DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Drew Weatherford threw three of his four
touchdown passes to Greg Carr, and Florida State continued its
dominance over Duke with a 51-24 rout of the Blue Devils on
Weatherford was 16-of-24 passing for 231 yards and completed 10
straight second-half attempts to help the Seminoles (4-2, 2-2 ACC)
improve to 15-0 against the Blue Devils (0-6, 0-4).
The Seminoles successfully bounced back from their 24-20 loss at
North Carolina State nine days earlier which knocked them from the
Florida State entered the Duke game after a loss for the third
straight season, and once again the Seminoles took out their
frustrations on the hapless Blue Devils, this time gaining 478
Since the series started in 1992, Duke has held the Seminoles to
fewer than 44 points only once (2004).
Carr finished with four receptions for 100 yards and caught
touchdowns from Weatherford covering 33, 16 and 35 yards.
Weatherford also had a 9-yard scoring pass to De'Cody Fagg
midway through the first quarter which was set up by Chris Davis'
51-yard punt return inside the 10.
Antone Smith ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play of
the second half for Florida State.
Lawrence Timmons started the Seminoles' scoring by returning a
fumble for a TD, and he later blocked an extra-point attempt.
Florida State used its defense to take control early. Duke's
Thad Lewis fumbled on the fourth play from scrimmage, and Timmons
scooped it up and rumbled 36 yards into the end zone to make it 7-0
just 1:17 into the game.
Weatherford had touchdown passes to Fagg and Carr on consecutive
possessions later in the first quarter to extend the lead to 21-0.
Duke's offense continued to struggle, so twice the Blue Devils
turned to their defense for points.
Cornerback John Talley returned a second-quarter interception 50
yards for a touchdown, but Florida State scored on the conversion
attempt when Timmons blocked the extra-point try and Patrick
Robinson returned it for two points.
Duke later scored on a safety when Vince Oghobaase tackled
running back Lorenzo Booker in the end zone early in the third
quarter, making it 30-8. Joe Surgan kicked a 40-yard field goal on
Duke's following possession.
Justin Boyle ran 2 yards for a touchdown late in the third
Lewis finished 19-of-41 passing for 255 yards with a 41-yard
touchdown pass to Eron Riley in the final minute. But the Blue
Devils finished with just 52 yards rushing, and didn't cross the
Seminoles 35 until the final minute of the first half.
Xavier Lee played the second quarter and part of the fourth in
place of Weatherford and was 7-of-13 passing for 90 yards with a
late touchdown and three second-quarter interceptions. He was
picked off twice by Talley.