Maryland Defends ACC Title Against FSU

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Even in a charmed season, Maryland could not find a way to beat Florida State.

Florida State had won nine straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles before Maryland took top honors in the league last season. But the Seminoles still handed the Terrapins their only ACC loss, riding three fourth-quarter TD passes from Chris Rix en route to a 52-31 win.

Rix returned to the game after being knocked out of the game in the first quarter on a hit from star linebacker E.J. Henderson.

The fifth-ranked Seminoles have won all 12 meetings with Maryland and will try to extend that streak when the teams meet Saturday night at Byrd Stadium. Florida State is 10-0 against Maryland since joining the ACC, outscoring the Terps by an average of 51.1-15.3.

The Seminoles (2-0) like to pass, but it was the running game that turned some heads in a 40-19 win over Virginia on Labor Day weekend. Greg Jones ran for a career-high 173 yards and Florida State gained 397 yards on the ground, its highest total since a 401-yard effort against the Wake Forest on October 14, 1995.

Coach Bobby Bowden was concerned with a defense that was shaky in a 38-31 win over Iowa State three weeks ago. The unit was much better against Virginia. Cornerback Stanford Samuels broke up three passes, had three tackles and forced a fumble as the Seminoles allowed Virginia to convert just one third down in 13 opportunities.

Maryland (1-1) bounced back from a loss to Notre Dame in the Kickoff Classic to defeat Akron, 44-14 last week. Four different players scored touchdowns and Nick Novack kicked four field goals.

The Terps still are without star rusher Bruce Perry due to a groin injury. Mario Merrills ran for 79 yards last week.

Maryland will try to extend its home winning streak to nine games in the ACC opener for both schools.

Where: College Park, Md./Byrd Stadium
TV/Time: ESPN 7:45 PM
Who: Florida State (2-0)

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