Friday, December 13, 2002
No. 6 Florida State 37, Virginia 3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Snoop Minnis caught two touchdown passes and William McCray scored twice on short runs as No. 6 Florida State beat Virginia 37-3 Saturday, extending the nation's longest home unbeaten streak to 50 games.
Minnis, who had four receptions for 131 yards, caught scoring passes covering 58 and 30 yards from Chris Weinke while McCray scored twice from the 1.
Freshman Chance Gwaltney added field goals of 22, 36 and 25 yards for the once-beaten Seminoles, who are trying to claw their way back into contention for a third straight appearance in the national championship game.
Florida State has not lost at home since a 17-16 defeat to Miami in 1991.
The Seminoles (7-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) took advantage of numerous Virginia mistakes early on their way to a 27-0 halftime lead. The Cavaliers had five turnovers and two bad center snaps.
Virginia (4-3, 3-2) avoided a shutout when David Greene hit a 37-yard field goal early in the third quarter. They fumbled away a chance for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at the Florida State 1.
Although Weinke and the offense were sluggish much of the game, Florida State still rolled up 554 yards, including 426 in the air, and its defense held Virginia to 199 yards.
Freshmen Bryson Spinner and Matt Schaub handled Virginia's quarterback duties in place of senior starter Dan Ellis, who missed the game with a hamstring injury. Spinner was 9-of-21 for 130 yards, but was sacked four times and intercepted once.
Antwoine Womack ran for 63 yards on 24 carries for Virginia while Florida State's Travis Minor gained 89 yards on nine carries.
Weinke was 16-of-28 for 274 yards in three quarters. Backup Marcus Outzen was 6-of-7 for 152 yards.
Florida State scored in the opening 86 seconds when linebacker Tommy Polley chased down an errant Virginia snap and ran 9 yards to the Cavaliers' 1 to set up McCray's first touchdown.
On its next offensive series, Minor's 67-yard run set up the first of Gwaltney's field goals in the first quarter.
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden recorded his 311th career victory to move within three of Amos Alonzo Stagg, who is fourth on the career list. Bowden also picked up his 67th ACC win (against two losses) to move into second place in conference history, ahead of former Clemson coach Frank Howard.
Bowden trails Virginia coach George Welsh, who has 83.