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2003 Season Recap

2003 Season Recap

2003 Florida State Seminoles Season in Review
Week One – August 30, 2003
No. 13 Florida St. Cruises Past UNC
Seminoles averaged 10.4 yards a play in the first quarter.
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The Florida State fans chanted his name and Bobby Bowden was more than happy to tip his cap as he left Kenan Stadium under vastly different circumstances this time. Chris Rix ran for a pair of short touchdowns and threw for another score as the ‘Noles returned to the scene of their worst regular-season loss in 16 years and beat UNC 37-0.  (Full Story)
Week Two – September 6, 2003
No. 11 Seminoles Easily Defeat Maryland, 35-10
Greg Jones runs for two scores, passes 2,000 career yards.
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Greg Jones ran for two touchdowns and Chris Rix passed for two more Saturday night as No. 11 Florida State wiped out an early 10-point deficit and defeated Maryland 35-10. Florida State (2-0, 2-0 ACC) is now 14-0 against Maryland. The 35 points were the fewest Florida State has scored in seven home wins over Maryland.  (Full Story)
Week Three – September 13, 2003
Rix Leads Seminoles To Comeback Win
Seminoles improve to 3-0 in conference play.
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Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said he had no idea how his 10th-ranked Seminoles managed to beat Georgia Tech on Saturday night. “It was like checkers (and) they were a jump ahead of us,” Bowden said after his team scored two touchdowns in the final 7:09 for a 14-13 victory.  (Full Story)
Week Four – September 20, 2003
No. 10 Florida State Crushes Colorado, 47-7
Thorpe catches career-best eight passes for 205 yards.
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Quarterback Chris Rix and receiver Craphonso Thorpe saw to that, combining on two long scoring plays in the 10th-ranked Seminoles’ 47-7 victory Saturday. “We couldn’t hold up,” Colorado coach Gary Barnett said. “They were a lot more talented then we were today, absolutely. And they played harder.”  (Full Story)
Week Five – September 27, 2003
No. 6 Seminoles Roll Over Duke, 56-7
Florida State starts strong, remains undefeated.
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Chris Rix threw two touchdown passes and A.J. Nicholson and Antonio Cromartie added defensive touchdowns as No. 6 Florida State beat Duke 56-7 on Saturday night. B.J. Ward blocked two field goals for the Seminoles (5-0, 4-0 ACC), who got rushing touchdowns from three players and improved to 12-0 in the series.  (Full Story)
Week Six – October 11, 2003
No. 5 Seminoles Fall To No. 2 Miami, 22-14
Rain, turnovers slow second half comeback effort.
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Jarrett Payton put on his dad’s jersey before going to bed on the eve of his first college start. He waited four years for this moment and it couldn’t have been any sweeter. Payton caught a 14-yard touchdown pass and ran for a career-high 97 yards, and No. 2 Miami forced five turnovers in a 22-14 win Saturday over No. 5 Florida State.  (Full Story)
Week Seven – October 18, 2003
No. 7 Seminoles Get Past Virginia, 19-14
Defense holds UVa to nine rushes for minus 5 yards.
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Chris Rix threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Craphonso Thorpe and Xavier Beitia kicked four field goals Saturday night as No. 7 Florida State gave Bowden his 338th career coaching victory, 19-14 over Virginia.  (Full Story)
Week Eight – October 25, 2003
Bowden Surpasses Paterno; ‘Noles Rout Deacs, 48-24
Head coach gets 339th victory.
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Forty-four years after coaching his first college game, Bowden reached the pinnacle Saturday. He became major college football’s winningest coach with his 339th career victory and clinched at least a tie for another ACC title as sixth-ranked Florida State kept its national title hopes alive with a 48-24 victory over Wake Forest.  (Full Story)
Week Nine – November 1, 2003
Seminoles Shut Out Irish, 37-0
FSU holds ND scoreless at home for the first time since ’78.
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Benched following a loss to the Irish last season, Chris Rix passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seminoles to a 37-0 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, the second worst home loss in Irish history.  (Full Story)
Week Ten – November 8, 2003
No. 3 Seminoles Upset By Clemson, 26-10
Clemson had not beaten Florida State since 1989.
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Tommy Bowden finally got the better of dear old dad. Charlie Whitehurst threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Clemson likely ended FSU’s national title aspirations with its first victory ever over a top three team, 26-10 Saturday night.  (Full Story)
Week Eleven – November 15, 2003
‘Noles Escape With 50-44 Overtime Win Over NC State
Leon Washington scores the game-winning touchdown.
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Leon Washington’s 12-yard touchdown run gave No. 13 Florida State a 50-44 double-overtime victory over North Carolina State on Saturday, wrapping up the Seminoles’ 11th ACC title in 12 years. FSU (9-2, 7-1) also locked up its fourth BCS game in five years after surviving a brilliant performance by NC State’s Philip Rivers.  (Full Story)
Week Twelve – November 29, 2003
Seminoles Rally Past Gators, 38-34
No. 9 FSU posts a 10-win season for the first time since 2000.
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P.K. Sam ran a twisting, whirling, falling-down pass route for a 52-yard touchdown that lifted Florida State to a 38-34 victory over Florida on Saturday, a spectacular game that was marred by a brawl at midfield after the game ended.  (Full Story)

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