More Explosion

Change is in the air at Florida State this week, starting at quarterback. Seminoles coach <b>Bobby Bowden</b> is looking for more offensive explosion, and what do you know? The Duke Blue Devils are coming to Tallahassee. FSU has not scored fewer than 44 points versus Duke in the six contests at Doak Campbell Stadium with an average of 54 points per game. Will FSU finally find the spark it needs heading into the regular-season's final month?

Florida State will have a new quarterback, a new fullback and new wide receiver for Saturday's homecoming game against Duke.

Will it be enough to help make the difference needed as the 13th-ranked Seminoles (6-2) enter the regular-season's final month?

FSU coach Bobby Bowden certainly hopes so. He's know what he hasn't seen from his offensive unit lately.

"No explosion. We haven't exploded," Bowden said.

"Somebody has to make a long play. That's got to happen. I don't complain any more about close wins or whether the offense or defense was more important.

"You have to realize this about Maryland, they're the No. 1 defense in the conference, not us. We're second. So they are a pretty good defense. We had what we would call two touchdowns called back (both from receiver Craphonso Thorpe).

"Thorpe came down with a foot in the end zone and the ball and that normally would be a touchdown. It was close. We're that dadgum close. But close doesn't count in football."

FSU's change at quarterback -- senior Chris Rix replaces Wyatt Sexton -- made the biggest noise earlier this week.

Rix threw for his first touchdown of the season Saturday against Maryland when he connected with Chauncey Stovall on a 16-yard pass. The touchdown was Rix's 61st of his career.

Rix also has now passed for 7,989 yards. He needs only 11 yards to become only the 10th player in ACC history to pass for 8,000 or more career yards.

With former Seminole Chris Weinke already on that list with 9,839 career passing yards, Rix would make FSU one of only four ACC schools with multiple career 8,000 yard passers.

At the moment, however,FSU fans are not concerned about anyone's legacy. The Seminoles need results and need them in a hurry.

They also will try to accomplish that without Thorpe (one-game suspension due to academics). Also, James Coleman replaces B.J. Dean at fullback.

Bowden was pleased with Rix's practice on Tuesday.

"He did a good job. I thought the quarterbacks did a pretty good job today. He looked like the old Chris," Bowden said.


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