Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Noles Go Full Throttle in Rout FSU's Offense Carves Up Heels

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Noles Go Full Throttle in Rout FSU's Offense Carves Up Heels

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TALLAHASSEE -- When Florida State jumped on North Carolina for 28 points in the first 6:57 of last season's 42-10 rout in Chapel Hill, Tar Heels' coach Carl Torbush called it, "seven minutes of a living nightmare."

Torbush will have to adjust his time reference for what the Tar Heels endured yesterday.

Second-ranked Florida State (3-0, 2-0 ACC) left the Tar Heels dazed, confused and on the short end of a 63-14 pummeling in yesterday's home opener in front of a Doak Campbell Stadium crowd of 79,287.

"We didn't give ourselves a chance in any form or fashion," Torbush said. "There is not much that I can say in a positive manner except that today will pass."

The positives were limited to the Seminoles, and there were plenty. FSU got points from 10 players, including three kickers and safety Chris Hope. Hope's 12-yard touchdown return with a second-quarter fumble came in the middle of a 22-point, six-minute surge, reminiscent of last season's opening barrage in Chapel Hill.

"I thought we could score maybe 30 points on their defense if we played really well," said FSU coach Bobby Bowden. "The defense is scoring, and they are getting us some cheap field position."

The Seminoles exceeded Bowden's expectations, building a 36-7 lead that sent much of the crowd away early to celebrate FSU's nation-leading 30th consecutive home victory. The 'Noles are 33-0 at home and 64-2 overall in their ninth season of Atlantic Coast Conference play.

North Carolina (2-1, 1-1) looked nothing like the defense that came into the game limiting opponents to 8.5 rushing yards a game. Tailback Travis Minor rushed for 112 yards on 16 carries, leading a ground attack that piled up 194 yards, ending a record streak of eight consecutive games under Bobby Bowden with less than 100 yards. It was Minor's first 100-yard rushing performance in eight games. …

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