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GAME 1: FLORIDA STATE 44, DUKE 7 // Trading places: Defense outdoes offense in opener

It hasn't happened often here. Not since Bobby Bowden took over two decades ago.

But against Duke, the historically high-powered Florida State offense was as bland as its oft-maligned defense was savory.

Consider these offensive numbers:

Thad Busby, the new starting quarterback who had been slowed by a sore throwing arm, completed just 9 of 17 passes for 75 yards.

Overall, the Seminoles amassed a measly 221 yards of offense, the lowest since they had 219 in a 34-20 loss to Miami on Oct. 8, 1994.

The Blue Devils, in case you hadn't noticed, were most assuredly not Miami. Last season, they allowed a whopping 797 yards to the Seminoles.

"Any time we don't move the football, yeah, I'm alarmed," Bowden said.

Even Warrick Dunn, who had a modest 70 yards rushing, said he would give the offense a C-minus for its debut.

"We just didn't play well, but hopefully by the end of the season, it'll be an A, A-plus," he said.

"I can guarantee we will get better," offensive coordinator Mark Richt said. "But the defense was so dominating, even if we were hot as a firecracker, we might not have gotten more than 400 yards."

Consider these defensive numbers:

FSU held the Blue Devils to 91 total yards, and the Seminoles defense helped set up 27 points.

"Our defense just wanted to make something happen," senior defensive end Reinard Wilson said. "We talked about it. We put our minds to it."

Said fellow end Peter Boulware, who often was found in the Duke backfield and caused a fumble that FSU recovered and led to a Busby touchdown pass: "What we did today was expected. Anything less would have been disappointing."

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