Dec 1, 2001
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chris Rix threw two touchdown passes and ran for
another as Florida State ended its first two-game losing streak since 1991,
beating Georgia Tech 28-17 Saturday.
Greg Jones rushed for 101 yards to help Florida State rally from a 10-7
The Seminoles (7-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) play Virginia Tech in the
Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day. They remained unbeaten against Tech in 10 games
since joining the ACC.
Joe Burns scored both Georgia Tech touchdowns on 1-yard runs, his first
giving the Yellow Jackets (7-5, 4-4) the halftime lead. Luke Manget added a
23-yard field goal.
Florida State came back with 21 straight points, building a 28-10 lead on
William McCray’s 2-yard TD run with 11:18 left in the game.
Burns, whose long run on a 60-yard pass play set up the go-ahead touchdown,
was held to 39 yards on 20 carries. He finished the season with 1,165 yards and
Georgia Tech pulled within 28-17 with 7:26 left on Burns’ second touchdown,
but any chances for victory ended when Florida State’s Chris Hope intercepted
George Godsey in the end zone with 4:17 left.
Godsey completed 25 of 39 passes for 275 yards, but didn’t throw a touchdown
pass for the first time since the season opener.
Rix, the ACC Rookie of the Year, completed 13 of 24 passes for 219 yards and
ran for 60 more on 15 carries, finishing his first year with a league-record
3,123 yards total offense.
Jones, a 247-pound sophomore tailback, gained 95 yards in the second half as
Florida State’s sluggish offense came to life.
Rix’s 8-yard scoring run six minutes into the second half gave Florida State
a 14-10 lead and he led Walker on a 47-yard scoring pass to push the Seminoles
into a 21-10 advantage with 4:45 left in the third quarter. Rix’s TD throw to
Walker came two plays after a long touchdown pass to Craphanso Thorpe was
nullified by a holding penalty.
Florida State was without senior middle linebacker Bradley Jennings, the
team’s leading tackler, who missed the game with a cartilage tear in his right
knee. But sophomore tackle Darnell Dockett was in Godsey’s path most of the
game, creating havoc in the Jackets’ backfield.
Dockett, labeled a dirty player two weeks ago by Florida coach Steve
Spurrier, had five tackles for losses to match a 34-year-old single-game school
record and finished the year with a single-season best 22.