Over his 4-year career at Florida State, wide receiver Peter Warrick had a number of exhilarating moments. On this day 25 years ago, the Seminoles needed every one of them.
In perhaps his best performance, Warrick accounted for 372 yards and three touchdowns as the fifth-ranked Seminoles outlasted No. 16 Clemson, 35-28. Of Warrick’s 372 all-purpose yards, 249 came receiving on eight catches.
With the Seminoles trailing 14-13 midway through the third quarter, Warrick beat the Clemson defense for a 48-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Thad Busby. The ensuing 2-point conversion pushed the lead to 21-14. Twice, Clemson would creep closer and each time, Warrick had an answer.
After a field goal cut the FSU lead to four, Warrick’s 90-yard punt return for a touchdown pushed the advantage to 11 — the Seminoles’ biggest lead of the day. Clemson would later cut the deficit to three with a touchdown and 2-point conversion. It took Warrick just 25 seconds to answer as his 80-yard touchdown reception from Busby put FSU back up by two scores and helped seal the eventual victory.
In addition to his big day receiving, Warrick finished with 123 yards on four punt returns. Busby passed for 332 yards on a day where FSU managed just 31 yards rushing. Linebacker Sam Cowart recovered an errant snap in the end zone for a touchdown in the win.
Darryl Bush and Andre Wadsworth each recorded two sacks for an FSU defense that yielded just 41 rushing yards. Bush, Tay Cody and Shevin Smith each came away with interceptions. Clemson quarterback Nealon Greene passed for two touchdowns while Brandon Streeter rushed for another.
Warrick not only had a career day in the victory, but legendary head coach Bobby Bowden picked up his 200th win at FSU. That victory came on this day a quarter-century ago.
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