September 22, 2003 - by
Florida State Football Begins Preparations For The Duke Blue Devils

Sept. 22, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 6 Florida State Seminoles (4-0, 3-0 ACC) worked out for approximately an hour and a half in the rain on Monday evening in preparation for this week’s match-up against the Duke Blue Devils (2-2, 0-1 ACC). Practice was used to work on conditioning, fundamental drills and correcting mistakes from the Colorado game before the team began working against Blue Devil scout teams during the final portion of the practice. The ACC announced on Monday that junior wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe was named Offensive Back of the Week.

“They’re (Duke) going to bring eight and nine people up to stop the run. We didn’t run the ball that well against them last year. That’s what Colorado did, but we were able to throw the ball well. (Lorenzo) Booker and Leon (Washington) worked tonight for the first time since their injury.”

The Seminoles improved to 4-0 on the season and moved up to No. 6 in the polls with a 47-7 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes this past weekend. Colorado’s lone touchdown in the second quarter is all the Buffaloes would manage as the Seminole defense held CU to just 39 yards total offense in the second half. Junior wide receiver P.K. Sam added 119 yards on 10 catches to Thorpe’s 205-yard, eight-reception career day.

Florida State will try and move to 4-0 in conference play on the season, while Duke is looking for their first conference win in the last 26 conference games. Saturday’s game will mark the 12th meeting between the Seminoles and Blue Devils with Florida State holding an 11-0 series record. FSU holds a 37-point margin of victory in the first 11 meetings between the two schools. Last year, Florida State compiled 517 yards of total offense and 30 first downs as FSU won in Tallahassee 48-17. Florida State quarterback Chris Rix connected on 16-of-22 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. The Seminoles have won by at least 24 points in each meeting and has never been held under 44 points by the Blue Devils. FSU has scored 50+ in seven of the 11 meetings.

In other news, junior wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe earned ACC’s Offensive Back of the Week honors following his performance in the Seminoles 47-7 win over Colorado this past weekend. Thorpe had a career-high 205 yards on a career-high eight catches. The junior’s 205-yard performance ranks eighth on the Florida State single game receiving yardage list and was the first 200-yard receiving game since Peter Warrick’s 249 yards at Clemson on September 20, 1997. Thorpe leads the league with 94.5 yards per game (20th nationally) and ranks third in the conference in all-purpose yards (111.5).

Florida State travels to Durham, N.C. to take on the Duke Blue Devils this Saturday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on Pay-Per-View.


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