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September 15, 2006|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter

Seminoles aren't in big rush

They carry unreliable ground attack into game against Clemson

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden seems to be growing weary of his father's home-field advantage - especially when it's his Tigers visiting Tallahassee, Fla.

There always seems to be a little something extra, he said, to motivate his dad and the Florida State Seminoles.

"The first year was his 300th win. Then we played down there and they named the field after him. Then we played him down there one time on his birthday. Then we played him down there and they made a bronze statue," Bowden said. "They're hard enough to play on their own, much less all these extra incentives they throw in there when I play him. ... I don't know what they can give him anymore that they hadn't already given him."

Right now the elder Bowden needs a running game.

The Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) will enter tomorrow's 7:30 p.m. ESPN-televised home game against Clemson (1-1, 0-1) averaging 23 yards a game rushing. They mustered 1 yard against Miami and were held scoreless in the first half Saturday against Troy before a 24-17 come-from-behind win.

"I run the ball a lot better when I'm ahead," Bobby Bowden said. "We haven't been ahead very often. We've been fighting to come back, and I have a tendency when I get behind to start throwing the ball and catch up too quick."

Both of Florida State's wins have been second-half comebacks, but when it comes to the series with his son, Bowden leads 5-2.

And no, he's never lost in Tallahassee.

Quick turnaround

The NCAA's decision to cram 12 football games into 13 weeks has forced several coaches throughout the league to cut preparation time and make quick turnarounds between Saturday games and the prime time Thursday night slot.

Some even have to do it twice.

Virginia coach Al Groh is trying to prepare his team to host Western Michigan tomorrow, but has to play Georgia Tech the following Thursday. Next month, the Cavaliers will have the same scenario with home games against Maryland (Saturday) and North Carolina (Thursday).

"This will be the first time any of us have played Thursday night games without a bye week beforehand," he said. "We used to have 11 days to do what we did in six. Now we have four days.

"We'll have to get back to work immediately after the game Saturday night, grade the tape and then come in here Sunday so we can be full speed ahead on the game plan for Georgia Tech."

Yellow Jackets coach Chan Gailey said he'd like to see the schedule go back to 11 games.

"I don't think anybody was thrilled about [the addition of a game], but you can't say that you've got an advantage or a disadvantage if they're all that way," he said. "That's one thing about playing them on a five-day situation - at least the opponent is that way. I'd never want to play one if I had a five-day turnaround and they didn't."

Duke and Wake Forest are the only teams that don't play on Thursday night, while Florida State, Miami, Clemson and Virginia will have five days between two games on two occasions.

Wet Wolfpack

North Carolina State coach Chuck Amato and his team have been preparing for tomorrow night's game at Southern Mississippi, but not from the football offices.

A 4-inch-thick water pipe burst Monday in N.C. State's Murphy Center, forcing the team out of the building. A school spokesman said one of the football players heard some water running and left a team meeting to check it out. He found a flood in a third-floor bathroom.

The coaches have been working out of the Vaughn Towers at Carter-Finley Stadium and the players were using the new locker room in the north end zone addition.

"There's a lot of water, a lot of drying out to happen," Amato said. "It makes you appreciate even more what the people really have to go through in a disaster, and this isn't a disaster. Thank goodness we've got what we've got."

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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