FSU/UVA Notes

Actor and Florida State alum Burt Reynolds used Saturday's game against Virginia as an opportunity to promote his upcoming film "The Longest Yard" which is set for release my Columbia Pictures in May of 2005.


Reynolds stars with Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, former WCW wrester Bill Goldberg, former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth and Terry Crews in the remake of the 1974 comedy. All but Rock and Sandler were present on the Doak Campbell sidelines Saturday night.

"The Longest Yard" chronicles the fictional tandem of quarterback Paul Crewe and coach Nate Scarboro, both felons called upon to lead a team of prison inmates against a team of guards on the football team.

Reynolds, who played Crewe in the original, plays Scarboro in the 2005 edition.

Both Goldberg and Bosworth played in the National Football League.

HOME COOKING: Since 1990, Florida State has the best overall record in college football when playing at home. The Seminoles are 80-4-1 during that span, good for a winning percentage of 94.7 percent.

Since joining the ACC, the Seminoles are 49-1 at Doak Campbell with their only loss coming to N.C. State on Homecoming night in 2001. Coming into the game, The Tribe was a perfect 12-0 against ranked ACC teams at home. The last ranked ACC team to play in FSU in Tallahassee was Maryland on Sept. 27 2001. FSU routed the Terrapins 52-31 that day.

RANK VS. THE RANKED: Virginia had been 11-50-1 on the road against ranked opponents, 0-22 against the top ten coming into the game. Prior to Saturday, the highest ranked team that the Cavaliers had beaten on the road was No. 12 West Virginia in 1984 and No. 12 Penn State in 1989.

At home, Virginia has beaten four top ten teams, including No. 2 FSU in 1995. That 33-28 victory gave FSU its first ever ACC loss.

LOOKING UP: About twenty minutes prior to kickoff, four members "Screaming Eagles" of the 101st Airborne Division out of Ft. Campbell, Ky. parachuted to the Seminole logo at midfield. Three of four landed on the logo, earned a member of the FSU Marching Chiefs a $100 scholarship for books due for each successful try. The final jumper landed with the game ball.

Remaining above the playing field the entire game was ESPN Skycam, which was suspended on a wire above the west end zone. The Skycam has been used in NFL games for three seasons to create unique camera angles. ESPN has been using the technology in college broadcasts for the first time this fall.
DANGEROUS DUAL THREAT: Virginia senior tailback Alvin Pearman became only the second ACC player to rank in the conference's top ten in both receiving and rushing yards a season ago. Teammate Wali Lundy is the only other player to accomplish such a feat.
Pearman has displayed his versatility against the Seminoles. As season ago, he set a school record with 16 receptions. Saturday, he beat Jerome Carter for a 40 yard gain through the air on Virginia's first play from scrimmage.

OF NOTE: Former players in attendance included Derrick Brooks, Greg Spires and Mario Edwards of FSU and former UVA cornerback Rhonde Barber…The announced attendance of 84,155 is the second-largest on Doak Campbell Stadium history…The UVA offense had just six three-and-outs coming into the game. FSU forced four in the first half.

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