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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- Now Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton knows exactly what to do to beat Florida State -- play a perfect game, because nearly perfect is not enough.
Peter Warrick helped the top-ranked Seminoles overcome Hamilton's amazing effort by catching eight passes for 142 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a 41-35 victory that opened the Atlantic Coast Conference season for both schools.
It was the eighth straight victory over Georgia Tech for Florida State (2-0, 1-0 ACC), which went 0-7-1 in the first eight games of the series before entering the conference.
Florida State is unbeaten in its last 42 home games.
Georgia Tech (1-1) remained in contention because of Hamilton, who completed 22-of-25 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns.
In the second half, he hit on all 14 passes, including a 22-yard scoring strike to Kelly Campbell, who corraled the ball with only his right hand with 1:35 left and pulled the Yellow Jackets within six points.
However, Georgia Tech was out of timeouts and the ensuing onside kick was covered by Florida State tailback Travis Minor. Chris Weinke took a knee three straight times to kill the clock and seal the win.
Weinke was 16-of-29 for 262 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Travis Minor gained 122 yards on 22 carries.
Florida State held a 28-21 lead at halftime and Warrick caught a 26-yard scoring pass from Weinke 2:35 into the third quarter, capping an eight-play, 79-yard drive and building a 14-point cushion.
Hamilton stormed the Yellow Jackets back on a 10-play drive that took nearly five minutes and resulted in his 11-yard scoring pass to Kerry Watkins, cutting the deficit to 35-28.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 46-yard field goal with 3:08 remaining in the period and connected from 45 yards 3:40 into the fourth quarter to build the lead to 41-28.
Warrick took three snaps from center in the shotgun formation and his second resulted in a 17-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring with 4:12 left in the first quarter. But on the next play from scrimmage, Hamilton hit Dez White for an 80-yard touchdown.
White had two catches for 114 yards and Campbell had seven for 141. Phillip Rogers rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries for Georgia Tech, which rolled up 501 yards of total offense to 444 for the Seminoles.
New starting fullback and former No. 1 quarterback Dan Kendra put FSU ahead 64 seconds into the second quarter when he caught a three-yard scoring pass from Weinke. Kendra was promoted to starter when fullback William McCray broke his ankle in practice.
Hamilton drove the Yellow Jackets 80 yards in 10 plays, running the final 19 yards to forge a 14-14 deadlock with 9:06 left in the second quarter. Minor dashed 18 yards for a score just under two minutes later, but Hamilton needed a little more than two minutes before tying it with a 56-yard scoring strike to Campbell.
Florida State grabbed a 28-21 lead 68 seconds before halftime when Jeff Chaney scampered 29 yards for a touchdown on a short pass from Weinke.