October 6, 2003 - by
No. 5 Florida State Football Returns To Practice In Preparation For No. 2 Miami

Oct. 6, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (5-0, 4-0 ACC) practiced 22-periods Monday afternoon in preparation for No. 2 Miami Hurricanes (5-0, 2-0 BIG EAST). The match-up will be the first time since 1993 that the two teams come in both ranked in the top five. The team worked in 7-on-7 drills and team drills, while the majority of practice was spent working against Hurricane scout teams.

“We had a pretty good Monday practice,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. [On the UM vs. West Virginia game]”I thought it was the best thing that could happen to them (Miami) to wake them up. You get to winning so much like they do and it’s mighty easy to go to sleep when you’re playing someone you are so heavily favored over. I equate it to our Georgia Tech game.”

Lorenzo Booker and Leon Washington both practiced, but wore blue non-contact jerseys. Tight end Matt Henshaw also took part in Monday’s workout.

“Their cutting looked good, but we haven’t exposed them to contact yet,” said Bowden. They took a couple of shots today but not scrimmaging.”

Miami leads the all-time series with Florida State 26-20. There have been seven meetings that have been decided by one point or less and 13 meetings that were decided by a field goal or less. The Seminoles have shutout the Hurricanes three times with the last coming on October 3, 1997 when FSU defeated Miami 47-0 in Tallahassee.

The Seminoles are hosting ESPN College GameDay this weekend. This will be FSU’s 6th time hosting the show, tying with Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee for third. Florida & Michigan are tied for first (7 times each). This will be fifth time the show has covered the Florida State – Miami rivalry, third among all match-ups covered (2003, 2001, 2000, 1995 & 1994), behind FSU-UF and Tennessee-Florida (6 times each).

FSU will host Miami in a nationally televised game on ABC this Saturday, October 11. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. noon.


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