First Half Notes From Doak

There's plenty of news to report Saturday -- LB Kendyll Pope suffers knee injury, WR Craphonso Thorpe enjoys fast start. Also, Colorado is one of seven schools that FSU will play this season that has earned a national championship in football. Those seven opponents have combined for a total of 18 national championships and 20 overall if you add the Seminoles' pair. The champions are Notre Dame (8), Miami (5), FSU (2), Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Georgia Tech and Maryland.

FIRST HALF NOTES

FIRST MEETING

Saturday's game marked the first between FSU and Colorado. Both have sought marquee opponents for non-conference schedules.

The Buffaloes have so far faced state rival Colorado State, then UCLA and Washington State from the Pacific-10 Conference. A year ago, they played Southern California and UCLA in consecutive weeks.

"This year's schedule is just another in the line of tradition of attending the University of Colorado,'' said Coach Gary Barnett. "You're going to see top quality people. That's who we are. That's what our tradition is. Kids come here to play those kind of games and go to those kind of places.''

FSU makes a return visit to Colorado in 2007. In the meantime, Syracuse jumps on next season for a home-and-home arrangement. Texas A&M is part of the Seminoles' schedule in 2005 and 2006.

"It's just the way we've always done it,'' FSU coach Bobby Bowden.

"I like playing teams from different parts of the country. And we kinda built our name back in the 70's, but playing in tough places and winning some of them.''

Barnett agrees.

"I think it totally comes down to the philosophy of your programs and what your fans will buy into,'' Barnett said. "Each school does it the way it's best for them."

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Colorado is one of seven schools that FSU will play this season that has earned a national championship in football. Those seven opponents have combined for a total of 18 national championships and 20 overall if you add the Seminoles' pair. The champions are Notre Dame (8), Miami (5), FSU (2), Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Georgia Tech and Maryland.

OH CRO

Wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe's 37-yard touchdown reception was the junior's longest catch of the season. That reception gave Thorpe 18 catches for the season. Thorpe had 15 catches as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore and, after Saturday's first half, 20 this season. With 113 first-half yards, Thorpe has already recorded his career-high in receiving yards and his first career 100-yard game. His previous high was 86 yards in the season opener against North Carolina.

POPE HURTS KNEE

Senior linebacker Kendyll Pope injured his left knee in the second quarter. He was taken from the sideline to the locker room on a cart but did return to the bench late in the second quarter. Pope, still in uniform, was not scheduled to return to the game.

GOAL LINE STAND

For the second consecutive game, FSU's defense stopped its opponent on the goal line in the first quarter of the game. Last week against Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets were inside the 2-yard line and FSU kept them from scoring on four consecutive rushing attempts. On Colorado's opening drive, the Buffs were on FSU's 5-yard line. They rushed for no gain, lost five yards, regained five yards and missed a 22-yard field goal.

FIRST QUARTER SHUTOUT

FSU has held its opponents scoreless in the first quarter in three of four games. The Seminoles are averaging just seven points in the first quarter.

MOVIN' UP

With his touchdown pass in the first quarter, Chris Rix has moved into sole possession of sixth place on the FSU career touchdown passes list. He now has 42, surpassing Casey Weldon (41). Rix needs five touchdown passes to surpass Thad Busby, who is fifth on the list with 46.

THE LAST TIME

Colorado's 81-yard pass play for a score in the second quarter was the longest pass play given up by FSU since Bryant Douglass of Duke completed a 78-yard pass in 2001 for a first-quarter touchdown. The last time FSU gave up a pass play of 81 or more yards was at North Carolina State on Octl. 28, 2000. Wolfpack quarterback Austin Herbert hit Adrian Wilson for an 81-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.

ANOTHER 200 YARDER

With 227 yards on 19-for-25 in the first half, Rix recorded his 16th career 200-yard game and third of the season. His 19 completions in the first half is already the most completions he has had in a single game this season. H was 17-for-26 (232) at UNC, 16-for 29 (228) vs Maryland and 15-for-30 (16) against Georgia Tech.

X MARKS THE SPOT

Xavier Beitia's three field goals in the first half marks his third career three field-goal game. The others were in 2002 at Maryland with makes of 44, 23, and 26 yards and 2001 at Virginia with makes of 20, 42 and 31 yards.

REUNION

The 1993 national championship team was honored before the game – 61 members of that team attended a reception Friday night, including Heisman Trophy winnder Charlie Ward. FSU's second Heisman winner, quarterback Chris Weinke also attended the game. Ward and Weinke were honored at the half.


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