Originally created 09/17/99

Bowden not concerned with revenge



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden doesn't believe in revenge. He does, however, have nothing against getting even.

Bowden's top-ranked Seminoles will be trying to atone Saturday for one of the school's most galling upset defeats when they meet No. 20 North Carolina State.

Florida State was defeated 24-7 in Raleigh, N.C., a year ago when quarterback Chris Weinke, making just his second collegiate start, was intercepted six times.

"They're a hungry football team," Bowden said. "It's an undefeated team that's dominated us the last six quarters."

North Carolina State (3-0) has had a tough time getting its offense untracked so far, averaging only 239.7 yards per game while Florida State (2-0, 1-0 ACC) is struggling on defense -- allowing 385 yards and 21 points an outing.

Bowden says he is treating it as just another game.

"The one thing I will not even mention is revenge," Bowden said. "You get out there and build your team around a get-even-with-them ... then you get your brains knocked out. That's what will happen."

Bowden thinks the good old x's and o's are better than trying to whip the team into a frenzy about a game that happened a year ago.

"I always thought if you do that, you press and you get a phoniness about it," Bowden said.

Archrival Florida is the last team to win successive games over Florida State, capturing the national title in the 1997 Sugar Bowl and then taking a 32-29 victory 10 months later in Gainesville.

The Wolfpack would love to become the first Atlantic Coast Conference school to win two league games over the Seminoles, much less two straight.

Florida State, now 55-2 in ACC games since joining the league in 1992, had lost only to Virginia in 1995 before last year's embarrassment at North Carolina State.

Fort that matter, the Seminoles are 30-0 at home against league foes and haven't been beaten by anyone on their own field dating back 42 games to a 17-16 loss to Miami in November, 1991.

In seven games against the Wolfpack since joining the ACC in 1992, the Seminoles have averaged 44.7 points and 524.9 yards.

But it's been a far different story in the past six quarters when North Carolina State has humiliated the Seminoles 45-14 on the scoreboard.

"There were two keys to the game last year," North Carolina State coach Mike O'Cain said. "We protected the football better than they did. They turned they ball over and that was a direct result of us putting pressure on the quarterback.

"In years past we have not protected the football," O'Cain said. "Last year was the first time that we really have done so."

Weinke, meanwhile, vows he's a better player than the one who threw six interceptions in the last meeting.

In Florida State's first two games, Weinke has completed 59 percent of his passes for 504 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception.

"I am not the same guy I was last year at this time," Weinke said. "I think it's going to be a different story."

Oddsmakers agreed, installing the Seminoles as a four-touchdown favorite -- just like last year.