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Maryland 10

(0-2, 0-2 away)

(11) Florida State 35

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

7:15 PM ET, September 6, 2003

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

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Florida State scores 35 unanswered points to cruise

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State is still perfect against Maryland.

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 Craphanso Thorpe.

"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.

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