Seminoles wary of Clemson trickery


Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 12:22 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said he expects to see plenty of misdirection and trick plays from Clemson on Thursday, orchestrated by his son, Tigers coach Tommy Bowden.

''For the last four years he has (tried trick plays),'' said the elder Bowden. ''So now you know the nature of the beast. We better be sound in what we are doing.''

In Bowden Bowl IV, No. 11 Florida State will also be looking to get rid of the sour taste of Thursday's 26-20 overtime loss to Louisville. The Clemson contest will be the Seminoles' third game in 13 days.

Since the younger Bowden became the Tigers' head coach in 1999, Clemson has tried a variety of fake field goals and fake punts against Florida State. Bowden said that could change the approach of the Seminoles' usually aggressive punt return team.

In last year's game, Clemson had a 61-yard touchdown on a fake punt called back for illegal procedure. Clemson lost the game 41-27.

''It'll make you think a little bit,'' he said. ''We better be sound on the punt rush because you'll have guys peeling out of there going for a pass.''

Bobby Bowden has won all three games against his son by a combined score of 112-48.

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