Wyatt's Back

<b>Wyatt Sexton</b> bailed out <b>Chris Rix</b> in the second half and completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards while leading three long scoring drives as the No. 13 Seminoles scored 20 unanswered points to beat Duke 29-7 on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU has a short weeek, returning to practice tonight in preparation for Thursday's ESPN game at North Carolina State. Georgia Tech upended the Wolfpack on Saturday.

Florida State senior offensive lineman Bobby Meeks was held out of Saturday's game against Duke due to injury.

Slowly heading towards the tunnel that leads players from Doak Campbell Stadium into their locker room, Meeks saw enough from the Seminoles' offense to know that work remains.

FSU was without starting tailback Leon Washington for the second straight game, but got 130 yards from Lorenzo Booker and a 4-yard touchdown run from freshman

Also, receiver Craphonso Thorpe served a one-game suspension due to academic reasons and Brodrick Bunkley was held out as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain.

"I think we need to come out and be more focused. Basically, we need to work on our tempo and I think once we get started up again -- we need to come out and play from the start," Meeks said.

"All of us should be back for Thursday -- Leon, Bunkley, myself, so that's pretty exciting. We need to get to work."

FSU (7-2, 5-2) managed three short field goals in the first half from first-time starter Gary Cismesia, who tied a school record with five field goals in the game.

Of course, FSU coach Bobby Bowden went back to senior Chris Rix at quarterback.

The move backfired.

After Rix struggled during the first half, prompting boos, chants for Sexton began to fill the stadium.

Sexton completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions as Florida State (7-2) expanded a 9-7 halftime lead with three scoring drives on their first four possessions.

Sexton will start against the Wolfpack on Thursday.

"I came in at halftime, and I was (ticked) off,'' said Sexton, who watched from the sidelines as FSU's offense failed to get touchdowns on three first-and-goal situations.

"No offense to Duke and their team, but we are Florida State and they are Duke and we were not handling business.

"I have never seen our offense play so bad in my entire life.''


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