Sunday, October 5, 2003

Career day at WR for ex-QB Busing

Miami notebook

By Mark Schmetzer
Enquirer contributor

Miaimi's Terna Nande runs with the ball after a 4th quarter interception.
(Mike Simons photos)
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Miaimi's Ryan Busing catches the ball against Akron's Jino Vital.
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OXFORD - Junior quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected with seven different receivers in Miami's 45-20 victory over Akron Saturday, but none did more with his catches than Ryan Busing.

The redshirt freshman wide receiver, a converted quarterback, set career highs with seven receptions and 132 yards. The biggest was his connection with Roethlisberger for 35 yards on a fourth-and-1 at Akron's 43-yard line on Miami's first possession of the third quarter. The play, which Miami ran out of a pooch-punt formation, set up a RedHawks field goal.

"I didn't realize Ryan had so many catches," Roethlisberger said. "We have so many threats that you can overlook somebody. We were giving him problems. We told him he should've scored on that play, but he showed quarterback speed."

NEW STREAK: Junior placekicker Jared Parseghian returned to Miami's lineup after missing three games with legal difficulties, but he had his own problems on the field, too. Parseghian saw his streak of consecutive field goals end at 18 when he missed a 36-yard attempt on the last play of the first half.

The attempt was his first of the game and first since he was arrested and charged with two counts of theft during Miami's bye week in early September.

Parseghian, whose suspension from the team was lifted by coach Terry Hoeppner this week, went on to make a 19-yard attempt in the third quarter and all six of his extra-point kicks. He has made 22 field goals in his career, which leaves him tied for fifth on Miami's career field goal list.

ODDS AND ENDS: Roethlisberger threw for more than 300 yards for the fourth consecutive week. ... Sophomore wide receiver Martin Nance led Miami with nine catches.

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