ORLANDO, Fla. -- Lawrence Dawsey caught two second-quarter touchdown passes and No. 10 Florida State scored on its last six possessions of the opening half Saturday in posting a 35-3 rout of Memphis State.
A crowd of 55,190 at the Citrus Bowl Stadium saw the Seminoles, 8-2, take their fourth straight lopsided triumph after consecutive setbacks at Miami and Auburn.
Florida State, bound for a Dec. 28 Blockbuster Bowl matchup against Penn State, has outscored its last four opponents 188-37 heading into its Dec. 1 finale against Florida.
Memphis State, which earned approximately $650,000 for switching the game from the Liberty Bowl to Orlando, lost five of its last six games to close the season at 4-6-1. Sophomore quarterback Gary Bouldin was unable to generate an attack after replacing injured Keith Benton late in the first quarter.
Dawsey, whose 63-yard flanker reverse set up a field goal midway through the third period, finished with eight receptions for 133 yards. Fullback Edgar Bennett caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Casey Weldon to trigger a 23-point second quarter and Amp Lee opened Florida State's scoring with a 3-yard run. Richie Andrews added field goals of 45, 21 and 41 yards, but missed one extra-point attempt and had another blocked.
A dropped snap by Florida State punter John Wimberly in the third quarter led to Memphis State's only score, a 47-yard field goal by Joe Allison. The Tigers gained just five yards in the period as Florida State substituted after intermission.
Weldon fired three TD passes within a nine-minute span of the second period as the Seminoles built a 32-0 halftime advantage.
After a fake handoff to Lee, Weldon found Bennett behind the defense for a 32-yard touchdown pass that put Florida State ahead 16-0 just three plays into the second quarter.
With the Tigers unable to move behind Bouldin, the Seminoles needed only four plays to drive 59 yards as Dawsey broke open on a 45-yard post pattern.
After a 16-yard pass to Dawsey, Weldon scrambled for 12 yards and then hit Dawsey for a TD on a quick 17-yard slant for a 29-0 lead. Andrews, who had converted all 44 of his extra-point attempts entering the game, then pulled the kick wide.
Andrews, whose first-quarter extra-point was blocked, added a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the half after Bennett sustained the drive with a 33-yard catch on third-and-19.
Benton ran for gains of 21 yards and 62 yards on option plays during the game's opening drive, but the Tigers fumbled at the Florida State 3- yard line and Benton later was sidelined by a leg bruise.
Benton's final play was an overthrown pass intercepted by Errol McCorvey, setting up a 45-yard field goal by Andrews and a 9-0 lead. Lee opened the scoring with a 3-yard TD burst off left guard.
Weldon completed 12 of 17 passes for 212 yards in the opening half, with Dawsey gaining 121 yards on 7 receptions. Benton's two big runs accounted for 83 of Memphis State's 153 yards before intermission and the Tigers were undermined by nine first-half penalties.