Oct. 18, 1997
Thad Busby threw for a career-high 399 yards. (File photo)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Thad Busby threw for three touchdowns and a career-high 399
yards as third-ranked Florida State blasted number 25 Georgia
Tech, 38-0, in a battle of unbeatens in the Atlantic Coast
The Seminoles (6-0, 4-0 ACC) overcame a sluggish first half and
rolled to their second shutout in three games. Florida State
has averaged 44.2 points in its last five contests.
“I had my personal best, but I don’t think it was my best game,”
said Busby, who completed 30-of-47 passes. “I want to start a
a game like I ended the game. I missed a couple of passes
early. I was getting frustrated, but I dug down deep inside and
then everything started to come together with that last drive in
the first half.”
Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1) had its four-game winning streak halted
and lost for the first time since a season-opening setback at
Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets were held to 144 yards of total
offense and were shut out by Florida State for the second time
in five years.
Since joining the ACC, the Seminoles are 6-0 against Georgia
Tech and have outscored them 250-47 in that span.
While the Seminoles defense was holding Georgia Tech in check,
Florida State needed almost all of the first half to get on
track. The Seminoles took a 7-0 lead when Busby hooked up with
Damian Harrell on an 18-yard scoring play with 50 seconds
remaining, capping a nine-play, 84-yard drive.
The Yellow Jackets did not get a first down until Joe Hamilton
completed an eight-yard pass to Derrick Steagall on a 3rd-and-6
with 3:50 left in the first half.
“Our defense played a superb game,” said Seminoles coach Bobby
Bowden. “As long as they play like that, we are hard to beat.
The kicking game kept us in there until the offense came
After being backed up to its own one-yard line on its initial
possession of the second half, Florida State came out swinging.
Busby led a 12-play, 99-yard drive that netted six first downs.
Travis Minor put the exclamation point on it with a 27-yard run
to make it 14-0 with 6:58 to go in the third quarter.
“That was a key point in the game,” said Yellow Jackets coach
George O’Leary. “We missed two tackles on the draw and then we
had the chance to make another play that we didn’t make. When
you get an opportunity to make plays, you have to take advantage
Georgia Tech gave the ball back on its next series when Hamilton
was intercepted by Coronta Cody at the Florida State 34. Busby
wasted no time and went up top to E.G. Green as the two combined
for a 66-yard touchdown and a 21-0 Seminoles lead.
The Seminoles bumped the lead to 24 as Sebastian Janikowski
nailed a 38-yard field goal with 12:09 remaining. After the
Florida State defense forced a punt, Busby capped a four-play,
68-yard drive with a 20-yard scoring strike to Martin Minnis for
a 31-0 bulge with 5:24 to play.
Backup quarterback Dan Kendra completed the scoring with a
47-yard TD toss to Laveranues Coles at the 2:15 mark.
Green finished with a career-high 166 yards for Florida State,
which rolled up 418 of its 587 yards in the second half. Harrell
and Peter Warrick each had six catches for 62 yards.
“We were in a dogfight in the first half, the way we passed the
ball in the second half was a blessing,” said Green.