The Demon Deacons came home from Tallahassee, Florida this weekend after a crushing 43-3 blowout at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles. Clearly, this game was exactly what the Florida State defense needed to work out some bugs and bring themselves back to being virtually impenetrable on the line. The biggest thing FSU defense wanted to work on during this game was turnovers, and they definitely improved and became stronger in this area.
Wake Forest couldn’t get past Florida State’s defense, as they held the Deacs to 126 offensive yards, 40 of which came on the ground. FSU linebacker Reggie Northrup stood out when in the third quarter he forced and recovered a fumble, and took it 31 yards to the house for six.
FSU freshman defensive end Lorenzo Featherston took fans by surprise during his first career start for the Seminoles. He completed seven tackles – two of which came for loss – and a fumble recovery. Wake Forest’s offensive line simply couldn’t stop him. The Deacs later came up with some great plays to keep them in the game, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to contain the FSU offense.
Florida State’s quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 297 yards with a touchdown and interception to his name. Records were broken by FSU when kicker Roberto Aguayo made 21 consecutive field goals, setting the new high for FSU field goals in one game. Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford was no match for FSU defense as he was held to 58 yards passing and one interception
FSU outplayed Wake in every offensive facet – 71 rushing yards to the Deacons’ 40, and 304 passing yards to the Deacons’ 86. This is the first time Florida State has held a team to three points or less since they defeated Syracuse 59-3 in November of the 2013 season.
WFU scored their only points with 1-minute left in the first quarter when kicker Mike Weaver sent one through the uprights from 36 yards out. Weaver scored the first points for Wake at Florida State since 2008.
Overall, the outcome of this game was expected. Florida State is one of the strongest- if not the strongest- teams in the ACC. Wake worked hard to switch up their plays on defense to attempt to stop FSU’s electric offense, but it wasn’t enough.
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