COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- You didn't really think Maryland had overtaken Florida State in the ACC, did you?
Asserting themselves once again within the Atlantic Coast Conference, the fifth-ranked Seminoles scored on their first five possessions and rolled to a 37-10 victory over Maryland as Chris Rix threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
Last year, FSU came back to the rest of the ACC, which it had controlled since entering the conference in 1992. After winning nine straight ACC titles while losing just two games, the Seminoles stumbled with a pair of league setbacks.
That gave the conference title - and the BCS bowl berth - to Maryland, which enjoyed a renaissance under coach Ralph Friedgen, going 10-1 in the regular season.
However, the lone blemish was a 52-31 loss to Florida State, which continued its dominance in the all-time series. The Seminoles (3-0, 2-0 ACC) have won all 13 meetings, none by less than 14 points.
"They had something that we wanted," Seminoles receiver Anquan Boldin said. "They won the ACC championship last year and we wanted to come out tonight and take that back."
"I felt like Maryland was going through the same thing (in) the first half that we went through last year," said FSU coach Bobby Bowden, who notched his 326th career win. "Playing a lot of young backs, and young backs are going to lay the ball down. They laid it down there for us in the first half."
Rix completed 13-of-25 passes for 227 yards before taking a helmet to his right elbow midway through the fourth quarter. After being replaced by Fabian Walker, Rix had the joint wrapped in ice but is expected to be ready for next week's game against Duke.
"Rix has a bruised elbow and should be OK by Monday, unless something just strange shows up for him," Bowden said.
The Seminoles forced four turnovers in the first half, turning the first three into scores to open a 30-0 halftime lead and demoralize the Terrapins (1-2, 0-1).
"I think the turnovers said about everything," Friedgen said. "When you turn the ball over like we did, you can't beat the Sisters of the Poor, and we weren't playing the Sisters of the Poor tonight."
Greg Jones ran for 106 yards and a touchdown and Xavier Beitia kicked three field goals for FSU, which improved to 77-4 all-time in the ACC.
Maryland's first possession ended in a blocked field goal by B.J. Ward and Florida State settled for field goals of 44 and 23 yards by Beitia on its first two drives. Terps tailback Mario Merrills lost a fumble at the Maryland 46 on the final play of the first quarter. Rix hit Talman Gardner over the middle for 26 yards before Boldin made a juggling, acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone, giving FSU a 13-0 lead.
A punt pinned the Seminoles at their 1. Rix found Boldin for 44 and 16 yards and P.K. Sam for 14 before a 26-yarder by Beitia made it 16-0 with 4:28 left in the second quarter.
Scott McBrien's sideline pass was intercepted by cornerback Rufus Brown, who brought it back 33 yards to the 4. Maryland forced a 4th-and-goal, but Rix leaped in for a 23-0 lead.
On Maryland's next possession, Chris Downs took McBrien's screen pass 18 yards before he fumbled and Stanford Samuels recovered at the Seminoles 49. After a delay penalty, Rix hit Gardner up the right sideline for a 56-yard TD pass and a 30-0 advantage with 1:39 to go.
FSU's Kendyll Pope made another interception before the end of the half. Florida State has pitched shutouts in the first half of its last two games.
"That was very encouraging," Bowden said. "To win the big games and get to the championship games, you're not going to do it without defense."
Gardner caught four passes for 109 yards and Boldin added five for 91 for the Seminoles, who totaled 435 yards.
"I knew the matchups we had (with the wideouts) going into the game weren't good," Friedgen said. "We were able to double the wideouts a lot more than I thought we were going to be able to. But when they get you in single coverage, they are such great athletes, even if you were covering the guy, the guy goes up and makes a play."
McBrien was 14-of-26 for 187 yards and two interceptions. He was replaced by Chris Kelley, who was 6-of-11 for 54 yards and two interceptions.
Nick Novak kicked a 44-yard field goal with 34:23 left in the third quarter to get the Terps on the board. Downs had a six-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter after FSU's Dominic Robinson fumbled a punt at his 18.
Jones carried 21 times in his fifth straight 100-yard game. After Rix left, he capped a drive by banging in from 10 yards out.
FSU reserve defensive back Bryant McFadden had two interceptions in the second half.