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O'Brien may want to take Cavalier approach

If Boston College coach Tom O'Brien needs a blueprint on how to beat No. 8 Florida State in the Eagles' inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference game tomorrow night at Alumni Stadium, he may want to dust off the game plan he used as offensive coordinator of the 1995 University of Virginia team that pinned FSU with its first ACC loss, in Charlottesville, Va.

''What I remembered was we just lost at Texas the week before on a last-second field goal," O'Brien said, recalling a 17-16 defeat to the 16th-ranked Longhorns in Austin, Texas. ''We came back a tired football team, but we got our legs back prior to the Florida State game, a Thursday night [ESPN-televised] game."

And so, how did Virginia beat the second-ranked Seminoles, 33-28, snapping FSU's 29-game ACC winning streak?

''What happened was Rick Lantz [Virginia's defensive coordinator] came up with a new defensive scheme, and threw a little different coverage at them to confuse them for a while," O'Brien said yesterday as he sat in his office at the Yawkey Center. ''Our punter had a tremendous day; he must have punted them inside the 10-yard line five times that night. We moved the ball well on offense.

''Tiki Barber had a great night rushing. We threw the ball very effectively against them. We played as well as we could play," O'Brien added. ''And it still came down to a last-second stop on the 1-inch line. That just shows you the talent that they have and the capabilities they have."

A host of Virginia defenders stopped former FSU tailback Warrick Dunn short of the goal line. And what if the ACC had instant replay then? ''He wouldn't have gotten in," O'Brien said. ''I don't think there was any way. They ran the direct snap draw to Warrick Dunn and our kids saw it. Warrick looked at their center -- and that's the only time he looked at the center during the game, and our kids knew it.

''[Anthony] Poindexter and Skeet Jones -- and we had [James] Farrior and [Jamie] Sharper as our outside linebackers -- they all ran at him."

It triggered a wild celebration in which the Virginia student body stormed the field at Scott Stadium.

''It was just mass pandemonium on the field that night," O'Brien said. ''My kids were younger then, and I think from that point on the only thing they ever did when they went to a game was [plan] how they were going to storm the field if Virginia won, because they all got on television."

Pleasant surprise

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said the most surprising aspect of the Seminoles' 2-0 start has been the play of their defensive line, which rang up nine sacks in a 10-7 season-opening victory over Miami. ''You lose an All-America tackle and you lose two defensive ends who got drafted, so you don't know what to expect," Bowden said. ''So their play has been the surprising part, you know. But you see [BC's] personnel on the offensive line? We might as well play somebody in the NFL as far as that's concerned." . . . Kamerion Wimbley, a 6-foot-4-inch, 255-pound senior from Wichita, Kan., earned ACC defensive lineman of the week honors after he recorded five tackles, including two sacks, and six quarterback hurries against Miami. Wimbley on BC senior defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka: ''He's a nice physical specimen. I think he'll live up to the hype of being rated the No. 1 defensive end. He does a lot of things very well. He's an athletic guy. His motor is always running. I think there are a lot of similarities between me and him. When I saw him [at the ACC's Football Kickoff this summer at Hot Springs, Va.], it was kind of like, 'There goes me, but only a little taller.' I like him. But when I go out there, I'm going to be competitive. I want to see if I can outplay him." . . . Bowden reported that senior center David Castillo, who missed last Saturday's 62-10 victory over The Citadel with a foot injury, will not play tomorrow night. John Frady, a 6-4, 294-pound sophomore, will likely draw his second consecutive start . . . Sports information director Chris Cameron said BC issued 400 media credentials -- many of which went to ESPN to accommodate its game crew, ESPN Radio, ''Cold Pizza," and ''College GameDay" shows. ''They've [been on] 'GameDay' over there 20 times, and this is our first," noted O'Brien, who will make his ''Cold Pizza" debut at 8:30 this morning. ''So they're ahead of us, 20-1."

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