Sept. 18, 2004
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Leon Washington ran for 104 yards and a touchdown
and Florida State sacked Darrell Hackney eight times Saturday night to rebound
from a disappointing loss to Miami with a 34-7 victory.
B.J. Dean, James Coleman and Chris Rix scored on 1-yard runs and Xavier
Beitia kicked two field goals for Florida State.
After the offense failed to score a touchdown against the Hurricanes in a
16-10 loss, the Seminoles went 74 yards on their opening drive for a score. The
big play was Washington’s career-best 48-yard run on the game’s second play.
Florida State (1-1) had 489 offense and didn’t punt until late in the fourth
In addition to getting to Hackney for 54 yards in losses, the Florida State
defense limited UAB to 144 total yards and a minus-24 yards rushing.
The Blazers’ lone touchdown came in the final minute of the first half on a
21-yard pass from Hackney to Reggie Lindsey.
Leading 17-7 at halftime, the Seminoles appeared ready to take command of
the contest on their first drive of the second half but the erratic Rix was
intercepted at the goal line by UAB safety Justin Whitmore.
However, Florida State was back in business moments later when Pat Watkins
31-yard return with an interception set up Dean’s 1-yard scoring run to give
the Seminoles a 24-7 lead.
Washington’s 2-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter made it
Rix was 18-for-29 for 191 yards before leaving in favor of little-used
backup Wyatt Sexton in the fourth quarter.
After missing a 49-yard try midway through the first quarter, Beitia
connected from 30 yards on the first play of the second quarter as Florida
State built a 10-0 advantage. His 22-yard kick completed the scoring in the
Jae Thaxton blocked a punt by UAB’s Parker Mullins to set up Coleman’s
1-yard scoring run and give the Seminoles a 17-0 lead three minutes into the
UAB (1-1) rolled up 516 yards offense in its 56-14 win over Baylor in its
opener, but couldn’t gain a yard or first down in the first quarter, managing
only six plays.
Saturday’s announced crowd of 81,825 included 1,400 victims of Hurricane
Ivan who were given tickets by Florida State.