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    99 National Championship Season - Part 3

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    By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com

    The 10th anniversary of Florida State's 1999 national championship season is reason to celebrate. The Seminoles were the first team to go wire-to-wire ranked No. 1 and remain the only undefeated team in program history. On the day the champions return to Doak Campbell Stadium to be honored, here is the third of six feature stories appearing in Game Time this season, recapping the most memorable moments in a game-by-game look at the 12-0 campaign.

    Seminoles' stars had a way of making everyone on the roster better

    From Peter Warrick to Chris Weinke, and Sebastian Janikowski to Corey Simon, Florida State's 1999 squad had more than enough fire-power on the roster to overwhelm virtually every opponent.

    That's not surprising when you consider the roster included 31 players who would one day play in the NFL.

    But what set Bobby Bowden's only unbeaten team apart was its sense of purpose and focus; qualities strengthened in the aftermath of the 1998 national championship game loss to Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl.

    "When we came in as freshmen we had one of the top classes, as Florida State always did," said special teams captain Todd Frier, a senior on the '99 team. "We thought we'd win two or three national championships.

    "By the time we were seniors, it was kind of like it slapped us in the face. ... It was our last opportunity. Ever since we lost to Tennessee, it carried us through the offseason. There was a sense of urgency and the seniors helped the underclassmen understand that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

    Seizing on that opportunity would not be easy. The Seminoles were a marked team, ordained as No. 1 in the preseason. Along the way they would encounter a handful of challenges on the field, and be dealt adversity off it. A less resolute team may not have been able to cope with the week-to-week pressure to perform.

    Yet this team was different, even before setting itself apart with wire-to-wire perfection.

    '99 Season In Review - Part 2

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    By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com

    The 10th anniversary of Florida State's 1999 national championship season is reason to celebrate. The Seminoles were the first team to go wire-to-wire ranked No. 1 and remain the only undefeated team in program history. This is the second of six feature stories which will appear in Game Time this season, with coach Bobby Bowden and several players sharing their most memorable moments as we take a game-by-game look at the 12-0 campaign.

    Kicking game, defense rise up to keep the momentum rolling

    The Seminoles were off to a fast start in 1999, throttling Louisiana Tech, then out-scoring Georgia Tech in wild duel to move to 2-0 on the season.

    Florida State's offense had shown early on that it had the makings of one of the most explosive units in the country. Yet somewhat lost in what would be a championship campaign of lopsided triumphs, was just how complete Bobby Bowden's team was.

    Before the season was through the Seminoles' star-studded defensive cast, blessed with incredible speed and big-play ability, shared equal billing with explosive kicker Sebastian Janikowski leading the special teams. Those qualities came to the forefront as FSU faced Tobacco Road foes N.C. State (at home) and North Carolina (on the road) in weeks 3 and 4.

    "We were looking to do the same thing defensively," said would-be All-American defensive end Jamal Reynolds. "We wanted to show people we could hold up our end of the bargain, which was to go out there and make plays and play the shortest amount of time out there offense.

    "It was awesome knowing that the person that was next to you or behind you had your back. You had playmakers all around you."

    That was readily apparent in the two-game stretch as the Seminoles forced 10 turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns, while Janikowski booted five field goals - all against the Wolfpack..

    '99 Season In Review - Part 1

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    By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com

    Editor's note: The 10th anniversary of Florida State's 1999 national championship is reason to celebrate. The Seminoles were the first to go wire-to-wire ranked No. 1 and remain the only unbeaten team in program history. This is the first of six feature stories which will appear in Game Time this season, with coach Bobby Bowden and several players sharing their most memorable moments as we take a game-by-game look at the 12-0 season.

    Seminoles driven by defeat, carried by talent in '99 national championship season

    Weinke - Great Photo.jpgVirtually all of the pieces were in place for the 1999 Florida State football team to put together a season to remember.

    The Seminoles were motivated by defeat, blessed with talent and driven by a quarterback, Chris Weinke, who had much to prove.

    "There are some years when you go into the season and you know, 'This is not the year you've got the chance,'" FSU coach Bobby Bowden said recently. "Then there are some years you go into it and (say), 'We've got a chance this year.'

    "It was very obvious in '93 with Charlie (Ward) coming back with all those guys. And it was very obvious in '99 because we had been there in '98. The feeling was, if we can do it right, we've got a great shot."

    Florida State's 23-16 loss to Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl, which denied the Seminoles the '98 national championship, lingered in the minds of the players throughout the off-season.

    "We were more motivated and determined than we had ever been as a group because of the defeat the year before," said Weinke, who was forced to watch from the sidelines in Tempe, Az. after suffering a career-threatening neck injury during a Nov. 7 win over Virginia.



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