MIAMI – On the heels of a dramatic victory over rival Miami, the Florida State football team returns home Saturday to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Here’s a look at the name, numbers and notes you need to know before kickoff.
No. 14 Florida State (4-2, 1-2 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (5-1, 2-1 ACC)
When/Where: Saturday, 3:30 p.m./Doak Campbell Stadium (79,560) in Tallahassee, Fla.
TV/Radio: ESPN/Seminole IMG Radio Network; FSU Broadcast Live Stream
Florida State injury report:
QB Sean Maguire (foot)
Out For Game
RB Johnathan Vickers (concussion)
DT Darvin Taylor II(shoulder)
DE Keith Bryant (foot)
DB Derwin James (knee)
Out For Season
DB Nate Andrews (right pectoral)
WR George Campbell (core muscle)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Coach: Dave Clawson (11-9 in three seasons at Wake Forest, 101-98 overall)
Last game: A week after suffering its first defeat of the season, Wake got back on track with a 28-9 win over Syracuse. Quarterback John Wolford ran for two touchdowns and the Deacons controlled the ball for more than 34 minutes.
Last game vs. Florida State: Dalvin Cook took his first carry 94 yards for a touchdown as FSU beat Wake, 24-16, on Oct. 3, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Tyler Hunter intercepted a pass in the end zone with 21 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Wake Forest vs. Florida State all-time: FSU leads the all-time series 27-6-1 and has won four straight.
1956: FLORIDA STATE 14, Wake Forest 14
1958: FLORIDA STATE 27, Wake Forest 24
1959: Wake Forest 22, FLORIDA STATE 20
1960: FLORIDA STATE 14, Wake Forest 6
1963: FLORIDA STATE 35, Wake Forest 0
1965: FLORIDA STATE 35, Wake Forest 0
1966: FLORIDA STATE 28, Wake Forest 0
1968: FLORIDA STATE 42, Wake Forest 24
1970: FLORIDA STATE 19, Wake Forest 14
1973: WAKE FOREST 9, Florida State 7
1992: FLORIDA STATE 35, Wake Forest 7
1993: FLORIDA STATE 54, Wake Forest 0
1994: Florida State 56, WAKE FOREST 14
1995: FLORIDA STATE 72, Wake Forest 13
1996: Florida State 44, Wake Forest 7 (in Orlando)
1997: FLORIDA STATE 58, Wake Forest 7
1998: Florida State 24, WAKE FOREST 7
1999: FLORIDA STATE 33, Wake Forest 10
2000: Florida State 35, WAKE FOREST 6
2001: FLORIDA STATE 48, Wake Forest 24
2002: Florida State 34, WAKE FOREST 21
2003: FLORIDA STATE 48, Wake Forest 24
2004: Florida State 20, WAKE FOREST 17
2005: FLORIDA STATE 41, Wake Forest 24
2006: Wake Forest 30, FLORIDA STATE 0
2007: WAKE FOREST 24, Florida State 21
2008: Wake Forest 12, FLORIDA STATE 3
2009: Florida State 41, WAKE FOREST 28
2010: FLORIDA STATE 31, Wake Forest 0
2011: WAKE FOREST 35, Florida State 30
2012: FLORIDA STATE 52, Wake Forest 0
2013: Florida State 59, WAKE FOREST 3
2014: FLORIDA STATE 43, Wake Forest 3
2015: No. 9 Florida State 24, Wake Forest 6
2016: No. 14 FLORIDA STATE vs. Wake Forest, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
One offensive and defensive player from each team who could swing the game
Wake Forest: Tight end Cam Serigne was a preseason All-ACC selection and is one of the league’s top receiving threats at the position. Serigne’s 15 catches and 199 yards are near the top of the team leaderboard, and only Cole Hikutini of Louisville has more catches among tight ends in the ACC.
On the other side, defensive end Duke Ejiofor could be one of the better pass rushers the Seminoles face this season. He ranks in the top-five in the country in both sacks (6.5, tied with FSU’s DeMarcus Walker for third) and tackles for loss (10.0, fifth), and Pro Football Focus last month rated him as a “draft prospect on the rise.”
Florida State: With Ejiofor a threat on the other side – and FSU quarterback Deondre Francois coming off a game in which he was relentlessly hit by Miami – the Seminoles will likely need a big effort from left tackle Roderick Johnson. Keeping Francois upright is still a top concern for FSU, both in this game and for the rest of the season.
FSU’s safety depth took another hit this week, as Fisher announced that senior Nate Andrews will miss the rest of the year with a shoulder injury. With Andrews out and Derwin James still recovering from knee surgery, the Seminoles will likely lean on Ermon Lane for the second straight week. Lane performed well last week at Miami, and could be in line for an increased role on Saturday.
seniors. On offense, it’s seven or eight freshmen and sophomores that start for us. But they’re experienced. They’ve played against Florida State and Clemson, Notre Dame, really good programs. I think that experience has helped them. I think they’re just going to continue to get better.” – Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson on the experience his team gained after going 3-9 in back-to-back seasons
“They’ve just kind of gotten beat a couple of times, but they’re still a great defense. We’re not overlooking the fact that just because they’ve given up a bunch of points as a team, it doesn’t mean anything. They can play. They’ve got some big guys up front, and they’ve got some good guys in the secondary.” – Wake Forest guard Tyler Hayworth on facing FSU’s defense
Homecoming is a tradition at just about every American university, and Florida State’s is this weekend. This homecoming preview video, featuring Bobby and Ann Bowden, is pretty spectacular and really needs no further introduction.
Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat reflects on the 10th anniversary of the game that brought Jimbo Fisher to Florida State.
Dave Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal has the Wake Forest perspective of that 2006 meeting in Doak Campbell Stadium.
Brendan Sonnone of Noles247 takes a look at how FSU has solved its short-yardage troubles on offense.
Jared Shanker writes about the pledge in the FSU locker room that may have sparked the Seminoles’ win at Miami.
After a big win, FSU men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton likes to say that in order for a victory to be significant, his team has to build on it as it moves forward. To borrow from ‘Coach Ham,’ that’s the situation that Florida State finds itself in this week. Yes, the Seminoles picked up a momentous victory at Miami last week. But for it to really matter, FSU must use it as a springboard into the second half of the season. And that starts on Saturday against the Demon Deacons.
While FSU can likely outmatch Wake across the board, there are still plenty of signs to look for when determining if the team has turned a corner – a second-straight stout defensive effort would be a welcome sight. So, too, would a quick start on offense and a clean, sharp game that limits mistakes and turnovers. If the Seminoles can do that, they’ll head into their bye week on a high note before turning their focus toward Clemson.