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Oct. 4, 1997

Florida State Pounds Miami

Thad Busby
Thad Busby.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thad Busby threw for 230 yards and two first-half touchdowns as fourth-ranked Florida State used a suffocating defense to hand bitter in-state rival Miami its worst shutout loss in nearly 70 years, 47-0.

Florida State (4-0) has turned what used to be an epic annual battle for the national championship, state bragging rights and recruiting into its own highlight reel the past three years. The Seminoles have won the last three games between the schools by a combined 122-33.

Miami suffered its worst shutout defeat since losing 52-0 to Howard on November 24th, 1927. It is the first time since 1964 that the Hurricanes (1-4) were shut out by Florida State.

Miami, which had not lost four straight in the same season since a six-game skid at the end of 1977, has dropped four in a row for the first time since the final three games of the 1984 season and its first game of 1985. That included a loss to UCLA in the Fiesta Bowl.

Harassed all day by the FSU defense, Miami quarterback Ryan Clement completed just 5-of-14 passes for 52 yards and two interceptions. The Hurricanes had minus-33 yards rushing, matching a Florida State defensive record established against Florida on November 27th, 1993.

The Hurricanes still lead the all-time series, 23-18. The game matched the largest margin of victory in the all-time series, established in 1976 when Miami roared to a 47-0 victory in coach Bobby Bowden's first year at Florida State.

It was the first time Miami was blanked in the regular season since a 30-0 whitewashing at Alabama on November 17th, 1979. The Hurricanes were shut out by Arizona in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl, 29-0.

Florida State took a 7-0 lead with 4:22 to go in the first quarter on a two-yard run by Dee Feaster. The Seminoles were able to prevent Andy Crosland from punting on Miami's next possession, taking over at the five-yard line. Busby then hooked up with E.G. Green on a four-yard rollout to bump the lead to 13-0 with 1:52 remaining.

Busby and Peter Warrick hooked up on a 37-yard catch-and-run to push the lead to 20-0 midway through the second quarter. Warrick caught a short pass at the Miami 30, spun out of a tackle, dashed to the left sideline and dove to extend the ball over the plane of the goal line.

Sebastian Janikowski made it 23-0 with a 45-yard field goal two seconds before halftime and Florida State continued to show no mercy in the third quarter. Travis Minor slashed his way into the end zone from five yards for a 30-0 bulge. After Shevin Smith's 25-yard interception gave Florida State the ball at the Miami 2, Minor bulled in from one yard out on the second play for a 37-0 cushion.

Janikowski drilled a 37-yard field goal before Lamarr Glenn backed in from three yards with 6:20 to play for the game's final score. A last-ditch drive by the Hurricanes to avert the shutout was stopped by Samari Rolle's interception.

Warrick caught four passes for 60 yards while Davey Ford had 66 yards on 13 carries. Bowden removed Busby late in the third quarter for Dan Kendra.

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