Sept. 16, 2000
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While the cast of players has changed, the results
are the same at Florida State.
With Peter Warrick, Ron Dugans, Sebastian Janikowski and Corey Simon off to
the NFL, the second-ranked Seminoles showcased some of their upcoming stars
Saturday in a 63-14 victory over North Carolina.
Ten players scored, many of them new names to fans: Atrews Bell, Nick
Maddox, Matt Munyon, Greg Jones.
“We tell our players ‘If you don’t make All American it’s your fault,”‘
coach Bobby Bowden said, noting most of Florida State’s games are on
television. “That’s the way we feel about it.”
Bell and senior Snoop Minnis, the team’s leading receiver, each caught two
touchdown passes from Chris Weinke in Saturday’s victory.
“We got them on the run a little,” Weinke said. “We gave them a bunch of
The 63 points were the most scored against North Carolina since Virginia’s
66 points in 1912.
“I don’t want our players and coaches to ever forget the score of this,”
North Carolina coach Carl Torbush said. “We didn’t do much to give ourselves a
chance in any fashion.”
Two fumbles in the second quarter led to Florida State touchdowns that
turned the game into a runaway for the second straight year.
Florida State took a 36-7 lead midway through the second period. A year ago
the Seminoles scored 28 points in the first seven minutes in a 42-10 victory in
Chapel Hill, N.C.
The second-ranked Seminoles improved to 3-0 overall in 2-0 in their big for
a ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title while North Carolina fell to
2-1, 1-1 in the league.
“You’ve got to learn from this game and move on,” North Carolina
quarterback Ron Curry said. “You see who’s going to give up and what type of
players you have on your team.”
Resuscitated briefly by a roughing the punter penalty, the Tar Heels marched
90 yards in 10 plays to pull within seven at 14-7 on Anthony Sanders 11-yard
run in the final minute of the first quarter.
North Carolina’s other touchdown came late in the third quarter on a 43-yard
pass from Curry to Sam Aiken to make the score 43-14.
“Once you get down that big, you just start practicing,” said Curry, who
threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked four times.
Weinke, who sat out the fourth quarter, passed for 262 of Florida State’s
540 yards. Travis Minor’s 112 on the ground against a North Carolina run
defense that was ranked No. 1 nationally going into the game.
“They pretty well hit on all cylinders today,” Torbush said.
Weinke has thrown for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns this season while
Minnis has 20 catches for 339 yards.
“I’m glad he’s getting the attention,” Bowden said about Minnis. “He’s
been in the shadows of the other guys here for the last couple of years.”
Senior backup Marcus Outzen threw a fifth TD pass of 24 yards to Maddox in
the fourth quarter.
Ten of the 72 players used by Florida State scored, including three kickers.
Bowden shuffled kicking candidates as he watched his team miss three extra
“That’s why we’re so successful, getting those young guys in,” Weinke
They have won 30 straight at Doak Campbell Stadium where they have not lost
in 47 games dating to November 1991. Florida State is 64-2 since joining the
ACC in 1992.
Florida State plays Louisville next week in the replacement game for Auburn,
which paid $500,000 last year to get out of a home-and-home series with the
North Carolina returns home to meet Marshall.