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Nov. 9, 1996

Kendra Leads No. 3 Seminoles Past Wake Forest, 44-7

ORLANDO, Fla. — Highly-touted redshirt freshman Dan Kendra cruised in his first
career start with three touchdown passes and 281 yards and
third-ranked Florida State clinched its fifth straight Atlantic
Coast Conference title with a 44-7 dismantling of Wake Forest in
Orlando, Florida.

“It gets more meaningful because I really think the conference
is improving,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said of the
title. “Anyone who wants to go out and challenge Virginia or
North Carolina, go right ahead.”

Warrick Dunn ran for a pair of scores in the first quarter as
Florida State (8-0, 7-0 ACC) got up early and never looked back,
sending the Deamon Deacons (2-7, 0-6) to their seventh straight
loss. Florida State has won 13 straight neutral-site games,
including bowls.

The Seminoles are 38-1 all-time in conference play, beating Wake
Forest five times and increasing their all-time record against
the Deacons to 12-2-1.

Dunn, who left with bruised left ribs in the third quarter,
carried 11 times for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the
first half. He scored on a 14-yard run to open the scoring 5:16
into the game and doubled the lead 7:37 later with a 13-yard
scoring burst.

Dunn finished with 56 yards on 15 carries, leaving in the third
quarter when the game was out of reach. The rushing total was
his lowest since gaining 54 yards in a loss to Virginia last
season. Florida State’s 120 rushing yards were also a season

“We threw everything we had at them and they nearly shut us down
offensively,” Bowden said. “They shut our running game down
pretty good. I give them credit, but our defense was the

Florida State’s defense slipped up only once, when Morgan Kane
ripped off an 80-yard scoring run on the first play from
scrimmage following Dunn’s second touchdown.

Kane’s run accounted for most of the first-half offense for the
Deamon Deacons, who managed just 25 yards otherwise. Kane
actually totaled minus-one yard on his four other carries in the
first half.

Kendra, starting because Thad Busby has a fractured bone in his
wrist, found Peter Warrick for a 42-yard scoring pass 45 seconds
into the second quarter as Florida State built the lead to 21-7.

Warrick, who was also making his first start, was alone inside
the 5-yard line and juggled the ball before he got hit and
barely landed in the end zone. He ended up with a dislocated
right pinky.

Kendra gave the Seminoles a 28-7 lead, which they held at the
half, when he threw a four-yard scoring pass to Melvin Pearsall
with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

Kendra was 10-of-16 for 167 yards in the first half, hitting
E.G. Green five times for 106 yards as the Seminoles ran to a
269-105 total yardage advantage in the first half. He finished
20-of-39 without an interception, helping Florida State to a
403-184 advantage in total yards.

“I just tried to go out there and do my best,” Kendra said. “It
took a couple of passes to get used to being in there. I just
tried to stay relaxed because I knew evrything would come. It
went well. It just felt a little different than I expected.”

“He has good athletic ability and he did about like liek I
thought he would,” Bowden said of Kendra. “My one concern
before the game was, ‘Does he know the offense well enough,’ but
I’m very pleased with his performance.”

Does that mean that Kendra will be the quarterback for the rest
of the season?

“Starting with next week’s practice, Thad will be back to number
one,” Bowden confirmed. “But I’m glad he got the work and is
Thad gets hurt again down the road, we won’t hesitate to put Dan
in. … A guy who’s not a great passer only has one speed. But
Dan’s got all the speeds. He can go a little bit hard and a
little bit easy when he has to.”

Green got into the end zone with 6:42 left in the third quarter
when Kendra threw him a 20-yard TD pass to make it 35-7.

Scott Bentley added a 22-yard field goal 4:25 later and kicked a
32-yarder with 6:22 left in the game to increase the lead to 34
points. He finished the scoring with a 38-yarder with 4:32

Besides Busby, Florida State was playing short-handed, having
lost wide receiver Andre Cooper before the game to possible torn
cartilage in his right knee suffered in warmups. Cooper, who
will have an MRI Sunday, is one touchdown catch short of the
school record.

“It happened in warmups,” Cooper said. “I slipped and fell
while I was running a pattern. I’m not really in very much
pain. It doesn’t hurt too bad. I’ve been told that I will have
an MRI tomorrow and will know more after that. I just want to
try and get back as soon as possible.”

In addition, FSU free safety Sean Hamlet went down with 4:02
left in the second quarter with an undisclosed ailment and tight
end Kamari Charlton was lost to a possible fractured ankle late
in the first quarter.

Seminoles 44, Wake Forest 7

                      1  2  3  4   F
                      -  -  -  -  --
Florida St (3)       14 14 10  6  44
Wake Forest           7  0  0  0   7  FINAL
 Florida St-Dunn 14 run (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-Dunn 13 run (Bentley kick)
 Wake Forest-Kane 80 run (Burdick kick)
 Florida St-Warrick 42 pass from Kendra (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-Pearsall 4 pass from Kendra (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-Eg Green 20 pass from Kendra (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-FG Bentley 22
 Florida St-FG Bentley 32
 Florida St-FG Bentley 38
                     Florida St Wake Forest
First downs                  22          10
Rushed-yards             39-121       35-60
Passing yards               281         126
Sacked-yards lost          5-35        3-31
Return yards                 19           0
Passes                  20-39-0     16-32-0
Punts                    6-38.3     10-30.5
Fumbles-lost                4-2         1-0
Penalties-yards          10-105        5-47
Time of possession        30:47       29:13
Individual Statistics
RUSHING: Florida St-Dunn 15-57, Preston 7-27, P Williams 3-10,
Kendra 8-9, Warrick 1-9, Abdullah 1-8, Feaster 4-1. Wake
Forest-Kane 11-82, H Lewis 10-13, J Lewis 3-7, Sankey 2-minus
6, Kuklick 9-minus 36.
PASSING: Florida St-Kendra 20-39-0-281. Wake Forest-Kuklick
15-27-0-116, D Clark 0-1-0-0, Sankey 1-4-0-10.
RECEIVING: Florida St-Eg Green 6-126, Warrick 3-72, Coles 3-32,
Glenn 3-18, Dunn 2-34, Pearsall 1-4, Preston 1-0, Feaster
1-minus 5. Wake Forest-Deese 5-41, D Clark 4-44, W Clark 2-26,
Davis 2-6, Kane 2-5, Perry 1-4.
Att: 34,974

1996 Schedule/Results

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