Jacksonville Sports Day

FSU: Seminoles Head into Bye Week with ACC Victory

The No. 14 FSU Seminoles took a 17-6 win over ACC opponent Wake Forest Saturday. The announced attendance was a season-high 77,102

Florida State now heads to a bye week with a showdown with No. 3 Clemson in Tallahassee in two weeks.

“It is huge. Every game in college football is now coming to the wire,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said of the bye week. “There are good football teams everywhere. There are good teams and coaches, and don’t ever underestimate the ability to win football games.”

Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph had a career-high 13 catches for 238 yards and running back Dalvin Cook added 115 yards rushing.

“I feel like once I get the ball in my hands, I’m a running back — I’ve got to make the man miss. I definitely pride myself on that (making defenders miss a tackle and get yards after the catch),” Rudolph said. “Coach Fisher and (receivers coach Lawrence) Dawsey tell me all the time, ‘You’re a great receiver. You just have to make the most of your opportunities.”

The Seminoles’ defense also didn’t allow a touchdown to the Wake Forest offense for the fifth straight game at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Demon Deacons’ offense has failed to reach the end zone in every game at Tallahassee since 2007, including falling twice in shutouts (2010, 2012).

Wake Forest (5-2, 2-2) only managed two field goals Saturday by Mike Weaver (34 and 29 yards). With Florida State ahead 17-6 with 5:03 left, Weaver missed a 40-yarder that would’ve made it a one-score game.

Demon Deacons quarterback John Wofford was 16 of 34 for 184 yards and two picks, and receiver Cortez Lewis led the offense with six catches for a team-high 109 yards.

“When you play a team of that quality, you can’t beat yourself. But we battled our butts off,” said Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson, whose team was enjoying a 5-1 start for the first time in 10 years before Saturday’s loss. “We had the ball how many times in the red zone and came up empty with touchdowns? That is frustrating.”
Wake Forest also had a kickoff return called back in the second quarter by a penalty.

The FSU defense  held an opponent to 19 points of fewer for the second straight game. The Seminoles were paced by eight tackles from defensive back Trey Marshall, and they also got a surprisingly big game from defensive back Ermon Lane, who was moved from receiver on offense to defense two weeks ago.

Lane finished with seven tackles, while fellow defensive backs Marquez White and Tavarus McFadden both recorded interceptions in the win.

“(Ermon Lane) has done a tremendous job,” Fisher said. “He’s actually more natural on that side of the ball than the offensive side. He is playing good football.”

The Seminoles scored on a 2-yard TD run by  QB Deondre Francois and an 11-yard passing score from QB Deondre Francois to Auden Tate and added one field goal (29 yards) from kicker Ricky Aguayo. Francois finished 22 of 37 for 319 yards with one touchdown and one pick in addition to the TD run.


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