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McCorvey makes it look easy

Published Oct. 8, 2005

Kez McCorvey made it look so fun and so simple.

McCorvey became the second Florida State player to have more than 200 yards receiving in a game. He said it took no special effort.

"Oh man, 200 yards is easy," McCorvey said. "When you get 200, you don't work that hard. Everything is easy. It's when you don't even get 100, that's when you take all the licks. That's when it hurts."

During FSU's 59-20 victory over Duke on Saturday, nothing hurt McCorvey.

No one really came close to touching him until after he made each of his game-high 10 catches. Though his effort produced no touchdowns, McCorvey's 207-yard performance did place his name even more prominently in FSU's record book.

He joined Ron Sellers (who did it five times) as the only Seminoles to reach 200 yards in a game. McCorvey also moved closer to FSU's career receptions mark; he needs 43 catches to tie Sellers.

His 62-yard catch and run in the second quarter was FSU's longest play from scrimmage this season.

Most importantly, McCorvey kept the edge in a friendly, but competitive, rivalry with teammate 'OMar Ellison, who had five catches for 132 yards.

"He's going to tell everybody he wasn't keeping up with his catches, but he was," Ellison said. "He had a little "Minute Man' coming to him every minute and telling him how many he had and how many yards he had."

Even the fictitious Minute Man had a hard time keeping up with McCorvey. It was tougher for the Duke defense, which left McCorvey in one-on-one situations too many times.

Duke's "46" defense, modeled after Buddy Ryan's blitzing scheme, provided the opportunity for McCorvey's _ and Ellison's _ big day.

And McCorvey said the entire FSU offense took advantage of the defensive strategy to soothe sore egos from the past two games.

"Just like the defense needed that shutout last week, the offense needed this boost," McCorvey said. "We needed a game like this to make us feel like we're still one of the best in the country."

Cracking the list

FSU's single-game reception yardage leaders:

Player Yds Opponent Year

Ron Sellers 260 Wake Forest 1968

Ron Sellers 259 South Carolina 1968

Ron Sellers 229 Virginia Tech 1967

Ron Sellers 218 Memphis State 1968

Ron Sellers 214 Houston 1968

Kez McCorvey 207 Duke 1994

Moving up

FSU's career yardage leaders:

Player Yards Years

Ron Sellers 3,598 1966-68

Barry Smith 2,392 1970-72

Kez McCorvey 2,351 1991-94

Mike Shumann 2,306 73-75, 77

L. Dawsey 2,129 1987-90