Nov. 23, 1996
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Warrick Dunn ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns to become the
school’s all-time rushing leader as third-ranked Florida State
remained unbeaten with a 48-10 Atlantic Coast Conference rout of
Maryland at Pro Player Park in Miami.
Thad Busby threw two touchdown passes for the Seminoles (10-0,
7-0 ACC), who have won 11 consecutive games heading into next
week’s showdown with top-ranked Florida.
“We played good enough to win, but not good enough to win next
week,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. “If we play the
same next week as we did today, we’ll be in for a long day.”
Ohio State’s loss to Michigan should vault Florida State to
second in the polls and the winner of next week’s game will have
the inside track to the national championship.
“There’s never been an FSU game bigger than this one,” Bowden
said. “Everyone will be interested in the outcome — people
from Hawaii, New York, all over the country will be watching the
Dunn carried 16 times, including touchdown runs of 13 yards in
the second quarter and nine yards in the third period to boost
his career total to 49, a school record and second all-time in
the ACC behind North Carolina’s Ted Brown.
Dunn boosted his career total rushing yardage to 3,774, moving
past Greg Allen (3,769) to become FSU’s all-time leader. It was
his 20th career 100-yard game and he needs just five more yards
to join Brown and North Carolina’s Amos Lawrence as the only ACC
backs with three 1,000-yard seasons.
Busby was 10-of-16 for 152 yards and one interception. His TD
passes of 37 yards to E.G. Green and 44 yards to Peter Warrick
came 7 1/2 minutes apart in the first period and gave FSU a 14-7
But Busby suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his
left knee late in the first half and was helped off the field.
He said afterward that he would play next week.
“I was feeling pretty good out there and then this thing
happens,” Busby said. “But that’s why we have backups.”
“Any time you play a team like Florida you want things to be
perfect,” Green said. “Sometimes, that’s not going to happen.”
Dunn departed in the third period after the Seminoles built
their lead to 34-10. Dan Kendra replaced Busby and was 9-of-15
for 141 yards, including a 30-yard scoring pass to Wayne Messam.
Rock Preston stepped in for Dunn and ran 26 yards for a score in
the fourth quarter.
“When I saw Rock come out and get me, I knew I wasn’t going to
play anymore,” Dunn said. (Breaking the record) is like having
a monkey off my back. The offensive line was really glad.”
It was a “home” game for Maryland (5-5, 4-4), which agreed to
move the contest to Miami in exchange for a lucrative payoff.
The Terrapins surrendered 34 unanswered points, were outgained
496-186 and lost to Florida State for the seventh time in as
“We played an outstanding football team,” said Maryland coach
Mark Duffner, whose quarterbacks were sacked eight times. “The
best defense we’ve seen FSU put on the field since we played
them. Their line rush was the biggest part of the ballgame.”
Brian Cummings was 13-of-28 for 194 yards for Maryland. His TD
pass of 31 yards to Troy Davidson gave the Terps a surprising
7-0 lead just 2:32 into the game.
After Busby’s two touchdown passes, Maryland cut it to 14-10 on
a 41-yard field goal by Joe O’Donnell with 11:35 to play in the
Geroy Simon caught four passes for 74 yards for the Terps. Green
had three catches for 88 yards for the Seminoles.
Florida State 48, Maryland 101 2 3 4 F - - - - -- Florida St (3) 14 10 17 7 48 Maryland 7 3 0 0 10 FINAL Maryland-Davidson 31 pass from Cummings (Odonnell kick) Florida St-Eg Green 37 pass from Busby (Bentley kick) Florida St-Warrick 44 pass from Busby (Bentley kick) Maryland-FG Odonnell 41 Florida St-Dunn 13 run (Bentley kick) Florida St-FG Bentley 48 Florida St-FG Bentley 24 Florida St-Dunn 9 run (Bentley kick) Florida St-Messam 30 pass from Kendra (Bentley kick) Florida St-Preston 26 run (Bentley kick) Florida St Maryland First downs 30 13 Rushed-yards 41-199 39-M8 Passing yards 297 194 Sacked-yards lost 3-25 8-63 Return yards 15 38 Passes 19-31-2 13-28-0 Punts 3-30.3 8-35.9 Fumbles-lost 2-0 2-1 Penalties-yards 7-72 10-83 Time of possession 31:23 28:37 Individual Statistics RUSHING: Florida St-Dunn 16-109, Preston 10-86, Coles 2-24, Abdullah 2-7, Busby 1-1, P Williams 1-1, Glenn 1-minus 1, Warrick 2-minus 6, Kendra 6-minus 22. Maryland-Westley 7-43, Russell 4-17, Underwood 7-16, James 1-3, Chavez 1-2, K Rogers 3-minus 1, Simon 2-minus 5, Cummings 14-minus 83. PASSING: Florida St-Busby 10-16-1-156, Kendra 9-15-1-141. Maryland-Cummings 13-28-0-194. RECEIVING: Florida St-Messam 4-57, Coles 4-45, Eg Green 3-88, Warrick 3-76, Dunn 2-17, Dugans 2-14, Abdullah 1-0. Maryland-Simon 4-74, M Johnson 3-24, Davidson 2-68, Walton 1-10, Underwood 1-8, James 1-5, Westley 1-5. Att: 31,989