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Rex Grossman completed 24-of-47 passes for 303 yards and one touchdown.

Saturday November 30, 2002Football Falls 31-14 to FSU in Tallahassee


Rex Grossman completed 24-of-47 passes for 303 yards and one touchdown.

Florida State quarterback Chris Rix threw two touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin and ran for 83 yards as the Seminoles won for the eighth straight time in Tallahasee with a 31-14 victory over the Gators.

Florida State outrushed the Gators with 225 yards on the ground. FSU freshman tailback Leon Washington ran for a game-best 134 yards. The Seminole defense held Florida to just 83 rushing yards, with Earnest Graham leading the Gators with 82 yards on 17 carries.

Rex Grossman had his 16th 300-yard passing game of his career. He set a new school record previously held by Shane Matthews, who had 15 300-yard passing games.

Florida put the points on the board first with a 27-yard field goal by Matt Leach with 10:35 remaining in the first quarter. Florida State responded with its own field goal when Xavier Beitia nailed a 36-yarder.

The Seminoles scored the first touchdown of the game with a seven-yard run by Washington, giving the Noles a 10-3 lead. The Gators were forced to kick a 37-yard field goal with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter. Leach nailed the kick, and the Gators were down by four. FSU responded with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Rix to Boldin and the Noles headed into halftime with a 17-6 lead.

In the third quarter, Florida’s drive ended prematurely when Grossman flipped a pass to tight end Aaron Walker. Walker tipped it into the hands of Kendyll Pope, whose 13-yard interception return gave the Seminoles a 24- 6 lead. The interception broke Grossman’s streak of 118 consecutive passes without an interception, only three shy of the school record held by Danny Wuerffel.

With less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Grossman, led the Gators on an 84-yard touchdown drive to cut the deficit to 10. Grossman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Small and Taylor Jacobs caught a Grossman pass for the two-point conversion.

Florida State sealed the win with another touchdown pass in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Rix connected with Boldin for a 19-yard touchdown pass and Beitia made the extra point for the final 31-14 margin.


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