3:30 PM ET, September 20, 2003
Doak Campbell Stadium, TALLAHASSEE, FL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Colorado's bye week couldn't come at a better time.
The banged up Buffaloes (2-2) lost their second straight game Saturday in a very forgettable first game against No. 6 Florida State -- watching the lightning-fast Seminoles take a 47-7 win.
"We haven't gotten better in the last two weeks and that alarms me," Colorado coach Gary Barnett said after the Buffaloes allowed an opponent 47 points two straight weeks.
Rix completed 30 of 39 passes for a career-best 394 yards with the junior wideout tandem combining for 18 catches good for 324 yards.
"We couldn't get any pressure on the quarterback," Barnett said. "They were able to throw basic curl routes on us and then we couldn't tackle."
And the Colorado offense really suffered through most of the game, especially in the second half when it managed only 39 yards.
The Buffs managed their only score on an 81-yard pass from Erik Greenberg to speedster Jeremy Bloom in the second quarter.
"We have got to find some answers," Barnett said. "We just didn't tackle and we didn't block."
Colorado has a week off before opening its Big 12 schedule Oct. 4 at Baylor.
Florida State, meanwhile, goes to Duke on Saturday before a bye week and then an Oct. 11 visit by Miami.
Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden isn't sure his team has put it together yet either despite its third easy win in four games.
"We still don't have all the answers yet," said Bowden, whose team has outscored its first four opponents 133-30. "The key is to continue to get better."
Florida State was impressive enough against Colorado to move up four places in The Associated Press' weekly poll to No. 6.
Although the Seminoles (4-0) couldn't get their running game untracked for the second straight week, Rix was well protected and completed 30 of 39 attempts. Backup Fabian Walker added 64 yards as the Seminoles totaled 458 yards passing.
And Thorpe, who was nearly benched after a couple of critical drops in last week's 14-13 win over Georgia Tech, came up with the best game of his career.
"We got on him so bad this week he had to perform," Bowden said.
The Atlantic Coast Conference 100- and 200-meter champion, Thorpe scored on passes of 56 and 37 yards and finished with 205 yards on eight catches -- both career bests.
"I was getting a lot of single coverage out on the edges," Thorpe said. "Every time we came out of our breaks, the ball was right there."
Sam chipped in with a career-high 10 passes for 119 more yards as the Seminoles rolled up 551 yards offense compared to Colorado's 275.
"Hopefully by completing some long passes ... we can get some room to run," Bowden said.
Colorado managed only 39 yards in the second half and Greenberg, who finished 14-of-30 for 192 yards, was sacked four times. Brian Calhoun led Colorado with 118 yards on 21 carries.
Aside from an 81-yard touchdown pass, Greenberg spent most of his first collegiate star trying to avoid Florida State's pass rush led by end Kamerion Wimbley.
The 230-pound sophomore, Wimbley created havoc all afternoon for Colorado. He had a pair of sacks among his seven tackles, including four for losses and swatted down a pass, forced a fumble and recovered another fumble.
The Seminoles led just 10-7 in the second quarter before breaking the game open with 37 straight points.
Bowden has 336 career coaching wins -- second all time to Penn State's Joe Paterno, who has 338, among Division I-A coaches.
|3rd Down Conversions||4-18||3-13|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||2-3|
|TD||9:27||CRAPHONSO THORPE 37 YD PASS FROM CHRIS RIX (XAVIER BEITIA KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||8:19||XAVIER BEITIA 20 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||7:59||JEREMY BLOOM 81 YD PASS FROM ERIK GREENBERG (MASON CROSBY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 81 yards.
|FG||2:13||XAVIER BEITIA 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yards.
|FG||0:00||XAVIER BEITIA 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 32 yards.
|FG||12:33||XAVIER BEITIA 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||6:05||CRAPHONSO THORPE 66 YD PASS FROM CHRIS RIX (XAVIER BEITIA KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||14:57||GREG JONES 1 YD RUN (XAVIER BEITIA KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 12 yards.
|TD||13:41||CHAUNCEY DAVIS 14 YD BLOCKED PUNT RETURN (XAVIER BEITIA KICK)||7||40|
|TD||3:10||RYAN REYNOLDS 3 YD RUN (XAVIER BEITIA KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 46 yards.