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Updated: Friday, October 4, 2002 12:49 AM EDT
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(11) Florida St 48, Clemson 31
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- It seems that Bobby Bowden uses a different weapon to beat his son each season.

Greg Jones ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns as 11th-ranked Florida State rolled to a 48-31 victory over Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

Bowden is unbeaten in four games against Clemson since his son, Tommy, took over as coach in 1999. Last season, Chris Rix threw for a career-high 369 yards in the Seminoles' 41-27 victory, but it was Jones who had a near-career night Thursday.

Jones had 22 carries and fell eight yards shy of the best game of his career. He combined for 76 yards in his previous two games, including just 32 in last week's overtime loss at Louisville.

The junior running back has run for 348 yards in three games against Clemson.

Rix completed 8-of-14 passes and a touchdown as Florida State (5-1, 4-0 ACC) was held to a season-low 114 passing yards. He was benched for much of the second quarter after getting the wind knocked out of him, and the Seminoles relied on their ground attack.

"They wanted to see if I had any broken ribs," Rix said. "I got my breath back and I was ready to go. They wanted to see what (backup Adrian McPherson) could do, and I was ready to bail him out if I needed to."

Florida State gained 269 yards on the ground and has won 19 consecutive games in which it has a 100-yard rusher.

"We were fortunate to win the ballgame," Bobby Bowden said. "I had to win the game and I had to whip him to do it. He needs to win it, too, he has a family to feed also. I'm glad that I won and I gave everything I had to do it, but it's no fun to whip your son."

Clemson took a 24-21 lead on Willie Simmons' five-yard touchdown toss to Derrick Hamilton with 27 seconds left in the second quarter. But Jones' 64-yard run on the ensuing drive set up Rix's 10-yard TD pass to Talman Gardner just 21 seconds later.

The teams traded touchdowns and Florida State's Xavier Beitia kicked a pair of field goals before Jones raced 21 yards to cap the scoring midway through the fourth quarter.

Simmons completed 17-of-27 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran 13 times for 47 yards as Clemson (3-2, 1-1) amassed 420 yards of total offense.

"He did a really good job," Tommy Bowden said of his quarterback. "He made some deep throws where he gave them the chance to catch the ball. The receivers made some great catches, but he gave them the chance. He was accurate with his throws and made some critical throws."

Simmons' favorite target was J.J. McKelvey, who caught five passes for 117 yards. Hamilton had five receptions for 69 yards.

The Tigers lost two fumbles and committed four turnovers.

The Seminoles jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Rix's one-yard sneak 3:23 into the game. But Simmons connected with Airese Currie on a 28-yard TD pass with 5:29 left in the first quarter and Yusef Kelly scored on a two-yard run just over two minutes later to give Clemson a 14-7 lead.

Jones scored his first touchdown from 20 yards out just eight seconds in the second quarter to tie it.

Clemson's Aaron Hunt kicked a 20-yard field goal midway through the period, but Leon Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to put Florida State on top, 21-17.

"I made a cut and then ran like Forrest Gump," Washington said.

The Tigers' special teams struggled, fumbling a punt return, allowing Washington's return and another for 50 yards.

"There's no doubt that special teams was big in this game," Tommy Bowden said. "We couldn't tackle (Jones). We dropped a punt snap, we dropped a punt, we dropped a kickoff; they returned a kickoff a touchdown and returned another for big yardage. That kills you."


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