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Tar Heels Face Difficult Task on Road Against FSU
Second-ranked Florida State
:has outscored its opponents
27-0 in the first quarter of
its two victories this season.
Game and time: North Carolina at
No. 2 Florida State. Kickoff is at 3:30
. Site: Doak Campbell Stadium.
TV/radio: ABC will televise the
game regionally. The Tar Heel Sports
Network will provide live radio cover
age; its flagship station is WCHL 1360-
; Records: North Carolina is 2-0 over
all and 1-0 in the ACC. Florida State is
2-0 overall and 1-0 in the ACC.
Series: Florida State leads 10-0-1.
Personnel update: North Carolina
- LB Merceda Perry (fractured ankle) is
but for the season. DE Will Chapman
(shoulder sprain) and CB Michael
Waddell (tendinitis) are probable.
Florida State - CB Malcolm Tatum
(back) is out. WR Anquan Boldin
(ankle), FB William McCray (ankle) and
PE Jamal Reynolds (hand) are proba
The Key Matchup: The Tar Heels
need to find the end zone in this contest.
lINC should be able to move the ball
against the Seminoles, but drives ending
in field-goal attempts byjeff Reed aren’t
to allow UNC to stay within strik
[ UNC’s offensive line has a large task
Miead of it. It must give quarterback
Ronald Curry enough time to throw the
ball, even if that means holding off
FSU’s quick linemen just long enough
so Curry doesn’t have to start scram
• “We need to stay on our blocks
longer and watch his back,” said left
tackle Cam Holland, who protects
Curry’s blind side.
“They come off the ball real fast.
'They come hard, and they send a lot of
■ The Tar Heels have deep threats such
as Bosley Allen, Jamal Jones and Sam
Aiken who could stretch the Seminoles
defense and haul in some long touch
All three have touchdown receptions
of more than 45 yards this season, and
Allen scored on a 78-yard punt return
against Wake Forest.
“We have good athletes this year, and
ive have a lot of depth this year,” Allen
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The Lowdown on Saturday's Game
North Carolina Tar Heels at
Florida State Seminoles
(2-0,1 -0 in the ACC) Doak Campbell Stadium, 3:30 p,m. (2-0,1 -0 in the ACC)
Head to Head
UNC's Rush VS. stru 99^ to muster a running game
Florida State's against Tulsa and Wake forest - Andre ’ williams M
_ should get some carries early, but the Seminole £9-
Front seven defense is considerably tougher. Edge: FSU.
UNC's Pass VS. A* Tar Heels have three legitimate deep
Florida State's tF,reats ' n Bos ' e V A^ n> Sam A^en an d Jamal Mm
. . Jones. FSU's defensive backs are just as quick. EJB’ ‘
secondary p ass protection W j|| Edge: fsu.
Florida State's FSU i unior Travis Minor has averaged 83.3 yards mm
Rush us UNC's a 9 am e against UNC, but the Seminoles are
averaging just 1.9 yards a carry this year. UNC's
Front Seven rus h defense is No. lin the nation. Edge: UNC.
Florida State's F,orida State senior quarterback Chris Weinke is
Pass vs UNC's averaging 380.5 yards passing a game and has MjLffm
‘ thrown four TDs without an interception this Ej£ Mj
Secondary year. UNC had 10 sacks last week. Edge: FSU.
UNC's Jeff Reed is 4-for-5 on field goals, and
Special Allen had 153 yards on punt returns last week.
Teams FSU's kickers have struggled. Nick Maddox gets
21.5 yards per kick return. Edge: UNC.
The Bottom Line Florida State 31, UNC 13
COMPILED BY BRET STRELOW
said. “I think it will be pretty interesting
on the outside between us and the cor
nerbacks at Florida State.”
The speed of UNC’s wideouts could,
in turn, allow Curry to look short to
tight ends Alge Crumpler and Dauntae’
Finger, as well as receiver Kory Bailey,
who runs a lot of quick out patterns.
Crumpler and Finger have combined
for one catch this season, and a versatile
passing attack could keep the Seminoles
on their heels. It could even open up the
running game, which has struggled in
the first two weeks.
The Tar Heels are still looking for one
of their three freshman tailbacks to estab
lish himself. Brandon Russell and Willie
Parker have shared time, but Andre’
Williams should see more snaps early in
the game after his five rush, 40-yard per
formance against Wake Forest last week.
“What he’s got to do is convince our
coaches and myself that he’s going to be
able to get it done,” UNC coach Carl
“The thing that set Andre’ back was
that he was hurt two or three days head
ing into the first game. That set him
back and in my opinion let Brandon
Russell and Willie Parker get ahead.”
Final analysis/prediction: The Tar
Heels endured what Torbush called “a
seven-minute nightmare” against
Florida State at home last season. The
Seminoles scored 28 points in the first
6:57 to put the game away early. North
Carolina helped out the Seminoles’
cause by turning the ball over on its first
The Tar Heel offense has lost three of
its four fumbles this season, but Curry
hasn’t thrown an interception. UNC
needs to hold on to the ball to stay in the
game early against the Seminoles, who
have outscored opponents 27-0 in the
“I’d rather get the game over early
and talk to (ABC sideline reporter) Jack
Arute on the sidelines than not talk to
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him,” Florida State coach Bobby
FSU has struggled in the running
game, and Peter Warrick’s departure to
the NFL means opposing defensive coor
dinators aren’t scared out of their wits
before the offense even takes the field.
But senior quarterback Chris Weinke
has been on fire even without the ser
vices of Warrick. He completed 25-of-38
passes against Georgia Tech last week
Friday, September 15, 2000
and finished with 443 yards passing.
Weinke will slowly wear the UNC
defense down with mid-range passes,
and the North Carolina offense will
come up a few big plays short of an
The Seminoles should pull away
from the Tar Heels in the second half
and win by a comfortable margin.
Florida State 31, UNC 13.
Compiled by Bret Strelow