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Rix starts, but Sexton cements FSU victory over Duke
Nov. 6, 2004
SportsLine.com wire reports
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- 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.
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