Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Run Down Cavaliers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Run Down Cavaliers

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer

TALLAHASSEE -- It wasn't the methodology Florida State quarterback Chris Rix had in mind, but the message taped to his left wrist -- Run It Up -- summed up the Seminoles' 40-19 hammering of Virginia yesterday.

Junior tailback Greg Jones gained a career-high 173 yards as the fifth-ranked Seminoles battered Al Groh's young team with 397 yards on the ground; their most productive output in eight seasons.

"That was the game plan to beat Virginia and we executed that well," Rix said. "It's hard to complete some passes against a team that rushes three and drops eight, but you've got to design a game plan for that and we executed real well."

With the Cavaliers determined to deny the Seminoles' passing game, Florida State ran 60 times, averaging 6.6 yards and scoring five touchdowns.

"I'm not going to say they were giving it to us," FSU senior guard Montrae Holland said. "But it was there."

Much to Groh's chagrin.

"I've stood on the sidelines on a lot of Sundays in my life and didn't see some [offensive lines] like that," said Groh, two seasons removed from his stint as the New York Jets head coach.

Rocking the Cavaliers for three first-half fumbles while limiting them to four first downs and 96 total yards, FSU bulled its way to a 23-0 halftime lead. Defensive end Kevin Emanuel and cornerback Stanford Samuels forced fumbles. Defensive end Eric Moore and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett each recovered fumbles.

It was the kind of tone coordinator Mickey Andrews' defense, much-maligned after yielding 443 yards in last week's 38-31 victory over Iowa State, had hoped to set.

"He [Andrews] told us from the start, the main thing we have to do is dominate one-one-one; the person in front of you, you have to dominate them," Emanuel said. "If everybody beats their one-on-one block, everybody will make plays."

Dockett put it more succinctly: "Don't worry about anything but attack."

Former walk-on Jared Hetzel led the charge, blocking freshman Tom Hagans' punt for a safety for the Seminoles' first score. …

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