Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Loss Drops Seminoles to New Lows

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Loss Drops Seminoles to New Lows

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

CLEMSON, S.C. -- There are any number of ways to measure how far Florida State has fallen since playing for the 2000 national championship.

Saturday's 35-14 loss at Clemson assures a fifth consecutive season of at least three losses, something the program hasn't done since a six-year stretch from 1981 to 1986.

Perhaps more telling is the fact that the Seminoles' three losses this season have all come against unranked teams. That's something that hasn't happened since Bobby Bowden's first season. In 1976, Florida State finished 5-6 with four losses to unranked teams.

To add some perspective, the Seminoles once won 82 consecutive games against unranked opponents. That streak began after Florida State was beaten by Southern Miss in Jacksonville on Sept. 2, 1989 and ended with a 41-9 rout by North Carolina on Sept. 22, 2001.

The North Carolina loss was FSU's worst in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Saturday's loss to the Tigers was the second-worst.

Among other notable shortcomings following the loss:

-- The Seminoles have lost consecutive ACC games for the first time in 14 seasons of league play.

-- The back-to-back defeats are FSU's first since succumbing to Miami and Notre Dame in 2002. The Seminoles will have to win Nov. 26 at Florida to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 1981.

-- Clemson's 35 points were the most it has scored against FSU since its 34-23 win in Tallahassee in 1989.

-- The 14 points the Seminoles mustered were their fewest in 19 meetings with the Tigers.

BOOKER FOR 100

Junior tailback Lorenzo Booker provided the Seminoles with their first 100-yard rushing game of the season in his second start in place of injured Leon Washington.

Booker finished with 112 yards on 16 carries, cracking the century mark for the fourth time in his career. …

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