Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No. 1 Florida State Romps 42-0 Ward, Jackson Lead Thrashing of Kansas in Kickoff Classic

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No. 1 Florida State Romps 42-0 Ward, Jackson Lead Thrashing of Kansas in Kickoff Classic

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Top-ranked Florida State lived up to its billing.

Sean Jackson ran for two touchdowns and set up another with a halfback pass as the Seminoles smothered Kansas 42-0 Saturday in the biggest rout in Kickoff Classic history.

The Seminoles dominated college football's season opener from start to finish. Their "fast break" offense moved the ball at will and their defense, which lost six starters from last year's 11-1 team, preserved the shutout with a goal-line stand in the second quarter.

"We had too much skill for our opponent," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "Our defense surprised me. It was so much better than I thought it would be."

Florida State more than doubled Kansas in total yards (538-240) and first downs (31-12) even though the Seminoles committed 15 penalties and played reserves most of the second half.

"We did pretty much everything we wanted," said Seminoles quarterback Charlie Ward, who launched his Heisman Trophy campaign by completing 16 of 26 passes for 194 yards in 2 1/2 quarters. "The line did a great job, and the receivers caught the ball."

Jackson, a senior tailback, scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter and a 30-yard dash in the third. He also connected with Kevin Knox on a 40-yard pass that led to a 2-yard touchdown run by William Floyd shortly before halftime.

After building a 21-0 halftime lead, the Seminoles put the game away in the third period on Jackson's second TD and an 11-yard scoring run by sophomore Marquette Smith, who gained 105 yards on 11 carries.

Florida State made it 42-0 with 2 minutes 17 seconds to play on a 21-yard TD pass from Jon Stark to Rhodney Williams. That topped the previous record rout in the Kickoff Classic, Nebraska's 44-6 victory over Penn State in the inaugural game in 1983.

"Sometimes you think you're good and you're not," said KU coach Glen Mason, who last season led the Jayhawks to an 8-4 record and their first bowl game since 1981.

The only thing hotter than Florida State was the weather. …

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