FSU-Tech Notebook

Chris Rix shook off two interceptions to run for one touchdown and pass for another in the final 7:09 as No. 10 Florida State beat Georgia Tech 14-13 Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium. Rix's 5-yard touchdown pass to P.K. Sam, and Xavier Beitia's extra point kick put FSU ahead with 2:57 left. The Seminoles (3-0, 3-0 ACC) averted their first home shutout in coach Bobby Bowden's 28 seasons. "It was game where they won the battles, but we won the war," Bowden said.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden

"This was one of those nights where no one was sharp. They did a better job of executing. It was a game where they won the battles, but we won the war.

"I really have mixed emotions about this one. It doesn't seem like we won. It was 54 minutes and getting beat and six minutes of winning. You go back and look at Ohio State last year. They were in those situations and won. That shows a lot of character and I think we showed a lot of character tonight.

"I think their (FSU players) hearts were bigger than our execution. Our execution wasn't want we want it to be. Last year's team would have laid down and not come back. This year the kids would simply not give up.

"I told my team this. After North Carolina, everything went good, but one of these days we're going to have to come from behind. Against Maryland, we were able to come back, but then I said one of these days that we were going to be behind by 14 in the fourth quarter and have to come back and that's what we did tonight. I think I've thought of my last scenario."

ON NOT KICKING FIELD GOAL AT END OF GAME

"We felt that field position was more important than points. We didn't want to kick it off and have them bring it back and give them good field position."

SECOND HALF NOTES

Quarterback Chris Rix moved into sixth place on FSU's all-time passing yards list. He surpassed Bill Cappleman (1967-69), who had 4,904 yards. With 160 yards against Georgia Tech, Rix has 5,038 career passing yards, making him just the sixth quarterback in FSU history to pass for 5,000 or more career yards.

SACK ATTACK

After having five sacks on the season, FSU's defense surpassed that total with six sacks against the Yellow Jackets. Six different FSU players recorded sacks. Eleven different players have recorded sacks for FSU.

DO YOU REMEMBER?

In 1992, FSU trailed Georgia Tech 18-7 after three quarters and Charlie Ward orchestrated an impressive comeback, leading the Seminoles to 22 fourth-quarter points. FSU won the game 29-24. In 2001, FSU trailed 15-12 after three quarters but Chris Weinke guided FSU to 14 fourth-quarter points.

BOWDEN'S FIRST IN ACC VICTORIES

With Saturday's win, Bobby Bowden moved into first place for all-time ACC victories with 186. He surpassed former Virginia coach George Welsh, who had 85 wins in 19 seasons. This is FSU's and Bowden's 12th season in the ACC. Overall, FSU is 86-5 in ACC play.

FIRST HALF NOTES

While the Seminoles have held their opponents without an offensive touchdown in 10 straight quarters, Saturday's game marked the first time this season that FSU was held scoreless in the first quarter and the first half. In the 2001 and 2002 meetings with the Yellow Jackets, FSU also was held scoreless in the first quarter. Tech scored first in both of those games.

RETURN MAN

Sophomore Craphonso Thorpe's 43-yard return in the second quarter was FSU's longest kickoff return of the season. FSU's longest punt return of the season is by Chris Davis, who had a punt return of 38 yards in the fourth quarter of the season-opener at UNC. True freshman Antonio Cromartie is averaging 33.5 yards on two punt returns Saturday and 27 yards per return for the season (three attempts). His career long is 37 yards on Saturday's opening play.

THE LAST TIME

The last time FSU was shutout in the first half of a game was in the national championship game against Oklahoma on Jan. 3, 2001. In that game, FSU went scoreless through three quarters and managed a safety in the fourth quarter and lost 13-2. The last time FSU was shutout in the first half of a home game was Sept. 30, 1986. FSU trailed UNC 7-0 at the half and the game resulted in a 10-10 tie.

TRAILED ‘EM BEFORE

The last time FSU trailed at the half in a home game was against Georgia Tech on Dec. 1, 2001. The Seminoles were down 10-7 at the break but came back to win 28-17. Last year, FSU trailed just three times at the half and went 1-2 in those games. At Wake Forest, FSU trailed 21-17 and won 34-21. At North Carolina State, FSU trailed 10-7 and lost 17-7. In the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, FSU trailed 17-7 and lsot 26-13.

SLOW START

The Yellow Jackets dominated the first half, running 42 plays to FSU's 15. Tech also held a huge advantage on time of possession (23:06 to 6:54), total yards (171 to 26) and first downs (12-1). The first quarter wasn't much better, as Tech ran 22 plays to the Seminoles' seven. Tech also led time of possession (11:24 to 3:36) and outgained FSU 92-29. The ‘Noles had just seven passing yards and one first down.

KICK THIS: Jessie Stein, who injured his left (plant) knee in practice earlier in the week, was well enough to punt. He averaged 40.6 yards on five punts.

ALL-GARNET: The Seminoles sported all-garnet uniforms against the Yellow Jackets for the fifth consecutive season. FSU went 2-0 in the uniforms last season against Virginia and Tech.

NO HUDDLE: The Seminoles went to the no-huddle offense on their opening possession of the second quarter. It backfired. FSU went three-and-out, losing four yards on a pair of Jones rushes and a Rix incompletion.


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