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FSU sideliners

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000


Like old times ... sort of

While both teams warmed up, Chuck Amato and Mickey Andrews talked for several minutes, much as they had for 18 years. But this time was different. Amato, the longtime defensive assistant, left FSU to become head coach at North Carolina State. Bobby Bowden, who had called this game a "father-stepson" matchup, then went up to Amato, and they shook hands and posed for pictures. Amato even gave his former boss a Wolfpack sweatshirt.

The next best thing

A capacity crowd of 51,500 filled Carter-Finley Stadium for the ballyhooed matchup, but fans who couldn't get in at least were able to watch the game from nearby: on the big screen inside the swanky on-campus basketball facility, the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

Amend that endorsement

During ESPN's College Football GameDay, analyst Lee Corso touted FSU redshirt sophomore Chance Gwaltney as "one of the nation's most outstanding kickers." Gwaltney was coming off his career-best game, but he had a 31-yard field-goal attempt blocked, and FSU used Matt Munyon on the first extra point. He missed. Freshman Brett Cimorelli, the former Zephryhills star, tried, and made, the second extra point.

Quotable

"We're not going to sneak up on them; we're not going to Pearl Harbor them. Believe me. Nobody's going to do that to them for the rest of the season. They're not going to overlook us." -- Amato before the game.

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