 10/3 Maryland Blocked FG 1997 11/8 UNC Blocked Punt 11/1 NC State Blocked Punt 1996 11/30 Florida Blocked Punt 9/28 UNC 2 Blocked Punts Blocked FG 9/19 NC State Blocked Punt 1995 11/25 Florida Blocked Punt 11/11 UNC 2 Blocked Punts Blocked Extra Pt. 11/23 UCF Blocked FG 11/9 Clemson Blocked Punt 1994 9/10 Maryland Blocked Punt 1992 9/5 Duke Blocked Punt 1991 10/19 Mid Tenn St Blocked Punt 1990 12/29 Penn State Blocked FG 10/27 LSU Blocked Punt 9/15 Ga. South. Blocked Punt
TOTAL BLOCKED KICKS1976-1999 68 Blocked Punts, 20 Blocked Kicks 1976-1989 52 Blocked Punts, 14 Blocked Kicks 1990-1999 16 Blocked Punts, 6 Blocked Kicks
REGULAR SEASON WIN STREAK AT 19
Florida State has won 19 consecutive regular season games entering the Maryland contest. The Seminoles’ last regular season loss was at North Carolina State on Sept. 12 last year. The 19-game regular season run is the second-longest mark in school history. FSU won 21 in a row during the regular season from the start of the 1996 campaign to the final game of the 1997 season. Florida State had an 18-game winning streak from Oct. 28, 1978 through Sept. 27, 1980.
PILING UP THE POINTS
Under Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles are 103-1 in games in which they score 40 or more points. FSU scored 40 or more points in its first five games, but have not reached that number in its last four games. FSU scored 40+ points eight times in the 1993 and 1995 seasons. In the 104 games (dating back to 1976), FSU has scored 50-59 points 31 times, 60-69 points seven times and scored 70+ points seven times. The lone loss when scoring 40 or more came against Auburn at home in 1984, 41-42.
BOWDEN, SIMON & WARRICK SEMIFINALISTS
Head Coach Bobby Bowden is one of 10 semifinalists for the 1999 Football News’ Coach of the Year Award. Noseguard Corey Simon is one of 15 semifinalist for the publication’s defensive player of the year award and wide receiver Peter Warrick is among the final 15 listed for offensive player of the year honors. Simon is the only interior defensive lineman among the semifinalists on defense while Warrick is one of three wide receivers.
WEINKE AN O’BRIEN AWARD CANDIDATE
Junior Chris Weinke has been announced as one of 25 leading candidates for the 1999 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Weinke is one of two players listed from the ACC (Joe Hamilton, Ga. Tech). The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN on December 9 in Orlando, FL. Charlie Ward is the only Seminole to win the O’Brien Award (1993).
FLORIDA STATE IN THE RED ZONEOpponent Results La. Tech 4-4 (3 TD, 1 FG) Ga. Tech 3-3 (3 TD) NC State 5-5* (2 TD, 3 FG) No. Carolina 3-3* (3 TD) Duke 6-6 (3 TD, 3 FG) Miami 3-4 (3 TD, 1 fumble) Wake Forest 6-6 (3 TD, 3 FG) Clemson 3-5 (1 TD, 2 FG, 2 MFG) Virginia 4-5 (4 TD, 1 fumble) Overall 37-41 (25 TD, 12 FG)
*FSU was inside 20-yard line with substantial lead when game ended (not included)
FSU OPPONENTS IN THE RED ZONEOpponent Results La. Tech 1-2 (1 TD, 1 fumble) Ga. Tech 3-3 (3 TD) NC State 2-2 (1 TD, 1 FG) No. Carolina 1-1 (1 TD) Duke 2-3 (2 TD) Miami 2-2 (2TD) Wake Forest 2-2 (1 TD, 1 FG) Clemson 2-2 (2 TD) Virginia 2-2 (1 TD, FG) Overall 17-19 (14 TD, 3 FG)
MINOR BIG AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Junior tailback Travis Minor has played his best against ranked opponents. In 12 games as a starter against AP Top 25 teams, Minor is averaging 102.6 yards per game. He has six touchdowns in those games and 30 catches for 170 yards. Included in those figures is a 1998 game against USC in which he played less than a half after injuring an ankle and rushed for just 19 yards. In six games as a starter against AP Top 10 opponents, Minor is averaging 109.2 yards (6-655) with two scores. Listed below are Minor’s numbers vs. ranked opponents:Date AP Rank/Opponent Rushing Yds. 11/8/97 #5 North Carolina 30-128 11/22/97 #10 Florida 21-142(1 TD) 1/1/98 #9 Ohio State 12-53 8/28/98 #15 Texas A&M 34-146 (1 TD) 9/26/98 #18 So. California 7-19 10/24/98 #20 Georgia Tech 13-72 11/7/98 #12 Virginia 28-130 (1 TD) 11/21/98 #4 Florida 30-127 1/4/99 #1 Tennessee 15-83 9/11/99 #10 Georgia Tech 22-122 (1 TD) 9/18/99 #20 NC State 16-64 (1 TD) 10/9/99 #19 Miami 25-146 (1 TD) Totals 253-1,232 (6 TD)
DEFENSE OUTSCORES NC STATE
The Seminole defense scored its second touchdown of the season when David Warren stripped Jamie Barnette in the endzone and Jamal Reynolds recovered for the score, and their third when Abdual Howard returned an interception 47 yards for a TD against NC State. The last time FSU scored two defensive touchdowns was 1991 against Michigan. In the season opener vs. La. Tech, Theon Rackley returned an interception 10 yards for a TD. Last season, the FSU defense did not record a touchdown. The last time FSU scored off a fumble was Sam Cowart’s return at Florida in 1997.
AGAINST THE TOP 25
The Seminoles have been tough on Associated Press Top 25 teams since joing the ACC in 1992. Over that span, FSU is 35-8-1 against ranked foes. Against ACC teams that are ranked, Florida State has posted a 20-1 mark with the only loss coming at No. 24 Virginia, 33-28, in 1995. The Seminoles have won 16 of their last 17 regular season games against ranked teams.
PICKING OFF THE COMPETITION
Florida State leads the ACC and is tied for third in the nation with 16 interceptions this season. FSU has had ten different players intercept a pass this year. Safeties Derrick Gibson and Chris Hope lead the way with three each and two others (Sean Key and Tay Cody) have two apiece. Last season, eight different Seminoles picked off a pass for a total of 18 interceptions. With two games to play this year, FSU is two off of that pace. In 1998, however, FSU was unable to return any of those picks for a touchdown. This year FSU has already returned three for scores.
#9 & #80 CATCH ON AT CLEMSON
Both Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans set career highs with 11 and seven catches, respectively, in FSU’s 17-14 win at Clemson. Warrick’s previous best was nine (three times – Texas A&M ’98, La. Tech ’99, NC State ’99) while Dugans’ top outing was six (twice – Clemson ’98, Tennessee ’99).
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
This season, Florida State has been dominant in either one half or the other. In the last four games, the Seminoles have stepped it up in the second half to beat Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia. Earlier in the season, FSU took control of games early with strong first halves. Here’s a look at the Tribe in the first and second half:Game 1st Half 2nd Half FSU 14 (209) 27 (209) La. Tech 7 (189) 0 (80)
FSU 28 (296) 13 (145) Ga. Tech 21 (299) 14 (202)
FSU 18 (175) 24 (203) NC State 3 (99) 8 (139)
FSU 35 (234) 7 (226) UNC 3 (143) 7 (130)
FSU 44 (345) 7 (164) Duke 0 (149) 23 (102)
FSU 21 (247) 10 (238) Miami 21 (282) 0 (166)
FSU 9 (266) 24 (159) W. Forest 3 (66) 7 (112)
FSU 3 (144) 14 (212) Clemson 14 (195) 0 (70)
FSU 7 (171) 28 (232) Virginia 10 (165) 0 (103)
In Florida State’s better half (bold), they are outscoring opponents 228-34 with a yardage advantage of 2,100-1,221. In the other half (not in bold), the Seminoles are being outscored 107-105 and have gained 1,778 yards to their opponents’ 1,470.
FSU IN THE ACC & NCAA RANKINGSINDIVIDUAL Category Player Per Game Avg. ACC Rank NCAA Rank Rushing Travis Minor 81.0 4 T49 Receiving Yds P/G Peter Warrick 101.4 2 9 Ron Dugans 71.8 6 -- Receptions P/G Peter Warrick 7.6 1 8 Ron Dugans 4.5 6 -- Passing Efficiency Chris Weinke 140.7 2 17 Total Offense Chris Weinke 271.0 2 20 Travis Minor 81.0 11 -- Scoring Sebastian Janikowski 10.8 1 6 Peter Warrick 6.7 8 -- Travis Minor 4.7 16 -- All-Purpose Yds. Peter Warrick 144.0 3 21 Travis Minor 88.0 11 -- Ron Dugans 71.8 15 -- Field Goals Sebastian Janikowski 2.2 1 1 Punting Keith Cottrell 41.7 2 39 Interceptions Derrick Gibson 0.3 T 9 -- Chris Hope 0.3 T 9 -- Per Return Avg. ACC NCAA Punt Returns Peter Warrick 13.8 1 14 Reggie Durden 12.2 3 22
TEAM Category Per Game Avg. ACC Rank NCAA Rank Total Offense 430.9 2 21 Rushing Offense 131.3 7 76 Passing Offense 299.6 1 T15 Scoring Offense 37.0 2 8 Total Defense 298.7 1 14 Rushing Defense 97.4 1 13 Passing Efficiency Defense 107.9 2 23 Scoring Defense 15.7 1 11 Kickoff Returns 21.1 3 45 Punt Returns 13.0 2 12 Net Punting 39.0 3 18 1st Downs Per Game(Off.) 23.9 2 -- 1st Downs Per Game (Def.) 16.7 1 -- 3rd Down Conversion % (Off.) 42.4 2 -- 3rd Down Conversion % (Def.) 32.2 2 -- Turnover Margin .44 5 T 27 Sacks Per Game (Def.) 3.0 3 --