Lewis is highlight of record day Milanovich, Simon set school, ACC marks, too


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It was not a good day to be playing pass defense.

Florida State's 59-17 rout of Maryland featured a wide array of passing and receiving records. Scott Milanovich and Geroy Simon set school and Atlantic Coast Conference single-game records, but Jermaine Lewis passed the most significant milestone.

A senior from Greenbelt, Lewis had nine receptions, giving him 193 for his career, an ACC record.

"It feels good, but I wanted to get the record in a win," said Lewis, who played with a hip pointer and a pulled hamstring. "Once we started falling behind, I really didn't pay the record any notice."

Lewis got the record on an outside screen that went for 10 yards early in the third quarter. Four plays later, he got Maryland's last touchdown when he beat a crowded pack to Buddy Rodgers' fumble in the end zone. Mancel Johnson, a teammate since their days at Eleanor Roosevelt High, had the presence of mind to put the ball aside as a memento.

The touchdown gave Lewis 158 career points, tied for seventh on the Terps' all-time scoring list and the most by a receiver.

Even if Maryland is fortunate to back its way into a bowl game, Lewis' career totals won't change. Bowl totals don't figure in seasonal and career statistics.

If it was the final Terps game for Milanovich, it was also his busiest. Milanovich attempted 62 passes and completed 46, both school records. He passed for 380 yards, his best total in two years. In the process, Milanovich stretched his school records to 650 completions, 971 attempts and 7,311 yards.

Milanovich got his second touchdown pass of this season, and )) ended his career with 49, another school record.

His favorite target was Simon, a junior who set Maryland and ACC records with 16 catches. Most were for minor yardage, with Florida State content to let Milanovich dink away. Simon, who set an ACC record last year with 77 catches, has 150 for his career.

Florida State's offense, meanwhile, made Maryland's look tame. Danny Kanell established an ACC record for career touchdowns passes with his 55th and 56th. He tied Charlie Ward's single-season record of 30 touchdown passes. His efficiency rating prospered. He completed 24 of 34 for 346 yards.

Tribute to Blair

The Terps wore helmet decals with the initials of Joe Blair, their longtime publicist who died of stroke-related illness Wednesday. The university will hold a memorial service for Blair on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at Memorial Chapel.


Cornerback A. J. Johnson got his sixth interception, the most by a Terp in 10 years, but he was beaten on several touchdown passes. . . . . Special-teamer Walt Williams, one of eight Maryland players from Florida, enjoyed his return home. His 33-yard touchdown catch off a fake punt was his first score in two years.

Terps' bowl chances

The Atlantic Coast Conference has contracts to send four teams to bowl games, and Maryland is the only team thus far to have qualified for that last spot, in the Carquest Bowl on Dec. 30 at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Here's what has to happen for the Terps to back into that bid:

* Georgia Tech must lose to Georgia and lame-duck coach Ray Goff on Thanksgiving Day. The Yellow Jackets clinched fourth place in the ACC at 5-3, but their 6-4 overall mark includes a Division I-AA win, which doesn't count toward the bowl requirement of six I-A victories.

* North Carolina must lose to North Carolina State on Friday. If the Tar Heels win, they would be bowl eligible and match Maryland's conference and overall records. Carquest officials have called the Tar Heels "very attractive."

Florida State is headed to one of the big three Alliance bowls; the Gator is eyeing Clemson and Virginia probably will fall back to the Peach Bowl after yesterday's loss to Virginia Tech.

Carquest officials say they have the option of taking the fifth- or sixth-place team from the Southeastern Conference, but ACC assistant commissioner Tom Mickle says that the conference has an ironclad contract to send a fourth team to the Carquest.

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