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College Football Week 5 | REGIONAL ROUNDUP

No. 9 Florida State Struggles to Beat Stubborn Maryland

October 04, 1998|From Associated Press

After Florida State took the opening kickoff and easily moved 69 yards in six plays for a 7-0 lead, it appeared evident that the Seminoles' annual rout of Maryland was underway Saturday at College Park, Md.

Not this time.

That turned out to be the only touchdown for No. 9 Florida State, which had to overcome 11 penalties and two turnovers to squeeze out a surprisingly difficult 24-10 victory Saturday.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals and Chris Weinke passed for 261 yards, but the Seminoles (4-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hardly resembled the team that had outscored Maryland (2-3, 0-2) by an average of 39 points over the previous six years.

"It's easy to see where our problems are--it's in the red zone," Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden said. "We just can't do it. We've got to do it or we're not going to be in any more ballgames."

EAST

Marc Bulger threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns and Amos Zereoue rushed for two second-half touchdowns to lead No. 16 West Virginia (3-1)to a 45-24 victory over Navy (1-3) in a nonconference game at Annapolis, Md. . . . Scott Covington threw three touchdown passes to Santana Moss in a 4:02 span to lead Miami to a 53-17 win over Rutgers at Piscataway, N.J. Edgerrin James also ran for two touchdowns and Al Blades returned an interception 60 yards for another score as the Hurricanes (3-1, 1-1 Big East) beat Rutgers (2-3, 0-3) for the sixth time in as many meetings. . . . Matt Lytle threw four touchdown passes, including three to Latef Grim, to lead Pittsburgh (2-2) to a 35-0 nonconference victory over Akron (2-2) at Pittsburgh. . . . Joe Piela returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and Jim Finn ran for 136 yards to help Penn (2-1) to a 20-10 nonconference win over Bucknell (3-2) at Philadelphia. . . . Brian Colosant, a freshman who had never tried a field goal in college, kicked a tying 42-yarder with 1:37 left in regulation and then made a 38-yarder in overtime to lift Fordham (2-2) to a 20-17 nonconference win over Princeton (1-2) at New York. . . . After trailing, 17-0, late in the second quarter, Lehigh (4-0) scored three unanswered touchdowns to claim a 21-17 nonconference win over Harvard (0-3) at Boston. . . . Ryan Vena ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third to help give Colgate (3-1) a 31-7 nonconference win over Yale (1-2) at New Haven, Conn. . . . Alex Csizinszky kicked a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give Dartmouth (1-2) a 13-10 victory over Lafayette (0-4) in a nonconference game at Hanover, N.H. . . . Cornell quarterback Mike Hood threw four touchdown passes to tie a school record to lead the Big Red (2-1) to a 34-31 nonconference win over Buffalo (2-3) at Ithaca, N.Y. . . . James Jenkins rushed for 154 yards and four touchdowns to lead Rhode Island (1-3) to a 44-16 nonconference win over Brown (1-2) in the Governor's Cup title game at Kingston, R.I.

SOUTH

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