Monday, November 10, 2003
Bowden: 'Noles loss a team effort
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State junior quarterback Chris
Rix will keep his starting role Saturday when the Seminoles (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) host North Carolina State, offensive coordinator Jeff
Bowden said Monday.
Bowden reiterated the stance his father, head coach Bobby
Bowden, took Sunday following the Seminoles' 26-10 loss to Clemson.
"I just don't think we are getting into a change yet," Jeff
Against Clemson, Rix was intercepted twice and a lost fumble
before being pulled for Fabian Walker in the fourth quarter with the Seminoles trailing 23-3.
Walker, whose lone start came in January's Sugar Bowl loss to
Georgia, had the Seminoles' only touchdown, a 71-yard pass to
Chauncey Stovall. He finished 11-of-21 for 164 yards, all career highs.
However, the younger Bowden said Walker's performance wasn't
enough to dethrone the embattled Rix, who was benched for four
games last season after poor play.
He said Saturday's loss, which knocked the Seminoles out of the
national title picture, couldn't be blamed on any one player.
"I don't think that thought is in anybody's mind right now
unless (the media) or somebody wants to place blame," Bowden said.
"You can't do it. ... We picked Saturday to play about as bad as
we could have played across the board."
Before Monday's practice Bobby Bowden held a team meeting to
reaffirm Florida State's goals. Bowden said foremost that his team
must forget the loss and focus on NC State. A win Saturday would
give the Seminoles the ACC title and the conference's guaranteed
BCS bowl bid.
"Winning your conference is just so darn important nowadays
because it is locked into the BCS, so that's why I met them just to
make sure everyone understood," Bowden said.
The Seminoles were without starting fullback B.J. Dean (knee sprain) and linebackers Michael Boulware and Allen Augustin (left
ankle sprains) in Monday's practice. The status of all three for
Saturday is unclear.