Bouncing Back

<b>Chris Rix</b> admitted he probably would have reacted differently last year following an interception for a touchdown on FSU's opening play from scrimmage. This time, Rix shrugged off the mistake. "I don't hink there's any doubt that Daryl (Dickey) is the best influence on Chris," offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said. "He knows him better than anybody. He has a feel for him better than anybody. I said last year the best thing that has happened to us is having Daryl down there by him."

Chris Rix admitted he probably would have reacted differently last year following an interception for a touchdown on Florida State's opening play from scrimmage.

"Last year, even more the year before, I think it would have kind of lingered in my mind," Rix said following the Seminoles' 35-10 victory over Maryland Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"Coach (Daryl) Dickey (quarterbacks coach) just said shake it off. It's going to happen in this game. And kind of laughed at it. I just really tried to focus on the next series and driving the ball down the field and forgetting about that (interception). I tried to be more even keel whether things go good or go bad and just focus on the future plays."

Maryland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson intercepted Rix on FSU's first offensive play and ricocheted off Rix and Seminole tailback Lorenzo Booker to maintain his balance on a 58-yard scoring return that gave Maryland a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

The Terps took a 10-0 lead on a 44-yard field goal by Nick Novak before Rix and the Seminoles answered.

And answered they did.

The poised Rix threw a wonderful 18-yard touchdown pass to Craphonso Thorpe in the end-zone quarter. Tailback Greg Jones then broke free for a 44-yard touchdown run with 11:29 left in the first half to give the Seminoles the lead for good at 14-10.

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.

"I think that drive shows what this offense is capable of, but we still need better consistency," said Rix, who completed 16 of 29 for 228 yards.

"I know we could have done a lot better. The defense really got our backs, just like they did last week (against North Carolina). They are giving us the ball in good field position and not allowed other offenses to get that confidence, that swagger. They are only going to get better, just like our offense. I could have done some things better. I made some plays but also left some points on the field. I have a ways to go. But we did play a very good football team and I am proud we were able to beat them convincingly."

FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden also was proud of his unit's ability to handle adversity early in the game.

"That's probably the thing that I am most proud of," Bowden said. "If we could ever eliminate some of the silly mistakes -- and if I could eliminate some of my silly mistakes up in that box -- we will be better. It's the second game of the year and you hope to improve every week."

Bowden also though Rix handled himself well following his interception and score, pointing to the positive sideline influence from quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey.

"I don't hink there's any doubt that Daryl is the best influence on Chris," Bowden said.

"He knows him better than anybody. He has a feel for him better than anybody. I said last year the best thing that has happened to us is having Daryl down there by him. I think that was evidence (Saturday). He kept his poise when we could have just lost it, fell apart early in that ballgame."


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