Duke 7

(1-8, 0-6 ACC)

(13) Florida St 29

(7-2, 5-2 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, November 6, 2004

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

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DUKE 0 7 0 07
#13FSU 9 0 10 1029

Top Performers

Passing: W. Sexton (FSU) - 220 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Booker (FSU) - 15 CAR, 130 YDS

Receiving: C. Stovall (FSU) - 8 REC, 138 YDS

Rix yanked from first start in six weeks

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Wyatt Sexton wants to play, not sit. He might not have to worry about being on the sideline much more after a great performance Saturday.

Sexton bailed out Chris Rix in the second half and completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards while leading three long scoring drives as the No. 13 Seminoles scored 20 unanswered points to beat Duke 29-7.

"I definitely was a little ticked off," Sexton said about his brief demotion. "We were not handling business in the first half."

Rix failed to get the Seminoles into the end zone in the first half while making his first start in six weeks. Rix went 9-of-15 for 94 yards and threw an interception that set up Duke's touchdown -- his 37th pick at Florida State.

Rix, under a heavy rush, was intercepted by Duke's Cody Lowe at midfield. Lowe ran 26 yards to the Florida State 24, and eight plays later Cedric Dargan scored on a 1-yard run to pull the Blue Devils within 9-7.

Duke (1-8, 0-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) wasted a second-half scoring chance when Mike Schneider was intercepted in the end zone by Pat Watkins.

"They made plays when they had to make them," Duke coach Ted Roof said. "They shut it down when they had to."

Schneider completed 19 of 31 passes for 155 yards but was intercepted three times.

Florida State's defense also forced two fumbles and limited Duke to 230 yards, with only 61 rushing.

Florida State (7-2, 5-2) managed three short field goals in the first half from first-time starter Gary Cismesia, who tied a school record with five field goals in the game.

Cismesia's final field goal, from 43 yards, put him into the school record book with Bill Capece and Sebastian Janikowski -- now with the Oakland Raiders -- who did it twice.

Sexton, a redshirt sophomore, went 4-1 as the starter after replacing Rix in September. But coach Bobby Bowden went back to Rix this week.

"Early on in the week I wasn't as mentally focused as I should've been," Sexton said. "I guess I was grieving a little bit, you know, about being demoted."

He got over it, leading scoring drives in the second half covering 93, 80 and 70 yards.

"Wyatt's making the right plays at the right time," Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims said. "I feel he's the right person in that position right now."

Bowden agreed.

"It's pretty cut and dry," said Bowden, whose 349 wins are a record among major college coaches. "It's Wyatt. You go by what you saw today."

Chauncey Stovall caught eight passes for 138 yards, and Chris Davis had two catches for 95 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Florida State was without starting tailback Leon Washington for the second straight game, but got 130 yards from Lorenzo Booker and a 4-yard touchdown run from freshman Jamal Lewis.