TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Saturday night's game, no doubt, will intensify the border wars between Florida State and Georgia Tech.
The top-ranked Seminoles feature two starters and seven reserves from Georgia, while the 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets had six starters and 10 back-ups from the Sunshine State.
Cornerback Tay Cody of Blakely and offensive tackle Ross Brannon of Marietta were in Florida State's starting lineup. Chance Gwaltney, a kicker and punter from Cairo; Alonzo Jackson, a defensive end from Americus; Josh Baggs, a center from Camilla; Ryan Sprague, a tight end from Augusta; Germaine Stringer, a flanker from Atlanta; Robert Morgan, a split end from East Point, and Rian Cason, a defensive tackle from College Park, all played sparingly or watched from the Florida State sidelines.
Dez White, a wide receiver from Jacksonville; Noah King, a center from Panama City; Conrad Andrzejewski, a tight end from Palm Beach; Kerry Watkins, a wide receiver from Laplace; Jamara Clark, a cornerback from Bradenton, and Selwyn Scott, a cornerback from Boynton Beach, all started for the Yellow Jackets.
Other Florida players on the Georgia Tech roster included split end Brett Basquin of LaBelle, defensive end Ira Claxton of Tallahassee, cornerback Derrick Dudley of Tallahassee, punter Dan [filtered word] of Winter Springs, wide receiver Will Glover of Tampa, quarterback George Godsey of Tampa, offensive guard Clay Hartley of Bryceville, center David Schmidgall of Clearwater, free safety Reggie Wilcox of Tampa and defensive end Fred Wright of Lehigh Acres.
It's only Week 3 of the college football season, but Saturday night's game between No. 1 Florida State and No. 10 Georgia Tech had some postseason ramifications.
The Sears National Championship Trophy was on display at Doak Campbell Stadium. The trophy is shipped around the country each week, making stops at games featuring nationally-ranked teams.
The trophy has been part of 11 Florida State games -- the most of any school -- but the Seminoles were only 6-4 heading into Saturday night's game when the trophy was on the property. More interesting, Florida State was only 1-3 before playing the Yellow Jackets when it was ranked No. 1 and the traveling trophy paid a visit.
Both Florida State and Georgia Tech agreed on one thing: The final destination of the National Championship Trophy is all that matters. It will go the winner of the Sugar Bowl, this year's designated national championship game.
Several former Florida State quarterbacks were on hand to watch Saturday night's game. Not only was Charlie Ward there, but so were Peter Tom Willis, Jimmy Jordan and Wally Woodham. Ward was introduced in pre-game ceremonies, and the Heisman Trophy winner who led the Seminoles to the 1993 National Championship received a thunderous ovation.
Florida State wore garnet pants and jerseys for the first time in three years. The last time the Seminoles were donned in their all-garnet uniforms, they beat Georgia Tech at Grant Field, 49-3, in 1996.
During instructions in the Florida State press box, the sports information department issued this following statement: "This is a working press box and cheering will not be allowed ... unless you watched the Notre Dame game." Purdue upset Notre Dame 28-23 a few minutes before Saturday's kickoff ... Dan Kendra started in a new position for the Seminoles. He filled in for quarterback Thad Busby in 1997, but against Georgia Tech, the senior started at fullback for William McCray, who broke his ankle in practice last Monday.
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