FSU-UNC Notes & Quotes

Homecoming was once again a good time for the Florida State Seminoles. Here are some quick notes and quotes from FSU's victory over North Carolina at Doak Campbell Stadium. "The thing I liked about A.D (Adrian McPherson) is that he ran better. He as kind of a dangerous runner instead of slipping and sliding. That was encouraging," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said.

CLINCHES A SHARE:Florida State (8-3, 7-0) clinched at least a share of the 2002 ACC title with Saturday's victory over North Carolina. The Seminoles stand alone in first place with a 7-0 league mark. Overall, FSU has won nine ACC titles, including seven with a perfect 8-0 mark.

A MATCH:With Saturday's win, FSU is now 8-3 nad has matched last year's win total. FSU has won eight or more games in 23 of Coach Bobby Bowden's 27 seasons.

HOMECOMING: FSU is 44-9-1 all-time in Homecoming games. The Seminoles have a 26-1 record under Bowden. Prior to Bowden's arrival, FSU had lost three consecutive Homecoming games. Under Bowden, the Seminoles won 25 straight Homecoming games before falling to North Carolina State last year. FSU has scored 40 or more points in 19 of its 44 Homecoming wins.

LATEST VICTIM: Before Saturday's game, UNC was the only ACC team that FSU had not played in a Homecoming game. FSU has now recorded a Homecoming win versus all eight ACC teams. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU is 10-1 in Homecoming games and has outscored its ACC opponents 473-162. The Seminoles have played Wake Forest the most in Homecoming games (six).

BIG DAY: Anquan Boldin's three receiving touchdowns is a career-high for the junior. The last time an FSU receiver second three receiving touchdowns in a single game was last year's Maryland game, when Talman Gardner snagged three scores. Boldin now has five career multi-receiving touchdown games. He also had 104 receiving yards, marking his third 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career.

A.D. IS OK: Quarterback Adrian McPherson threw a career-high four touchdown passes against the Tar Heels. McPherson has now thrown at least two TDs in each of his three career starts and is six games overall. The last time an FSU quarterback threw four TD passes in a game was when Chris Rix had four against Clemson last year. Rix did it twice last season, also throwing for a career-high five TDs against Maryland.

SCORELESS FIRST QUARTER: The game marked the first time this season that FSU had been involved in a scoreless first quarter (for both teams) and the first time since last year's Georgia Tech game Dec. 1, 2001. FSU had gone scoreless in the first quarter four times this season, including three consecutive games, while opponents have been held scoreless after the first 15 minutes five times. The most points the Seminoles have scored in a first quarter this season is 17 in the opener against Iowa State. Clemson and Wake Forest both scored 14 in the first for an opponent high.

LONG KICK: Xavier Beitia's 47-yard field goal in the second quarter was the sophomore's long of his career (not counting his 50-yarder in last year's Gator Bowl). His previous long was a 46-yarder in the Duke game Sept. 21.

SECOND QUARTER SCORING: FSU continued its dominance in the second quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points. Overall, FSU has outscored opponents 176-50 this season in the second quarter and averages 16 points in the second quarter.

FIRST TIME: The block on Xavier Beitia's 27-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter was the first time Beitia has been blocked and the first time FSU has had a field goal blocked since the Florida game Nov. 18, 2000 (Chance Gwaltney).

BOLDIN IS GOLDEN: With two receiving touchdowns in the first half, Anquan Boldin now has five career multi-receiving touchdown games. They are: Louisiana Tech in 1999, Miami and Wake Forest in 2000; Iowa State and UNC in 2002. He is the only FSU receiver this year to score two or more receiving touchdowns in a game twice this season. He is also the only player to score two touchdowns in the first half this season.

LINEUP CHANGES:As expected, freshman Leon Washington made his first career start at tailback in place of injured Nick Maddox (ankle). Maddox dressed out but was not needed after suffering an ankle sprain at Georgia Tech last weekend. David Castillo made his first career start at center in place of Antoine Mirambeau (knee). On defense, Eric Powell got the starting nod over Alonzo Jackson, who entered the game on UNC's first series.


"We're glad to win that game. We were heavily favored. It is a matter of going out and playing as good as you could. We played good but we played with errors. We probably missed our center and starting guard. We didn't have Montrae (Holland) and we didn't have (Antoine) Mirambeau. Mirambeau should be able to go next week. He probably could have played today but it probably wouldn't have been wise; kind of like Nick Maddox, who could of played but he shouldn't. So we were able to save him (Nick) and we were able to save (Lorenzo) Booker's eligibility."

On Adrian McPherson's day and other thoughts:

"The thing I liked about AD today is he ran better. He was kind of a dangerous runner tonight instead of slippingand sliding. That was encouraging. They (Tar Heels) blitzed us to death and won a lot of their battles. If we would have had our starting center and guard in there, we would have been a little better. But I am not disappointed in the kids who played. Those are the guys we have to count on next year. Last year we said that Anquan (Boldin) was our playmaker, then we lost him. He is still our playmaker. we just ave to get them the ball more, because he does something with it."

"We still showed our inadequacies by not jumping on them early. We took that first drive right down the field and got nothing, that is a bad sign. This was the first time we could get ahead and I could sit back and know that we have got the game. That is the first time I've had that feeling in a long time and that is always a good feeling when you're coaching.

"There is no quarterback controversy. AD is the starter, followed by (Chris) Rix. If AD was doing poorly, you could start a controversy. But he is not doing poorly."

ON FRESHMAN RUNNING BACKS: They got some good experience and we won the ball game. When you're playing your number four tailback, your second team center and guard, things were ot that bad."

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MCPHERSON AND RIX: "There is a lack of turnovers."


"They blitzed us a lot the whole game, which gave us some one-on-one coverage outside. Fortunately, we were able to take advantage of that. AD came out and played well. He was able to pick out the mismatches and make the right throws. He didn't get rattled with all of the blizting they did. The offensive line, which had two guys making their first starts, did a good job of giving us time to get open."


"I've had a couple of two-touchdwn games here but this is my first three touchdown game. I think the last time I did that was in high school. I've got to give credit to my teammates for those scores. They made it possible and luckily the coaches called my number in the red zone."

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