Oct. 14, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -Drew Weatherford threw three of his four touchdown passes to Greg Carr, and Florida State continued its dominance over Duke with a 51-24 rout of the Blue Devils on Saturday.
Weatherford was 16-of-24 passing for 231 yards and completed 10 straight second-half attempts to help the Seminoles (4-2, 2-2 ACC) improve to 15-0 against the Blue Devils (0-6, 0-4).
The Seminoles successfully bounced back from their 24-20 loss at North Carolina State nine days earlier which knocked them from the national rankings.
Florida State entered the Duke game after a loss for the third straight season, and once again the Seminoles took out their frustrations on the hapless Blue Devils, this time gaining 478 total yards.
Since the series started in 1992, Duke has held the Seminoles to fewer than 44 points only once (2004).
Carr finished with four receptions for 100 yards and caught touchdowns from Weatherford covering 33, 16 and 35 yards.
Weatherford also had a 9-yard scoring pass to De'Cody Fagg midway through the first quarter which was set up by Chris Davis' 51-yard punt return inside the 10.
Antone Smith ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half for Florida State.
Lawrence Timmons started the Seminoles' scoring by returning a fumble for a TD, and he later blocked an extra-point attempt.
Florida State used its defense to take control early. Duke's Thad Lewis fumbled on the fourth play from scrimmage, and Timmons scooped it up and rumbled 36 yards into the end zone to make it 7-0 just 1:17 into the game.
Weatherford had touchdown passes to Fagg and Carr on consecutive possessions later in the first quarter to extend the lead to 21-0.
Duke's offense continued to struggle, so twice the Blue Devils turned to their defense for points.
Cornerback John Talley returned a second-quarter interception 50 yards for a touchdown, but Florida State scored on the conversion attempt when Timmons blocked the extra-point try and Patrick Robinson returned it for two points.
Duke later scored on a safety when Vince Oghobaase tackled running back Lorenzo Booker in the end zone early in the third quarter, making it 30-8. Joe Surgan kicked a 40-yard field goal on Duke's following possession.
Justin Boyle ran 2 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter for the only points scored by Duke's offense.
Lewis finished 19-of-41 passing for 255 yards with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Eron Riley in the final minute. But the Blue Devils finished with just 52 yards rushing, and didn't cross the Seminoles 35 until the final minute of the first half.
Xavier Lee played the second quarter and part of the fourth in place of Weatherford and was 7-of-13 passing for 90 yards with a late touchdown and three second-quarter interceptions. He was picked off twice by Talley.