Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU's Busby Has Passing Grades So Far

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU's Busby Has Passing Grades So Far

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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- This time, it will be different. There will

be no wind inside the Louisiana Superdome Thursday to affect the

passes of Florida State quarterback Thad Busby.

That wasn't the case when the Seminoles and Florida Gators

tangled on Nov. 30 in Tallahassee. With the wind at his back for

two quarters and Florida's defense daring Busby to throw deep,

he repeatedly overthrew open receivers.

victory over Florida, despite Busby's 12-of-32 passing

performance, which included three dropped interceptions by the

Gators.

"I made some key plays and completed some key passes," Busby

said. "But I still felt like I should have played better in the

third and fourth quarters -- made some more plays. Maybe it

would not have come down to the end."

What it will come down to in the rematch is Busby's ability to

connect with his receivers against a Florida defense that's

determined to make the Seminoles take to the air in their bid

for a second national title.

"We need to stop Warrick Dunn, there's no question about that,"

said Florida defensive tackle Ed Chester. "If we can do that and

force them to beat us with the passing game, we're going to be

in better shape."

ask cornerbacks Fred Weary and Anthone Lott to play head-up on

FSU receivers and put the game in Busby's hands.

There are no guarantees that accuracy will be there. The

first-year starting junior has failed to put together

consecutive 200-yard passing performances this season. He hasn't

completed more than 56 percent of his passes in any two

consecutive games.

That inconsistency was clearly apparent in the second half

against the Gators. Busby was 7 of 14 at the half, but completed

just two of his first 14 attempts in the third quarter with the

Seminoles clinging to a 17-14 lead.

Still, he managed to rebound ever-so-slightly in the fourth

quarter. Busby's 29-yard strike to Peter Warrick, on third-and6,

sustained the winning touchdown drive. …

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