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Rix: 30-for-39, 394 yards in three quarters

9/22/2003

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.

Colorado did contain Florida State's running game Saturday, but
was almost helpless against Seminole quarterback Chris Rix and
receivers P.K. Sam and Craphonso Thorpe.

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.