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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 14, 1998 - 9B
4o. 2 Florida State thwarted by North Carolina State

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Florida
State has made passing and catching=
some of the harder things to dR on a
consistent basis - look easy the last
decade. It became brutally difficult for
the second-ranked Seminoles .on
Saturday.
North Carolina State, a 25-point
underdog, threw more than a scare into
highly-ranked Florida State this time
around, stunning the Seminoles 24-7
for the program's biggest upset in 31
years.
"To go out there and hold that
offensive football team to seven points,
that's miraculous, that is miraculous,"
said N.C. State coach Mike O'Cain.
The upset is easily the biggest win of
his six-year career.
"Nobody gave us a dog's chance of
coming in here and winning this foot-
ball game - not a prayer," O'Cain
added. "In fact, it was going to be a 30-
point game, or whatever the heck it was.
We have a great university here that
nobody has heard about. I believe they
heard about N.C. State today."
Torry Holt, who caught five touch-
downs against the Seminoles last sea-
son in a 48-35 loss, burned Florida
State again, scoring on a 68-yard punt
return and a 63-yard pass from Jamie
Barnette with 9:31 left that scaled it for
the Wolfpack.
"He hurt us again bad, he sure did,"
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden
said. "He made the plays that beat us-
he and that quarterback."

N.C. State (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast
Conference) last beat a team ranked as
high in 1967, defeating second-ranked
Houston 16-6 on the road with the so-
called "White Shoes" defense.
Wolfpack fans began lining the
sidelines with three minutes to go.
Thousands of fans stormed the field
with 28 seconds left and several piled
onto both goal posts as time expired.
The Seminoles (1-1, 0-1) have fin-
ished in the nation's top four in each of
the last 11 seasons with six ACC
crowns in as many seasons, but Bowden
still doesn't have a perfect mark under
his belt in 23 years at Tallahassee, Fla.
And the 69-year-old coach won't
have one to his credit in 1998.
"Yeah, I'm pretty stunned," said
Bowden, whose team was shut out in
three straight quarters for the first time
since a 31-0 loss to Miami in 1988. "To
get beat like that, I'm very surprised,
surprised how we fell apart."
The Seminoles came in 47-1 in
ACC games since joining the league in
1992 and riding an 18-game conference
winning streak. But 26-year-old quar-
terback Chris Weinke threw a school-
record six interceptions to doom
Florida State.
"Our offense just could not execute
at all," said Bowden. "That's the
biggest surprise I've got. For some rea-
son we couldn't throw the ball and
catch."
"We needed for them to make some
mistakes, we needed for them to throw

some interceptions," said O'Cain, who
pulled his left calf muscle on Holt's last
touchdown and limped off the field
tftur the win. "But at the same time
they threw the interceptions and we
caught them. That is rising to the occa-
sion, that is making plays."
Weinke was 8-of-29 before being
benched midway through the fourth
quarter after Holt's second score gave
the Woifpack a 24-7 lead. Weinke
returned one series later, just long
enou h to tie the ACC record for inter-
ceptions, held by two others.
"The bottom line is execution and I
didn't execute," said Weinke. "There
was stuff open that I just missed. That is
the factor in the game. If I hit some of
those open guys at least we have a
chance to win the game.
"You don't expect to lose around
here -- that's the bottom line," Weinke
added. "Every time you play somebody
they are coming after us. People are
looking to beat us."
The Seminoles continued to pass -
the program's bread-and-butter -- most
of the game despite the Wolfpack giv-
ing up 361 yards on the ground in its
34-31 season-opening victory against
Ohio University. And Florida State paid
dearly for it, likely being ousted from
the national title picture in the second
week of the season.
"I doubt if anybody is out yet with
one loss ... but the way we played today
we wouldn't even be in the top 20,"
Bowden said.

North Carolina
Rtate upset then-
No. 2 Florida
State, 24-7 in
Igh, N.C., on
rday. Florida
State quarter-
back Chris
Neinke threw six
interceptions in
the loss, which
dropped the
Seminoles to No.
Li in the AP poll.
AP PHOTO

F1orida, Nebraska
survive crazy week
on the gridiron

Staff Picks
lISTEN
CONFERENCE SHARAT
RAJU
All picks made against the spread (winner In bold)
MICHIGAN (-10.5) vs. Syracuse Syracuse

JIM
ROSE

Associated Press
When it comes to college football,
othing is too far-fetched.
Florida State, Notre Dame,
ichigan and Arizona State took
ighty tumbles on a surreal
aturday and fell out of the national
'tle picture, probably for good.
As the scores rolled in, each result
as more unlikely than the next.
1 addition to Michigan's 38-28
,Wto Syracuse, there was North
arolina State 24, Florida State 7;
ichigan State 45, Notre Dame 23;
nd BYU 26, Arizona State 6.
And the games weren't close.
The biggest surprise took place in
aleigh, N.C., where fans tore down
he goal posts after Torry Holt
cored on two long TDs and the
olfpack intercepted six of Weinke's
s.
e Sun Devils were unable to
egroup from their heartbreaking 42-
8 loss to Washington last week and
ere easy prey for the Cougars (1-1)
n Provo, Utah.
"They just outplayed us," Arizona
tate coach Bruce Snyder said after
is team fell to 0-2 for its worst start
ince 1979.
"We do need to play a lot better,
iUt I believe in this team."
g 2 ANA FLORIDA 42, N.E.
ISAA10
Jesse Palmer threw for 292 yards
nd four TDs in the Gators' second
armup before next week's SEC
howdown at Tennessee.
Florida held the Indians to 148
otal yards.
No.3 NEBRASKA 24, CALIFORNIA 3
Bobby Newcombe missed his sec-
game with a knee injury, but
ups Eric Crouch and Monte
hristo accounted for three TDs as
he Huskers (3-0) extended their
winning streak to 17 games.
Crouch ran for two TDs and
Christo threw for one. Nebraska's
next game is Sept. 26 against No. 9
Washington.
No. 4 UCLA 49, TEXAS 31
It wasn't 66-3, but it was still an
impressive 11th consecutive win for

the Bruins (1-0) as Cade McNown
threw for 339 yards and three touch-
downs.
Texas trailed 35-3 at the half, but
Ricky Williams ran for three touch-
downs and finished with 160 yards
in a duel of Heisman Trophy con-
tenders. Williams passed Earl
Campbell to become Texas' leading
rusher with 4,530 yards.
No. 5 KANSAS STATE 73,
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 7
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder
defended his decision to let Martin
Gramatica kick a school-record 65-
yard field with two seconds left in
the half - even though Kansas State
was ahead by 49 points and playing a
team that lost its 20th straight game.
"He had an opportunity to put his
name in the record book, and in the
first half of a ball game - no matter
what the score - you ought to let
him have that opportunity," Snyder
said.
Michael Bishop ran for two tocuh-
downs and threw for two others as
Kansas State set a school record for
most points in a game.
No. 7 LSU 42, ARKANSAS STATE 6
Kevin Faulk gained 266 all-pur-
pose yards and scored three touch-
downs.
Faulk ran for 180 yards and two
scores and added a 58-yard punt
return for a touchdown.
No. 18 USC 35, SAN DIEGO STATE 6
R. Jay Soward caught two TD
passes, returned a puntu74 yards for a
score and had 256 all-purpose yards
for the Trojans (2-0) in his return
after a one-game suspension.
Soward averaged 28.4 yards for
the nine times he touched the ball.
No. 21 MISSOURI 41, KANSAS 23
Devin West ran for a school-record
319 yards as Missouri (2-0) rallied
for the win.
Corby Jones threw two TD passes
and ran for two more.
No. 22 OREGON 33, UTEP 26
At El Paso, Texas, Herman Ho-
Ching scored three fourth-quarter
touchdowns as Oregon (2-0) strug-
gled.

Notre Dame (-7.0) at Michigan State
Arizona State (-6.5) at Brigham Young
Florida (-44) vs. NE Louisiana
Florida State (-25) at N.C. State
Iowa (-27.5) at Iowa State
Mississippi (-3.5) vs. Auburn
Nebraska (-23) at California
Ohio State (-37) vs. Toledo
Penn State (-38) vs. Bowling Green
UCLA (-10.5) vs. Texas
Best Bet
Last week record (Best bet)
Season record (Best bet)

Notre Dame
Arizona State
N.E. Louisiana
Florida State
Iowa
Mississippi
California
Ohio State
Penn State
Tex as
Notre Dame
5-7 (0-1)
5-7 (0-1)

Syracuse
Notre Dame
Arizona State
Florida
Florida State
lowa
Mississippi
Nebraska
Ohio State
Bowling Green
UCLA
Notre Dame
3-9 (0-1)
3-9 (0-1)

MARK
SNYDER
Syracuse
Notre Dame
Arizona State.
Florida
Florida State
Iowa State
Auburn
Nebraska
Toledo
Penn State
UCLA
UCLA
6-6 (1-0)
6-6(1-0)

PROF. RALPH
WILLIAMS
Michigan
Notre Dame
Brigham Young
Florida
N.C. State
Iowa State
Auburn
California
Toledo
Bowling Green
Texas
Michigan
5-7 (0-1)
5-7 (0-1)

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