Coach Bobby Bowden had hoped to send sixth-ranked Florida State through a brisk workout and rest his starters, but Tulane wouldn’t cooperate.
“We had to fight for 60 minutes again tonight,” Bowden said. “We were just trying to wrap it up and play a lot of kids, but Tulane wouldn’t quit.”
In the end, Sammie Smith ran for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead a powerful ground attack that carried Florida State to a 48-28 victory over Tulane Saturday at New Orleans.
Florida State is 4-1. Tulane is 3-2.
The Seminoles piled up 434 rushing yards against the Green Wave, the first time in 3 years that Florida State has gained that much ground yardage.
Smith had 156 yards in the first half, including touchdown runs of 6 yards and 8 yards as the Seminoles built a 31-14 lead at halftime.
South Carolina 35, Appalachian State 9--Appalachian State got $100,000 for the game, but it returned the favor by giving South Carolina 6 turnovers. The eighth-ranked Gamecocks converted 3 into touchdowns to defeat the Division I-AA Mountaineers at Columbia, S.C.
The Mountaineers lost 3 of 7 fumbles and had 3 passes intercepted in losing to the Gamecocks for the eighth time in nine games.
The South Carolina defense has allowed 29 points in 5 games.
South Carolina is 5-0. The Mountaineers, ranked No. 2 among I-AA teams, fell to 3-1.
West Virginia 22, Virginia Tech 10--Anthony Brown rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown to help No. 7 West Virginia overcome 6 turnovers to win at Blacksburg, Va.
The Mountaineers (5-0) had 518 yards total offense, but turnovers kept Virginia Tech (1-4) in a nonconference game.
West Virginia’s defense limited the Hokies to 194 yards offense and no touchdowns. Virginia Tech’s only score came after a blocked punt recovered by Jock Jones in the end zone in the third quarter.
That made the score 15-10, and and the Hokies forced West Virginia to punt on the next series. But Virginia Tech was unable to score again.
North Carolina State 14, Georgia Tech 6--Jesse Campbell intercepted a pass and raced 64 yards for a touchdown and Mal Crite went 9 yards for another score as North Carolina State held on for an Atlantic Coast Conference victory at Atlanta.
Tech scored only on second-quarter field goals of 39 and 32 yards by Thomas Palmer.
North Carolina State is 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. Georgia Tech is 1-3 and winless in 3 conference games.
The Wolfpack defense smothered Georgia Tech, holding the Yellow Jackets to just 53 yards rushing and 217 yards total offense. Georgia Tech started inside its own 20-yard line on 7 of its 13 possessions.
Southern Mississippi 30, Louisville 23--Tailback Shelton Gandy scored 3 touchdowns, including a 3-yard dive that broke a 23-23 tie with 1:12 remaining, as Southern Mississippi rallied for the win at Hattiesburg, Miss.
Southern Mississippi improved to 4-1, the team’s best start in 5 years. Lousville is 2-3.