Nov. 6, 2004
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Backup quarterback Wyatt Sexton led three long
scoring drives in the second half, and Gary Cismesia tied a school record with
five field goals in his college debut to lead 13th-ranked Florida State past
Duke 29-7 Saturday.
Sexton completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while taking
the Seminoles on drives of 93, 80 and 70 yards to break open a tight game with
20 straight points.
Florida State (7-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled on offense in
the first half, managing three short field goals from Cismesia to make it 9-0.
Sexton replaced Chris Rix, who failed to get the Seminoles into the end zone
in the first half while making his first start in six weeks. Rix went 9-of-15
for just 94 yards and threw an interception that set up Duke’s touchdown – his
37th pick at FSU.
The Seminoles reached Duke’s 1, 6 and 3 on successive series in the first
quarter before settling for the kicks by Cismesia, a freshman playing in place
of slumping senior Xavier Beitia.
Rix, under a heavy rush, was intercepted by Duke’s Cody Lowe at midfield
late in the second half to set up the game’s first touchdown. Lowe ran 26 yards
to the Florida State 24, and eight plays later Cedric Dargan scored on a 1-yard
run to pull the Blue Devils within 9-7.
Duke wasted a second-half scoring chance when Mike Schneider was intercepted
in the end zone by Pat Watkins.
The Seminoles went up 19-9 on Cismesia’s fourth field goal, and Sexton’s
45-yard touchdown pass to Chris Davis. The hosts made it 26-7 with a little
more than 11 minutes left on freshman Lamar Lewis’ 4-yard TD run.
Cismesia’s fifth field goal, from 43 yards, tied a school record. Sebastian
Janikowski – now with the Oakland Raiders – kicked five in a game twice for
FSU, and Bill Capece did it once.