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Florida State Escapes in a 14-13 Victory

September 14, 2003|From Associated Press

Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden said he had no idea how his No. 10 Seminoles managed to beat Georgia Tech on Saturday night at Tallahassee, Fla.

"It was like checkers [and] they were a jump ahead of us," Bowden said after his team scored two touchdowns in the final 7:09 for a 14-13 victory.

"They did a better job of anticipating what we were going to do than we did of what they were going to do. It was 54 minutes of getting beat and six minutes of winning."

Quarterback Chris Rix shook off two interceptions to run for one touchdown and pass for another as Florida State improved to 3-0, all against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Georgia Tech freshman quarterback Reggie Ball, who was sacked six times, was intercepted by Pat Watkins at the Florida State 20 with 29 seconds to play, sealing the 12th consecutive ACC victory for the Seminoles over the Yellow Jackets (1-2, 0-1).

Duke 27, Rice 24 -- Brent Garber kicked a 30-yard field goal in the second overtime at Durham, N.C., as the Blue Devils (2-1) won consecutive games for the first time since 1998. Brandon Skeen missed a 34-yard field-goal try for Rice (0-2) in the second overtime.

Maryland 61, The Citadel 0 -- Josh Allen had a 72-yard touchdown run in the game's first play from scrimmage at College Park, Md., and the Terrapins (1-2) cruised past the Division I-AA Bulldogs (1-2) to their most-lopsided victory in 49 years.

Virginia 59, Western Michigan 16 -- Marques Hagans threw three touchdown passes and Wali Lundy ran for two scores and threw for a third for the Cavaliers (2-1) against the Broncos (1-2) at Kalamazoo, Mich.

Clemson 37, Middle Tennessee 14 -- Airese Currie set a school record with 12 receptions to help the Tigers (2-1) coast past the Blue Raiders (0-3) at Clemson, S.C.

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