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Rix in Charge in No. 10 Florida State's Rout

September 21, 2003|From Associated Press

Chris Rix threw two long touchdown passes to Craphonso Thorpe, and Xavier Beitia kicked four field goals as No. 10 Florida State routed Colorado, 47-7, on Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla.

Although the Seminoles (4-0) couldn't get their running game going for the second consecutive week, Rix passed for a career-high 394 yards in three quarters, completing 30 of 39 attempts.

Thorpe caught scoring passes of 56 and 37 yards and finished with 205 yards on eight catches -- both career bests.

Colorado (2-2) managed only 39 yards in the second half and quarterback Erik Greenberg, who finished 14 of 30 for 192 yards, was sacked four times.


In games involving other Atlantic Coast Conference teams: Greg Golden returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown and North Carolina State (2-2) rolled to a 49-21 victory over Texas Tech (2-1) at Raleigh, N.C. Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons passed for a school-record 586 yards, completing 39 of 63 attempts.... Scott McBrien completed 14 of 25 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown to lead Maryland (2-2) to a 34-7 victory over West Virginia (1-3) at College Park, Md.... Cory Randolph threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Jason Anderson to lead Wake Forest (3-1) to a 34-16 victory over East Carolina (0-4) at Winston-Salem, N.C.... Charlie Whitehurst threw for 298 yards and three second-quarter touchdowns to lead Clemson (3-1, 1-0) to a 39-3 victory over Georgia Tech (1-3, 0-2) in an ACC game at Atlanta.


Craig Candeto threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Navy (2-1) racked up 464 yards of total offense in a 39-7 victory over Eastern Michigan (1-3) at Annapolis, Md.... J.P. Losman passed for 350 yards and five touchdowns to lead Tulane (3-1, 1-0) to a 50-33 victory over Army (0-3, 0-1) in a Conference USA game at West Point, N.Y.... Ryan Fitzpatrick set a school record with 471 total yards to lead Harvard (1-0) to a 43-23 victory over Holy Cross (1-2) at Worcester, Mass.... Jamaal Branch scored on runs of 40, 15 and 10 yards and gained 211 to lead Colgate (3-0) to a 31-19 victory over Dartmouth at Hanover, N.H.


Stefan LeFors threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns to lead Louisville (3-0) to a 42-14 win over Texas El Paso (0-4) at Louisville, Ky. UTEP has lost nine in a row and 17 straight on the road.... Aaron Leak threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead Troy State (2-2) to a 28-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana (2-2) at Troy, Ala.


Talmadge Hill threw three touchdown passes to Dante Ridgeway and Ball State (2-2, 1-0) rolled to a 27-14 victory over Central Michigan (2-2, 0-1) in a Mid-American Conference game at Muncie, Ind.


James Kilian threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tulsa (2-2) to a 54-7 victory over Arkansas State (2-2) at Tulsa, Okla.


Mike Smith ran for 118 yards and three touchdowns and Ben Roethlisberger passed for 330 yards and two more scores to lead Miami Ohio (2-1) to a 41-21 romp over Colorado State (2-2) at Fort Collins, Colo.... Matt Ward scored two touchdowns and Chance Harridge ran for 117 yards to lead Air Force (4-0, 1-0) to a 35-39 victory over Wyoming (1-3, 0-1) in a Mountain West Conference game at Air Force Academy, Colo.... Brett Visintainer kicked three field goals to lead Fresno State (2-2, 1-0) to a 16-6 victory visiting over Louisiana Tech (2-2, 0-1) in a Western Athletic Conference game


Darrell Jones had a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 50-yard touchdown reception to lead Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (3-0) to a 24-21 victory over visiting Montana State (1-2).... Evan Harney rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns to lead San Diego (2-1) to a 45-7 victory over visiting La Verne (0-2).... Les Simon rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown to lead Redlands (1-2, 1-0) to a 28-17 SCIAC victory over Cal Lutheran (1-2, 0-1).... Mitchell Browne passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns to lead Claremont-Mudd (1-1) to a 34-18 victory over Puget Sound (0-2) at Tacoma, Wash.... Justin Fenchel passed for 330 yards, threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two others to lead Pomona-Pitzer (3-0) to a 35-31 victory over Trinity (2-1).... Ben Buys rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns to lead Azusa Pacific (3-0) to a 31-17 victory over Rocky Mountain College (1-2) at Billings, Mont.

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