ESPN Network: | |  ABCSports |  EXPN |  INSIDER  |  FANTASY

No. 2 Florida State 63, North Carolina 14
Associated Press


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- While the cast of players has changed, the results are the same at Florida State.

Marvin Minnis
Marvin Minnis said Florida State was playing against a computer and "We didn't win."
With Peter Warrick, Ron Dugans, Sebastian Janikowski and Corey Simon off to the NFL, the second-ranked Seminoles showcased some of their upcoming stars Saturday in a 63-14 victory over North Carolina.

Ten players scored, many of them new names to fans: Atrews Bell, Nick Maddox, Matt Munyon, Greg Jones.

"We tell our players 'If you don't make All American it's your fault,' " said coach Bobby Bowden, noting most of Florida State's games are on television. "That's the way we feel about it."

Bell and senior Snoop Minnis, the team's leading receiver, each caught two touchdown passes from Chris Weinke in Saturday's victory.

"We got them on the run a little," Weinke said. "We gave them a bunch of different looks."

The 63 points were the most scored against North Carolina since Virginia's 66 points in 1912.

"I don't want our players and coaches to ever forget the score of this," North Carolina coach Carl Torbush said. "We didn't do much to give ourselves a chance in any fashion."

Two fumbles in the second quarter led to Florida State touchdowns that turned the game into a runaway for the second straight year.

Florida State took a 36-7 lead midway through the second period. A year ago the Seminoles scored 28 points in the first seven minutes in a 42-10 victory in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The second-ranked Seminoles improved to 3-0 overall in 2-0 in their big for a ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title while North Carolina fell to 2-1, 1-1 in the league.

"You've got to learn from this game and move on," North Carolina quarterback Ron Curry said. "You see who's going to give up and what type of players you have on your team."

Resuscitated briefly by a roughing the punter penalty, the Tar Heels marched 90 yards in 10 plays to pull within seven at 14-7 on Anthony Sanders 11-yard run in the final minute of the first quarter.

North Carolina's other touchdown came late in the third quarter on a 43-yard pass from Curry to Sam Aiken to make the score 43-14.

"Once you get down that big, you just start practicing," said Curry, who threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked four times.

Weinke, who sat out the fourth quarter, passed for 262 of Florida State's 540 yards. Travis Minor's 112 on the ground against a North Carolina run defense that was ranked No. 1 nationally going into the game.

"They pretty well hit on all cylinders today," Torbush said.

Weinke has thrown for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns this season while Minnis has 20 catches for 339 yards.

"I'm glad he's getting the attention," Bowden said about Minnis. "He's been in the shadows of the other guys here for the last couple of years."

Senior backup Marcus Outzen threw a fifth TD pass of 24 yards to Maddox in the fourth quarter.

Ten of the 72 players used by Florida State scored, including three kickers. Bowden shuffled kicking candidates as he watched his team miss three extra point kicks.

"That's why we're so successful, getting those young guys in," Weinke said.

William McCray, Jeff Chaney, safety Chris Hope and Jones added touchdowns for the Seminoles, who have won 24 straight regular season games since an early 1998 loss at North Carolina State.

They have won 30 straight at Doak Campbell Stadium where they have not lost in 47 games dating to November 1991. Florida State is 64-2 since joining the ACC in 1992.

Florida State plays Louisville next week in the replacement game for Auburn, which paid $500,000 last year to get out of a home-and-home series with the Seminoles.

North Carolina returns home to meet Marshall.

 Chris Weinke throws 35 yards to Atrews Bell for the TD against North Carolina.
avi: 858 k
RealVideo: 56.6 | ISDN | T1

 The Seminoles' Jeff Chaney breaks more than a few tackles on this 29-yard run into the end zone.
avi: 1109 k
RealVideo: 56.6 | ISDN | T1

 Chris Hope sprints 12 yards towards the end zone on this fumble return.
avi: 701 k
RealVideo: 56.6 | ISDN | T1