TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State is still perfect against
Greg Jones ran for two touchdowns and Chris Rix passed for two
more Saturday night as the 11th-ranked Seminoles erased an early
10-point deficit and defeated Maryland 35-10 to improve to 14-0
against the Terrapins.
The 35 points were the fewest Florida State (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic
Coast Conference) has scored in seven home wins over Maryland.
Jones broke free for a 44-yard touchdown run with 11:29 left in
the first half to give the Seminoles a 14-10 lead. On a
third-and-two, the 240-pound Jones took a pitch, broke to the right
sideline and outran Maryland's defenders.
"That team is very fast," Friedgen said. "Even when we had
position, they just outran us."
Jones finished with 88 yards on 14 carries, giving him 2,064
career yards and making him only the ninth Florida State player to
surpass 2,000 yards.
The victory was coach Bobby Bowden's 334th, leaving him just
three behind all-time leader Joe Paterno of Penn State among
Division IA coaches. He also tied former Virginia coach George
Welsh for the most ACC wins with 85.
It was the third straight loss for Maryland coach Ralph
Friedgen, who marveled afterward at Florida State's depth.
"I just wonder if he's working with 85 scholarships," Friedgen
said. "It seems he's got a lot more guys than I've got."
Jones scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run to culminate a
99-yard drive that gave the Seminoles a 21-10 lead with 5:38 left
in the half. A 67-yard pass from Rix to P.K. Sam was the big play
on the nine-play scoring drive.
Sam later caught a 34-yard touchdown pass that gave Florida
State a 28-10 lead in the final seconds of the third quarter.
Willie Reid's 2-yard TD run completed the scoring.
Maryland (0-2, 0-1 ACC) started fast but couldn't sustain
anything offensively against Florida State's speedy defense, which
hasn't allowed a touchdown this season.
"The defense pulled us out," Bowden said. "If your defense
doesn't give up a touchdown, you're going to win."
Florida State blanked North Carolina 37-0 last week.
Maryland managed only 197 total yards, and quarterback Scott
McBrien, who spent most of his night scrambling under pressure,
completed only 6 of 18 passes for 61 yards.
"Everybody got to the ball," Florida State tackle Darnell
Dockett said. "We were too hungry for them."
D'Qwell Jackson intercepted Rix on Florida State's first
offensive play and ricocheted off two would-be Seminole tacklers to
maintain his balance on a 58-yard scoring return that gave Maryland
a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
Jackson also blocked a field goal try by Florida State's Xavier
Beitia when Maryland held an early 10-7 lead.
Maryland took a 10-0 lead on a 44-yard field goal by Nick Novak
before Florida State scored on an 18-yard pass from Rix to
"We knew we would break the game open sometime," said Rix, who
completed 16 of 29 for 228 yards. "It's just the confidence we
have right now."
Bowden said so far, so good in the Seminoles bid to bounce back
from their 9-5 season in 2002.
"We need all the confidence we can get," he said. "Especially
with what happened to us last year."
In a schedule quirk, Florida State opens the season with three
straight league games and already has a leg up on Maryland and
North Carolina State -- two teams thought to be ACC contenders this
season. Wake Forest upset N.C. State 34-24 Saturday.
The Seminoles host Georgia Tech on Saturday.