Florida State Football - 1991 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1991 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bobby Bowden, Head Coach
Chuck Amato, Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Line
Mickey Andrews, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs
Wally Burnham, Inside Linebackers
Ronnie Cottrell, Recruiting Coordinator
John Eason, Receivers
Jim Gladden, Outside Linebackers
Greg Guy, Graduate Assistant, Defensive Backs
Doug Hanlon, Graduate Assistant, Receivers
Jimmy Heggins, Tight Ends
Clint Ledbetter, Volunteer Assistant
Mark Richt, Quarterbacks
Mark Salva, Graduate Assistant, Offensive Line
Brad Scott, Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line
Billy Sexton, Running Backs
Stan Shiver, Graduate Assistant, Defensive Backs
Dave Van Halanger, Strength and Conditioning
Tom Wheeler, Graduate Assistant, Inside Linebackers

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1991 FSU Football Media Guide


Florida State left the Metro Conference and officially joined the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 1991. The nine members of the ACC are Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Wake Forest.

1991 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Derrick Alexander, 6-5, 255, DE, Jacksonville - A first team class 4A all-state selection as a senior...named to the Florida Times Union's Super 24 team...SuperPrep selected him to its All-America team...rated the nation's 11th best offensive lineman by Super Prep Magazine...credited with four solo tackles and a sack in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game...first five sport athlete in the 26 year history of Raines High who lettered in football, basketball, wrestling, track and baseball in high school...recorded 79 solo tackles, 51 assists and five quarterback sacks...also visited Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Florida and Miami.

Enzo Armella, 6-0, 280, NG, Miami - A first team all-Dade County selection as a senior at Miami Springs...Max Emfinger rated him the number six offensive guard prospect in the country...rated all-South by numerous recruiting services...honorable mention all-state choice...averaged 10 tackles per game as a senior...registered 10 sacks last season...visited Colorado, Miami, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.

Derrick Brooks, 6-1, 205, LB, Pensacola - Teams with classmate Marquette Smith to give FSU one of its most heralded freshman duos...USA Today's national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...an All-America selection by Parade Magazine...earned first team class 5A all-state honors as a junior and senior...named Dial's Scholar Athlete of the Year...Max Emfinger ranked him the top strong safety in the country...Emfinger tabbed him a first team All-American...SuperPrep named him the nation's top defensive back and selected him the number one overall defensive player...stole the show at the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game, winning MVP honors for the victorious Florida team...recorded four solo tackles and four assists from inside linebacker spot in the game...credited with 113 total tackles, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions during his senior season...high school scholar with a 3.94 grade point average...visited Notre Dame, Miami, Auburn and Florida.

Devin Bush, 6-0, 185, DB, Miami - Listed as the nation's fourth best high school free safety by Max Emfinger...earned third team All-America honors from Emfinger...named to Miami Herald Super 24 squad...earned all-Dixie honors from SuperPrep...selected to play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...credited with 85 tackles and six interceptions as a senior...ran a 4.5 40...as a youngster, worked Miami football games as an usher...visited Miami, Florida, Iowa and South Carolina.

Derrick Clark, 6-3, 230, DB, Apopka - One of the nation's most highly recruited players as a senior at Apopka High...earned first team all-state honors...cousin of former FSU star and current Miami Dolphins tailback Sammie Smith...player of the year in the Jayhawk Conference at Garden City Junior College last season...listed as one of the top four junior college players in the country...did it all on offense at Garden City, rushing for 550 yards on 68 carries...scored four touchdowns rushing...caught 21 passes for 10 touchdowns and threw for four more scores...played free safety, wide receiver, fullback and linebacker at Garden City.

Forrest Conoly, 6-7, 328, OL, Berlin, CT - One of the biggest signees in Florida State football history...a first team Parade All-America selection...earned second team All-America honors from Max Emfinger...rated the nation's fourth best offensive tackle by Emfinger...first team all-conference pick in football, basketball and track...named all-Northeast by Super Prep...also a fine track recruit who throws discus and shot...one of the first members of the recruiting class to commit to Florida State...nicknamed "the Berlin Wall"...ran a 5.0 40 in high school, a great time for a man of his size...raised in Gainesville where he sold soft drinks at Florida games...chose FSU over Syracuse, Miami, Florida and Penn State.

Aaron Dely, 6-0, 170, WR, Tallahassee - A first team class 1A all-state choice at North Florida Christian...named to WCTV's Super Six area all-star team...first team all-Big Bend selection by the Tallahassee Democrat...graduate of same high school that produced FSU quarterback Casey Weldon...made 42 receptions for 763 yards and 12 touchdowns...averaged 18.2 yards per reception as a senior...exceptional student with grade point average over 3.5...also visited the Naval Academy, Army, and Samford.

Greg Frey, 6-5, 275, OL, Clearwater - Named the top offensive lineman in the country by Super Prep...Max Emfinger's choice as the country's top offensive tackle...a Parade All-American as a senior at Clearwater High...named to first team All-America squads by Emfinger, SuperPrep and numerous other publications...considered one of the top offensive line prospects in Florida prep history...played for the Florida team in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...joins each of the other offensive lineman in the recruiting class with a grade point average over 3.0...visited Notre Dame, Kansas State and Florida.

Roosevelt Givens, 6-1, 275, DE, Dunedin - Ranked the number four noseguard in the country by Max Emfinger...earned a spot on the Super 24 all-star team...teamed with nine other members of his recruiting class in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...credited with an assist in that contest...named to several all-state teams...earned honorable mention All-America honors...chose FSU over Alabama and Kentucky.

Scott Holmes, 6-3, 190, P, Nashville, TN - First team all-state selection as a punter at Brentwood Academy...averaged 46 yards on 18 punts as a senior...averaged over 44 yards a punt as a junior...played center on the basketball team that won the Governor's Cup Tournament in Tallahassee last Christmas...chose FSU over Michigan State and Kentucky.

Juan Laureano, 6-5, 275, OL, Orlando - SuperPrep ranked him the nation's llth best offensive lineman...earned a spot on the SuperPrep All-America team...a third team all-state selection...named to second team All-America squad by Max Emfinger...ranked among the country's top 10 tackles by the National High School Recruiting Service...originally committed to Miami.

Tyrant Marion, 6-3, 230, OLB, Pompano Beach - Earned Parade All-America honors during his senior season...selected to first team class 4A all-state team...tabbed all-Dixie by Super Prep Magazine...all-conference, county and region as a senior at Ely...one of nine members of his recruiting class to play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...credited with two solo stops and an assist in the game...recorded one tackle for loss against the Georgia all-stars...totalled 48 sacks during his high school career...also visited Iowa, Alabama, Clemson and Colorado.

Jeff McCrone, 6-3, 205, QB, Orange Park - Only quarterback signed by the Seminoles in 1991...rated the number six quarterback in the nation by Max Emfinger...SuperPrep rates him the ninth best signal caller among 1990 seniors...completed 104 of 158 attempts for 1,452 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior...threw only six interceptions in 158 attempts last year...father played at Florida and is now an assistant coach at Texas-El Paso...also visited Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida and Auburn.

Matt Platto, 6-3, 235, TE, Crawfordville - A first team Class 2A all-state selection as a senior at Wakulla High...joined signee Aaron Dely on the first team all-Big Bend squad as named by the Tallahassee Democrat...played offensive guard, tackle and tight end...excellent blocker who averaged more than 10 yards a catch...on defense, made 50 solo tackles as a senior...originally committed to South Carolina.

Clay Shiver, 6-3, 255, OL, Tifton, GA - One of seven members of his recruiting class to earn Parade first team All-America honors...first team class 4A all-state selection...started at center for Georgia in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game...rated the nation's top high school center by Max Emfinger...the Atlanta Constitution ranked him the state's second best prospect overall...brother of former Seminole strong safety Stan Shiver...also visited Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn.

Marquette Smith, 5-9, 190, RB, Casselberry - One of the most celebrated high school players in state history...tabbed the nation's most valuable offensive player by USA Today...gave the Tribe a sweep of nation's top players in joining USA Today Defensive Player of the Year Derrick Brooks at FSU...named the national player of the year by Gatorade...first team All-America selection by Parade, Max Emfinger and SuperPrep...selected to the Orlando Sentinel's Dixie Dozen as one of the South's top players...a four-time all-state choice...rated the nation's top running back by Super Prep Magazine...collected 35 yards on 11 carries in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...carried 799 times for 6,733 yards and 88 touchdowns during his legendary prep career...as a senior, tallied 220 rushes for 2,409 yards and 31 touchdowns...also returned six kickoffs for touchdowns during his career...averaged 8.4 yards per carry in high school...father David ran track at Florida State.

Lewis Tyre, 6-5, 240, OL, Baxley, GA - A first team class 3A all-state pick...invited to play in the North-South Georgia All-Star Game...member of the Forrest Davis all-South squad...all-county and all-region as a junior and senior...the Atlanta Constitution tabbed him the number two prospect in the state...attended same high school that produced former Seminole tailback, and current San Francisco 49er, Dexter Carter and current FSU defensive end Carl Simpson...also visited Georgia and Georgia Tech.


1991 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 23 Bryce Abbott          SS      6-0   215  Jr-R **   Tifton, GA (Tift County)
*  2 Clifton Abraham       CB      5-9   185  Fr-R      Dallas, TX (D.W. Carter)
* 54 Kevin Adams           OLB     6-1   222  Fr-R      Lake Charles, LA (LaGrange)
  90 Derrick Alexander     DE      6-5   255  Fr        Jacksonville (Raines)
* 36 Ken Alexander         ILB     6-3   240  So   *    Austin, TX (Lyndon B. Johnson)
* 20 Clyde Allen           TB      5-11  190  So-R *    Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 72 Steve Allen           OT      6-5   299  So-R *    Jacksonville (Orange Park)
  75 Enzo Armella          NG      6-0   280  Fr        Miami (Miami Springs)
* 51 Robbie Baker          C       6-3   250  Jr-R **   Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
*  1 Shannon Baker         WR      5-10  180  Jr   **   Lakeland (Lakeland)
  13 Mike Barre'           QB      6-1   202  Jr-R *    North Palm Beach (King's Academy)
  59 Sean Beavor           OL      6-0   250  So        Green Cove Springs (Middleburg)
  87 Jeff Beckles          WR      6-0   176  Sr        Jacksonville (Forrest)
* 22 Edgar Bennett         FB      6-1   212  Sr-R ***  Jacksonville (Lee)
* 10 Derrick Brooks        LB      6-1   205  Fr        Pensacola (Washington)
* 31 Lavon Brown           SS      5-11  207  Jr-R **   Moore Haven (Moore Haven)
* 27 Terrell Buckley       CB      5-10  175  Jr   **   Pascagoula, MS (Pascagoula)
  15 Devin Bush            DB      6-0   185  Fr        Miami (Hialeah-Miami Lakes)
* 45 Kirk Carruthers       ILB     6-2   203  Sr   ***  East Lansing, MI (East Lansing)
* 96 James Chaney          NG      5-11  244  Sr   ***  North Fort Myers (North Fort Myers)
* 91 Deondri Clark         DE      6-2   266  Jr-R **   Winter Garden (West Orange)
  46 Derrick Clark         DB      6-3   230  Jr        Apopka (Apopka/Garden City JC)
  39 Ed Clark              LB      6-3   218  Jr-R **   Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 78 Johnny Clower         OG      6-4   265  Sr-R **   Dade City (Pasco Comprehensive)
* 16 Richard Coes          DB      6-0   192  So-R *    Miami (Hialeah-Miami Lakes)
  79 Forrest Conoly        OL      6-7   328  Fr        Berlin, CT (Berlin)
* 93 Chris Cowart          OLB     6-3   227  Fr-R      New Orleans, LA (Saint Augustine)
* 18 John Davis            FS      6-2   205  Jr   **   Pahokee (Pahokee)
  87 Aaron Dely            WR      6-0   170  Fr        Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 64 Jeff Deremer          C       6-0   262  Jr-R *    Port Richey (Ridgewood/Southern Mississippi)
  63 Jason Dillaberry      OG      6-5   282  Jr-R *    Orange Park (Orange Park)
* 89 Howard Dinkins        OLB     6-2   222  Sr-R ***  Jacksonville (Ribault)
* 73 Reggie Dixon          OG      6-2   284  Sr-R **   Jacksonville (Ribault)
  83 John Donaldson        TE      6-4   242  Fr-R      Marianna (Marianna)
  30 'OMar Ellison         WR      6-2   195  Fr-R      Griffin, GA (Griffin)
*  5 Kenny Felder          QB      6-3   215  So-R *    Niceville (Niceville)
  86 Marvin Ferrell        TE      6-6   272  So-R *    Jacksonville (Raines)
* 68 John Flath            OT      6-4   256  Jr-R *    Orlando (Lake Highland Prep)
* 44 William Floyd         FB      6-2   229  Fr-R      Saint Petersburg (Lakewood)
* 58 Dan Footman           DE      6-5   272  Jr-R      Tampa (Hillsborough/Northwest Mississippi CC)
*  3 Leon Fowler           FS      6-2   200  Jr-R **   Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 97 Reggie Freeman        OLB     6-1   237  Jr-R **   Clewiston (Clewiston)
  73 Greg Frey             OL      6-5   275  Fr        Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 12 Matt Frier            WR      5-10  189  So-R *    Live Oak (Suwannee)
* 28 Corey Fuller          CB      6-1   190  So   *    Tallahassee (Rickards)
* 61 Eric Gibbs            OT      6-4   334  Jr-R *    Atlanta, GA (Lovett School)
*  6 Steve Gilmer          SS      5-11  192  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Godby)
  74 Roosevelt Givens      DE      6-1   275  Fr        Dunedin (Dunedin)
  65 Billy Glenn           DE      6-4   256  Fr-R      Daytona Beach (Seabreeze)
  99 Dulack Guerrier       LB      6-3   235  So        Miami (Edison)
  21 Chris Hall            CB      6-1   194  Jr-R *    Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach)
* 24 Felix Harris          FB      6-1   210  Jr-R *    Lake Placid (Lake Placid)
* 84 Warren Hart           TE      6-2   258  So-R *    Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 41 Tommy Henry           CB      6-0   172  Jr-R *    DeSoto (DeSoto)
  38 Scott Holmes          P       6-3   190  Fr        Nashville, TN (Brentwood Academy)
* 35 Sean Jackson          TB      6-2   220  So   *    New Orleans, LA (Saint Augustine)
  70 Corey James           DL      5-11  235  Jr-R *    Immokalee (Immokalee)
* 14 Brad Johnson          QB      6-6   217  Sr-R ***  Black Mountain, NC (Owen)
* 85 Lonnie Johnson        TE      6-3   224  So   *    Miami (Miami Senior)
* 55 Marvin Jones          LB      6-2   220  So   *    Miami (Northwestern)
* 37 Chris Keen            DB      5-10  175  Jr   *    Jefferson, GA (Jefferson)
* 13 Mack Knight           DB      6-1   197  So-R *    Woodbine, GA (Camden County)
* 81 Kevin Knox            WR      6-4   193  So-R *    Niceville (Niceville)
  77 Juan Laureano         OL      6-5   275  Fr        Orlando (Colonial)
* 42 Amp Lee               TB      6-0   195  Jr   **   Chipley (Chipley)
  82 Brad Lundstrom        TE      6-3   223  Jr-R **   Naples (Lely)
* 67 Kevin Mancini         OT      6-3   272  Sr   ***  Brandon (Brandon)
  89 Tyrant Marion         OLB     6-3   230  Fr        Pompano Beach (Ely)
* 26 Errol McCorvey        CB      6-0   183  Sr-R **   Pensacola (Escambia)
* 88 Kez McCorvey          WR      6-1   182  Fr-R      Gautier, MS (Pascagoula)
  14 Jeff McCrone          QB      6-3   205  Fr        Orange Park (Orange Park)
* 76 Eric McGill           OT      6-5   260  Jr-R *    Walterboro, SC (Calhoun)
* 94 Toddrick McIntosh     DE      6-3   268  So-R *    Richardson, TX (Berkner)
  90 Scottie McLaren       P       6-2   197  Jr-R *    Griffin, GA (Griffin)
* 33 Tiger McMillon        TB      5-10  180  Fr-R      Kissimmee (Saint Cloud)
* 69 Patrick McNeil        OG      6-3   280  Fr-R      Palmetto (Manatee)
  80 Jesse Moore           WR      5-8   167  Jr        Niceville (Niceville)
* 32 Paul Moore            FB      6-1   242  Sr-R ***  Miami (Killian)
* 60 Mike Morris           OG      6-2   274  Sr-R ***  Miami (Miami Beach)
*  9 Dan Mowrey            KS      5-10  182  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  57 John Nance            NG      6-2   266  Jr   *    Bartow (Bartow)
* 74 Henry Ostaszewski     DE      6-3   264  Sr-R ***  Boynton Beach (Santaluces Community)
* 75 Joe Ostaszewski       NG      6-3   266  Sr-R ***  Boynton Beach (Santaluces Community)
* 56 Sterling Palmer       OLB     6-7   242  So-R *    Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  48 Willie Pauldo         ILB     6-2   217  So-R *    Oviedo (Oviedo)
  49 Jason Peirce          FB      6-3   221  So-R *    Satellite Beach (Satellite)
  92 Matt Platto           TE      6-3   235  Fr        Crawfordville (Wakulla)
* 29 Scott Player          P       5-10  210  Sr        Saint Augustine (Saint Augustine)
  29 Phillip Riley         WR      6-0   175  Fr        Orlando (Jones/Garden City JC)                   Did not qualify
* 47 James Roberson        OLB     6-3   233  Fr-R      Lake Wales (Lake Wales)
  92 Eric Romano           TE      6-2   212  Fr-R      West Palm Beach (Cardinal Newman)
  98 Kelly Rush            DE      6-6   260  Jr        Mckeesport, PA (Elizabeth Forward/Garden City JC)Did not qualify
* 62 Troy Sanders          DE      6-2   261  Jr-R **   Elba, AL (Elba)
   8 Corey Sawyer          CB      5-10  170  Fr-R      Key West (Key West)
  64 Kendrick Scott        DL      6-0   224  Fr-R      Chiefland (Chiefland)
  53 Clay Shiver           OL      6-3   255  Fr        Tifton, GA (Tift County)
* 95 Carl Simpson          DE      6-2   275  Jr-R *    Baxley, GA (Appling County)
* 43 Eric Smith            OLB     5-11  209  Fr-R      Live Oak (Suwannee)
*  4 Marquette Smith       RB      5-9   190  Fr        Casselberry (Lake Howell)
  96 Mike Spencer          WR      6-2   187  So-R      Jacksonville (Sandalwood)
* 40 David Stallworth      ILB     6-2   228  Jr-R **   Summerdale, AL (Robertsdale)
* 52 Robert Stevenson      OT      6-3   272  Jr-R **   Pensacola (Escambia)
  21 Rich Sudder           RB      6-0   200  So-R      Palm Beach Gardens (Benjamin)
* 15 Gerry Thomas          KS      6-0   167  So-R      Niceville (Niceville)
*  7 Eric Turral           WR      5-11  180  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Godby)
  66 Lewis Tyre            OL      6-5   240  Fr        Baxley, GA (Appling County)
* 17 Charlie Ward          QB      6-1   189  So-R *    Thomasville, GA (Central)
* 11 Casey Weldon          QB      6-1   200  Sr-R ***  Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  71 Robert Williams       DL-OL   6-2   270  Sr-R      Miami (Miami Beach)
  19 John Wimberly         P       6-2   210  Jr-R *    Tampa (King)
  59 Brian Xanders         ILB     6-2   217  So-R      Tallahassee (Lincoln)

1991 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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*  1 Shannon Baker         WR      5-10  180  Jr   **   Lakeland (Lakeland)
*  2 Clifton Abraham       CB      5-9   185  Fr-R      Dallas, TX (D.W. Carter)
*  3 Leon Fowler           FS      6-2   200  Jr-R **   Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
*  4 Marquette Smith       RB      5-9   190  Fr        Casselberry (Lake Howell)
*  5 Kenny Felder          QB      6-3   215  So-R *    Niceville (Niceville)
*  6 Steve Gilmer          SS      5-11  192  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Godby)
*  7 Eric Turral           WR      5-11  180  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Godby)
   8 Corey Sawyer          CB      5-10  170  Fr-R      Key West (Key West)
*  9 Dan Mowrey            KS      5-10  182  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 10 Derrick Brooks        LB      6-1   205  Fr        Pensacola (Washington)
* 11 Casey Weldon          QB      6-1   200  Sr-R ***  Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 12 Matt Frier            WR      5-10  189  So-R *    Live Oak (Suwannee)
  13 Mike Barre'           QB      6-1   202  Jr-R *    North Palm Beach (King's Academy)
* 13 Mack Knight           DB      6-1   197  So-R *    Woodbine, GA (Camden County)
* 14 Brad Johnson          QB      6-6   217  Sr-R ***  Black Mountain, NC (Owen)
  14 Jeff McCrone          QB      6-3   205  Fr        Orange Park (Orange Park)
  15 Devin Bush            DB      6-0   185  Fr        Miami (Hialeah-Miami Lakes)
* 15 Gerry Thomas          KS      6-0   167  So-R      Niceville (Niceville)
* 16 Richard Coes          DB      6-0   192  So-R *    Miami (Hialeah-Miami Lakes)
* 17 Charlie Ward          QB      6-1   189  So-R *    Thomasville, GA (Central)
* 18 John Davis            FS      6-2   205  Jr   **   Pahokee (Pahokee)
  19 John Wimberly         P       6-2   210  Jr-R *    Tampa (King)
* 20 Clyde Allen           TB      5-11  190  So-R *    Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
  21 Chris Hall            CB      6-1   194  Jr-R *    Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach)
  21 Rich Sudder           RB      6-0   200  So-R      Palm Beach Gardens (Benjamin)
* 22 Edgar Bennett         FB      6-1   212  Sr-R ***  Jacksonville (Lee)
* 23 Bryce Abbott          SS      6-0   215  Jr-R **   Tifton, GA (Tift County)
* 24 Felix Harris          FB      6-1   210  Jr-R *    Lake Placid (Lake Placid)
* 26 Errol McCorvey        CB      6-0   183  Sr-R **   Pensacola (Escambia)
* 27 Terrell Buckley       CB      5-10  175  Jr   **   Pascagoula, MS (Pascagoula)
* 28 Corey Fuller          CB      6-1   190  So   *    Tallahassee (Rickards)
* 29 Scott Player          P       5-10  210  Sr        Saint Augustine (Saint Augustine)
  29 Phillip Riley         WR      6-0   175  Fr        Orlando (Jones/Garden City JC)                   Did not qualify
  30 'OMar Ellison         WR      6-2   195  Fr-R      Griffin, GA (Griffin)
* 31 Lavon Brown           SS      5-11  207  Jr-R **   Moore Haven (Moore Haven)
* 32 Paul Moore            FB      6-1   242  Sr-R ***  Miami (Killian)
* 33 Tiger McMillon        TB      5-10  180  Fr-R      Kissimmee (Saint Cloud)
* 35 Sean Jackson          TB      6-2   220  So   *    New Orleans, LA (Saint Augustine)
* 36 Ken Alexander         ILB     6-3   240  So   *    Austin, TX (Lyndon B. Johnson)
* 37 Chris Keen            DB      5-10  175  Jr   *    Jefferson, GA (Jefferson)
  38 Scott Holmes          P       6-3   190  Fr        Nashville, TN (Brentwood Academy)
  39 Ed Clark              LB      6-3   218  Jr-R **   Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 40 David Stallworth      ILB     6-2   228  Jr-R **   Summerdale, AL (Robertsdale)
* 41 Tommy Henry           CB      6-0   172  Jr-R *    DeSoto (DeSoto)
* 42 Amp Lee               TB      6-0   195  Jr   **   Chipley (Chipley)
* 43 Eric Smith            OLB     5-11  209  Fr-R      Live Oak (Suwannee)
* 44 William Floyd         FB      6-2   229  Fr-R      Saint Petersburg (Lakewood)
* 45 Kirk Carruthers       ILB     6-2   203  Sr   ***  East Lansing, MI (East Lansing)
  46 Derrick Clark         DB      6-3   230  Jr        Apopka (Apopka/Garden City JC)
* 47 James Roberson        OLB     6-3   233  Fr-R      Lake Wales (Lake Wales)
  48 Willie Pauldo         ILB     6-2   217  So-R *    Oviedo (Oviedo)
  49 Jason Peirce          FB      6-3   221  So-R *    Satellite Beach (Satellite)
* 51 Robbie Baker          C       6-3   250  Jr-R **   Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 52 Robert Stevenson      OT      6-3   272  Jr-R **   Pensacola (Escambia)
  53 Clay Shiver           OL      6-3   255  Fr        Tifton, GA (Tift County)
* 54 Kevin Adams           OLB     6-1   222  Fr-R      Lake Charles, LA (LaGrange)
* 55 Marvin Jones          LB      6-2   220  So   *    Miami (Northwestern)
* 56 Sterling Palmer       OLB     6-7   242  So-R *    Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  57 John Nance            NG      6-2   266  Jr   *    Bartow (Bartow)
* 58 Dan Footman           DE      6-5   272  Jr-R      Tampa (Hillsborough/Northwest Mississippi CC)
  59 Sean Beavor           OL      6-0   250  So        Green Cove Springs (Middleburg)
  59 Brian Xanders         ILB     6-2   217  So-R      Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 60 Mike Morris           OG      6-2   274  Sr-R ***  Miami (Miami Beach)
* 61 Eric Gibbs            OT      6-4   334  Jr-R *    Atlanta, GA (Lovett School)
* 62 Troy Sanders          DE      6-2   261  Jr-R **   Elba, AL (Elba)
  63 Jason Dillaberry      OG      6-5   282  Jr-R *    Orange Park (Orange Park)
* 64 Jeff Deremer          C       6-0   262  Jr-R *    Port Richey (Ridgewood/Southern Mississippi)
  64 Kendrick Scott        DL      6-0   224  Fr-R      Chiefland (Chiefland)
  65 Billy Glenn           DE      6-4   256  Fr-R      Daytona Beach (Seabreeze)
  66 Lewis Tyre            OL      6-5   240  Fr        Baxley, GA (Appling County)
* 67 Kevin Mancini         OT      6-3   272  Sr   ***  Brandon (Brandon)
* 68 John Flath            OT      6-4   256  Jr-R *    Orlando (Lake Highland Prep)
* 69 Patrick McNeil        OG      6-3   280  Fr-R      Palmetto (Manatee)
  70 Corey James           DL      5-11  235  Jr-R *    Immokalee (Immokalee)
  71 Robert Williams       DL-OL   6-2   270  Sr-R      Miami (Miami Beach)
* 72 Steve Allen           OT      6-5   299  So-R *    Jacksonville (Orange Park)
* 73 Reggie Dixon          OG      6-2   284  Sr-R **   Jacksonville (Ribault)
  73 Greg Frey             OL      6-5   275  Fr        Clearwater (Clearwater)
  74 Roosevelt Givens      DE      6-1   275  Fr        Dunedin (Dunedin)
* 74 Henry Ostaszewski     DE      6-3   264  Sr-R ***  Boynton Beach (Santaluces Community)
  75 Enzo Armella          NG      6-0   280  Fr        Miami (Miami Springs)
* 75 Joe Ostaszewski       NG      6-3   266  Sr-R ***  Boynton Beach (Santaluces Community)
* 76 Eric McGill           OT      6-5   260  Jr-R *    Walterboro, SC (Calhoun)
  77 Juan Laureano         OL      6-5   275  Fr        Orlando (Colonial)
* 78 Johnny Clower         OG      6-4   265  Sr-R **   Dade City (Pasco Comprehensive)
  79 Forrest Conoly        OL      6-7   328  Fr        Berlin, CT (Berlin)
  80 Jesse Moore           WR      5-8   167  Jr        Niceville (Niceville)
* 81 Kevin Knox            WR      6-4   193  So-R *    Niceville (Niceville)
  82 Brad Lundstrom        TE      6-3   223  Jr-R **   Naples (Lely)
  83 John Donaldson        TE      6-4   242  Fr-R      Marianna (Marianna)
* 84 Warren Hart           TE      6-2   258  So-R *    Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 85 Lonnie Johnson        TE      6-3   224  So   *    Miami (Miami Senior)
  86 Marvin Ferrell        TE      6-6   272  So-R *    Jacksonville (Raines)
  87 Jeff Beckles          WR      6-0   176  Sr        Jacksonville (Forrest)
  87 Aaron Dely            WR      6-0   170  Fr        Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 88 Kez McCorvey          WR      6-1   182  Fr-R      Gautier, MS (Pascagoula)
* 89 Howard Dinkins        OLB     6-2   222  Sr-R ***  Jacksonville (Ribault)
  89 Tyrant Marion         OLB     6-3   230  Fr        Pompano Beach (Ely)
  90 Derrick Alexander     DE      6-5   255  Fr        Jacksonville (Raines)
  90 Scottie McLaren       P       6-2   197  Jr-R *    Griffin, GA (Griffin)
* 91 Deondri Clark         DE      6-2   266  Jr-R **   Winter Garden (West Orange)
  92 Matt Platto           TE      6-3   235  Fr        Crawfordville (Wakulla)
  92 Eric Romano           TE      6-2   212  Fr-R      West Palm Beach (Cardinal Newman)
* 93 Chris Cowart          OLB     6-3   227  Fr-R      New Orleans, LA (Saint Augustine)
* 94 Toddrick McIntosh     DE      6-3   268  So-R *    Richardson, TX (Berkner)
* 95 Carl Simpson          DE      6-2   275  Jr-R *    Baxley, GA (Appling County)
* 96 James Chaney          NG      5-11  244  Sr   ***  North Fort Myers (North Fort Myers)
  96 Mike Spencer          WR      6-2   187  So-R      Jacksonville (Sandalwood)
* 97 Reggie Freeman        OLB     6-1   237  Jr-R **   Clewiston (Clewiston)
  98 Kelly Rush            DE      6-6   260  Jr        Mckeesport, PA (Elizabeth Forward/Garden City JC)Did not qualify
  99 Dulack Guerrier       LB      6-3   235  So        Miami (Edison)
Lettermen on page 13 of the 1992 FSU Football Media Guide.

1991 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Terrell Buckley          American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
                         Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         Football News - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Kodak - 1st Team All-American
                         Scripps Howard - 1st Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 1st Team All-American
                         United Press International - 1st Team All-American
                         NCAA - Unanimous All-American

Kirk Carruthers          United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention

Marvin Jones             Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
                         Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Scripps Howard - 1st Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 1st Team All-American
                         United Press International - 1st Team All-American
                         Football News - 3rd Team All-American
                         NCAA - Consensus All-American

Amp Lee                  Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         Football News - 3rd Team All-American
                         Scripps Howard - All-American - Honorable Mention
                         United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention

Kevin Mancini            United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention

Patrick McNeil           Football News - 1st Team Freshman All-American

Casey Weldon             Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         Football News - 1st Team All-American
                         Scripps Howard - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 2nd Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 2nd Team All-American
                         United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  7

1991 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Terry Anthony            85      WR                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bobby Butler             23      CB                 Atlanta Falcons
LeRoy Butler             36      S                  Green Bay Packers
Marion Butts             35      RB                 San Diego Chargers
Alphonso Carreker        92      DE                 Denver Broncos
Dexter Carter            35      RB                 San Francisco 49ers
Pat Carter               88      TE                 Los Angeles Rams
Lawrence Dawsey          80      WR                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dedrick Dodge            33      DB                 Seattle Seahawks
Jamie Dukes              64      C                  Atlanta Falcons
Steve Gabbard            72      DT                 Green Bay Packers
Odell Haggins            93      NG                 Buffalo Bills
Eric Hayes               78      DE                 Seattle Seahawks
Jessie Hester            84      WR                 Indianapolis Colts
Garth Jax                53      LB                 Phoenix Cardinals
Reggie Johnson           89      TE                 Denver Broncos
Hassan Jones             84      WR                 Minnesota Vikings
Ken Lanier               76      OT                 Denver Broncos
Martin Mayhew            35      CB                 Washington Redskins
Zeke Mowatt              84      TE                 New York Giants
Gerald Nichols           77      DE                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Deion Sanders            21      CB                 Atlanta Falcons
Sammie Smith             33      RB                 Miami Dolphins
Jesse Solomon            55      LB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rohn Stark                3      P                  Indianapolis Colts
Rick Tuten               14      P                  Seattle Seahawks
Peter Tom Willis         10      QB                 Chicago Bears

Noles in the Pros - 27

1991 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
CNN
AP
CNN
AP
CNN
REC
08/29
Ref
N
BRIGHAM YOUNG
Pigskin Classic, Anaheim, Ca
W 44-28
1
 
19
 
23
23
8-3-2
09/07
Ref
H
TULANE
W 38-11
1
 
 
 
 
 
1-10
09/14
Ref
H
WESTERN MICHIGAN
W 58- 0
1
 
 
 
 
 
6-5
09/28
Ref
A
MICHIGAN
W 51-31
1
 
3
 
6
6
10-2
10/05
Ref
H
SYRACUSE
W 46-14
1
 
10
 
11
11
10-2
10/12
Ref
N
VIRGINIA TECH
Orlando, Fl
W 33-20
1
 
 
 
 
 
5-6
10/19
Ref
H
MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST
W 39-10
1
 
 
 
 
 
9-4
10/26
Ref
A
LOUISIANA STATE
W 27-16
1
 
 
 
 
 
5-6
11/02
Ref
A
LOUISVILLE
W 40-15
1
 
 
 
 
 
2-9
11/09
Ref
H
SOUTH CAROLINA
W 38-10
1
 
 
 
 
 
3-6-2
11/16
Ref
H
MIAMI
L 16-17
1
 
2
 
1
2
12-0
11/30
Ref
A
FLORIDA
L 9-14
3
 
5
 
7
8
10-2
01/01
Ref
N
TEXAS A&M
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Tx
W 10- 2
5
 
9
 
12
13
10-2
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   11- 2     5-1     3-1     3-0
AGAINST TOP 25   4- 2     1-1     1-1     2-0

FINAL  AP -  4
FINAL CNN -  4


1991 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Amp Lee 09/28/1991 MICHIGAN 20 122 6.10 2 Sean Jackson 01/01/1992 TEXAS A&M 27 119 4.41 0 Amp Lee 09/07/1991 TULANE 16 112 7.00 1 Amp Lee 10/26/1991 LOUISIANA STATE 24 112 4.67 2 Amp Lee 10/12/1991 VIRGINIA TECH 16 107 6.69 1 Amp Lee 10/05/1991 SYRACUSE 19 106 5.58 0

1991 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lonnie Johnson 09/07/1991 TULANE 6 154 25.67 1 Shannon Baker 10/05/1991 SYRACUSE 5 139 27.80 1 Kevin Knox 10/12/1991 VIRGINIA TECH 4 132 33.00 1 Shannon Baker 10/19/1991 MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST 6 100 16.67 2

1991 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Casey Weldon 10/05/1991 SYRACUSE 35 22 347 0 9.91 3 Casey Weldon 11/30/1991 FLORIDA 51 24 305 1 5.98 1

1991 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 439 186 Points Per Game............. 36.6 15.5 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 57 23 TDs Rushing................. 25 9 TDs Passing................. 28 13 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 0 TDs Interception............ 4 0 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 1 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 45-57 19-23 Kick........................ 44-52 16-17 Pass........................ 1- 5 1- 4 Run......................... 0- 0 2- 2 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 15-19 8- SAFETY........................ 3 1 FIRST DOWNS................... 283 204 Rushing..................... 135 77 Passing..................... 138 101 Penalty..................... 10 26 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 2287 994 Yards gained rushing........ 2604 1478 Yards lost rushing.......... 317 484 Rushing Attempts............ 507 398 Average Per Rush............ 4.5 2.5 Average Per Game............ 190.6 82.8 PASSING YARDAGE............... 3114 2381 Att-Comp-Int................ 390-234-11 378-192-25 Efficiency.................. 145.12 101.83 Average Per Pass............ 8.0 6.3 Average Per Catch........... 13.3 12.4 Average Per Game............ 259.5 198.4 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 5401 3375 Total Plays................. 897 776 Average Per Play............ 6.0 4.3 Average Per Game............ 450.1 281.3 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 30- 635 58-1110 Average Per Return.......... 21.2 19.1 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 39-372 24-187 Average Per Return.......... 9.5 7.8 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 25-335 11-144 Average Per Return.......... 13.4 13.1 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 15- 6 23-12 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 89- 816 62- 511 Average Per Game............ 68.0 42.6 PUNTS-YARDS................... 46-1835 67-2616 Average Per Punt............ 39.9 39.0 Net punt average............ 35.8 33.5 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS-3RD DOWN. 77-173 41-158 3rd-Down Pct................ .445 .259 SACKS BY-YARDS................ 54-357 18-
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
97
145
90
107
439
Opponents
57
70
13
46
186
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Amp Lee                 186 1033   56   977   5.3  11  44t
Sean Jackson             63  404   17   387   6.1   3  36 
Edgar Bennett            94  398   14   384   4.1   4  21 
Tiger McMillon           19  168    9   159   8.4   1  36 
Paul Moore               27  123    0   123   4.6   2  18 
Marquette Smith          22  111    5   106   4.8   1  17 
William Floyd            23   97    0    97   4.2   2  12 
Brad Johnson             10   64   12    52   5.2   0  15 
Charlie Ward              5   32    7    25   5.0   0  15 
Jason Peirce              4   24    1    23   5.8   0  14 
Shannon Baker       12    1   19    0    19  19.0   0  19     1.6
Felix Harris              7   15    2    13   1.9   1   6 
Kevin Knox                2   13    4     9   4.5   0  13 
Clyde Allen               1    3    0     3   3.0   0   3 
'OMar Ellison             1    1    0     1   1.0   0   1 
Kenny Felder              1    0   12   -12 -12.0   0 -12 
Eric Turral               2    0   14   -14  -7.0   0  -5 
Casey Weldon             38   99  129   -30  -0.8   0  14 
 Team                     1    0   40   -40 -40.0   0 -40 

Total.........      12  507 2604  317  2287   4.5  25  44t  190.6
Opponents.....      12  398 1478  484   994   2.5   9        82.8


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Casey Weldon            146.28 313-189- 8   .604 2527  22  78t
Brad Johnson            141.49  61- 37- 3   .607  462   5  34t
Charlie Ward            119.02   9-  5- 0   .556   68   0     
Kenny Felder            158.40   7-  3- 0   .429   57   1  19t

Total.........      12  145.12 390-234-11   .600 3114  28  78t  259.5
Opponents.....      12  101.83 378-192-25   .508 2381  13       198.4


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Shannon Baker       12  30   451  15.0   4  50t   37.6
Kevin Knox              22   441  20.0   1  62 
Edgar Bennett           29   345  11.9   3  32 
Amp Lee                 26   336  12.9   3  56 
Eric Turral             24   324  13.5   3  60 
Kez McCorvey            22   303  13.8   0  49 
Lonnie Johnson          22   293  13.3   4  78t
Matt Frier              18   195  10.8   1  20 
Warren Hart             12   130  10.8   4  31 
William Floyd           13    95   7.3   3  20t
Paul Moore               6    68  11.3   1  19t
Sean Jackson             6    50   8.3   0  26 
Marquette Smith          1    34  34.0   1  34t
Casey Weldon             1    29  29.0   0  29 
Johnny Clower            1    11  11.0   0  11 
Tiger McMillon           1     9   9.0   0   9 

Total.........      12 234  3114  13.3  28  78t  259.5
Opponents.....      12 192  2381  12.4  13       198.4


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Terrell Buckley      36  337   9.4  0  31 
Corey Sawyer          1   33  33.0  0  33 
Clifton Abraham       1   10  10.0  0  10 
 Team                 1   -8  -8.0  0  -8 

Total.........       39  372   9.5  0  33 
Opponent......       24  187   7.8  0     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Terrell Buckley      12  238  19.8  2  71t
Leon Fowler           3   17   5.7  0  17 
Clifton Abraham       2    9   4.5  0   9 
Marvin Jones          2    4   2.0  0   4 
Toddrick McIntosh     1   49  49.0  1  49t
Chris Cowart          1   10  10.0  1  10t
Mack Knight           1    8   8.0  0   8 
Lavon Brown           1    0   0.0  0   0 
Howard Dinkins        1    0   0.0  0   0 
Errol McCorvey        1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       25  335  13.4  4  71t
Opponent......       11  144  13.1  0     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Tiger McMillon       14   307 21.9  0  45 
Felix Harris          6   127 21.2  0  28 
Terrell Buckley       5   117 23.4  0  34 
Marquette Smith       4    80 20.0  0  33 
Steve Gilmer          1     4  4.0  0   4 

Total.........       30   635 21.2  0  45 
Opponent......       58  1110 19.1  1     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Kirk Carruthers       2    0   0.0  0   .    2
Toddrick McIntosh     1    0   0.0  0   .    2
Deondri Clark         1    0   0.0  0   .    1
Joe Ostaszewski       1    0   0.0  0   .    1
Carl Simpson          1    0   0.0  0   .    1
Dan Footman           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bryce Abbott          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Corey James           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Henry Ostaszewski     1    0   0.0  0   .    0
James Roberson        1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Reggie Freeman        0    0    .   0   .    3
Sterling Palmer       0    0    .   0   .    2
Terrell Buckley       0    0    .   0   .    1
James Chaney          0    0    .   0   .    1
Corey Fuller          0    0    .   0   .    1
Steve Gilmer          0    0    .   0   .    1
Errol McCorvey        0    0    .   0   .    1
Troy Sanders          0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       12        0.0  0       18
Opponent......        6        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Amp Lee              14   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    84
Gerry Thomas          0   9-12   17-17   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    44
Edgar Bennett         7   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    42
Dan Mowrey            0   6-7    24-32   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    42
William Floyd         5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Shannon Baker         4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Warren Hart           4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Lonnie Johnson        4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Sean Jackson          3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Paul Moore            3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Eric Turral           3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Terrell Buckley       2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Marquette Smith       2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Matt Frier            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0     8
Toddrick McIntosh     1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   1     8
Chris Cowart          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Felix Harris          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Kevin Knox            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Tiger McMillon        1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
John Wimberly         0   0-0     3-3    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     3
Dan Footman           0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   1     2
Eric Smith            0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   1     2
Brad Johnson          0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-2   0   0     0
Casey Weldon          0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   1-3   0   0     0
====================================================================
FSU                  57  15-19   44-52   0-0   1   1-5   0   3   439
Opponent             23   9-15   17-18   1-1   1   1-4   0   0   186
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Amp Lee
11
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Edgar Bennett
4
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
William Floyd
2
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Shannon Baker
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Warren Hart
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Lonnie Johnson
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Sean Jackson
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Paul Moore
2
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Eric Turral
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Terrell Buckley
.
.
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
Marquette Smith
1
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Matt Frier
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Toddrick McIntosh
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Chris Cowart
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Felix Harris
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Kevin Knox
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Tiger McMillon
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Brad Johnson
.
.
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
Kenny Felder
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Casey Weldon
.
.
22
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
25
28
28
4
.
.
.
.
.
Opponents
9
13
13
.
.
.
1
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Casey Weldon            351   -30 2527  2497
Amp Lee                 186   977    0   977
Brad Johnson             71    52  462   514
Sean Jackson             63   387    0   387
Edgar Bennett            94   384    0   384
Tiger McMillon           19   159    0   159
Paul Moore               27   123    0   123
Marquette Smith          22   106    0   106
William Floyd            23    97    0    97
Charlie Ward             14    25   68    93
Kenny Felder              8   -12   57    45
Jason Peirce              4    23    0    23
Shannon Baker       12    1    19    0    19   1.6
Felix Harris              7    13    0    13
Kevin Knox                2     9    0     9
Clyde Allen               1     3    0     3
'OMar Ellison             1     1    0     1
Eric Turral               2   -14    0   -14
 Team                     1   -40    0   -40

Total.........      12  897  2287 3114  5401 450.1
Opponent......      12  776   994 2381  3375 281.3


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Gerry Thomas          9-12  .750  1- 1  3- 4  4- 5  1- 2  0- 0 40
Dan Mowrey            6- 7  .857  0- 0  3- 4  3- 3  0- 0  0- 0 39
FG SEQUENCE Gerry Thomas Dan Mowrey
BRIGHAM YOUNG
None
None
TULANE
None
(25)
WESTERN MICHIGAN
None
(36)
MICHIGAN
None
None
SYRACUSE
None
(27)
VIRGINIA TECH
None
None
MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST
None
(24), (31), (39), 29
LOUISIANA STATE
None
None
LOUISVILLE
(40), (32), 22, (32), (38)
None
SOUTH CAROLINA
(26)
None
MIAMI
(25), (31), (20), 34
None
FLORIDA
(19), 44
None
TEXAS A&M
37, (27)
42
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Scott Player        45 1820  40.4  60                1
 Team                1   15  15.0  15                 

Total.........      46 1835  39.9  60                1
Opponent......      67 2616  39.0                     


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Amp Lee                 977   336    0    0    0    0 1313
Edgar Bennett           384   345    0    0    0    0  729
Terrell Buckley           0     0  337  117  238    0  692
Tiger McMillon          159     9    0  307    0    0  475
Shannon Baker       12   19   451    0    0    0    0  470  39.2
Kevin Knox                9   441    0    0    0    0  450
Sean Jackson            387    50    0    0    0    0  437
Eric Turral             -14   324    0    0    0    0  310
Kez McCorvey              0   303    0    0    0    0  303
Lonnie Johnson            0   293    0    0    0    0  293
Marquette Smith         106    34    0   80    0    0  220
Matt Frier                0   195    0    0    0    0  195
William Floyd            97    95    0    0    0    0  192
Paul Moore              123    68    0    0    0    0  191
Felix Harris             13     0    0  127    0    0  140
Warren Hart               0   130    0    0    0    0  130
Brad Johnson             52     0    0    0    0    0   52
Toddrick McIntosh         0     0    0    0   49    0   49
Corey Sawyer              0     0   33    0    0    0   33
Charlie Ward             25     0    0    0    0    0   25
Jason Peirce             23     0    0    0    0    0   23
Clifton Abraham     11    0     0   10    0    9    0   19   1.7
Leon Fowler               0     0    0    0   17    0   17
Johnny Clower             0    11    0    0    0    0   11
Chris Cowart              0     0    0    0   10    0   10
Mack Knight               0     0    0    0    8    0    8
Marvin Jones              0     0    0    0    4    0    4
Steve Gilmer              0     0    0    4    0    0    4
Clyde Allen               3     0    0    0    0    0    3
'OMar Ellison             1     0    0    0    0    0    1
Casey Weldon            -30    29    0    0    0    0   -1
Kenny Felder            -12     0    0    0    0    0  -12
 Team                   -40     0   -8    0    0    0  -48

Total.........      12 2287  3114  372  635  335    0 6743 561.9
Opponent......      12  994  2381  187 1110  144    0 4816 401.3


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Marvin Jones             75   50   125  13.0-         2.0-  9.0     2-  4   4    .    .      .   .   .
Kirk Carruthers          66   52   118   5.0-         7.0- 42.0      .      1    .   2-  0   2   .   .
Howard Dinkins           34   41    75   1.0-         4.5- 34.5     1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Ken Alexander       12   36   25    61      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   1   .
Leon Fowler              35   24    59   1.0-            .          3- 17   3    .    .      .   .   .
Errol McCorvey           37   20    57   2.0-         1.0-  7.0     1-  0   4    .    .      1   .   .
Reggie Freeman           28   29    57   2.0-         6.0- 38.0      .      .    .    .      3   .   .
Carl Simpson             23   30    53   5.0-        11.0- 65.0      .      .    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Henry Ostaszewski        18   32    50   4.0-            .           .      3    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Sterling Palmer          27   17    44   4.0-         4.5- 24.0      .      .    .    .      2   1   .
Dan Footman              15   22    37   4.0-         4.5- 35.5      .      2    .   1-  0   .   .   1
Terrell Buckley          34    2    36   2.0-            .         12-238   7    .    .      1   .   .
Lavon Brown              24   12    36      .            .          1-  0   1    .    .      .   .   .
John Davis               20   14    34      .         0.5-  4.0      .      2    .    .      .   .   .
James Chaney             10   17    27   1.0-         1.0- 11.0      .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Troy Sanders             10   15    25   1.0-         3.5- 25.5      .      1    .    .      1   .   .
Joe Ostaszewski          11   12    23      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Toddrick McIntosh        15    7    22   5.0-         6.5- 32.0     1- 49   .    .   1-  0   2   .   1
Derrick Brooks           10   12    22   2.0-            .           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Richard Coes             10   10    20      .            .           .      3    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Cowart              7    9    16   1.0-         1.5- 25.0     1- 10   .    .    .      .   .   .
Clifton Abraham     11   10    5    15   2.0-            .          2-  9   .    .    .      .   1   .
Corey Fuller              6    9    15      .            .           .      4    .    .      1   .   .
Steve Gilmer             13    .    13      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Kevin Adams               6    5    11      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Mack Knight               5    4     9      .            .          1-  8   3    .    .      .   .   .
Deondri Clark             5    3     8   2.0-         0.5-  4.5      .      1    .   1-  0   1   .   .
James Roberson            5    3     8   1.0-            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Chris Keen                3    5     8      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Bryce Abbott              3    5     8      .            .           .      1    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Willie Pauldo             2    4     6   1.0-            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Corey Sawyer              4    1     5      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Ed Clark                  4    1     5   1.0-            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Eric Smith                2    2     4   1.0-            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   1
Tommy Henry               1    3     4      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Hall                1    3     4      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Billy Glenn               .    2     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Corey James               .    2     2      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Dulack Guerrier           1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
David Stallworth          1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Dan Mowrey                1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Brian Xanders             .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .


Game Participation
##  Player                       GP-GS  BYU     TU      WMU     UMi     SU      VT      MTSU    LSU     UL      SC      UM      UF      TAMU    
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
23  Bryce Abbott                  3- 0                  xx      xx                                      xx                               
 2  Clifton Abraham               9- 0                  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
54  Kevin Adams                   5- 0                          xx      xx                              xx      xx              xx       
90  Derrick Alexander             0- 0                                                                                                   
36  Ken Alexander                12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
20  Clyde Allen                   3- 0                                                  xx                                      xx      xx
72  Steve Allen                  12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
75  Enzo Armella                  0- 0                                                                                                   
51  Robbie Baker                 13-12  O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     xx      O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C   
 1  Shannon Baker                12- 7  xx      xx      O-FL    xx      O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL            xx      xx
13  Mike Barre'                   0- 0                                                                                                   
59  Sean Beavor                   7- 0  xx      xx      xx                                      xx              xx              xx      xx
87  Jeff Beckles                  0- 0                                                                                                   
22  Edgar Bennett                12-12  O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB            O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB  
10  Derrick Brooks                7- 0  xx                      xx      xx      xx                      xx                      xx      xx
31  Lavon Brown                  13- 2  xx      xx      xx      D-SS    xx      xx      D-SS    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
27  Terrell Buckley              13-13  D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LC    D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB 
15  Devin Bush                    0- 0                                                                                                   
45  Kirk Carruthers              13-13  D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB 
96  James Chaney                 13-13  D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG  
91  Deondri Clark                 4- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx                                                                       
46  Derrick Clark                 0- 0                                                                                                   
39  Ed Clark                      8- 0                  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx                      xx       
78  Johnny Clower                 1- 0                  xx                                                                               
16  Richard Coes                 11- 5  xx      xx      xx      D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS                    xx      xx      xx
79  Forrest Conoly                0- 0                                                                                                   
93  Chris Cowart                 13- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
18  John Davis                   13-11  D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    xx      D-SS    D-SS    xx      D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS  
87  Aaron Dely                    0- 0                                                                                                   
64  Jeff Deremer                  8- 0          xx      xx              xx      xx              xx      xx      xx                      xx
63  Jason Dillaberry              0- 0                                                                                                   
89  Howard Dinkins               13-13  D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB 
73  Reggie Dixon                 13-13  O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG  
83  John Donaldson                0- 0                                                                                                   
30  'OMar Ellison                 1- 0                                  xx                                                               
 5  Kenny Felder                  2- 0                  xx                                                      xx                       
86  Marvin Ferrell                0- 0                                                                                                   
68  John Flath                   10- 1  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      O-ST    xx      xx      xx                      xx
44  William Floyd                10- 1  xx      xx      xx      xx                      xx      xx      O-FB    xx              xx      xx
58  Dan Footman                   9- 0  xx      xx              xx              xx              xx      xx              xx      xx      xx
 3  Leon Fowler                  13- 7  D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS  
97  Reggie Freeman               13-11  D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   xx      xx      D-OLB 
73  Greg Frey                     0- 0                                                                                                   
12  Matt Frier                   11- 5  O-SE    xx      xx              xx      xx      xx              O-SE    xx      O-FL    O-FL    O-FL  
28  Corey Fuller                 12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
61  Eric Gibbs                    5- 1  xx                                      xx                      O-TT    xx              xx       
 6  Steve Gilmer                  8- 1  xx                      xx                      xx      xx      D-FS    xx              xx      xx
74  Roosevelt Givens              0- 0                                                                                                   
65  Billy Glenn                   0- 0                                                                                                   
99  Dulack Guerrier               2- 0          xx      xx                                                                               
21  Chris Hall                    6- 0          xx      xx      xx              xx              xx                              xx       
24  Felix Harris                  6- 0                  xx      xx      xx      xx                                      xx      xx       
84  Warren Hart                  13- 1  O-TE    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
41  Tommy Henry                  12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
38  Scott Holmes                  0- 0                                                                                                   
35  Sean Jackson                 12- 1  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-TB  
70  Corey James                   1- 0                                                  xx                                               
14  Brad Johnson                 13- 1  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-QB    xx      xx      xx      xx
85  Lonnie Johnson               13-12  xx      O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE  
55  Marvin Jones                 13-13  D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB 
37  Chris Keen                    3- 0                          xx                              xx                              xx       
13  Mack Knight                   5- 0                  xx      xx      xx                      xx                              xx       
81  Kevin Knox                   10- 2  xx              xx              xx      xx      O-SE    O-SE            xx      xx      xx      xx
77  Juan Laureano                 1- 0          xx                                                                                       
42  Amp Lee                      12-12  O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-RB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB     
82  Brad Lundstrom                0- 0                                                                                                   
67  Kevin Mancini                 9- 9  O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT                                    O-TT  
89  Tyrant Marion                 0- 0                                                                                                   
26  Errol McCorvey               13-13  D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RC    D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB 
88  Kez McCorvey                 13- 9  xx      O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    xx      xx      xx      O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE  
14  Jeff McCrone                  0- 0                                                                                                   
76  Eric McGill                  11- 0  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
94  Toddrick McIntosh            13- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
90  Scottie McLaren               0- 0                                                                                                   
33  Tiger McMillon               12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
69  Patrick McNeil               13- 7  O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    xx
80  Jesse Moore                   0- 0                                                                                                   
32  Paul Moore                   11- 0  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx
60  Mike Morris                   9- 9                                  O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TG  
 9  Dan Mowrey                   12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
57  John Nance                    0- 0                                                                                                   
74  Henry Ostaszewski            13-13  D-LDE   D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE  
75  Joe Ostaszewski              12- 0  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
56  Sterling Palmer              12- 2  xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      D-OLB   D-OLB   xx
48  Willie Pauldo                 3- 0  xx      xx                                                                      xx               
49  Jason Peirce                  4- 0                  xx      xx      xx                                                      xx       
92  Matt Platto                   0- 0                                                                                                   
29  Scott Player                 13- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
29  Phillip Riley                 0- 0                                                                                                   
47  James Roberson                2- 0                          xx                                      xx                               
92  Eric Romano                   0- 0                                                                                                   
98  Kelly Rush                    0- 0                                                                                                   
62  Troy Sanders                 12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
 8  Corey Sawyer                  5- 0                  xx      xx              xx              xx      xx                               
64  Kendrick Scott                0- 0                                                                                                   
53  Clay Shiver                   1- 0  xx                                                                                               
95  Carl Simpson                 13-13  D-RDE   D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE  
43  Eric Smith                    3- 0                                                  xx      xx                              xx       
 4  Marquette Smith               9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx                       
96  Mike Spencer                  0- 0                                                                                                   
40  David Stallworth              1- 0                          xx                                                                       
52  Robert Stevenson             13-13  O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-C     O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST  
21  Rich Sudder                   0- 0                                                                                                   
15  Gerry Thomas                  7- 0                                                  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
 7  Eric Turral                  10- 3  O-FL    O-FL    xx      O-FLK   xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx               
66  Lewis Tyre                    0- 0                                                                                                   
17  Charlie Ward                  5- 0          xx      xx      xx                                      xx      xx                       
11  Casey Weldon                 12-12  O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB            O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB  
71  Robert Williams               0- 0                                                                                                   
19  John Wimberly                 3- 0                          xx              xx      xx                                               
59  Brian Xanders                 0- 0                                                                                                   

FLORIDA STATE 44, BRIGHAM YOUNG 28

08/29/1991, Pigskin Classic, Anaheim, Ca

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, August 30, 1991, page 19, by Bill McGrotha.

Opening Might.
Bennett, FSU dazzle in Pigskin.

ANAHEIM, CA - Edgar Bennett got a chance here Thursday night. Brigham Young got none.

With the big, fast, versatile fullback scoring three touchdowns, Florida State ran all over the Cougars in the Pigskin Classic, winning 44-28.

As a national TV audience and an Anaheim Stadium crowd of 38,363 know, Bennett had a whole lot of help.

The No. 1-rated Seminoles made their first match with BYU a memorable one for themselves, and Casey Weldon was much the quarterback FSU expected.

The senior completed 21 of 28 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns.

And a Tallahassee connection seemed a vivid prospect as Godby's Eric Turral snared pass after pass from North Florida Christian's Weldon.

For Bobby Bowden, it was a happy 206th career victory, as well as his 13th success in 16 season-opening games with the Seminoles.

As the Seminoles won their seventh-straight game, they scored the first two times they got the football on this cool, pleasant evening.

While Ty Detmer may be the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, it was Weldon who looked the part in an impressive first half. Weldon was accurate with his passes and the Seminoles clicked with precision under his direction. In the first three quarters, Weldon completed 18 of 25 passes for 247 yards. By then the score was 35-14.

FSU outgained BYU 311 yards to 205 in the first half with Weldon completing 12 of 17 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Detmer connected on 11 of 21 for 161 yards.

FSU managed to control the ball, much as it had hoped, 43 plays to 32 by halftime.

Weldon took FSU on scoring drives of 86 and 74 yards in the first half, then took advantage of good field position to direct the Seminoles 46 and 54 yards for other scores.

Detmer, meanwhile, had trouble getting untracked against an FSU defense that pressured him with a rush and kept his head spinning with a secondary that played tight on BYU receivers.

Detmer completed only 1 of 4 passes right away, then lost a fumble on an FSU sack before Terrell Buckley intercepted a Detmer pass on the Cougars' next possession.

BYU mounted little offense in the first quarter and trailed 13-0. Detmer got his Cougar offense going in the second quarter, resulting in drives of 90 and 92 yards, but Weldon and company led 28-14 at halftime.

After BYU's first possession and punt, FSU was in a hole at its 14. A Shannon Baker run on a reverse for 19 yards quickly got the Seminoles out of it. On the next play, Weldon and Turral connected for a 30-yard pass play to BYU's 37. Amp Lee's running helped overcome an illegal procedure penalty, and a Bennett plunge gained 12 to the 8. Two more runs, however, netted just 4 yards.

After a timeout, Weldon hit Bennett with a play-action pass for the touchdown, and freshman Dan Mowrey's first point-after had FSU up 7-0.

Brad Clark's 30-yard kickoff runback put the Cougars in fine position at their 39. Soon a 15-yard reception by Byron Rex advanced the ball to FSU's 38.

After a procedure penalty cost five yards, Detmer retreated to pass on second down and was chased by linebacker Reggie Freeman, whose sack brought a fumble. Carl Simpson swept in to cover the ball for the Seminoles at BYU's 46.

Three plays later, Weldon found Bennett for 32 yards to the 15. Three more plays and Bennett got his second touchdown, on a run from the 3. A high snap on the point-after led to a miss and left FSU with a 13-0 lead.

Right away, FSU was in business on offense again.

On Detmer's first-down pass, Buckley made a leaping interception at the BYU 49. Lee immediately broke on an outside run inside the 20, but holding by Warren Hart nullified it, moving FSU back to its 48. Unable to gain beyond BYU's 43, FSU punted, and Scott Player's first effort died at the Cougars' 10.

After two plays failed to gain yardage, Peter Tuipulotu got 13 on a pass, then 15 more after a late FSU hit. Soon after, the first quarter ended with BYU at its 45.

Then sudden lightning.

Detmer, on third and 2, hit Micah Matsuzaki with a pass to FSU's 21, the play covering 34 yards. Then Tuipulotu was stopped abruptly on a run, but slid away and had clear going on a 21-yard scoring run. FSU's lead dwindled to 13-7.

FSU started from its 26 before a Turral 16-yard reception moved the Seminoles to midfield. On third down, Lee pulled in a wide pass and scampered 28 yards to the 19. On alternating runs, Lee and Bennett took the ball to the 6. Whipping right, Weldon threw a bootleg pass to Turral for the touchdown.

Then the quarterback connected with Matt Frier for a 2-point pass that made it 21-7.

Following a BYU punt, FSU quickly responded with a 54-yard scoring drive. Key plays in the drive included a 33-yard pass from Weldon to Baker and a third-down, 17-yard pass from Weldon to Turral. Bennett then smashed to the 5, and Lee scored from there. With 4:42 left in the half, the score jumped to 28-7.

Clipping pushed the Cougars to their 8 on the kickoff return. A 10-yard run by Scott Charlton helped, after which Matsuzaki caught a 22-yard pass, and Eric Drage another of identical gain to FSU's 38. On fourth-and-7 at the 34, Matsuzaki snared a pass for 12 at the 22. On the next play, a draw, Tuipulotu moved outside then cut back for an easy touchdown run that narrowed it to 28-14 with 2:18 left in the half.

In the second half, a dropped pass on FSU's first offensive play set up a troublesome stage. Later, Player's punt went straight up, netting just 13 yards to the FSU 39.

But on a reverse, Dan Footman was there to snare the runner for a loss of 11. Detmer missed on a pass, got little on a keeper. A punt put FSU at its 13.

Lee ran for 10. Turral grabbed a pass at the 40. Kez McCorvey's first catch was a 21-yarder at BYU's 36.

After Bennett got five, Lee slashed wide for 20 to the 11. His left knee hurt on the run. Lee was carried off the field but soon was standing on the sidelines and seemed not badly damaged. Preliminary reports were that Lee has a bruised shin, although X-ray reports of his knee were not yet in.

Running plays left it fourth and 1 at the two. Bennett bulled over for the touchdown that brought it to 35-14.

Tight end Marvin Ferrell also hurt a knee on the series.

On a first-down pass, Buckley intercepted Detmer - but was flagged for interference going for the ball. FSU came back soon, though, as Marvin Jones and Troy Sanders teamed to sack Detmer.

After three quarters, FSU had dominated BYU in every category. The Seminoles had 453 yards to BYU's 208. By then, the Seminoles already had succeeded in completely shutting down the Cougars' running game. BYU managed only 30 yards on the ground through three quarters.

So dominant was FSU in the third quarter, BYU managed only three yards of total offense.

After Lee left with an injury in the third quarter, he was replaced by Sean Jackson, a sophomore tailback. Jackson immediately caught a 5-yard pass from Weldon, ran 36 yards to the 3, then covered the final 3 yards to cap a 77-yard, seven-play drive.

With 10:08 to play, FSU led comfortably, 42-14.

Things didn't et any better for BYU.

On the first play following the ensuing kickoff, Detmer was sacked in the end zone by Footman for a safety. Howard Dinkins had applied pressure to Detmer, who then turned and found Footman in his face. That made the score 44-14 with 9:55 remaining.

The Cougars showed life on their next possession, scoring on a long touchdown pass from Detmer to Drage. The score gave Detmer a touchdown pass in 26 consecutive games. Still, a 44-21 deficit was too much to overcome.

At that point, Bowden pulled his starting offensive unit.

BYU got its final score thanks to some generosity on FSU's part. A high snap on a punt let BYU take over at the FSU 10. Detmer soon lofted a short TD pass to Erik Hughes and FSU's lead had been trimmed to 44-28.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
BRIGHAM YOUNG
0
14
0
14
28
FLORIDA STATE
13
15
7
9
44

1st   7- 0  Edgar Bennett, 4, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 9:47 
     13- 0  Edgar Bennett, 3, run (Dan Mowrey, kick failed), 4:57 
2nd  13- 7  Opp, 21, run (kick), 14:28
     21- 7  Eric Turral, 6, pass from Casey Weldon (Matt Frier, pass from Casey Weldon), 8:56 
     28- 7  Amp Lee, 5, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 4:42 
     28-14  Opp, 22, run (kick), 2:18 
3rd  35-14  Edgar Bennett, 2, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 7:10 
4th  42-14  Sean Jackson, 2, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 10:08
     44-14  Dan Footman, safety, 10:00
            Note: Footman tackled the quarterback in the end zone.      
     44-21  Opp, 30, pass (kick), 7:22 
     44-28  Opp, 6, pass (kick), 2:27 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 28 13 Rushes-yards 57-275 19- 33 Passing 268 229 Att-Comp-Int 28-21-0 32-19-1 Total Yards 85-543 51-262 Punt Returns 4-4 2-3 Kickoff Returns 4-59 6-105 Interception Ret. 1-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 4-34.8 6-39.3 Sacks By-Yds 3-28 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-Yds 11-100 6-42 3rd Down Conversions 10-16 4-12 Time of Posession 38:11 21:49 Attendance 38,363 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Edgar Bennett 21- 98 Amp Lee 13- 75 Sean Jackson 9- 75 Casey Weldon 4- 27 Shannon Baker 1- 19 Brad Johnson 1- 14 Tiger McMillon 2- 5 William Floyd 1- 4 Paul Moore 1- 2 Marquette Smith 2- 1 Eric Turral 1- -5 Team 1- -40 Receiving Eric Turral 6- 96 Edgar Bennett 6- 65 Kez McCorvey 2- 33 Amp Lee 2- 32 Sean Jackson 2- 18 Shannon Baker 2- 17 Warren Hart 1- 7 Passing Casey Weldon 28-21-0-268 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 4- 4 Kickoff Return Tiger McMillon 3- 58 Terrell Buckley 1- 1 Punting Scott Player 4- 139 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Terrell Buckley 5 1 6 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Ken Alexander 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Marvin Jones 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 3 1 4 1.0- 14.0 1.0- 14.0 . . . . 1 . . Dan Footman 4 . 4 2.0- 7.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . 1 Derrick Brooks 3 . 3 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . John Davis 1 1 2 1.0- 12.0 . . 1 . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Leon Fowler 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Troy Sanders 2 . 2 1.0- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Deondri Clark 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Corey Fuller 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Howard Dinkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Cowart 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Steve Gilmer 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Carl Simpson . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Richard Coes . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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FL    7  Eric Turral
QB   11  Casey Weldon
SE   12  Matt Frier
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
TG   69  Patrick McNeil
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   84  Warren Hart
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS    3  Leon Fowler
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LDE  74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RDE  95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 4  Marquette Smith
 6  Steve Gilmer
 9  Dan Mowrey
10  Derrick Brooks
14  Brad Johnson
16  Richard Coes
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
36  Ken Alexander
41  Tommy Henry
44  William Floyd
48  Willie Pauldo
##  NAME
-----------------------------
53  Clay Shiver
56  Sterling Palmer
58  Dan Footman
61  Eric Gibbs
62  Troy Sanders
68  John Flath
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
77  Sean Beavor
81  Kevin Knox
85  Lonnie Johnson
88  Kez McCorvey
91  Deondri Clark
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh

FLORIDA STATE 38, TULANE 11

09/07/1991, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Orlando Sentinel, September 8, 1991, page 27, by Alan Schmadtke.

Seminoles Breeze.
There's no letdown for top-ranked FSU.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Top-ranked Florida State University started slicing through the soft underbelly of its early season schedule Saturday night. It cut Tulane slowly but mortally.

With their tight ends putting up scrapbook numbers, the Seminoles rarely hinted at a letdown from Brigham Young - last week's victim - and wore down Tulane, 38-11, in their home opener before 61,801 at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Quarterback Casey Weldon professed he was not sharp, but he was very effective. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 249 yards and three scores, all three to a tight end position usually reserved for blocking.

Working in an offense that threw only one touchdown pass to a tight end last year, Lonnie Johnson and backup Warren Hart provided four of FSU's five touchdowns against a Tulane team that chose not to get beat by the long pass.

FSU (2-0) burned the Green Wave (0-2) once - on its first play - but afterward relied on a short passing game and tailback Amp Lee. Weldon's touchdown passes covered 78, 9 and 4 yards, the first to Johnson and the final three to Hart.

"They wouldn't let us go deep. They chose a slow death," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "They were smart; they made us go slow."

Not slowly enough.

The Seminoles rolled up 561 yards in total offense. On defense, they minimized Tulane's damage by not allowing the Green Wave a touchdown until 9:54 was left.

The predictable result - FSU was favored by 41 points - marked the beginning of a light three-week stretch preceding a match against second-ranked Michigan. FSU (2-0) plays host to unheralded Western Michigan this week, then takes a week off before traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 28.

"Florida State definitely deserves to be No. 1, no matter how you measure it," Tulane coacg Greg Davis said. "It's going to take a very, very good team to beat them."

Tulane's poison of choice was apparent from the start. On FSU's first play, Weldon play-faked, stood up and found Johnson wide open down the middle.

The 78-yard score, Johnson's first, put FSU ahead and triggered a deliriously happy night for Johnson and Hart. The duo combined for nine catches and 178 yards (Johnson 6-154, Hart 3-24).

Last year, tight end Dave Roberts caught eight passes for 82 yards against Miami. Pat Carter caught seven for 79 yards against Auburn in 1987.

"Casey read the coverage, picked up the open man and that was us," said Hart, who became FSU's first receiver since Sam Platt in 1978 to catch three touchdowns in a game.

His numbers notwithstanding, Weldon didn't hit them every time they were open. He threw behind Hart once in the end zone, and the Seminoles later settled for Dan Mowrey's 25-yard field goal in part because Weldon overthrew fullback Edgar Bennett at the 2.

"The offense is getting close," Weldon said. "We're not there yet. We still have a perfect game in us."

Tulane can claim a measure of perfection. In its modest football history, the Green Wave extended its record to 0-6 against No. 1 teams.

Saturday, suspense lasted nearly a half. FSU's defense, poised for a shutout, was not as effective early as its offensive peers.

Tulane effectively stuck to a game plan of ball control but created too few points. It stopped itself inside FSU's 15, first by an illegal-procedure penalty, then when quarterback Billy Duncan overshot open receiver Wilbert Ursin at the Seminoles' 2.

Instead of gaining a tie, the Green Wave settled for Gary Butler's 35-yard field goal and a 7-3 deficit.

The Seminoles pocketed Bowden's 207th career victory by scoring on three consecutive possessions. Seeing that Tulane preferred covering potential receivers Lee and Bennett out of the backfield, Weldon kept seeking the tight end.

"No matter what they decided to cover, they couldn't be right," Weldon said. "Somebody had to be open."

Lee, meanwhile, squirmed free for 112 yards on 16 carries and finished his evening in style. His 1-yard plunge midway through the third quarter was his final carry and boosted FSU's lead to 31-3.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TULANE
3
0
0
8
11
FLORIDA STATE
7
16
8
7
38

1st   7- 0  Lonnie Johnson, 78, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 12:02
      7- 3  Opp, 35, field goal, 4:16 
2nd  14- 3  Warren Hart, 9, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 13:37
     17- 3  Dan Mowrey, 25, field goal, 8:19 
     24- 3  Warren Hart, 4, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 1:33 
3rd  31- 3  Amp Lee, 1, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 4:57 
4th  31-11  Opp, 4, pass (pass), 9:54 
     38-11  Warren Hart, 11, pass from Brad Johnson (Dan Mowrey, kick), 3:06 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 30 12 Rushes-yards 44-255 30- 69 Passing 306 172 Att-Comp-Int 36-25-1 25-13-0 Total Yards 80-561 55-241 Punt Returns 4-39 1-5 Kickoff Returns 3-53 4-63 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 2-41.5 8-38.9 Sacks By-Yds 1-1 1-5 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-0 Penalties-Yds 7-73 6-50 3rd Down Conversions 9-15 3-12 4th Down Conversions 1-2 1-1 Time of Posession 33:05 26:55 Attendance 61,801 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 16- 112 Marquette Smith 5- 37 Tiger McMillon 2- 36 Charlie Ward 2- 25 Sean Jackson 8- 24 Edgar Bennett 9- 23 Casey Weldon 2- -1 Receiving Lonnie Johnson 6- 154 Brad Johnson 7- 48 Kez McCorvey 4- 34 Warren Hart 3- 24 Eric Turral 3- 24 Shannon Baker 3- 20 Paul Moore 1- 15 William Floyd 2- 11 Edgar Bennett 1- 9 Tiger McMillon 1- 9 Amp Lee 1- 6 Passing Casey Weldon 28-20-0-249 Charlie Ward 1- 1-0- 9 Brad Johnson 0- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 4- 39 Kickoff Return Tiger McMillon 2- 42 Marquette Smith 1- 11 Punting Scott Player 2- 83 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marvin Jones 6 5 11 . . . . . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 3 5 8 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 3 2 5 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . . . . 1 . . Errol McCorvey 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . James Chaney 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Carl Simpson . 3 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Leon Fowler 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski 2 1 3 2.0- . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Deondri Clark 1 1 2 1.0- . . . . . . . . Dan Footman 1 1 2 1.0- . . . . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh 1 1 2 1.0- . . 1 . . . . . Corey Fuller 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Pauldo 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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FL    7  Eric Turral
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
TG   69  Patrick McNeil
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS    3  Leon Fowler
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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 1  Shannon Baker
 4  Marquette Smith
 9  Dan Mowrey
12  Matt Frier
14  Brad Johnson
16  Richard Coes
17  Charlie Ward
21  Chris Hall
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
36  Ken Alexander
41  Tommy Henry
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  William Floyd
48  Willie Pauldo
58  Dan Footman
62  Troy Sanders
64  Jeff Deremer
68  John Flath
71  Sean Beavor
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
77  Juan Laureano
84  Warren Hart
91  Deondri Clark
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh
99  Dulack Guerrier

FLORIDA STATE 58, WESTERN MICHIGAN 0

09/14/1991, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 15, 1991, page 37, by Steve Ellis.

Busted Broncs.
The top-ranked Seminoles score nearly at will and empty the bench to leave the overmatched pride of Kalamazoo empty-handed, 58-0.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The fine folks of Kalamazoo, Mich., had a better chance of spotting Elvis at a local fast-food place than seeing their hometown Western Michigan Broncos defeat No. 1 Florida State on Saturday night.

Come to think of it, some people in Kalamazoo said they did see Elvis in a Burger King in 1988.

But no one would claim that the Broncos were anything but stone-dead in Doak Campbell Stadium before a sellout crowd of 60,913.

FSU, in an easy warmup for its meeting with Michigan in two weeks, buried the Broncos of the Mid-American Conference 58-0.

Four different FSU quarterbacks engineered scoring drives, and five running backs scored as the Seminoles improved to 3-0 and kept alive a 13-game win streak in Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Seminoles scored on seven consecutive drives running from the first to the third quarters.

So dominating was FSU that starting quarterback Casey Weldon had his pads off with 9:15 remaining in the second quarter. By then his Seminoles had a 31-0 lead, and Weldon had the wraps on a near-perfect outing.

The senior completed seven of eight passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Weldon has thrown seven touchdown passes in three games. That came when FSU's Tommy Henry was blocked by the Broncos' Marty McNair into the ball during a Western Michigan punt. The Broncos recovered the football on FSU's 21, just one of three times Western Michigan was in the Seminoles' territory during the first half.

But when Jay Barresi's 32-yard field goal went wide left after the drive failed, the Broncos' only opportunity to be the first team to lead FSU this season was squandered.

From there, it was all FSU.

And that included a Seminole defense that had but one big play against Tulane last week. By halftime, FSU had matched its season total of four quarterback sacks.

One of those belonged to Sterling Palmer. Sidelined last week for disciplinary reasons, the junior showed he could dish out punishment as well as take it when he and fellow outside linebacker Chris Cowart sandwiched Bronco quarterback Brad Tayles. The subsequent fumble was recovered at the Broncos' 1-yard line by Kirk Carruthers, and FSU's offense was in business.

Amp Lee ran to his right to score the only touchdown FSU needed, and with 7:38 remaining in the first quarter the Seminoles led 7-0.

Less than two minutes later, Weldon concluded a three-play drive when he found Eric Turral in the end zone for a 3-yard score. The drive was set up by Terrell Buckley's 14-yard punt return that gave FSU the ball on Western Michigan's 36-yard line.

FSU used its next drive to give Michigan yet another weapon to worry about. After featuring backs Amp Lee and Edgar Bennett in the season opener, and then highlighting tight ends last week over Tulane, Weldon went deep to receiver Kez McCorvey. The 42-yard pass play was FSU's longest of the season, and set up Weldon's 12-yard pass to Bennett.

All that gave FSU a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and apparently motivation to keep it going.

The Seminoles' first drive in the second quarter resulted in yet another touchdown when William Floyd sprung through a crowded middle to score his first touchdown as a Seminole.

By the time FSU went ahead 28-0 on its very next drive with seven minutes remaining in the first half, Weldon was on the bench.

His replacement, Brad Johnson took the Seminoles to the Broncos' 20-yard line before freshman Dan Mowrey licked a 36-yard field goal. Then Johnson directed another scoring drive that culminated with Tiger McMillon scoring his first touchdown, a splendid 24-yard run around the left side.

Halftime did nothing to cool the Seminoles as FSU's younger and lesser-known talent took advantage of their best opportunity to play this season.

Felix Harris, for example, who had no carries prior to the game scored from three yards out on FSU's opening drive in the third quarter.

And Paul Moore, limited to just one carry this season despite being the No. 3 fullback, scored on a 19-yard screen pass from quarterback Kenny Felder.

FSU led 51-0, but was not through as Marquette Smith, the game's leading rusher, scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Seminoles' their final touchdown.

Smith rushed 12 times for 51 yards. Amp Lee added 49 yards on 7 carries and Tiger McMillon rushed for 36 yards.

The Seminoles' leading receiver was McCorvey who had three catches for 65 yards.

Complementing FSU's offensive play was a defense that produced the Seminoles' first shutout since 1988 when they defeated South Carolina 59-0.

Western Michigan was held to just 142 total yards, as Bronco quarterback Brad Tayles found himself pressured by FSU's defensive front throughout the game.

On a night in which everything went FSU's way, there weren't even any serious injuries.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
WESTERN MICHIGAN
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
21
17
13
7
58

1st   0- 0  Opp, 32, field goal failed, 11:43
      7- 0  Amp Lee, 1, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 7:38 
     14- 0  Eric Turral, 3, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 5:36 
     21- 0  Edgar Bennett, 12, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 0:33 
2nd  28- 0  William Floyd, 11, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 12:49
     31- 0  Dan Mowrey, 36, field goal, 7:05 
     38- 0  Tiger McMillon, 24, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 0:54 
3rd  45- 0  Felix Harris, 3, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 9:52 
     45- 0  Opp, 32, field goal failed, 6:26 
     51- 0  Paul Moore, 19, pass from Kenny Felder (Dan Mowrey, kick failed), 1:55 
4th  58- 0  Marquette Smith, 11, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 14:52


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 27 9 Rushes-yards 54-202 25- 44 Passing 257 98 Att-Comp-Int 21-17-0 26-11-1 Total Yards 75-459 51-142 Punt Returns 6-60 1-5 Kickoff Returns 1-13 5-108 Interception Ret. 1-8 0-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 1-0 Punts 2-36.0 7-35.7 Sacks By-Yds 4-35 3-30 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-3 Penalties-Yds 3-15 7-55 3rd Down Conversions 7-15 2-12 4th Down Conversions 2-4 0-0 Time of Posession 36:51 23:09 Attendance 60,913 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Marquette Smith 11- 51 Amp Lee 7- 49 Tiger McMillon 7- 36 William Floyd 4- 28 Sean Jackson 5- 15 Felix Harris 6- 13 Paul Moore 3- 11 Brad Johnson 3- 10 Charlie Ward 2- 7 Jason Peirce 2- 6 Edgar Bennett 1- 4 Kevin Knox 1- -4 Kenny Felder 1- -12 Casey Weldon 1- -12 Receiving Kez McCorvey 3- 65 Kevin Knox 2- 49 Shannon Baker 3- 43 Paul Moore 2- 27 Edgar Bennett 2- 24 Matt Frier 1- 18 Johnny Clower 1- 11 Eric Turral 2- 10 Lonnie Johnson 1- 10 Passing Casey Weldon 8- 7-0-111 Brad Johnson 8- 6-0- 78 Kenny Felder 4- 3-0- 57 Charlie Ward 1- 1-0- 11 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 4- 35 Corey Sawyer 1- 33 Team 1- -8 Kickoff Return Tiger McMillon 1- 13 Punting Scott Player 2- 72 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 4 4 8 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Sterling Palmer 2 2 4 1.0- 13.0 1.0- 13.0 . . . . 1 . . Reggie Freeman 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Marvin Jones . 4 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Carl Simpson 1 2 3 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . 1 . . Lavon Brown 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Ken Alexander 1 2 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh . 2 2 1.5- 11.0 1.5- 11.0 . . . . . . . John Davis 2 . 2 0.5- 4.0 0.5- 4.0 . . . . . . . Deondri Clark . 2 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Mack Knight 1 . 1 . . 1- 8 . . . . . . Bryce Abbott . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Errol McCorvey 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Leon Fowler 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dan Mowrey 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Tommy Henry . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Ed Clark 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Abraham 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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FL    1  Shannon Baker
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
TG   69  Patrick McNeil
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS    3  Leon Fowler
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 2  Clifton Abraham
 4  Marquette Smith
 5  Kenny Felder
 7  Eric Turral
 8  Corey Sawyer
 9  Dan Mowrey
12  Matt Frier
13  Mack Knight
14  Brad Johnson
16  Richard Coes
17  Charlie Ward
21  Chris Hall
23  Bryce Abbott
24  Felix Harris
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
36  Ken Alexander
39  Ed Clark
41  Tommy Henry
44  William Floyd
49  Jason Peirce
56  Sterling Palmer
59  Sean Beavor
62  Troy Sanders
64  Jeff Deremer
68  John Flath
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
78  Johnny Clower
81  Kevin Knox
84  Warren Hart
91  Deondri Clark
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh
99  Dulack Guerrier

FLORIDA STATE 51, MICHIGAN 31

09/28/1991, ANN ARBOR, MI

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 29, 1991, page 37, by Steve Ellis.

Wow! 51-31.
Seminoles rock Ann Arbor.
With a gaudy display of talent, some trickery and some power, No. 1 Florida State punishes No. 3 Michigan on its home field.

ANN ARBOR, MI - Kirk Carruthers, he of Michigan State upbringing and Florida State refinement, screamed in glee his message to the Michigan fans he so hates.

"Now you know why we're No. 1," he shouted. "We earned it."

Indeed.

Top-ranked FSU (4-0) humbled No. 3 Michigan 51-31 Saturday afternoon before a Michigan Stadium crowd of 106,145.

The fourth-largest crowd in Michigan Stadium history saw FSU score more points in Ann Arbor than any opponent in the Wolverines' 113-year football history. It was the third-most points scored against Michigan anywhere, the most since Northwestern manage Michigan fans departed with the sight of dozens of FSU players holding high pieces of claimed turf, their teammates high-fiving FSU fans in the end zone seats, and Carruthers' words ringing in their ears.

"We're no finesse team," the Seminole inside linebacker yelled. "We can play smash-mouth, too."

The Seminoles, in fact, showed they can do it all as Coach Bobby Bowden opened up yet another book of tricks that included a quarterback throwback and a fake field goal that resulted in a touchdown.

Along the way, FSU's defensive line disproved a tag that it can't play physical football against touted offensive lines.

"We probably became a team more today than in any (game) before," defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said.

FSU, in extending the nation's longest winning streak to 10, came together with flair and fun.

A trio of Seminoles led the fun with flair. Quarterback Casey Weldon and tailback Amp Lee did their best to make a national TV audience believe they are both Heisman Trophy candidates. Weldon was customarily sharp as he completed 16 of 28 passes for 268 Then there was defensive back Terrell Buckley. He saw the challenge of defending Michigan's Heisman Trophy candidate, Desmond Howard, and met it with aplomb. Buckley had two interceptions, the first of which came on the game's second play from scrimmage After taking a 7-0 lead on Buckley's interception return, Michigan tied the score on a Howard touchdown.

Then the real fun began.

Weldon, who despite a pressure defense that forced two interceptions, had a superb game. He was at quarterback when Bowden unveiled his first trick.

Weldon tossed a lateral to Charlie Ward, a reserve quarterback who lined up at receiver. Then Ward threw it back to Weldon, who dashed 29 yards to the Michigan 11.

Four plays later, FSU faked a field goal. Holder Brad Johnson took the snap then shuffled it to William Floyd, who was the blocking back on the play. Floyd escaped one tackle at the 3 and scored to put FSU ahead 13-7.

"We put that play especially in for them," FSU offensive coordinator Brad Scott said. "I noticed in their up-the-middle blocking (defense), they only left two guys on each side. I think we could block a guy and make it work. We were going to use it the From there, FSU added two touchdowns but missed an extra-point and a two-point conversion try, and led 25-10. Lee's 44-yard run accounted for one score, and a dazzling 30-yard punt return by Buckley to open the second quarter set up the other on a 20-ya Buckley sparked a defensive unit that has lacked for big plays this season, but turned in many against Michigan. One of the unit's big plays had FSU coaches calling it the game's turning point.

The Wolverines trailed 31-23 when they worked their way to FSU's 3-yard line very late in the first half. But Michigan quarterback Elvis Grbac, forced to fire under pressure as he did much of the game, underthrew a pass to tight end Tony McGee. FSU outs Dinkins almost didn't play - he was complaining of back spasms prior to the game.

"I think it did change the game," Dinkins said. "They could have tied the game at the half. It was basically a momentum stopper for them."

As it was, both teams had put on quite a show before halftime, amassing 473 total yards and countless big plays.

As FSU expanded its lead to 37-23 by the end of the third quarter, the spotlight turned from big plays to the defensive line.

"They did a great job out there," said assistant coach Chuck Amato. "This team, we're still the heavyweight champ. We'll start October as No. 1; we certainly liked being No. 1 in September."

Michigan did not score on its first six drives of the second half.

But it wasn't just the defensive front. Linebackers Carruthers and Marvin Jones, whose major responsibility was to stop tailback Ricky Powers, helped limit Michigan to 117 rushing yards. That was 103 fewer than the Wolverines' average. Jones and Carruth About the only person who had a bad day for FSU was Mowrey, who missed three extra-point attempts.

There were few other hitches: Weldon's two interceptions that followed 106 consecutive completions without one.

But Weldon was on more than he was off. His last TD strike, a pass to tight end Lonnie Johnson, extended FSU's lead to 44-23 with 4:29 remaining.

"Our kids had great respect for Michigan but no fear," said Scott. "Before that drive, Robert Stevenson was shouting, 'We've been No. 2 too many years, we aren't letting that one get away.'

"And we scored."

Then, after a late Michigan touchdown, Todd McIntosh ended FSU's scoring in fitting fashion.

Reggie Freeman tackled Grbac as he was throwing, and the errant pass was picked off by McIntosh who rambled 49 yards for a touchdown.

That prompted fellow defensive lineman Joe Ostaszewski to take a friendly jab at the hard-breathing McIntosh.

"That was ugly, but you still did it," Ostaszewski said.

Breathless, too, were those who watched a game that earned a place among FSU's most important.

"This game not only means as much as Notre Dame, Ohio State and Nebraska," Bowden said of road victories in past seasons, "but it's bigger because Michigan was ranked No. 3."

It was an opinion seconded by Carruthers.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
19
12
6
14
51
MICHIGAN
10
13
0
8
31

1st   7- 0  Terrell Buckley, 40, interception return (Dan Mowrey, kick), 14:12
      7- 7  Opp, 13, pass (kick), 10:05
     13- 7  William Floyd, 4, pass from Brad Johnson (Dan Mowrey, kick blocked), 7:36 
     13-10  Opp, 47, field goal, 3:42 
     19-10  Amp Lee, 44, run (Dan Mowrey, kick failed), 2:41 
2nd  25-10  Warren Hart, 20, pass from Casey Weldon (Casey Weldon, pass failed), 13:24
     25-17  Opp, 42, pass (kick), 12:03
     25-23  Opp, 7, pass (pass failed), 7:52 
     31-23  Amp Lee, 5, run (Dan Mowrey, kick failed), 5:40 
3rd  37-23  Eric Turral, 20, pass from Casey Weldon (Brad Johnson, pass failed), 7:11 
4th  44-23  Lonnie Johnson, 10, pass from Casey Weldon (John Wimberly, kick), 6:28 
     44-31  Opp, 16, pass (run), 4:58 
     51-31  Toddrick McIntosh, 49, interception return (John Wimberly, kick), 3:35 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 23 Rushes-yards 33-159 44-120 Passing 301 237 Att-Comp-Int 30-18-2 38-24-4 Total Yards 63-460 82-357 Punt Returns 3-34 3-60 Kickoff Returns 5-99 7-116 Interception Ret. 4-89 2-45 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 3-38.7 4-35.5 Sacks By-Yds 3-23 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 4-1 3-1 Penalties-Yds 7-55 4-37 3rd Down Conversions 4-11 4-16 Time of Posession 26:35 33:25 Attendance 106,145 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 20- 122 Edgar Bennett 8- 34 Casey Weldon 5- 3 Receiving Amp Lee 3- 79 Warren Hart 3- 55 Edgar Bennett 3- 47 Eric Turral 3- 41 Shannon Baker 3- 36 Casey Weldon 1- 29 Lonnie Johnson 1- 10 William Floyd 1- 4 Passing Casey Weldon 28-16-2-268 Charlie Ward 1- 1-0- 29 Brad Johnson 1- 1-0- 4 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 3- 34 Kickoff Return Felix Harris 4- 82 Tiger McMillon 1- 17 Punting Scott Player 3- 116 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 11 3 14 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 6 1 7 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Ken Alexander 6 1 7 . . . . . . . . . Marvin Jones 7 . 7 . . . . . . . . . John Davis 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 6 . 6 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Richard Coes 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 4 1 5 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 1- 0 . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 4 . 4 1.0- 1.0 . 2- 40 . . . . . . Carl Simpson 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh 2 . 2 2.0- 10.0 1.0- 9.0 1- 49 . . . . . . Corey Fuller 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Dan Footman 2 . 2 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Troy Sanders 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Steve Gilmer 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Corey Sawyer 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dan Mowrey 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Derrick Brooks . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Mack Knight 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Edgar Bennett 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . David Stallworth 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Roberson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Deondri Clark 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
FLK   7  Eric Turral
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
TG   69  Patrick McNeil
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS   16  Richard Coes
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
SS   31  Lavon Brown
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Clifton Abraham
 3  Leon Fowler
 4  Marquette Smith
 6  Steve Gilmer
 8  Corey Sawyer
 9  Dan Mowrey
10  Derrick Brooks
13  Mack Knight
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
18  John Davis
19  John Wimberly
21  Chris Hall
23  Bryce Abbott
24  Felix Harris
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
##  NAME
-----------------------------
33  Tiger McMillon
36  Ken Alexander
37  Chris Keen
39  Ed Clark
40  David Stallworth
41  Tommy Henry
44  William Floyd
47  James Roberson
49  Jason Peirce
54  Kevin Adams
56  Sterling Palmer
58  Dan Footman
62  Troy Sanders
72  Steve Allen
84  Warren Hart
91  Deondri Clark
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh

FLORIDA STATE 46, SYRACUSE 14

10/05/1991, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 6, 1991, page 39, by Steve Ellis.

FSU Reigns On.
The No. 1 Seminoles shake off an explosive Syracuse start to roll to yet another impressive victory.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On a day Florida State fans fretted about rain, it was Orange Lightning which threatened the Seminoles' reign as king of college football.

But FSU overcame the play of speedy Qadry Ismail and rolled like thunder over the No. 10 Orangemen 46-14.

A rain-drenched crowd of 61,231 watched at Doak Campbell Stadium as FSU settled down on defense and rattled Syracuse with big strikes to wide receivers.

The crushing win, coupled with FSU's 51-31 victory over No. 3 Michigan last week, may be enough to convince the three holdouts on the Associated Press poll to vote the Seminoles No. 1.

Syracuse's offense covered 80 quick yards in the first 23 seconds, then managed just 64 yards in the next 48:48.

"We got our butts kicked," Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "We had things pretty much our own way up until today, and it had been fun. Today, it wasn't fun."

The victory extended FSU's winning streak to 11 games and boosted FSU to 5-0 for the first time since 1979. In that season, FSU went undefeated in the regular season, and finished No. 2.

"It wasn't so much that we were trying to send a message again this week," said tailback Amp Lee, who rushed for 106 yards, his third 100-yard game this season.

"We just went out there with the idea of getting the job done."

FSU's offense, despite amassing 264 yards before the half, did its job best in the second half. The Seminoles opened with a plan to run the ball against Syracuse defense that allowed opponents just 62.8 rushing yards a game.

Lee had 56 yards after FSU's second drive and 82 by halftime. An offensive line plagued by the flu would later get plenty of the credit.

Short passes and tough runs helped FSU open its offense to push away the Orangemen.

"It was real late in this game before I could ever get comfortable," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said.

Ahead 17-14 at halftime, FSU put together 240 yards of offense to Syracuse's 16 in the third quarter.

The bulk of FSU's yardage came in the air, where Casey Weldon and his four regular receivers resembled FSU's passing attack of old.

Shannon Baker, making amends for an earlier drop, made a 51-yard, over-the-shoulder grab of a Weldon pass. That catch, a career best, set up FSU's first touchdown of the second half, putting the Seminoles in front 23-14.

Then duplicating the moves of his previous catch, Baker looked over his shoulder for a 50-yard touchdown reception. FSU led 30-14 and Bowden was finally comfortable.

"There was a lot of reaction from the coaches when I dropped that first one," Baker said. "I was down on myself, too.

"I was happy to get another chance. It was a great day for our wide receivers."

Three different wide receivers had touchdown receptions, including Kevin Knox. Knox's possession-type catches in the first half accounted for 69 yards, 8 more than he had in his career.

Weldon had career-highs with 22 completions and 347 yards passing. Although pressured by Syracuse, Weldon spent a lot less time on his back than he did against Michigan.

"Casey just did great," Bowden said. "Casey does one of the best jobs of making the right decision. I'm so happy how we played overall."

In total offense, FSU passed, smashed and danced to 642 total yards of offense - the most allowed by a Syracuse defense. The previous high, 587 yards, was set by FSU in 1978.

While Syracuse's defense struggled, FSU's played well following two early lapses, and another by the special teams.

Syracuse quarterback Marvin Graves completed 6 of 17 passes for 100 yards as FSU defenders did what they do best against the Orangemen. FSU had six quarterback sacks Saturday, and nine against Syracuse in 1989.

Marvin Jones had an unofficial nine tackles to lead FSU. Kirk Carruthers and Howard Dinkins each had six, and Todd McIntosh scored for a second consecutive week. A lineman, McIntosh's quarterback sack for a safety makes him the defense's leading scorer.

"This defense is playing as well as I've seen since I've been here," said linebacker coach Wally Burnham in his seventh season at FSU. "Our kids kept the composure. We didn't make any adjustments or anything magical."

FSU did mix its three-linebacker and two-linebacker schemes.

"We gave up those big plays early, but after that we shot them down," Burnham said.

David Walker, on the game's first play, took a pitch on the option and ran 36 yards. Then there was Ismail's 44-yard touchdown catch down the middle, in which he broke FSU's zone coverage. The score put FSU behind for the first time since losing to Auburn last year.

Then, after the Seminoles answered two series later with a touchdown, Ismail cracked and flashed his way 95 yards on the subsequent kickoff.

Ismail bounced off Terrell Buckley at his own 40, escaped John Davis near midfield and eluded Ken Alexander at the FSU 30-yard line. All that quieted the thunder of FSU's crowd and gave Syracuse a 14-7 lead.

Meanwhile, FSU's offense, borrowing strategy of so many foes, put together possession-oriented drives to keep Ismail and Syracuse's offense off the field.

After having just one scoring drive of more than three minutes last week, FSU had three over four minutes.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SYRACUSE
14
0
0
0
14
FLORIDA STATE
7
10
13
16
46

1st   0- 7  Opp, 44, pass (kick), 14:37
      7- 7  Matt Frier, 12, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 1:18 
      7-14  Opp, 95, kickoff return (kick), 1:04 
2nd  14-14  Edgar Bennett, 7, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 7:33 
     17-14  Dan Mowrey, 27, field goal, 4:29 
3rd  23-14  Edgar Bennett, 1, run (Dan Mowrey, kick failed), 13:04
     30-14  Shannon Baker, 50, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick), 2:55 
4th  32-14  Toddrick McIntosh, safety, 13:37
            Note: McIntosh sacked the quarterback in the end zone.      
     39-14  Sean Jackson, 12, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 10:53
     46-14  Lonnie Johnson, 15, pass from Brad Johnson (Dan Mowrey, kick), 3:12 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 31 13 Rushes-yards 45-266 33- 85 Passing 376 100 Att-Comp-Int 39-24-0 17-6-2 Total Yards 84-642 50-185 Punt Returns 3-23 1-0 Kickoff Returns 2-49 6-187 Interception Ret. 2-9 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 3-37.7 6-44.0 Sacks By-Yds 6-39 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 6-60 2-15 3rd Down Conversions 10-15 2-10 4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-1 Time of Posession 34:15 25:45 Attendance 61,231 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 19- 106 Sean Jackson 9- 96 Edgar Bennett 10- 35 Jason Peirce 2- 17 Tiger McMillon 3- 11 'OMar Ellison 1- 1 Felix Harris 1- 0 Receiving Shannon Baker 5- 139 Edgar Bennett 5- 70 Kevin Knox 5- 69 Eric Turral 3- 45 Lonnie Johnson 2- 24 Matt Frier 2- 18 Warren Hart 1- 9 Sean Jackson 1- 3 Passing Casey Weldon 35-22-0-347 Brad Johnson 4- 2-0- 29 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 3- 23 Kickoff Return Terrell Buckley 1- 28 Tiger McMillon 1- 21 Punting Scott Player 3- 113 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marvin Jones 6 3 9 2.0- 9.0 2.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 2 4 6 . . . 1 . . . . . Howard Dinkins 4 2 6 1.0- 16.0 1.0- 16.0 . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 3 1 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Reggie Freeman 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Ken Alexander 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 2 1 3 1.0- 3.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Corey Fuller 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh 2 . 2 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . 1 Carl Simpson 2 . 2 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Clifton Abraham 1 . 1 1.0- . 1- 9 . . . . . . Kevin Adams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Derrick Brooks 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 1 . 1 1.0- . . . . . . . . James Chaney 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . John Davis . . . . . . 1 . . . . . Mack Knight . . . . . . 1 . . . . . Richard Coes . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
FL    1  Shannon Baker
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS   16  Richard Coes
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 2  Clifton Abraham
 3  Leon Fowler
 7  Eric Turral
 9  Dan Mowrey
10  Derrick Brooks
12  Matt Frier
13  Mack Knight
14  Brad Johnson
24  Felix Harris
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
30  'OMar Ellison
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
36  Ken Alexander
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Ed Clark
41  Tommy Henry
49  Jason Peirce
54  Kevin Adams
56  Sterling Palmer
62  Troy Sanders
64  Jeff Deremer
68  John Flath
69  Patrick McNeil
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
81  Kevin Knox
84  Warren Hart
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh

FLORIDA STATE 33, VIRGINIA TECH 20

10/12/1991, Orlando, Fl

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 13, 1991, page 37, by Steve Ellis.

Technical knockout.
Hokies do push FSU, but can't close deal.
The offense sputters but the defense and Terrell Buckley make the difference.

ORLANDO, FL - Florida State, looking not so much like the nation's top team early against Virginia Tech, managed to say goodbye in a winning fashion to a stubborn foe.

In surviving the Hokies' upset bid, 33-20, FSU overcame its sometime big-play prone defense, and an offense that produced a season-low 343 total yards behind a lackluster performance by quarterback Casey Weldon.

Mostly FSU (6-0) fought back a Virginia Tech team that played better than its 2-4 record suggests, and a Citrus Bowl crowd of 58,991 might have expected.

"You're going to have games like that," said FSU offensive coordinator Brad Scott. "The No. 1 thing is we won the game, and we're still undefeated. We'll try to iron out our mistakes.

"For the first time this year we didn't execute, and you have to give them (the Hokies) some credit."

While Amp Lee fueled FSU's offense with 107 yards rushing, Virginia Tech quarterback Will Furrer countered with a career-high 317 yards passing. Furrer threw a perfect 45-yard strike to Michael Sturdivant, who despite being covered by Terrell Buckley to his outside, and John Davis inside, scored the game's first touchdown.

Then after FSU went ahead on an Edgar Bennett 8-yard run, and Buckley's 71-yard touchdown interception, Furrer brought Virginia Tech back to a tie at 14 in the second quarter.

FSU took a 20-14 lead into the locker room at halftime when Weldon hit Kevin Knox in full stride for a 38-yard touchdown pass.

By then, the Seminoles were well aware of what head coach Bobby Bowden had been talking about in preparing for Virginia Tech.

"Coach told us all week that they would play us tough because they always do. I'm glad to see them gone," defensive end Dan Footman said of the series-ending game.

Footman's fumble recovery of a poor exchange between Furrer and Mark Poindexter in the second half was one of the several key defensive plays that sparked the Seminoles.

Two Buckley interceptions and two defensive stands in the second half also stood out.

Bowden made a plea to his defense to stop Virginia Tech in three straight plays on the Hokies first possession of the second half. FSU, in fact, held Virginia Tech to minus yardage on that series.

"The first five minutes of the game and of the second half are some of the most important moments of the ball game," Andrews said. "It sets the tempo. We helped Virginia Tech; we had panalties (four on the defense in the first half)."

A pass interference call on Buckley helped set up Virginia Tech's first touchdown.

"You're not going to play good every week," Andrews said. "But we're also proud of our kids. They would not let us get beat."

One such example was a fourth-and-2 situation with 11:59 remaining and FSU ahead 33-20, Hokie fullback Philip Bryant was stopped for no gain.

Designated as a Virginia Tech, it was moved to Orlando in return for an $800,000 guarantee made to the Hokies. It was also the 29th and final meeting in a rivalry that was FSU's longest against out-of-state opponents.

"We were fortunate to have won this game," said Bowden. "They play us tough like this every time. I am glad we played this game in Orlando, Florida."

With all due respect to his coach, Weldon would have to disagree. Although he put up good statistics in a Citrus Bowl appearance against Memphis State last year, he spent much of the game on his backside.

Ditto for Saturday's game. He was sacked five times.

"With their eight-man front they did a good job of mixing it up," FSU tackle Kevin Mancini said." It was just our offensive line (with blocking responsibility).

"The backs, tight ends, we all had responsibilities and we were not executing."

Rated among the nation's best in pass efficiency, Weldon had an atypical day. He completed 41.9 (13 of 31) percent of his passes. For the first time as a starter, he completed less than 50 percent of his throws.

"We did not have a good night throwing and catching," Scott said.

Weldon was more to the point.

"I hate this place," Weldon said of the Citrus Bowl. "It was bad. I never really felt comfortable in my reads."

The Seminoles scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to clinch the victory.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA TECH
7
7
0
6
20
FLORIDA STATE
7
13
13
0
33

1st   0- 7  Opp, 45, pass (kick), 6:27 
      7- 7  Edgar Bennett, 8, run (Dan Mowrey, kick), 2:47 
2nd  14- 7  Terrell Buckley, 71, interception return (Dan Mowrey, kick), 13:33
     14-14  Opp, 1, run (kick), 8:08 
     20-14  Kevin Knox, 38, pass from Casey Weldon (Dan Mowrey, kick failed), 7:12 
3rd  26-14  Amp Lee, 6, run (Dan Mowrey, kick failed), 7:57 
     33-14  Lonnie Johnson, 1, pass from Casey Weldon (John Wimberly, kick), 0:34 
4th  33-20  Opp, 1, run (pass failed), 7:22 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 24 Rushes-yards 38-157 42-100 Passing 186 320 Att-Comp-Int 31-13-1 40-22-3 Total Yards 69-343 82-420 Punt Returns 1-10 3-25 Kickoff Returns 2-54 3-48 Interception Ret. 3-79 1-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 8-39.6 6-37.2 Sacks By-Yds 2-16 5-45 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yds 9-100 7-48 3rd Down Conversions 5-14 6-18 4th Down Conversions 1-1 1-3 Time of Posession 27:38 32:22 Attendance 58,991 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 16- 107 Edgar Bennett 11- 60 Sean Jackson 3- 15 Paul Moore 1- 3 Casey Weldon 7- -28 Receiving Kevin Knox 4- 132 Shannon Baker 3- 27 Kez McCorvey 1- 9 Matt Frier 1- 7 Amp Lee 2- 5 Warren Hart 1- 5 Lonnie Johnson 1- 1 Passing Casey Weldon 31-13-1-186 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 1- 10 Kickoff Return Marquette Smith 1- 33 Tiger McMillon 1- 21 Punting Scott Player 8- 317 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 6 1 7 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Marvin Jones 3 3 6 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 5 . 5 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Richard Coes 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 4 . 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Ken Alexander 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 3 . 3 . . 2- 79 1 . . . . . Leon Fowler 2 1 3 1.0- 7.0 . 1- 0 . . . . . . John Davis 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . James Chaney 3 . 3 1.0- 11.0 1.0- 11.0 . . . . 1 . . Errol McCorvey 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Chris Cowart . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Dan Footman 2 . 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Derrick Brooks 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Corey Fuller 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Troy Sanders 1 . 1 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh 1 . 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Carl Simpson 1 . 1 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Chris Hall 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Edgar Bennett 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Corey Sawyer . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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FL    1  Shannon Baker
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS   16  Richard Coes
SS   18  John Davis
RC   26  Errol McCorvey
LC   27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  Leon Fowler
 4  Marquette Smith
 7  Eric Turral
 8  Corey Sawyer
 9  Dan Mowrey
10  Derrick Brooks
12  Matt Frier
14  Brad Johnson
19  John Wimberly
21  Chris Hall
24  Felix Harris
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
36  Ken Alexander
39  Ed Clark
41  Tommy Henry
56  Sterling Palmer
58  Dan Footman
61  Eric Gibbs
62  Troy Sanders
64  Jeff Deremer
68  John Flath
69  Patrick McNeil
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
81  Kevin Knox
84  Warren Hart
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh

FLORIDA STATE 39, MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST 10

10/19/1991, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 20, 1991, page 37, by Steve Ellis.

Ho-Humming.
Blue Raiders prove too spunky to be a typical Homecoming victim
Bobby Bowden lashes his team at halftime, and the Seminoles respond to put away Middle Tennessee State.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Officially, it was Homecoming.

But anyone who watched Florida State go through the motions of stopping stubborn Middle Tennessee State 39-10 Saturday knows better than that.

Call it Ho-humming.

“We were complacent and flat for the second straight week,” FSU senior linebacker Kirk Carruthers said after No. 1 FSU defeated its Division 1-AA opponent. “We’re just not playing like we should be. It’s definitely disappointing.”

That’s not to say FSU’s 13th consecutive victory, and seventh this season, didn’t have its moments.

For one thing, FSU was victorious.

“We’re 7-0 so you can’t be disappointed with that,” FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said.

And there was FSU’s kicking game. Booed a week ago for missing two extra points, Mowrey was three of four in field-goal attempts. And walk-on Gerry Thomas, his replacement on extra points, was perfect in four tries.

Marquette Smith, zipped down the FSU sideline 34 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, provided a glimpse of the future.

FSU’s offense, sparked by Bobby Bowden’s fiery half-time speech and the return of demoted Robbie Baker, showed early-season form on its initial drive of the second half.

And defensively, the Seminoles had a season-high eight unofficial quarterback sacks.

“You want a nice easy win and (for) everybody to have a good time,” Bowden said of Homecoming. “It looked like everybody was having a good time today but me.”

The two Blue Raiders most responsible for Bowden’s lament, and keeping this close until late in the third quarter, were quarterback Kelly Holcomb and tailback Joe Campbell.

“Their quarterback and (Campbell) were very elusive, very slippery,” said Carruthers, FSU’s unofficial leader in tackles with 11.

As a high-school senior, Campbell was overlooked by Division I schools because he insisted on being a running back rather than a defensive back. As a collegiate senior Saturday, he once again proved recruiters wrong with more than 100 yards of total offense.

He culminated a 29-yard run early in the second quarter by flipping into the FSU end zone. That narrowed FSU’s lead to 10-7 just 35 seconds into the second quarter.

FSU scored on a 5-yard pass to Shannon Baker and a Mowrey field goal before Campbell’s touchdown. The Seminoles picked up more points on Amp Lee’s 2-yard run and another Mowrey field goal.

Then Holcomb engineered a drive that led to a field goal, and the Blue Raiders cut FSU’s advantage to 20-10. That led to the tongue-lashing, first by defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews to his unit on the sideline, then by Bowden to the whole team inside the locker room.

“(Bowden) was upset with the whole team in general,” center Robbie Baker said. “When coach Bowden speaks, people listen.”

In the first half, FSU’s offense did not score on three drives, and twice had to settle for field goals after being in first-and-goal situations.

“They really took it to us,” Bowden said. “I expected to just physically dominate them up front. We didn’t even come close to doing that.”

Complacency was one reason. So, apparently, was a juggled offensive line that saw starting tackle Robert Stevenson at center and Baker on the bench.

“We weren’t playing as a focused team,” said fullback Edgar Bennett, who had five receptions.

“I think it was more our lack of concentration than anything Middle Tennessee was doing,” Bennett said. “That one drive was pretty big for us.”

Baker, who until Saturday started in 19 consecutive games, didn’t even expect to play. He got the call prior to FSU’s initial drive of the second half and Stevenson moved back to tackle.

The Seminoles, on the strength of three big runs by Amp Lee, finished the 92-yard drive with a 29-yard toss to Shannon Baker.

The 27-10 lead pretty much sealed FSU’s 16th straight Homecoming victory.

A safety, FSU’s third of this season, a Mowrey field goal and Smith’s touchdown run gave the Seminoles their final points.

Despite Holcomb’s 13 straight completions in the second half, he could not help Middle Tennessee State to another touchdown.

The freshman put together some impressive statistics, completing 20 of 28 for 188 yards. But FSU, too, had some impressive numbers.

Weldon, who had one interception when Frier slipped while executing his route, completed 20 of 33 for 294 yards. FSU had 553 yards of offense.

Just as the Seminoles didn’t escape without an early scare, it did not depart without injuries. Troy Sanders, who was credited with a game-high two quarterback sacks, sustained turf toe.

Kevin Knox, who in his first start at split end had five catches for 99 yards, had a hip pointer. Fellow receiver Matt Frier sustained the same injury.

A bigger scare, said FSU players, is in store next week if the Seminoles do not shake the ho-hums of recent games.

“We can’t go to LSU (Saturday) and play like we did today or we’ll lose the ballgame,” said Bennett.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST
0
10
0
0
10
FLORIDA STATE
10
10
7
12
39

1st   7- 0  Shannon Baker, 5, pass from Casey Weldon (Gerry Thomas, kick), 12:51
      7- 0  Opp, 51, field goal failed, 7:26 
     10- 0  Dan Mowrey, 24, field goal, 4:03 
2nd  10- 7  Opp, 29, run (kick), 14:15
     17- 7  Amp Lee, 2, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 11:36
     20- 7  Dan Mowrey, 31, field goal, 9:51 
     20-10  Opp, 29, field goal, 0:19 
3rd  27-10  Shannon Baker, 29, pass from Casey Weldon (Gerry Thomas, kick), 4:28 
4th  30-10  Dan Mowrey, 39, field goal, 12:28
     32-10  Eric Smith, safety, 8:02 
            Note: Smith tackled the runningback in the end zone.        
     39-10  Marquette Smith, 34, pass from Brad Johnson (Gerry Thomas, kick), 6:11 
     39-10  Dan Mowrey, 29, field goal failed, 4:54 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 24 17 Rushes-yards 32-207 39-107 Passing 346 188 Att-Comp-Int 39-22-1 31-21-0 Total Yards 71-553 70-295 Punt Returns 3-35 1-11 Kickoff Returns 2-34 7-128 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 2-40.0 5-36.6 Sacks By-Yds 8-51 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-2 Penalties-Yds 7-52 3-15 3rd Down Conversions 6-12 3-14 4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-0 Time of Posession 26:03 33:57 Attendance 60,202 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Tiger McMillon 4- 66 Amp Lee 10- 51 Sean Jackson 5- 46 Edgar Bennett 8- 21 William Floyd 2- 10 Marquette Smith 2- 10 Clyde Allen 1- 3 Receiving Shannon Baker 6- 100 Kevin Knox 5- 99 Edgar Bennett 5- 59 Marquette Smith 1- 34 Matt Frier 2- 25 Amp Lee 1- 15 Kez McCorvey 1- 13 Sean Jackson 1- 1 Passing Casey Weldon 33-20-1-294 Brad Johnson 6- 2-0- 52 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 2- 25 Clifton Abraham 1- 10 Kickoff Return Terrell Buckley 1- 30 Steve Gilmer 1- 4 Punting Scott Player 2- 80 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 6 5 11 3.0- 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 6 2 8 . . . . . . . . . Marvin Jones 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Ken Alexander 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 1 2 3 1.5- 3.5 1.5- 3.5 . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 2 1 3 1.0- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Carl Simpson . 2 2 1.0- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Troy Sanders 1 1 2 3.0- 2.0- 15.0 . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Abraham 1 . 1 . . . . . . . 1 . Toddrick McIntosh . 1 1 0.5- 1.5 0.5- 1.5 . . . . . . . Eric Smith 1 . 1 1.0- . . . . . . . 1 Chris Cowart 1 . 1 2.0- 1.0- 12.0 . . . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Corey James . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Corey Fuller . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
FL    1  Shannon Baker
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
ST   68  John Flath
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
SE   81  Kevin Knox
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS   16  Richard Coes
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
SS   31  Lavon Brown
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 2  Clifton Abraham
 3  Leon Fowler
 4  Marquette Smith
 6  Steve Gilmer
 9  Dan Mowrey
12  Matt Frier
14  Brad Johnson
15  Gerry Thomas
18  John Davis
19  John Wimberly
20  Clyde Allen
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
36  Ken Alexander
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Ed Clark
41  Tommy Henry
43  Eric Smith
44  William Floyd
51  Robbie Baker
56  Sterling Palmer
62  Troy Sanders
69  Patrick McNeil
70  Corey James
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
84  Warren Hart
88  Kez McCorvey
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh

FLORIDA STATE 27, LOUISIANA STATE 16

10/26/1991, BATON ROUGE, LA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 27, 1991, Other Editions, page 4, by Steve Ellis.

Clinging in the rain.
Holding off the toughest challenge yet to its No. 1 ranking, FSU fights through a wet and scary start with a second-half rally to prevail over upset-minded LSU.

BATON ROUGE, LA - Louisiana State, a 27 ½-point underdog, was 14 minutes and 15 seconds from this season’s most shocking upset.

Then top-ranked Florida State, looking less like a team destined to win a national championship and more like one driven by gutty determination to capture it, rose for an eventual 27-16 victory.

“The Michigan State game we won on talent,” FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. “The Syracuse game, we won on talent. Tonight we won on character.”

FSU (8-0) outscored LSU (3-4) 20-0 in the second half to erase a 16-7 halftime deficit. The victory was Bowden’s sixth in seven visits here.

Injuries, too threatened to derail FSU’s national championship bid as five starters, including two linemen, and quarterback Casey Weldon for a few plays, were knocked out of the game.

“They showed why they are No. 1 in the nation,” LSU head coach Curley Hallman said. “It’s the first time they were put in that position (of trailing in the second half), and they handled it.”

Bowden couldn’t have agreed more.

“Things just kept mounting up, up and up (against FSU),” Bowden said. “I can’t imagine a team facing more adversity.

“I told my kids before the season that we would probably have a game or two where we would be down 14 points and have to come back.”

FSU trailed 16-14 when William Floyd scored in driving rain to give FSU its initial lead. The Seminole defense then dug in to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games.

FSU held LSU to 98 yards in the second half. Marvin Jones, one of 10 finalists for the Butkus Award, lead FSU with 12 tackles. Fellow linebacker Kirk Carruthers added nine.

Weldon, after leaving the game briefly with a sprained knee, engineered FSU’s final two scoring drives. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 106 yards.

Amp Lee carried 24 times for 112 of FSU’s 212 rushing yards. The junior scored twice on the ground and added a 22-yard scoring reception.

“We had a lot of things going against us,” Lee said. “The crowds, the breaks – but we overcame the obstacles, rose to the occasion and dominated.”

Lee starred behind an injury-decimated offensive line that drew strong praise from Bowden.

The victory kept alive the prospects of a meeting between two unbeaten powers later this season. FSU and No. 2 Miami meet in Tallahassee on Nov. 16.

That opportunity didn’t seem likely as the heart of FSU’s offensive line was out of the game. First center Robbie Baker left early in the third quarter with lacerations to the knee and was replaced by Jeff Deremer. Tackle Kevin Mancini sprained ligaments in his left knee and was sidelined with six minutes remaining.

The other tackle, Robert Stevenson, was ejected.

In their place were Eric Gibbs and John Flath. Yet another unlikely hero, reserve tight end Johnny Clower, made a key block to free Floyd for the winning touchdown with 14:05 remaining.

FSU’s defense set up the Seminoles’ next score when Todd McIntosh forced a fumble by LSU quarterback Chad Loup that Kirk Carruthers recovered on the LSU 20.

Loup finished 17 of 33 for 233 yards.

Lee scored from 1 yard out to cap FSU’s final scoring drive. When LSU reached the FSU 3 on the next drive, the Seminoles’ defense stopped the Tigers four times to secure the victory.

All that came after a first half that left FSU fans stunned.

LSU rocketed to a 10-0 lead just 2:55 into the game.

On the game’s second play, LSU receiver Todd Kinhen escaped Terrell Buckley’s bump at the line of scrimmage, broke unguarded into the FSU secondary and scored for a 63-yard touchdown.

On the Seminoles’ next possession, FSU’s Lonnie Johnson fumbled to set up the first of Pedro Suarez’s three field goals – this one from 35 yards – and LSU led 10-0. Suarez kicked another five minutes later from 27 yards to open a 13-0 lead.

The Tiger defense held FSU scoreless for the remainder of the quarter for the first time since Auburn did it last season en route to a 20-17 victory – FSU’s last defeat.

Trailing 13-0 in the first quarter, Lee and Edgar Bennet combined for 35 yards on a drive to LSU’s 4. But Weldon, forced to scramble on fourth down, was tackled from behind by Shawn King.

FSU finally scored on Lee’s 1-yard run early in the second, closing the gap to 13-7.

Suarez kicked a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter to give LSU a 16-7 lead at halftime.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
7
7
13
27
LOUISIANA STATE
13
3
0
0
16

1st   0- 7  Opp, 63, pass (kick), 14:07
      0-10  Opp, 35, field goal, 12:05
      0-13  Opp, 27, field goal, 6:53 
2nd   7-13  Amp Lee, 1, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 10:29
      7-16  Opp, 41, field goal, 0:31 
3rd  14-16  Amp Lee, 22, pass from Casey Weldon (Gerry Thomas, kick), 9:15 
4th  21-16  William Floyd, 1, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 14:15
     27-16  Amp Lee, 1, run (Casey Weldon, pass failed), 10:14
     27-16  Opp, 41, field goal failed, 2:06 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 19 Rushes-yards 53-212 27- 27 Passing 145 233 Att-Comp-Int 21-13-1 34-17-2 Total Yards 74-357 61-260 Punt Returns 2-32 2-17 Kickoff Returns 3-100 4-67 Interception Ret. 2-0 1-15 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 3-31.7 2-46.0 Sacks By-Yds 2-16 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1 Penalties-Yds 6-76 3-28 3rd Down Conversions 9-14 3-11 4th Down Conversions 0-2 0-1 Time of Posession 33:28 26:32 Attendance 71,019 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 24- 112 Edgar Bennett 8- 34 Sean Jackson 5- 26 Paul Moore 5- 23 William Floyd 6- 15 Casey Weldon 5- 2 Receiving Amp Lee 4- 30 Edgar Bennett 2- 27 William Floyd 2- 23 Shannon Baker 1- 18 Lonnie Johnson 2- 16 Kez McCorvey 1- 16 Kevin Knox 1- 15 Passing Casey Weldon 17-10-1-106 Brad Johnson 4- 3-0- 39 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 2- 32 Kickoff Return Tiger McMillon 3- 100 Punting Scott Player 2- 80 Team 1- 15 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marvin Jones 4 8 12 3.0- . . 1 . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 5 4 9 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Errol McCorvey 7 . 7 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Howard Dinkins 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . John Davis 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Carl Simpson 2 1 3 2.0- 1.0- . . . . . . . Ken Alexander 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Richard Coes 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Dan Footman 1 1 2 1.0- . . 1 . . . . . William Floyd 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh 1 1 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Leon Fowler . 1 1 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Sean Jackson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Corey Fuller . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Mack Knight 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Sean Beavor . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Eric Smith . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Hall . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Keen 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Steve Gilmer 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Abraham 1 . 1 1.0- . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
FL    1  Shannon Baker
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
RB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
SE   81  Kevin Knox
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS   16  Richard Coes
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 2  Clifton Abraham
 3  Leon Fowler
 4  Marquette Smith
 6  Steve Gilmer
 7  Eric Turral
 8  Corey Sawyer
 9  Dan Mowrey
13  Mack Knight
14  Brad Johnson
15  Gerry Thomas
21  Chris Hall
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
36  Ken Alexander
37  Chris Keen
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Ed Clark
41  Tommy Henry
43  Eric Smith
44  William Floyd
56  Sterling Palmer
58  Dan Footman
59  Sean Beavor
62  Troy Sanders
64  Jeff Deremer
68  John Flath
69  Patrick McNeil
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
84  Warren Hart
88  Kez McCorvey
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh

FLORIDA STATE 40, LOUISVILLE 15

11/02/1991, LOUISVILLE, KY

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 3, 1991, Other Editions, page 8, by Steve Ellis.

Frozen, but solid.
On a cold night in Kentucky, Florida State extended it winning streak to 15 games with a 40-15 romp.

LOUISVILLE, KY - Even on a night where it was sometimes difficult to determine which was colder - Florida State's offense or this city's sub-freezing weather - the Seminoles whipped Louisville 40-15.

The victory, FSU's ninth this season, is a school-record-tying 15th in a row.

Despite good defensive effort that included a school record six interceptions, Bobby Bowden might find reason to sleep uneasy the two weeks, waiting for top-ranked FSU's home showdown with Miami on Nov. 16.

"I'm hoping (FSU's offense) is saving it (for the stretch run)," said Bowden, adding that he is not concerned - yet. "I think it was mostly Louisville. They fouled up our offense.

"Our defense did a good job other than giving up some big plays. We put good pressure on (quarterback Erik Watts) and our coverage was good."

Watts, who played with an injured left hand, completed 15 of 40 passes for 210 yards. He was sacked six times.

FSU quarterback Brad Johnson, starting for the injured Casey Weldon, had respectable numbers, completing 16 of 26 passes for 190 yards. He also threw two interceptions.

"Brad did a good job making things happen for us," FSU offensive coordinator Brad Scott said. "We were throwing the ball well but our running game wasn't what we liked."

Tailback Amp Lee had 67 of FSU's 169 rushing yards.

But with starters such as Edgar Bennett and tackle Kevin Mancini on the sidelines, the offense had problems scoring touchdowns against a defense that was giving up 27.5 points a game.

Twelve of FSU's points came on field goals, and one touchdown resulted from Chris Cowart's interception with less than three minutes remaining.

"We weren't effective in the first half," Scott said. "We didn't make a lot of plays (on the offensive line)."

Although FSU's offense never got into its rhythm, FSU's kicking game was nearly perfect, and the defense once again did what it must do.

"We're trying to get a little better each week," FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said. "The key now is to eliminate big plays."

FSU gave up at least three plays over 25 yards, but one - a 60-yard pass to set up a Louisville score - was contested by cornerback Errol McCorvey, who said he was pushed twice by the receiver.

That score was the first FSU allowed in the third quarter this season.

Gerry Thomas made four of five field-goal attempts Saturday, including one from 40 yards.

Not since 1987, when Derek Schmidt kicked that four field goals against Florida, has an FSU kicker had so many field goals.

"I wasn't sure I was going to start," said Thomas, who won a kick-off earlier this week over Dan Mowrey. "It felt good to have the kind of game I had."

After breaking away late in the second quarter, FSU's offense sputtered under Johnson's direction in the third. Even a change in the offensive line didn't seem to help much.

Tackle Eric Gibbs was replaced at tackle by starting guard Reggie Dixon, and Patrick McNeil entered the game at Morris' old position.

What action there was in that quarter was provided by Louisville, and especially running back Herbert Henry, who broke three tackles near the 20 for a 28-yard touchdown that narrowed FSU's lead to 27-15.

Mostly, the kind of chills that encouraged Louisville fans to their seats lasted less a half.

FSU's 27-9 lead at halftime sparked a traffic jam that left Cardinal Stadium just a quarter-full as the third quarter began.

But the way most of the first half and some of the second half went was something Bobby Bowden first warned about on Aug. 24.

That's the day the Seminoles were named No. 1 by the Associated Press, and Bowden lamented that many future opponents would approach Florida State as its biggest game of the season.

That approach, Bowden said, could find FSU behind the eight ball in games where the Seminoles were heavily favored.

Yet Bowden probably didn't expect that such a string of heavy underdogs - Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee State, LSU and Louisville - would play the Seminoles so close for so long in recent games.

Certainly, Louisville looked nothing like a 31 1/2-point underdog in the first 25 minutes Saturday. The Cardinals, in fact, kept within striking distance before big plays did them in late in the second quarter.

With his team trailing 13-3, Watts was intercepted by Terrell Buckley, who set up an FSU touchdown with a 35-yard return to Louisville's 29.

The interception, Buckley's 16th at FSU, broke the school record he shared with Monk Bonasorte.

Three plays later, Paul Moore found a hole to the left side, and with Thomas' extra-point, the Seminoles led 20-3.

Another big play, a 60-yard reception by Eric Turral, set up FSU's final score of the half.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
20
0
13
40
LOUISVILLE
3
6
6
0
15

1st   7- 0  Amp Lee, 8, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 11:57
      7- 3  Opp, 51, field goal, 8:22 
2nd  10- 3  Gerry Thomas, 40, field goal, 11:07
     13- 3  Gerry Thomas, 32, field goal, 7:21 
     20- 3  Paul Moore, 3, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 4:57 
     20- 9  Opp, 45, pass (kick failed), 2:41 
     27- 9  William Floyd, 5, pass from Brad Johnson (Gerry Thomas, kick), 1:28 
3rd  27-15  Opp, 28, run (pass failed), 12:17
     27-15  Gerry Thomas, 22, field goal failed, 3:59 
4th  30-15  Gerry Thomas, 32, field goal, 13:47
     33-15  Gerry Thomas, 38, field goal, 10:31
     40-15  Chris Cowart, 10, interception return (Gerry Thomas, kick), 2:28 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 22 Rushes-yards 49-169 27- 35 Passing 209 224 Att-Comp-Int 30-18-2 42-16-6 Total Yards 79-378 69-259 Punt Returns 3-33 2-6 Kickoff Returns 2-35 7-121 Interception Ret. 6-95 2-12 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 3-30.0 5-29.0 Sacks By-Yds 6-46 1-6 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 12-98 2-15 3rd Down Conversions 5-18 2-10 Time of Posession 33:55 26:05 Attendance 34,270 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 22- 67 Paul Moore 7- 47 William Floyd 7- 31 Sean Jackson 6- 21 Brad Johnson 5- 19 Charlie Ward 1- -7 Eric Turral 1- -9 Receiving Eric Turral 3- 68 Matt Frier 3- 42 William Floyd 5- 34 Amp Lee 3- 25 Lonnie Johnson 3- 22 Paul Moore 1- 18 Passing Brad Johnson 26-16-2-190 Charlie Ward 4- 2-0- 19 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 3- 33 Kickoff Return Tiger McMillon 2- 35 Punting Scott Player 3- 90 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ken Alexander 6 3 9 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Marvin Jones 5 2 7 1.0- 4.0 . 1- 4 . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 6 . 6 . . 2- 64 1 . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Carl Simpson 4 . 4 4.0- 28.0 3.0- 23.0 . . . . . . . Derrick Brooks 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 3 . 3 . . 1- 17 . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 2 1 3 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 2 1 3 2.0- 10.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . Steve Gilmer 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Corey Fuller 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Lavon Brown 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Adams 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Dan Footman 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 2 . 2 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Chris Cowart 1 . 1 . . 1- 10 . . . . . . Clifton Abraham 1 . 1 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Eric Turral 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bryce Abbott 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Chaney . . . . . . 1 . . . . . James Roberson . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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FL    1  Shannon Baker
SE   12  Matt Frier
QB   14  Brad Johnson
TB   42  Amp Lee
FB   44  William Floyd
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
TT   61  Eric Gibbs
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS    6  Steve Gilmer
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 2  Clifton Abraham
 3  Leon Fowler
 4  Marquette Smith
 7  Eric Turral
 8  Corey Sawyer
 9  Dan Mowrey
10  Derrick Brooks
15  Gerry Thomas
17  Charlie Ward
23  Bryce Abbott
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
36  Ken Alexander
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Ed Clark
41  Tommy Henry
47  James Roberson
54  Kevin Adams
56  Sterling Palmer
58  Dan Footman
62  Troy Sanders
64  Jeff Deremer
68  John Flath
69  Patrick McNeil
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
84  Warren Hart
88  Kez McCorvey
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh

FLORIDA STATE 38, SOUTH CAROLINA 10

11/09/1991, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 10, 1991, page 37, by Steve Ellis.

Perfect 10.
Preliminaries over, FSU dismisses Carolina.
Continuing its school-record winning streak, the top-ranked Seminoles set up a title fight with Miami.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Finally, Florida State can say the "M" word.

After weeks of toying with unranked opponents, the top-ranked Seminoles are allowed to get serious about - yes, you can say it - Miami.

Because FSU disposed of South Carolina 38-10 after a typically sluggish first half in Doak Campbell Stadium, the 10-0 Seminoles will enter the showdown riding a school-record 16-game winning streak.

The Seminole defense was sparked by Terrell Buckley's record-breaking ninth interception of the season. Offensively, quarterback Casey Weldon returned to combine with Amp Lee, igniting FSU in the second half.

As a result, FSU also will boast a 12-week run as the Associated Press' No. 1 team, tying the longest such streak since Notre Dame did so in 1989.

"Now we can say what we've been wanting to say all along," offensive tackle Robert Stevenson said. "(Miami) is a good team, but I think we're better."

The first half against South Carolina, however, revealed problems FSU must address: a slow-starting offense and a defense susceptible to the big play.

As it had in four previous games, FSU allowed a heavy underdog (25 points) to stay close through the first half that ended 17-10, FSU.

"The biggest problem that confronts me is moving it on (Miami's) defense," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. "The second thing is stopping what we've done the worst job on - stopping the bomb.

"That scares me to death."

FSU was throwing a 17-0 shutout when the Gamecocks exploited the Seminoles secondary in the second quarter. South Carolina wide receiver Eddie Miller hauled in Bobby Fuller's bomb over Tommy Henry for a 79-yard touchdown that trimmed FSU's lead to 17-7 with 12 minutes remaining in the half.

"Yes sir, we're concerned about big plays," said outside linebacker coach Jim Gladden, in his 17th year at FSU. "If we don't give up big plays, we're probably as good a defense as we've had here."

Gladden says he still believes the problem is correctable. FSU players say it better be.

"Definitely, (going deep on stop and go pass patterns) is something we've been burned on," cornerback Errol McCrovey said. "Definitely, it is something I think Miami will try to do. Teams have caught us guessing on missed assignments."

FSU has allowed six touchdowns of 40 yards or more this season. Against South Carolina, Henry accepted the blame for watching the quarterback too long on Miller's big play.

"I can't blame anybody but myself," the reserve cornerback said.

South Carolina's Fuller withstood FSU's pressure to set up a South Carolina field goal as time ran out in the first half.

For kicker Marty Simpson to hit the 21-yarder, South Carolina made the best of two breaks. First, Weldon threw an interception, giving the Gamecocks possession at FSU's 29.

The Gamecocks stalled at the 10, and the field-goal snap on fourth down sailed past the holder and more than 40 yards downfield.

FSU's James Chaney slapped the helmet of the snapper and was called for a personal foul, giving the Gamecocks new life and first and goal at the 5.

The Seminole defense held and Simpson connected on a 21-yard field goal four plays later, cutting the FSU lead to seven as time expired.

After halftime, South Carolina was held to 142 yards of total offense and no points. The last six Seminole opponents have scored just 12 points in the second half against FSU.

"They've got a great pass rush," said South Carolina head coach Sparky Woods. "They are very, very good."

FSU held an opponent under 100 yards rushing for the seventh time this season, allowing 92 to the Gamecocks.

"Our team is ready to peak again," said FSU linebacker Kirk Carruthers, who finished with a game-high 12 tackles. "Except for the big play, we played pretty good."

Also credit the second-half efforts of Lee and Weldon for FSU's dominance.

Lee scored on the first series of the third quarter to put FSU ahead 24-10. Then the junior broke loose on a screen pass from Weldon for a 17-yard gain, setting up a touchdown and a commanding 31-10 lead with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter.

"We were able to score (in the first half) and then we relaxed and made it a close game," said Lee, who finished with 102 yards of total offense. "That's something we've done the last couple of weeks, and something we know we can't do against Miami.

"(In the second half), we wanted to make some space between us and South Carolina, and try to get things back where they were earlier in the season."

Lee pointed to Weldon's leadership as a key. In his first performance since injuring his knee two weeks ago at Louisiana State, Weldon completed 19 of 28 passes for 184 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

The senior wore a special brace, and despite getting slammed to the ground several times, was not bothered by his knee.

"My knee felt great the whole game," he said. "But I'll wear a brace next week."

Weldon said he was pleased with his overall performance, despite missing what he called some easy passes, especially in the first quarter.

In that quarter, not even the return of Edgar Bennett was enough for FSU's running game. The Seminole running backs totaled only 49 yards in the first half.

Buckley's interception set up a Gerry Thomas field goal, FSU's first score. Weldon then found Shannon Baker in the end zone for a 10-0 lead.

FSU's second touchdown, with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter, was proof that Weldon's knee injury did not hurt his mobility. After scrambling to his left, he hit Lee for an 18-yard touchdown.

After that, the Seminole offense was dormant until the second half.

The game ended the series between FSU and South Carolina. The Seminoles dominated, winning 15 of 18 and outscoring the Gamecocks 158-30 in the last four outings.

Now FSU can look to a Miami program that has handled the Seminoles five of the last six outings.

"Finally, it's here," Carruthers said. "Miami will be our chance to show all the doubting Toms we really deserve the No. 1 ranking."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTH CAROLINA
0
10
0
0
10
FLORIDA STATE
3
13
15
7
38

1st   3- 0  Gerry Thomas, 26, field goal, 2:47 
2nd  10- 0  Shannon Baker, 4, pass from Casey Weldon (Gerry Thomas, kick), 14:54
     17- 0  Amp Lee, 18, pass from Casey Weldon (Gerry Thomas, kick), 12:25
     17- 7  Opp, 79, pass (kick), 11:58
     17-10  Opp, 21, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  24-10  Amp Lee, 1, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 10:17
     31-10  Sean Jackson, 1, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 1:49 
4th  38-10  William Floyd, 20, pass from Casey Weldon (Gerry Thomas, kick), 13:38


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 15 Rushes-yards 36-210 30- 92 Passing 187 216 Att-Comp-Int 37-21-1 36-15-1 Total Yards 73-397 66-308 Punt Returns 4-20 2-22 Kickoff Returns 2-36 5-78 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-13 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 5-47.4 7-40.4 Sacks By-Yds 2-11 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 8-61 6-50 3rd Down Conversions 6-14 5-16 4th Down Conversions 2-2 0-0 Time of Posession 31:15 28:45 Attendance 60,244 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 12- 74 Sean Jackson 6- 50 Paul Moore 7- 35 Casey Weldon 2- 18 Kevin Knox 1- 13 Marquette Smith 2- 7 Tiger McMillon 1- 5 Edgar Bennett 4- 4 William Floyd 1- 4 Receiving Shannon Baker 3- 31 Amp Lee 4- 28 Eric Turral 2- 25 Matt Frier 3- 24 William Floyd 3- 23 Lonnie Johnson 1- 23 Kevin Knox 1- 20 Paul Moore 2- 8 Warren Hart 1- 6 Edgar Bennett 1- -1 Passing Casey Weldon 28-19-1-184 Brad Johnson 4- 2-0- 3 Charlie Ward 2- 0-0- 0 Kenny Felder 3- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 4- 20 Kickoff Return Marquette Smith 2- 36 Punting Scott Player 5- 237 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marvin Jones 7 7 14 1.0- . . . . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 6 6 12 3.0- 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . . John Davis 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 3 2 5 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Carl Simpson 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski . 2 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Lavon Brown 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 1 . 1 1.0- . . . . . . . . Clifton Abraham 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley . . . . . 1- 0 2 . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Corey Fuller . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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FL    1  Shannon Baker
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TT   60  Mike Morris
TG   69  Patrick McNeil
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS    3  Leon Fowler
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 2  Clifton Abraham
 4  Marquette Smith
 5  Kenny Felder
 6  Steve Gilmer
 7  Eric Turral
 9  Dan Mowrey
12  Matt Frier
14  Brad Johnson
15  Gerry Thomas
17  Charlie Ward
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
36  Ken Alexander
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Tommy Henry
44  William Floyd
54  Kevin Adams
56  Sterling Palmer
59  Sean Beavor
61  Eric Gibbs
62  Troy Sanders
64  Jeff Deremer
68  John Flath
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
81  Kevin Knox
84  Warren Hart
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh

MIAMI 17, FLORIDA STATE 16

11/16/1991, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 17, 1991, page 37, by Steve Ellis.

Wide right.
Late kick misses and Miami again foils FSU's hopes for a national title.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Gerry Thomas was certain he had kicked the football solidly enough. Even Bobby Bowden began charging on to the field to celebrate.

Then it became so quiet you could hear a national championship trophy drop.

Thomas and the record crowd of 63,442 in Doak Campbell Stadium knew his kick was wide right by a mere foot with 25 seconds remaining, meaning top-ranked Florida State (10-1) had fallen to the No. 2 Miami Hurricanes 17-16.

"There's no question we're the No. 1 team in the country, but we don't know how to play for the national championship and they do," FSU linebacker Kirk Carruthers said in an equally quiet FSU locker room.

Miami has won three national championships since 1983, and twice denied FSU its first in the process.

FSU, as it did here against Miami in a 26-25 loss in 1987, saw a lead slip away after the Hurricanes struck with a big play. Then after a comeback try of his own, Bowden decided to go for the winning field goal on third down with 29 seconds remaining.

That decision, and Miami's game-winning drive that included a big fourth-down reception by Horace Copeland, overshadowed a superb defensive effort.

"There was no decision," Bowden said. "And I can't blame (Thomas). He had three (field goals).

"We didn't have a timeout left. I guess I could have thrown again … but if you had (given) an interception or fumbled, you would have kicked yourself the rest of your life."

Instead, Bowden probably set himself up for some second guessing as he did in 1987 when he opted and failed on a two-point conversion in the very same end zone.

This time, like before, he had the backing of his players and staff.

"We had to try it then," said tackle Kevin Mancini, who played on a gimpy knee. "We were in the middle of the field, and if we had run another play we might have ended with a bad angle.

"I just can't believe it happened again just like in '87. It seems we find a way to lose the game against them."

The decision was set up by a first-down running play - which Bowden also had to defend after the game - and an incomplete pass.

"Too many things could have gone wrong," offensive coordinator Brad Scott said. "We wanted the kicking team to have time to set up."

Thomas' attempt came at the end of a 12-play drive that began on FSU's 20 with 3:01 remaining. Along the way, FSU wasted 23 seconds before calling timeout after Edgar Bennett's 6-yard reception on one play, and Casey Weldon lost a shoe on another.

"We didn't want to lose the ballgame because we called a bad play," Scott said. "On that fourth down, we had to take time to discuss what we thought was best to call."

But FSU also benefited from a pass interference call when Ryan McNeil put his hands on Eric Turral in the end zone, barely preventing the reception.

"This is a tough day for the kids and for us," Scott said. FSU was held to just one touchdown for the first time since the 1989 Sugar Bowl.

"We didn't cash in on a couple of opportunities when we were down there close," Scott said. "But they did what we asked them to do."

Miami just did it better.

"It's the greatest win I've been involved with," said Miami head coach Dennis Erickson, who has had some big wins, including a victory over FSU last season.

For the Seminoles, it was the sixth time in their last seven meetings with Miami that they went down in defeat. And Miami, 9-0 and Orange Bowl bound, knocked a No. 1 team from its pedestal for the eighth time in as many chances, dating to 1981.

"Those were probably as evenly matched as two teams can be," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. "I don't know who will stop them from being national champions."

As for the Seminoles, whose Cotton Bowl bid becomes official today, they'll probably need more help than will be available to win a title this year.

FSU will have to be ranked ahead of Michigan heading into New Year's Day, and Miami and Washington would both need to lose.

"We can still be in it," said Weldon after losing for the first time in 16 starts.

When FSU faces Florida on Nov. 30, the Seminoles hope history won't repeat itself. FSU lost to Miami by an identical 17-16 score in 1983, and then was blown out by Florida 53-14 in the next game.

"We'll have to get over this," Weldon said. "Right now, it's just a feeling I can't describe."

Weldon might have felt otherwise late in the fourth quarter with his Seminoles ahead 16-10. But Miami put together a drive against a defense that had given Miami quarterback Gino Torretta fits. Torretta, who lost in 1989 to FSU, was sacked six times and threw two interceptions.

He also completed 14 of 27 passes for 145 yards. With 7:11 remaining and FSU defenders swarming, he engineered the winning drive.

He hit tight end Coleman Bell over Errol McCorvey on a play FSU coaches said McCorvey perfectly defended.

Then on fourth down at FSU's 12, Torretta hit a wide-open Horace Copeland near the sideline on fourth and 6. Fewer than five minutes remained as Copeland made his way to the 3.

"You can't point fingers at anybody," said FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. "(Terrell Buckley) couldn't see the quarterback. He had to move. He backed up instead of coming up.

"In hindsight, I could have had min in a bump-and-run. It's his call, he makes the adjustment.

"We broke down a couple of times when (Toretta) scrambled, but overall the guys did their job. We didn't give up a big play."

Fullback Larry Jones scores three plays later, and Carlos Huerta's extra point gave Miami a 17-16 lead.

"What we were able to do at the end was come up with the big play," said Erickson.

The 18th regular-season contest between No. 1 and No. 2 teams was everything a big game should be, and nothing like most expected from two finesse teams.

FSU's offense was held under 27 points for the first time this season and finished well under its 41.1 point average. But it did score 10 more than Miami's defense allows on average.

The Seminoles converted only one of 10 third-down plays.

Miami's offense was not its dangerous self, either, scoring 19 points under its average. Miami's biggest threat was not a wide receiver but running back Stephen McGuire, who had a game-high 142 rushing yards. Lee had 89 for FSU.

Of FSU's 228 passing yards, 45 belonged to Bennett and 44 to McCorvey. FSU had only two passes over 20 yards; Miami's longest pass was 21.

Neither team mustered more than 170 yards of total offense in the first half. Penalties were one reason, but defense was a bigger factor in the 10-7 halftime score.

Sterling Palmer kept FSU ahead by stretching his 6-foot-7 body to block Carlos Huerta's 41-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining.

The Seminoles forced three turnovers. The Ostaszewski twins set up FSU's first touchdown when Joe stripped the ball from McGuire and Henry recovered on Miami's 22 late in the first quarter.

Paul Moore's 1-yard run was FSU's only touchdown Saturday.

The closest Bowden came to a trick play on Saturday set up FSU's first field goal. Tailback Lee lines up at wide receiver and pulled in a 51-yard reception, setting up first-and-goal at the 2. Miami dug in and FSU settled for Thomas' 26-yard field goal.

Miami took the theme from last year's gameplan and came out running.

McGuire, who rushed for 176 yards against FSU last season, busted through the middle for a 29-yard carry that set up his scoring run four plays later. Huerta's extra point made Miami an early 7-0 leader, and made a previously frenzied crowd quiet, but not nearly as quiet as it became later.

"There's a lot of hurt," Bowden said. "The national championship doesn't bother me. The loss kills me."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MIAMI
7
0
0
10
17
FLORIDA STATE
3
7
3
3
16

1st   0- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 13:07
      3- 7  Gerry Thomas, 25, field goal, 5:15 
2nd  10- 7  Paul Moore, 1, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 13:26
     10- 7  Opp, 41, field goal blocked by Sterling Palmer, 0:11 
3rd  13- 7  Gerry Thomas, 31, field goal, 8:29 
4th  16- 7  Gerry Thomas, 20, field goal, 14:32
     16-10  Opp, 45, field goal, 9:48 
     16-17  Opp, 1, run (kick), 3:01 
     16-17  Gerry Thomas, 34, field goal failed, 0:25 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 21 Rushes-yards 40-137 43-165 Passing 228 145 Att-Comp-Int 27-18-1 27-14-2 Total Yards 67-365 70-310 Punt Returns 1-8 2-11 Kickoff Returns 2-45 1-12 Interception Ret. 2-0 1-18 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 5-38.2 4-40.5 Sacks By-Yds 6-37 5-26 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 6-61 8-81 3rd Down Conversions 1-10 5-13 4th Down Conversions 2-2 2-2 Time of Posession 31:10 28:50 Attendance 63,442 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 18- 78 Edgar Bennett 9- 52 Brad Johnson 1- 9 Paul Moore 3- 2 Sean Jackson 1- 2 Casey Weldon 8- -6 Receiving Amp Lee 3- 67 Edgar Bennett 4- 45 Errol McCorvey 4- 44 Kevin Knox 3- 33 Warren Hart 1- 18 Eric Turral 2- 15 Lonnie Johnson 1- 6 Passing Casey Weldon 26-17-1-209 Brad Johnson 1- 1-0- 19 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 1- 8 Kickoff Return Felix Harris 2- 45 Punting Scott Player 5- 191 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marvin Jones 9 4 13 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 5 5 10 3.0- 23.0 3.0- 23.0 . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 3 2 5 . . . . . . . 1 . Howard Dinkins 3 1 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 2 . 2 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Dan Footman . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Willie Pauldo 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Carl Simpson . 1 1 3.0- 14.0 3.0- 14.0 . . . . . . . James Chaney 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Cowart 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Richard Coes . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Casey Weldon
FL   12  Matt Frier
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TT   60  Mike Morris
TG   69  Patrick McNeil
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS    3  Leon Fowler
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
OLB  56  Sterling Palmer
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 7  Eric Turral
14  Brad Johnson
15  Gerry Thomas
16  Richard Coes
24  Felix Harris
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
35  Sean Jackson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
48  Willie Pauldo
58  Dan Footman
75  Joe Ostaszewski
81  Kevin Knox
84  Warren Hart
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh
97  Reggie Freeman

FLORIDA 14, FLORIDA STATE 9

11/30/1991, GAINESVILLE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, December 1, 1991, page 27, by Steve Ellis.

Painesville.
Florida State again falls just short, this time 14-9 in a fearsome struggle with their down-state rivals, the Florida Gators.

GAINESVILLE< FL - Florida State's defense was outstanding Saturday, but Florida's was out of this world.

So it was fitting that Gator free safety Will White tipped FSU's last-chance touchdown, ending for good the Seminoles' national championship aspirations with a 14-9 loss.

FSU's fall from college football's pinnacle continued for a second consecutive game. A Florida Field crowd of 85,461, the largest to watch a football game in the state, also saw the Gators (10-1) snap a four-game losing streak to FSU (10-2).

It certainly was one of the most exciting games played between the rivals.

"There was constant electricity. It was one of the most emotional games I've ever been around as a player or a coach," Florida coach Steve Spurrier said. "It seemed the game depended on every play."

Florida's 72-yard scoring pass to open a 14-3 lead. FSU's two drive-killing interceptions deep in their end of the field.

But the play most will remember came with 2:11 remaining and the Seminoles on Florida's 14-yard line.

Quarterback Casey Weldon, harassed all game, had just called the second timeout of the drive - something head coach Bobby Bowden had no explanation for later.

In the huddle, Weldon called for the "Dawsey", a play named after the former All-American.

True to the plan, flanker Matt Frier ran toward the end zone and hooked. Split end Kez McCorvey also ran a route in that area, becoming Weldon's target as the play developed.

"I got outside (cornerback) Larry Kennedy," Frier recalled. "He lost sight of me. Casey was faking to the backside. When he threw it, (White) got his hand on it.

"It was tipped in the air. I saw the ball, and I thought I was going to win the game. But (Del) Speer hit me around my knees, which is legal. I felt I could have caught it, had he not done that."

Instead, the ball dropped harmlessly to the ground and the Gators' ran down the remaining two minutes. If the Seminoles' last play best represented Florida's defensive effort, it also accurately represented FSU's chief offensive woe - poor play near the goal line.

The Seminoles, as they have since midseason, struggled inside the opponent's 20. Three times, FSU reached the area known as the red zone, and twice it came away with the blues, scoring one touchdown and one field goal, the latter after a first-and-goal sequence.

Against Miami two weeks ago, FSU settled for three field goals, and scored just once in four deives that reached inside the 10.

"Our inability to score near the goal line," Bowden said, "was the difference in the game."

In its last six games, including Saturday's, FSU has scored touchdowns on only 15 of 32 drives that reached inside the 20.

"It's what I've said from the beginning," offensive guard Mike Morris said. "The people who could stop us was ourselves."

"We knew our game plan, and we knew they weren't as good as Miami's defense. But we had a lot of penalties and, I guess, a lack of concentration."

FSU committed three 5-yard penalties on those goal-line drives, including a delay of game that erased Sean Jackson's 16-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Three plays later, Weldon was sacked and fumbled for a 23-yard loss. FSU, trailing 14-3, went away with no points as Gerry Thomas missed a 44-yard field goal.

"We played good enough to win the game except the goal-line offense," said Bowden, who is 8-8 against Florida. "We haven't been able to push the ball in on first down, and that forces us to pass the ball. And they are ready for it.

"Poor blocking, poor running, poor execution."

FSU's offensive woes were compounded by another injury on the line - Reggie Dixon hurt his shoulder and missed the entire second quarter. But lineman like Morris, who played three positions, said they could not blame their problems on injuries.

With starting tackle Kevin Mancini watching from the sidelines in street clothes, FSU was forced to shuffle its line.

Morris moved from tackle to guard and Eric Gibbs stepped into the vacated tackle spot. Patrick McNeil and Eric McGill played at Dixon's guard position as did Morris.

Dixon returned in the second half, but FSU results were much the same.

FSU's offense did have its moments in the game. After being shut out in the third quarter for the first time this season, Weldon conducted a touchdown drive that began midway through the fourth quarter.

Lavon Brown snuffed a Florida Threat with an end-zone interception, setting up FSU. Weldon drove FSU smartly down the field, ending the drive with a pass to Lee for a 25-yard score. Reserve quarterback Brad Johnson, temporarily replacing a shaken Weldon, attempted a two-point conversion pass that was deflected by defensive lineman William Gaines. FSU trailed 14-9.

Because of drives like that one, FSU actually ended with 342 total yards of offense, 17 more than Florida. While FSU had a season-low 37 yards rushing. Weldon threw a career-high 51 passes. The senior completed 24 for 305 passing yards.

A sluggish start, however, had FSU looking for answers early in the game. The Seminoles had just 18 yards of total offense in the first quarter.

"I don't think the beginning was because of anything we were still feeling about the Miami game," Morris said. "Our motto was, 'Somebody had to pay this week.' We were ready."

Especially ready was an FSU defense that followed a superb outing against Miami with another Saturday.

"I guess sometimes when the emotional level is that high it really helps the defensive teams, and the offense is just not as efficient."

Florida was averaging 34.7 points before that game; FSU 39.1 points.

"I couldn't believe how both defenses stopped the other," Bowden said. "Each was sensational."

Defensive line coach Chuck Amato added: "I'd rather give up 50 points and win 51-50, but at the same time we're awfully proud of the defense."

Neither defenses were without blemishes. Florida's came on that fourth-quarter drive that narrowed its lead to 14-9.

FSU's came in the third quarter, with Florida leading 7-3. Gator quarterback Shane Matthews was scrambling around his 28-yard line when he spotted wide receiver Harrison Houston.

Terrell Buckley charged the scrambling Matthews, leaving Harrison one-on-one against linebacker Reggie Freeman and FSU coaches at a loss for words.

Freeman, turned around by the play, managed to get a hand on the ball, but Houston pulled it in and took off for a 72-yard touchdown and a 14-3 Florida lead.

Actually, Freeman was supposed to have Houston. But so, apparently, was Buckley, playing in zone coverage.

But instead of waiting, he charged.

That left inside linebacker coach Wally Burnham wondering: "Why he did it, who knows."

Buckley explained: "It looked like (a run) for a moment, and (he) reared back and fired it. Reggie just slipped down - he had him covered."

Freeman agreed.

"I got my hand on it, he snatched it and it was all over," Freeman said, "I don't know if I am going to be blamed or not, but life goes on. I do know the receiver shouldn't have been behind us.

"I was just one foot away."

Buckley almost played prominently in another Florida touchdown. He can thank Gator running back Errict Rhett for a second chance that allowed the Seminole cornerback to go from goat to big-play maker on the Gators' second series. That helped lead to a scoreless first quarter. The Gators scored their lone touchdown of the first half on Rhett's 3-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.

For the Seminoles, it was the third time in three seasons they have lost back-to-back games during the regular season.

The Gators extended their winning streak to eight games and became the first Florida team to win 10 games in a season.

But the streak Tallahassee's Brad Culpepper will remember had to do with beating FSU.

"If I was only going to have one victory against Florida State while I was here, I would want it to be in my senior year on a team I was captain of.

"We've got five years of partying pent up inside us. We're going to do it."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
3
0
6
9
FLORIDA
0
7
7
0
14

2nd   0- 0  Opp, 47, field goal failed, 14:56
      3- 0  Gerry Thomas, 19, field goal, 8:31 
      3- 7  Opp, 3, run (kick), 3:11 
3rd   3-14  Opp, 72, pass (kick), 7:32 
      3-14  Gerry Thomas, 44, field goal failed, 2:07 
4th   9-14  Amp Lee, 25, pass from Casey Weldon (Brad Johnson, pass failed), 5:24 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 16 Rushes-yards 26- 37 39-117 Passing 305 208 Att-Comp-Int 51-24-1 30-13-3 Total Yards 77-342 69-325 Punt Returns 5-74 4-22 Kickoff Returns 2-58 3-77 Interception Ret. 3-55 1-41 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 6-50.3 7-46.4 Sacks By-Yds 3-21 3-33 Fumbles-Lost 4-1 1-0 Penalties-Yds 7-65 8-75 3rd Down Conversions 5-19 2-14 Time of Posession 29:25 30:35 Attendance 85,461 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 9- 24 Sean Jackson 6- 22 Edgar Bennett 5- 19 William Floyd 2- 5 Casey Weldon 4- -33 Receiving Kez McCorvey 6- 89 Matt Frier 6- 61 Amp Lee 3- 49 Sean Jackson 2- 28 Lonnie Johnson 4- 27 Kevin Knox 1- 24 Robbie Baker 1- 21 Warren Hart 1- 6 Passing Casey Weldon 51-24-1-305 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 5- 74 Kickoff Return Terrell Buckley 2- 58 Punting Scott Player 6- 302 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marvin Jones 6 1 7 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 5 1 6 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 3 2 5 1.0- 11.0 1.0- 11.0 . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Ken Alexander 3 1 4 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 2 1 3 . . 2- 55 2 . . . . . Sterling Palmer 3 . 3 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . John Davis 2 1 3 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Carl Simpson . 2 2 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Richard Coes 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Abraham 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Clyde Allen 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Derrick Brooks 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 1 . 1 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 1- 0 . . . . . . James Chaney . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Mack Knight . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Troy Sanders 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Toddrick McIntosh 1 . 1 1.0- 3.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Dan Footman 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Cowart 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . William Floyd 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Tommy Henry 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Casey Weldon
FL   12  Matt Frier
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TT   60  Mike Morris
TG   69  Patrick McNeil
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS    3  Leon Fowler
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
OLB  56  Sterling Palmer
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Clifton Abraham
 6  Steve Gilmer
 9  Dan Mowrey
10  Derrick Brooks
13  Mack Knight
14  Brad Johnson
15  Gerry Thomas
16  Richard Coes
20  Clyde Allen
21  Chris Hall
24  Felix Harris
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
33  Tiger McMillon
35  Sean Jackson
36  Ken Alexander
37  Chris Keen
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Ed Clark
41  Tommy Henry
43  Eric Smith
44  William Floyd
49  Jason Peirce
54  Kevin Adams
58  Dan Footman
59  Sean Beavor
61  Eric Gibbs
62  Troy Sanders
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
81  Kevin Knox
84  Warren Hart
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh
97  Reggie Freeman

FLORIDA STATE 10, TEXAS A&M 2

01/01/1992, Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Tx

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From the 1992 FSU Media Guide, Page 87.

DALLAS, TX - The Seminoles won the Cotton Bowl with a combination of fiesty defense and ball control offense which highlighted the rushing of sophomore Sean Jackson. After consecutive losses to Miami and Florida at the end of the regular season, the Seminoles rebounded to defeat ninth-ranked Texas A&M, 10-2, in the Cotton Bowl.

The win solidified Bobby Bowden's position as one of college football's best bowl coaches ever.

Jackson ably took over the starting tailback job from the suspended Amp Lee. The bruising 6-2, 220-pound sophomore gained 119 yards on 27 carries and was named the game's offensive MVP.

Rainy and cold weather conditions caused a turnover-filled defensive struggle. There were a Cotton Bowl record 13 turnovers in all, eight by the Aggies and five by Florida State. Texas A&M was plagued by ball-handling woes, fumbling six times and throwing two interceptions.

Ironically, Texas A&M's first fumble resulted in their only points of the game. When Aggie running back Greg Hill fumbled out of bounds deep in Seminole territory, the FSU offense was forced to take over on its own two-yard line. One play later, Quentin Coryatt caught FSU quarterback Casey Weldon in the end zone for a safety.

The Aggies' two-point lead held for most of the quarter until Dallas native Clifton Abraham recovered an Aggie fumble at midfield. Seven plays later, Weldon faked a handoff and rolled around right end for a five-yard touchdown.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first with both teams trying to hang onto the ball in the wet conditions. The FSU defense continued harassing the Aggie offense, causing five turnovers in the second half, Florida State held A&M to 180 yards of total offense in the game.

The heralded Aggie defense was also dominating, allowing the Seminoles just one more score in the game, a 27-yard field goal by Gerry Thomas with 2:40 left in the game. Florida State won its 11th game of the year and finished fourth in the nation.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TEXAS A&M
2
0
0
0
2
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
0
3
10

1st   0- 2  Opp, safety, 10:09
            Note: Weldon sacked in the end zone.                        
      7- 2  Casey Weldon, 4, run (Gerry Thomas, kick), 2:08 
3rd   7- 2  Dan Mowrey, 42, field goal failed, 12:30
4th   7- 2  Gerry Thomas, 37, field goal failed, 6:52 
     10- 2  Gerry Thomas, 27, field goal, 2:40 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 17 12 Rushes-yards 48-188 42-123 Passing 92 57 Att-Comp-Int 32-14-4 24-6-2 Total Yards 80-280 66-180 Punt Returns 4-16 3-8 Kickoff Returns 1-13 3-69 Interception Ret. 2-0 4-47 Fumble Returns 6-0 1-0 Punts 8-43.3 9-39.7 Sacks By-Yds 3-16 3-19 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 7-6 Penalties-Yds 11-77 6-50 3rd Down Conversions 3-17 0-12 4th Down Conversions 2-2 0-1 Time of Posession 33:59 26:01 Attendance 73,728 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Sean Jackson 27- 119 Edgar Bennett 11- 47 Tiger McMillon 2- 16 Shannon Baker 1- 14 Casey Weldon 7- -8 Receiving Shannon Baker 4- 44 Sean Jackson 3- 20 Kez McCorvey 2- 20 Lonnie Johnson 2- 19 Matt Frier 1- 5 Edgar Bennett 2- -16 Passing Casey Weldon 32-14-4- 92 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 4- 16 Kickoff Return Tiger McMillon 1- 13 Punting Scott Player 8- 346 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 8 . 8 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Carl Simpson 3 2 5 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Ken Alexander 3 2 5 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Derrick Brooks 4 1 5 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 3 1 4 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Sterling Palmer 3 1 4 1.0- 2.0 . . . . 1- 0 . . . Joe Ostaszewski 2 2 4 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 3 . 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . 1- 0 2 . . . . . Dan Footman 2 . 2 2.0- 8.0 1.0- . 1 . . . . . Howard Dinkins 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . John Davis 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . 1 . . Troy Sanders 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 1 1 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Richard Coes 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 1 . 1 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . James Chaney 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Cowart 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Marvin Jones 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Tommy Henry 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Steve Gilmer 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . William Floyd 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Corey Fuller . 1 1 . . . 1 . . 1 . . Clyde Allen . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Abraham . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Corey Sawyer . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   11  Casey Weldon
FL   12  Matt Frier
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   35  Sean Jackson
C    51  Robbie Baker
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
SG   73  Reggie Dixon
TE   85  Lonnie Johnson
SE   88  Kez McCorvey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS    3  Leon Fowler
SS   18  John Davis
RCB  26  Errol McCorvey
LCB  27  Terrell Buckley
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
SLB  55  Marvin Jones
LE   74  Henry Ostaszewski
OLB  89  Howard Dinkins
RE   95  Carl Simpson
NG   96  James Chaney
OLB  97  Reggie Freeman
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Clifton Abraham
 6  Steve Gilmer
 9  Dan Mowrey
10  Derrick Brooks
14  Brad Johnson
15  Gerry Thomas
16  Richard Coes
20  Clyde Allen
28  Corey Fuller
29  Scott Player
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
33  Tiger McMillon
36  Ken Alexander
41  Tommy Henry
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  William Floyd
56  Sterling Palmer
58  Dan Footman
59  Sean Beavor
62  Troy Sanders
64  Jeff Deremer
68  John Flath
69  Patrick McNeil
72  Steve Allen
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
81  Kevin Knox
84  Warren Hart
93  Chris Cowart
94  Toddrick McIntosh