Different Tune

Clemson upended Florida State 26-10 before a home crowd of 79,826, snapping the Seminoles' 11-game winning streak over the Tigers. The Clemson defense held FSU to 11 yards rushing, the fewest by a Bobby Bowden-coached team, while the Tiger backs combined for 152 yards on the ground. Additionally, Clemson quarterback <b>Charlie Whitehurst</b> threw for 272 yards and two scores. FSU tailback <b>Lorenzo Booker</b> thought the Seminoles were intimidated by Clemson's crowd. Click here for an update.

Lorenzo Booker frowns when he thinks about Florida State's defeat at Clemson last year. The Tigers outplayed the Seminoles in every aspect, much to the delight of home crowd of 79,826.

Booker feels Clemson's fans played a major role in the upset that snapped the Seminoles' 11-game win streak over the Tigers in addition to saving the job of coach Tommy Bowden.

"I think the biggest thing with Clemson last year was they intimidated us," Booker said.

"They were at home and that is one of the loudest stadiums in the country. They are pretty much the same guys that they were last year. It's going to be like the same game as last year but we are going to see who shows up ready to play. Last year it was them, this year hopefully it's going to be us."

FSU is at home on Saturday against struggling Clemson, which is coming off a surprising defeat at Texas A&M.

Even so, the Seminoles are wary of the Tigers, who are known to play with plenty of emotion.

"They did a pretty good job of forcing us out of our game last year but to tell you the truth a lot of teams did that," Booker said.

"I think we were put in situations where we had to run certain plays. If we want to run and something goes down and we are forced to throw deep balls then that's what we will do. We don't plan on doing that. As long as we come in and the offense is moving the ball, then what you saw Saturday is what you are going to see again."

FSU cornerback Leroy Smith also says the Seminoles are prepared to extract some revenge against Clemson. FSU's defense has played extremely well in games against Miami and Alabama-Birmingham this season.

FSU ranks third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in total defense, allowing 254 yards per game. The Seminoles also rank first in the conference in rushing defense at 42.5 yards per game.

Clemson's offense, meanwhile, ranks first in the conference in passing (251.7 yards per game).

"Clemson just came out ready to play (last year)," Smith said.

"They were emotional and came out with a lot enthusiasm. That helped them come out and play better and harder. Any team that plays Florida State is going to come out and play hard.

"We are very ready. We are trying to get them back. We still feel like we have something to prove. We are just trying to get the job done and take the rest of the season one game at a time."


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