UNC Preparation Difficult for Tigers


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CLEMSON -- A tape of one of Bobby Bowden's old Burger King commercials would
have done as much good as the tape Tommy Bowden saw of his dad in action
from last weekend.


Tommy was hoping for a close game between Florida State and North Carolina.
Clemson (1-2 overall, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) faces North Carolina
(1-2, 0-2) at Death Valley this Saturday.


There was just a couple of minutes of a close game. The rest was nothing
useful.


"It would have been more helpful if it would have been closer," said Bowden.
Florida State scored 28 points in the first seven minutes. It was never
close.


Florida State scored its first touchdown 94 seconds into the game. A fumble
by quarterback Ronald Curry led to another touchdown. Florida State safety
Sean Key intercepted a pass by Curry and returned it for a touchdown. Peter
Warrick returned a punt to give Florida State a 28-0 lead with 5:03 left in
the first quarter.


"When a team gets ahead that quickly, the film study is not that
productive," said Bowden.


At least Tommy Bowden could turn the VCR off when he got really disgusted
with the tape.


That's more than Curry could do. "It was like playing PlayStation," he told
the Raleigh News and Observer. "We got skunked early. But when you get down
21-0 in PlayStation, you turn the game off."


Maybe that's what North Carolina did, sort of.


Still, Bowden knows that Curry is dangerous. "He is probably the most
skilled person on their team," he said. "He is a Peter Warrick type guy and
he is like a tailback paying quarterback. When they are in a one back
formation, it is almost like they have two backs in the game with him at
quarterback"


Virginia Tech freshman quarterback Michael Vick ran for 41 yards last
Thursday against the Tigers. Bowden knows he can't afford to let Curry do
the same. Vick's inexperience cost the Hokies. Bowden figures Curry, a
sophomore, won't make as many mistakes.


"We are going to have to do some different things scheme wise that we might
not do against a quarterback like Chad Pennington or Ellis from Virginia,"
said Bowden. "I think he is even quicker than Michael Vick at Virginia
Tech."


Virginia Tech rushed for 286 yards the most since rushing yards against the
Tigers since South Carolina rushed for 314 yards in 1996. That meant plenty
of business for ACC defensive back of the week Robert Carswell, who had 16
tackles.


"I'm very concerned that our safety is our leading tackler," said Bowden.


"Anytime your safety is your leading tackler, either for a half, a game or a
season, it's a concern."


Curry is averaging 42 yards a game on the ground. He's tied for the team
lead in rushing. Bowden would have liked to have seen more of Curry last
Saturday - if for no other reason than to make his dad sweat a little more.


"You see the skill level of Florida State in the conference and their
separation from everybody else," he said. "North Carolina was in a position
that we're going to be and everybody's going to be when we play them."

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