Dry Spell

It has been 10 years since the Florida State Seminoles have gone consecutive games without a touchdown pass. After coming up dry against Miami and Alabama-Birmingham last Saturday, FSU is looking to change their luck in today's showdown against Clemson at Doak Campbell Stadium. Click here for the details.

Florida State is known for its wide-open offense, right?

Seminole quarterbacks have thrown double-digit touchdown passes for 17 consecutive seasons, dating back to 1986 when Danny McManus finished with just seven.

Well, don't look now but FSU has not thrown a touchdown pass in its first two games this season against Miami and Alabama-Birmingham. It has been 10 years since the Seminoles went consecutive games without a touchdown pass.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden wants a more improved passing offense in today's showdown against Clemson at Doak Campbell Stadium.

FSU enters the game ranked ninth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in pass offense at 173 yards per game.

"I didn't think we threw the ball nearly as effectively as I would like to have seen,'' Bowden said.

"I just expect a smoother operation out there. While we threw in spurts, I didn't see the consistency yet that we need.''

Quarterback Chris Rix nearly doubled his passing output (191 yards) against UAB than his 108-yard effort against Miami. He adhered to one plea from coaches to utilize second and third options on pass plays.

"While I'm glad we saw the underneath (secondary) receiver this time, we missed the big play,'' Bowden said.

Receiver Craphonso Thorpe says it doesn't matter how the Seminoles score as long as they continue to find the end zone.

"It doesn't matter if we thow it in, or we have to give it to the fullback for a 1 or 2-yard run," Thorpe said.

"As long as we're scoring, as long as we're winning, I don't think any of the receivers have any problem with that.''


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