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Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2002 10:56 PM EDT
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(5) Florida St 48, Duke 17
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden made sure just about everyone saw action, including himself.

Bowden went deep into his bench and was bowled over on the sidelines as the fifth-ranked Seminoles began a stretch of three games in 13 days with a 48-17 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference patsy Duke.

Chris Rix threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns in little more than a half and Adrian McPherson threw two TDs in his first action of the season for the Seminoles (4-0, 3-0 ACC), who improved to 11-0 all-time against Duke.

Bowden substituted liberally, using 50 players by his estimate in the first half, when Florida State shook off a sluggish first quarter and roared to a 24-3 halftime lead.

In addition to McPherson, third-string quarterback Fabian Walker also saw action. Freshman running back Willie Reid often spelled starters Greg Jones and Nick Maddox in the backfield and the Seminoles deployed their customary deep receiving corps.

FSU's depth should help prepare for a short week. The Seminoles visit Louisville on Thursday and host Clemson - and Bowden's son, coach Tommy - the following Thursday.

"It will be difficult, but it also will be difficult for them," said Bowden, who collected his 327th career victory.

In the fourth quarter, the 72-year-old Bowden was knocked to the ground by a Duke receiver rumbling out of bounds. Bowden quickly bounced back to his feet but was shaken a bit.

"That's as good as I've been hit since I was in college," said Bowden, who played at Howard College - now Samford University - in the late 1940s.


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