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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.

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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.

EAST

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.

SOUTH

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.

MIDWEST

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.

SOUTHWEST

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.

FAR WEST

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

SOUTHLAND

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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