"We've done okay up to now," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said following his team's easy 47-7 victory over Colorado Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.
"We still don't have all the answers yet. We know we're better than last year, but they key is to continue to get better each week. We've learned we can execute. If we played today as good as we can, I'd say we'd be in trouble. But if we can correct the mistakes we made, we'll have a good ball club."
The Seminoles (4-0) certainly appears to have the makings of a team that can make some serious noise by season's end.
While FSU struggled with its rushing attack against a Colorado team determined to flood the box, Rix went upstairs, working primarily from the shotgun and passing for a career-high 394 yards in three quarters, completing 30 of 39 attempts.
Thorpe, the Atlantic Coast Conference 100- and 200-meter champion, caught scoring passes of 66 and 37 yards and finished with 205 yards on eight catches - both career bests -- after struggling last week against Georgia Tech. Fellow receiver P.K. Sam caught a career-high 10 passes for 119 yards.
The Seminoles led just 10-7 in the second quarter before breaking the game open with 37 straight points.
"When you have a defense playing as good as ours, you can have a lot of little failures until you get things going on offense," Bowden said.
"We had to kick a lot of field goals early on. We'll have to work on our goal-line offense this week. I want to see touchdowns instead of field goals. That was the biggest breakdown we had today."
FSU's defense turned in another fine performance.
Aside from an 81-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Bloom on a busted assignment by the Seminoles, Colorado quarterback Erik Greenberg spent most of the game trying to avoid FSU's pass rush, led by end Kamerion Wimbley.
Wimbley had seven tackles, including three for losses, broke up a pass, forced a fumble and recovered another fumble.
"We played a good game today," Wimbley said.
"It was the whole team together that accomplished this. All of us playing together and it was a big win."
Colorado managed only 39 yards in the second half -- 275 overall -- and Greenberg, who finished 14-of-30 for 192 yards, was sacked four times. Brian Calhoun led Colorado with 118 yards on 21 carries.
FSU finished with six sacks, pushing their two-game total to 13, and added 14 tackles for loss (59 yards).
"We felt we wanted to go out there and show them how we play," said FSU linebacker Allen Augustin, who finished with a sack.
"All of our defense is playing well. Our front four is playing well and it will be hard to stop us when they are playing well. They (Buffs) had a good scheme and they tried to use our speed against us. We finally tried to fill the gap and we were successful."
Added a disappointed Colorado coach Gary Barnett:
"They kept pounding us and eventually we were going to give in," he said. "It looked like to me that they eventually were going to get us. We couldn't get any pressure on the quarterback and they were able to throw basic curl routes on us and then we couldn't tackle."
The Seminoles, according to Sam, are not satisfied with Saturday's performance.
"This is a good confidence builder going into Duke (next Saturday), our bye week and them Miami," Sam said. "We showed that last week (against Georgia Tech)a was just an off week. Many started doubting (us), but we showed them what we got."