FSU-Clemson Notebook

<b>Wyatt Sexton </b>threw for 162 yards and a touchdown after replacing an injured Chris Rix, and No. 8 Florida State forced five turnovers in a 41-22 victory over Clemson on Saturday. Rix sprained his right ankle late in the first quarter and was able to return, but spent the rest of the game on the sideline watching Sexton direct the offense. Sexton, a redshirt sophomore, completed 17 of 26 passes with a 47-yard scoring pass to Chauncey Stovall -- the Seminoles' first TD pass of the season.


Clemson corner Justin Miller's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was his second career kickoff return. Miller seared the defense untouched on the left side and outran FSU kicker Xavier Beitia to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead with 10:48 to play in the first.

Miller, who has two kickoff and two punt returns for touchdowns in his career, returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown against Wake Forest in Clemson's season opener. Miller is only the second Tiger in history to score on a punt and kickoff return in the same season.

The Owensboro, Ky. native nearly had another in the second quarter but was tripped up by a teammate in the open field.

The last player to return a kickoff against the Seminoles was N.C. State's Alvis Whitted in 1996. Whitted now starts at receiver for the Oakland Raiders.


Backup quarterback Wyatt Sexton took over for Chris Rix late in the first quarter after Rix injured his right ankle trying to evade the Clemson pass rush.

In five drives, Sexton led the offense to five first downs and a score. Sexton completed five of eight attempts for 33 yards. Rix was 3-for-8 before his departure.

X-rays in Rix's ankle were negative and the senior was able to return to the sideline early in the second. However, coaches stuck with Sexton as FSU capitalized on a pair on Tiger turnovers to build a 17-14 halftime advantage.

Sexton opened the second half in style, finding Chauncey Stovall on a streak for a 47-yard touchdown.

The Seminoles managed just 96 yards of total offense in the first half.


Florida State will be featured in this week's edition of ESPN's "The Season." ESPN is featuring an ACC school each week during this season.

Set your TV, the program will be aired at 1:00 a.m. on Oct. 1 on ESPN2.

During the week, camera crews were on hand at practices, film sessions and meetings, also accompanying the team to Thomasville, Ga. the night before the game. FSU traditionally spends the night in Thomasville to avoid game-weekend distractions.

Also included will be a tour of new athletic facilties with Pat Watkins, lunch at the training table with Alex Barron and a day in the life of Chris Hall.

The program even tailed Hall to dinner with his girlfriend Tera Bowden, who is ABC commentator Terry Bowden's daughter.


Leroy Smith's 41-yard interception return in the second quarter gave the Seminoles' defense their second touchdown of the season. Against Miami, fellow corner Antonio Cromartie returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown.

The return touchdown was the second of his career. Smith chalked up a 90-yard interception return in last season's 37-0 win at Notre Dame.

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