September 20, 1999 - by
No. 1 Seminoles Hit The Road For The First Time In 1999

Sept. 20, 1999

Florida State is accustomed to playing in front of the major network cameras and has posted a 119-35-4 record on television. Florida State’s first TV game was carried by ABC – the 1958 Bluegrass Bowl vs. Oklahoma St.

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’s Streak Reaches 34
With at least one reception in the Seminoles’ first three contests, Peter Warrick has caught a pass in 34 consecutive games (including bowls). E.G. Green is the FSU record holder with 38 consecutive games with a catch from 1994-97. Warrick and Green were FSU’s starting receivers in 1997. If Warrick continues the streak, he will tie the record against Wake Forest and break it against Clemson.

In a USA Today poll that shuffled the Top 25 football teams and ranked them in terms of graduation rates (1989-92), FSU and Penn St. were the only two members of the ?football? top five that were also ranked among the Top 10 in the ?graduation? poll.

Bobby Bowden could become the fifth Division I-A coach to record 300 wins with FSU’s eighth victory this season. Bowden’s 295 wins rank second among active coaches behind only Penn State’s Joe Paterno.


1. Paul 'Bear' Bryant       323
2. Glenn 'Pop' Warner       319
3. Amos Alonzo Stagg        314
4. Joe Paterno              311
5. Bobby Bowden             295


  • Florida State is the only team in the history of college football to finish among the Associated Press Top Four for 12 consecutive seasons.

  • FSU also has the NCAA record for most consecutive bowl victories as the Seminoles won 11 straight from 1986 to 1996.

  • The Seminoles are the only team in the history of the game to post a 14-game bowl unbeaten streak.

  • Florida State has won seven straight ACC championships and has lost just twice in 56 games against conference opponents.

  • FSU players have won the Heisman, Thorpe (twice), Butkus (twice), Unitas (twice), O’Brien, Maxwell, Lombardi and Groza Awards, all in the last 12 years.

  • Bowden is the only coach in college football history to post 12-straight, 10-win seasons.

  • Over the last 12 years, Florida State has won the Orange (3), Fiesta (2), Sugar (3), Blockbuster (1) and Cotton (1) Bowls.

  • Bowden owns the nation’s best all-time bowl winning percentage at .750 with a 16-5-1 mark. His 16 victories rank second all-time (19, Paterno). At FSU, Bowden is 15-4-1 in bowls.

North Carolina returns 11 starters from a 1998 squad that finished the season 7-5 and beat San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl 20-13. Brandon Spoon, an All-America candidate at linebacker, will not play Saturday and could be out for the season with a torn bicep. With Spoon out, the number of returning starters on defense drops to three. Back at quarterback is Ronald Curry, who poses problems for opposing defenses with his ability to run or pass. FSU defeated UNC 39-13 last year in Tallahassee behind Chris Weinke’s 338 passing yards and 100-yard receiving games from Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles.

Coach: Carl Torbush (Carson-Newman ’74)
Overall Record: 9-6 (Third Season)
Record at UNC: 12-14 (Second Season)
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Nickname: Tar Heels
Colors: Carolina Blue & White
Founded: 1789
Enrollment: 24,439

Florida State leads the all-time series with North Carolina 9-0-1. The Seminoles won 39-13 last year in Tallahassee and 20-3 in Chapel Hill in 1997. The two teams played to a 10-10 tie in a 1986 meeting in Tallahassee. At Chapel Hill, FSU is 4-0 all-time. Florida State is 7-0 vs. UNC since joining the ACC in 1992.

The win over NC State was FSU’s 100th of the 1990s. The Seminoles are 100-13-1 this decade and have the nation’s best winning percentage (.882). Nebraska is second at 99-15-1 with Florida checking in at number three with a record of 96-18-1. Only four other teams have 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.

Alma Mater: Howard (now Samford), 1953
Overall Record: 295-85-4 (33rd season)
Record at FSU: 223-53-4 (24th season)
Home Record at FSU: 119-16-2
Record vs. UNC: 9-0-1
Bowl Record: 16-5-1


Ronald Curry  29-52, 388 yds. (3 TD, 3 INT)

Receiving Jason Peace 9-150 yds. (1 TD) Kory Bailey 8-91 yds. Alge Crumpler 3-56 yds. Greg Harris 3-44 Rushing Ronald Curry 26-100 yds. (1 TD) Daniel Davis 13-77 yds. Anthony Saunders 23-76 (1 TD) Rufus Brown 18-76 yds.


Chris Weinke   59-100-733 yds. (5 TD, 3 INT)
Marcus Outzen  3-5-40 yds.

Receiving Peter Warrick 26-338 yds. (1 TD) Laveranues Coles 7-93 yds. Talman Gardner 3-60 yds. Ron Dugans 5-53 yds. Ryan Sprague 3-49 yds. Robert Morgan 5-47 yds. Anquan Boldin 2-33 yds. (2 TD)

Rushing Travis Minor 51-215 yds. (2 TD) Peter Warrick 5-66 yds. (2 TD) Nick Maddox 14-65 yds. Dan Kendra 17-62 yds. (1 TD) Davy Ford 3-34 yds.


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.

Peter Warrick’s decision to return for his senior season means FSU lost just 274 yards of total offense from its 1998 totals. The Seminoles return their top five receivers and top four rushers along with every player who attempted a pass. Of FSU’s 385 points scored last year, 373 were scored by players who are back for the 1999 campaign. Former FB Lamarr Glenn and RB Raymont Skaggs, who transferred after the La. Tech game, had one touchdown each last season.

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.

Sophomore tailback Davy Ford made his long awaited return to the playing field in the waning moments of last Saturday’s win over NC State. The West Palm Beach native was FSU’s second leading ground gainer with 258 yards as a true freshman in 1997 but missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practices leading up to the Sugar Bowl following his freshman season. Ford reinjured the same knee during drills last spring and missed the first two games in 1999. He ran three times for 34 yards against the Wolfpack, including a 38-yarder.
After his long run, Ford pointed to the Seminole bench and to his repaired knee as if to say he was back.

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.

QB 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.

True freshmen Anquan Boldin and Nick Maddox (who happen to be roommates) had an opportunity to contribute immediately in their rookie seasons with the Tribe. Boldin, who switched to WR from QB after three days of practice, stepped in against Louisiana Tech and caught a pair of TD passes. Maddox was FSU’s leading rusher in the opener.

Peter Warrick matched his career-high with nine receptions for the second time this season when he did so (for 75 yards) in last Saturday’s win
against NC State. Through three games this year, Warrick already has 26 receptions for 338 yards. His 8.7 receptions per game average is a shade
ahead of the school season record of 8.6 per game set by Ron Sellers during the 1968 campaign when he caught 86 balls in 10 contests. Warrick has 162
career receptions and needs five catches on Saturday at North Carolina to move into third place on Florida State’s all-time list ahead of E.G. Green
(166 catches from 1994-1997). Warrick’s 75 yards against NC State were just enough to move past Green on FSU’s career receiving yards list. Warrick
now has 2,921 while Green had 2,920.


Career 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. Sean Jackson    2,132
       7. Amp Lee         2,092
       8. Dexter Carter   1,788
       9. Tom Bailey      1,714
      10. Travis Minor    1,695
Career Rushing Touchdowns
      1. Greg Allen        44
      2. Warrick Dunn      37
      3. Amp Lee           30
      4. Dayne Williams    24
      5. Mark Lyles        20
      6. Travis Minor      18
Career 300-Yard Passing Games
      1. Danny Kanell      10
      2. Thad Busby         8
      3. Gary Huff          7
      4. Charlie Ward       6
      4. Peter Tom Willis   6
      6. Bill Cappleman     5
      7. Kim Hammond        4
      8. Casey Weldon       2
      8. Chris Weinke       2
Career Receptions
      1. Ron Sellers     212
      2. Kez McCorvey    189
      3. E.G. Green      166
      4. Peter Warrick   162
      5. Mike Shuman     134
Career Receiving Yards
      1. Ron Sellers     3,598
      2. Peter Warrick   2,921
      3. E.G. Green      2,920
      4. Kez McCorvey    2,660
      5. Barry Smith     2,392
Career Touchdown Catches
      1. E.G. Green     29
      2. Barry Smith    25
      2. Peter Warrick  25
      4. Andre Cooper   24
      5. Ron Sellers    23
Career Scoring
      1. Derek Schmidt   393
      2. Scott Bentley   326
      3. Warrick Dunn    294
      4. Greg Allen      278
      5. S. Janikowski   248

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.

Offensive coordinator Mark Richt and his wife Kathryn had a busy summer as they adopted two orphaned children from the Ukraine. Zach (3) and Anya (2) join Jonathan (9) and David (4) as the two newest members of the Richt family. Richt and the offensive coaches moved their pregame plans up a month so he could join his wife in the Ukraine and complete the adoption process.

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.

Junior tailback Travis Minor busted out in the Seminoles’ win over Georgia Tech last week. Minor had his eighth career 100-yard rushing game when he
ran 22 times for 122 yards and an 18-yard score against the Yellow Jackets. It was the fourth 100-yard game in his last six, dating back to last year’s
win over Virginia. The Baton Rouge, La., native was held to 29 yards in the season-opener against Louisiana Tech After three games and 215 yards in 1999, Minor has moved into the school’s career top 10 in rushing yards. Minor now ranks 10th with 1,695 yards.

Although Florida State has not been beaten by North Carolina since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992, the Tar Heels have played the Seminoles tougher than any other league team in that span. Here are the Seminoles’ average scoring offense and average margin of victory in the seven games since joining the conference:

28.6 (FSU avg. points) — The Seminoles have not scored more than 40 against UNC in the seven meetings as ACC bretheren. North Carolina is the only team in the league not to allow 40 against FSU and has limited Florida State to less than 30 three times in the seven games.

19.1 (avg. margin of victory — North Carolina is one of just two teams in the ACC (Virginia is the other) whose average margin of defeat against the Seminoles is less than 20 points.

Florida State junior placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, the 1998 Lou Groza Award winner, seems well on his way to earning the award again in 1999. Janikowksi tied an FSU mark with five field goals in last week’s win over NC State. He also saved two points by making a tackle on a botched extra point in that game. He has hit nine field goals in a row since missing his first attempt of the season and ,dating back to last season’s win at Georgia Tech, has made 21 of his last 23 attempts. Here is a breakdown of his attempts during the streak:

20-29 yards — 5-of-5
30-39 yards — 6-of-6
40-49 yards — 10-of-12 (misses came from 44 and 48 yards)

Janikowski is 5-of-6 from 45 yards or longer in 1999.

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).

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.

Since the middle of the 1989 season, Florida State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 in 158 of the 163 weekly polls. Of the last 144 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 46 weeks.

Junior weakside linebacker Tommy Polley was one of 65 players on the preliminary Butkus Award list. Polley was fifth on the team with 59 total tackles in 1998, had five tackles for loss and an interception. Against NC State, Polley recorded 10 tackles, one caused fumble, one forced fumble and two pass break-ups. In the Butkus Award’s 14-year history, FSU has had two winners (Paul McGowan – 1987 and Marvin Jones – 1992).

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%


   1. Florida State 15
   2. Miami         14
   2. Ohio State    14
   2. Tennessee     14
   5. Florida       13
   6. Notre Dame    12
   7. USC           11


Team             USA Today/ESPN   AP
Florida State          1           1
Penn State             2           2
Florida                3           3
Michigan               4           4
Nebraska               5           6
Texas A&M              6           5
Tennessee              7           7
Virginia Tech          8           8
Georgia                9          11   
Ohio State            10          12
Purdue                11          13
Georgia Tech          12          10
Miami (Fla.)          13           9
Arkansas              14          14
Kansas State          15          15
Southern California   16          16
Wisconsin             17          20
UCLA                  18          18
BYU                   19          17   
Texas                 20          22
Michigan State        21          19
Marshall              22          21
Mississippi State     23          23
North Carolina State  24          25
Air Force             25          24

Cornerbacks Tay Cody and Mario Edwards are two of the 37 defensive backs on the Jim Thorpe Award ‘watch list.’ Florida State is one of just three schools to have two players mentioned (Nebraska and Tennessee). Two Seminoles have won the Thorpe Award – Deion Sanders (1988) and Terrell Buckley (1991).

There are several other Seminoles on the preliminary national award lists. RB Travis Minor (Doak Walker), NG Corey Simon (Bronko Nagurski & Outland) and OG Jason Whitaker (Outland) have been recognized on the preseason award releases. Coach Bowden is the keynote speaker at the Bronko Nagurski Award in December.

In addition to Davy Ford, two key members of the Florida State offense returned to action against NC State. Offensive lineman Jerry Carmichael, a starter in every game at tight guard last season, saw his first action of 1999 in the game. Carmichael tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Tennessee. Wide receiver Marvin Minnis also returned. He broke his foot during two-a-day drills in the fall and missed the first two contests. Minnis did not catch a pass against the ‘Pack.

Florida State’s defense was sliced for 501 total yards (387 passing and 114 rushing) by Georgia Tech last week. It marked the most yards an ACC team has ever gained against the Florida State defense. The Yellow Jackets 387 passing yards were also the most ever given up by FSU in an ACC game. Maryland passed for 380 yards in 1995 while Virginia had 498 yards of total offense that same season. It also marked the first time FSU had allowed 500 total yards since Florida gained 587 on Nov. 25, 1995.


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.


     Team        W-L-T      Pct.
1.   FSU         97-13-1   .878
2.   Nebraska    96-15-1   .862
3.   Florida     93-18-1   .835
4.   Tennessee   90-19-2   .820
5.   Marshall    101-25-0  .802
*1999 season not included


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


1976-1998   67 Blocked Punts, 19 Blocked Kicks
1976-1989   52 Blocked Punts, 14 Blocked Kicks
1990-1998   15 Blocked Punts, 5 Blocked Kicks

Senior All-American Peter Warrick is ranked at the top of numerous ACC categories. He leads the league in receptions (26), receiving yardage (338) and punt return average (15.3). No ACC receiver has more than 17 catches or 192 receiving yards. Warrick ranks sixth nationally in receptions per game (8.67), 15th in NCAA receiving yards per game (112.7) and 13th in punt returns. He is second in all-purpose yardage (155.0) to Virginia’s Thomas Jones (161.3).

Peter Warrick will rank in the top 10 in two NCAA receiving categories if he can at least duplicate his 1998 stats. If Warrick had exactly the same numbers this season, he would finish seventh on the NCAA all-time career receiving yardage list (3,815) and tied for seventh on the NCAA all-time career receiving touchdowns (35). Additionally, his 197 receptions would place him into a tie for 27th. Sebastian Janikowski would tie for 17th in kicker career scoring (331) if he matched his point total of 123 from 1998. That figure would put him just ahead of former Seminole kicker Scott Bentley’s total of 326.

Junior Sebastian Janikowski tied the school record for field goals in a game with a perfect five-for-five outing against NC State last Saturday. He kicked five field goals at Maryland last year on October 3. Bill Capece was the only other Seminole to kick five field goals in a game (Pittsburgh, 10/11/80). Janikowski also tied Capece’s record for points in a game by a kicker with 18 against the Wolfpack.

For the first time in 13 starts, FSU quarterback Chris Weinke did not throw a touchdown pass against NC State. Weinke completed 23-of-39 passes for 229 yards on the day with two interceptions.


Rushing            Carries  Yards  Long  TD's
Travis Minor         54      204    31    2
Laveranues Coles      3       13     9    0
Jeff Chaney           3       10    10    0

Receiving         Rec. Yards Long TD's
Peter Warrick      7   189   56   1
Laveranues Coles   7   140   49   1
Ron Dugans         3    35   14   0

Passing        Att  Comp Yards Ints  TD's
Chris Weinke    27   15   338     0    2   
Marcus Outzen    1    1     8     0    0

Punt Returns    No  Yards Avg   
Reggie Durden    4   85   21.25   
Peter Warrick    2   24   12
Kickoff Returns   No   Yards Avg
Laveranues Coles   3   55   18.3 

Field Goals
Sebastian Janikowski       7-of- 8 

Tommy Polley     15 tackles (2 TFL)
Sean Key         12 tackles(2 TFL)
Tay Cody         9 tackles (1 PBU)
Jamal Reynolds   8 tackles (1 fumble recovery)
Corey Simon      8 tackles (2 TFL, 2 sacks)

Here’s a look at where WR Anquan Boldin’s first career game stacks up against other FSU greats.

Charlie Ward (’89) – 4 punts for 39.0 avg. in loss to Southern Miss.
Kez McCorvey (’91) – 4 catches for 33 yds. in win over BYU
Tamarick Vanover (’92) – 1 catch for 16 yds., 2 rushes for -5 in win over Duke
Warrick Dunn (’93) – 8 rushes for 68 yds. in win over Kansas
Peter Warrick (’96) – 2 catches for 36 yds., 1 rush for -5 in win over Duke
Travis Minor (’97) – 2 rushes for 5 yds. in win over USC
Anquan Boldin (’99) – 2 catches for 33 yds. (2 TD), 1 rush for 13 yds. in win over La. Tech

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 at Florida in 1997.

The Seminoles have been tough on Associated Press Top 25 teams since joing the ACC in 1992. Over that span, FSU is 34-8-1 against ranked foes. Against league teams that are ranked, Florida State has posted a 19-1 mark with the only loss coming at No. 24 Virginia, 33-28, in 1995. The Seminoles have won 15 of their last 16 regular season games against ranked teams.

FSU holds a 31-4 record as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press 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 Tribe also lost to Miami (1991), Notre Dame (1993) and Florida (1996) while in the top spot.

Senior wide receiver Ron Dugans had an overlooked streak snapped in FSU’s win over Georgia Tech on September 11. Dugans had caught a pass in 15 consecutive games but was shutout against the Yellow Jackets after missing the season-opener versus Louisiana Tech with a finger injury. Dugans caught five balls for 53 yards in last Ssaturday’s win over NC State.

“I think I’ve learned to be happy with a win. Against Georgia Tech, I was shocked that a team could score 35 points on our defense. Nebraska ought to be happy with a win. Florida, naturally, is happy with a win. It looks like it is going to be that kind of year where you better be satisfied that you did not lose.

“We still look like a team of potential that has just done what is necessary to win. We have not been impressive yet. We have been winning because we have superior personnel. Now there are probably other teams out there struggling with the same thing.

“The first week you wonder about our offense. The second week you wonder about out defense. Last night (against NC State) you wonder about the goal line offense and the penalties. If we keep improving we’ll be O.K. In fact it might work out just right. You’ve got to peak in November, but you’re gonna have to peak at other times during the year as well. We were just not sharp at times in the red zone.

“The defense NC State used would not let us go deep. They had great cornerbacks. It forced us to go underneath and you better be accurate when you throw under. You can’t get the homerun ball against them.

“We are playing a lot of guys. If we played just 11 guys out there, we’d probably be sharper but we would be tired.

“Right now we are just careless enough to run a big play and get a penalty. Minor has a long run (51 yards) called back by penalty. Throw that in and he’s got over 100 rushing yards. We’ve got to iron out out mistakes which are penalties and execution.

“I’ve not seen much of him (Ronald Curry) this year. He must have eaten Indiana up. With an open date, I’m sure they (North Carolina) have worked on that option for Florida State.

“We faced three very good senior quaterbacks through the first three games. Jamie Barnette is so accurate. I said it after his sophomore year. He is one of the most accurate passers I’ve seen.

“I’ve never seen a high school quarterback as good as (Ronald) Curry. Now, is he the best passer I’ve ever seen in high school – no. But best quarterback – yes. He’s the best I’ve seen in high school and a great kid to boot.

“I feel a lot better about our offensive line. We had a lot of time to throw against NC State. We are starting to knock people off the ball.

“I felt like Chris (Weinke) probably put too much pressure on himself. I tried not to use the word revenge last week. He used it a lot and I thought he had the toughest job of anyone going into the week.”


Tommy Polley            3    16    13 29    1-10   1-10    3   3 1   0 
Derrick Gibson          3    14    11 25    0-0    0-0     1   0 0   0 
Brian Allen             3    13    10 23    1-2    1-2     0   0 0   0 
Corey Simon             3    10    10 20    5-17   1-7     1   0 0   0 
Bradley Jennings        3    10     8 18    0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Roland Seymour          3    11     6 17    2-10   1-4     0   0 0   0 
Jerry Johnson           3     9     7 16    0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Sean Key                3     7    10 16    0-0    0-0     0   1 1   1 
Bobby Rhodes            3     6     7 13    0-0    1-13    0   0 0   0 
Tay Cody                3     8     4 12    0-0    0-0     2   0 0   1 
Reggie Durden           3     8     4 12    0-0    0-0     0   1 0   0 
Jamal Reynolds          3     6     5 11    3-21   3-21    1   0 1   0 
Octavis Jackson         3     2     8 10    0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Chris Woods             3     2     6 8     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Abdual Howard           3     4     4 8     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   1 
Chris Hope              3     7     1 8     0-0    0-0     0   1 0   1 
Theon Rackley           3     5     3 8     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   1 
David Warren            3     4     3 7     0-0    0-0     3   1 0   0 
Mario Edwards           3     6     1 7     0-0    0-0     1   1 0   0 
Clevan Thomas           3     4     2 6     0-0    0-0     1   1 0   1 
Todd Frier              3     3     1 6     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Malcolm Tatum           3     2     0 2     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Chris Walker            1     1     1 2     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Lee Weaver              1     0     2 2     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Tony Benford            2     1     1 2     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Jean Jeune              3     2     0 2     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Michael Hamilton        3     0     1 1     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0  
Pete Henderson          3     0     1 1     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Jerel Hudson            3     0     1 1     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 
Darnell Dockett         2     0     1 1     0-0    0-0     0   0 0   0 



Category            Player            Per Game Avg.  ACC Rank  NCAA Rank
Rushing             Travis Minor          71.7          4        -
Receiving Yds P/G   Peter Warrick        112.7          1       15
Receptions P/G      Peter Warrick          8.7          1        6
Passing Efficiency  Chris Weinke         131.1          4       45
Total Offense       Chris Weinke         236.3          4       30
Scoring             Sebastian Janikowski  13.3          1        9
                    Peter Warrick         6.00          6        -
All-Purpose Yds.    Peter Warrick        155.0          2       22
Field Goals         Sebastian Janikowski   3.0          2        3
                                    Per Return Avg. ACC NCAA
Kickoff Returns   Laveranues Coles      23.8         4   37
Punt Returns      Peter Warrick         15.3         1   13


Category                     Per Game Avg.  ACC Rank  NCAA Rank
Total Offense                    413.3         3        36
Rushing Offense                  153.0         6        58
Passing Offense                  260.3         2        25
Scoring Offense                   41.3         2        11
Total Defense                    336.0         4        51
Rushing Defense                   80.7         2        23
Passing Efficiency Defense       129.3         9        75
Scoring Defense                   17.7         4        35
Kickoff Returns                   20.0         5        64
Punt Returns                      14.3         2        13
Net Punting                       36.8         3        48
1st Downs Per Game   (Off.)       25.3         1         -
1st Downs Per Game (Def.)         18.7         5         -
3rd Down Conversion % (Off.)      42.9         4         -
3rd Down Conversion % (Def.)      35.7         6         -
Turnover Margin                    2.0         2         7

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