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Nov. 16, 1997

Dunn Sets Record as No. 3 Seminoles Destroy So. Miss., 54-14

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Warrick Dunn had 204 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns
to break the all-time school record as third-ranked Florida
State roared past number 25 Southern Mississippi, 54-14, for its
10th straight win.

Thad Busby returned from a one-game absence to throw for 302
yards and two touchdowns for the Seminoles (9-0), who will face
Maryland at Orlando, Florida next week before their November
30th showdown against top-ranked Florida.

FSU, Florida, Ohio State and Arizona State — the top four teams
in the nation — all have 10-game winning streaks, the longest
in Division I-A.

The point total was a season-high for the Seminoles, who allowed
Southern Mississippi (8-3) just 95 total yards, including minus
13 on the ground. FSU had a safety in the second quarter, when
it took control.

Dunn had five catches for 137 yards and a touchdown and 67 yards
and two TDs on 11 carries. His 77-yard touchdown reception from
Busby late in the third quarter gave him 47 TDs, breaking Greg
Allen’s school mark.

“Warrick Dunn was just amazing,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. “I
still think he’ll be in the Heisman run. If you watch the guy
play football, is there anybody better?”

Busby, who sat out last week’s 44-7 victory over Wake Forest
with a hairline fracture of his left wrist, was 17-of-31 with
two interceptions. He gave way in the fourth quarter to Dan
Kendra, who started last week and threw two more touchdowns

“I felt rusty in the first half,” Busby said. “I wasn’t
throwing the ball well. It was a good win for us to put up some
big numbers on offense. … The wrist didn’t give me any trouble
tonight. I had no trouble with the snaps. It’s a little sore.”

“At first I thought I should have played (Busby) last week when
he threw his early interception,” Bowden said. “I thought he
was cold, but I thought he plyed superb tonight.”

Lee Roberts was 12-of-26 for 108 yards and two touchdowns for
the Golden Eagles, who have dropped two in a row after a
seven-game winning streak. Both of Roberts’ TD passes came in
the first 18 minutes, when Southern Miss played FSU to a 14-14

“We didn’t do much of anything good,” Southern Miss coach Jeff
Bower said. “We hung in there and plaayed tough defensively,
but offensively we never got anything going to keep our defense
off the field. They re extremely fast, extremely quick on
defense and we never bloccked them enough to get anything going
with any onsistenccy.”

The Seminoles took the lead for good with 5:04 left in the first
half on a two-yard run by Rock Preston, who had 47 yards on six
carries. Nose guard Jerry Johnson tackled tailback Harold Shaw
in the end zone just 2:16 later, extending the margin to 23-14
at halftime.

“The key to the defensive effort tonight was the push we got up
the middle,” linebacker Daryl Bush said. “Jerry Johnson and
Julian Pittman did an excellent job of clogging the middle. If
you can hold an offense to negative rushing yards, you know you
have done your job.”

Dunn had a 15-yard touchdown run just over two minutes into the
second half and Scott Bentley kicked a 32-yard field goal with
4:42 left in the third quarter before Busby and Dunn hooked up,
pushing the lead to 40-14.

Kendra came on and threw touchdown passes of 16 yards to Ron
Dugans and eight yards to Laveranues Coles under three minutes
apart. Coles also caught an eight-yard TD pass from Busby in
the first quarter after Dunn’s four-yard TD run.

Florida State 54, So Mississippi 14

                      1  2  3  4   F
                      -  -  -  -  --
So Mississippi (25)   7  7  0  0  14
Florida St (3)       14  9 17 14  54  FINAL
 So Mississippi-H Shaw 5 pass from Roberts (Lomoro kick)
 Florida St-Dunn 4 run (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-Coles 8 pass from Busby (Bentley kick)
 So Mississippi-Gideon 13 pass from Roberts (Lomoro kick)
 Florida St-Preston 2 run (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-Safety, H Shaw tackled in end zone
 Florida St-Dunn 15 run (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-FG Bentley 32
 Florida St-Dunn 77 pass from Busby (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-Dugans 16 pass from Kendra (Bentley kick)
 Florida St-Coles 8 pass from Kendra (Bentley kick)
                 So Mississippi  Florida St
First downs                   7          26
Rushed-yards             29-M13      45-169
Passing yards               108         379
Sacked-yards lost          6-46        2-15
Return yards                 79          61
Passes                  12-29-1     21-35-2
Punts                   10-37.6      4-38.8
Fumbles-lost                0-0         1-1
Penalties-yards            4-37        7-50
Time of possession        28:19       31:41
Individual Statistics
RUSHING: So Mississippi-H Shaw 16-17, Windsor 1-7, Bolware 2-5,
Francis 3-4, Hamilton 1-0, Roberts 6-minus 46. Florida St-Dunn
11-67, Preston 6-46, P Williams 9-28, Kendra 2-17, Glenn 2-10,
Feaster 6-5, Abdullah 2-5, Busby 6-0, Warrick 1-minus 9.
PASSING: So Mississippi-Roberts 12-26-0-108, Gabriel 0-1-0-0,
Windsor 0-2-1-0. Florida St-Busby 17-31-2-302, Kendra 4-4-0-77.
RECEIVING: So Mississippi-Pinkston 3-39, Gideon 3-32, H Shaw
2-11, Francis 2-5, E Shaw 1-11, Lee 1-10. Florida St-Dunn
5-137, Warrick 4-87, Messam 4-54, Dugans 2-26, Coles 2-16, Eg
Green 2-16, Abdullah 1-39, Pearsall 1-4.
Att: 77,280

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