Oct. 18, 2004
The No. 5 ranked Florida State football team (5-1, 3-1) will head to Winston-Salem on October 23rd for a 3:30 match up with the Demon Deacons (3-3, 1-3). The game will be televised regionally on ABC. The Seminoles, who have won four straight games, have never lost to Wake Forest in ACC play.
The Seminoles improved to 5-1 with last week’s 36-3 win over then-No. 6 Virginia. Sophomore tailback Lorenzo Booker rushed for a career-high 123 yards on 15 carries and scored twice. The defense held the ACC’s top rated offense to just 20 total rushing yards while recording five sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Sophomore quarterback Wyatt Sexton improved to 3-0 as the starter with the win over the Cavaliers, completing 20-of-26 passes for a career-high 275 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Sexton ranks third in the ACC in pass efficiency with a rating of 136.9. He is second in the league with a completion percentage of 66.1.
The FSU defense is now ranked first in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 58.0 yards per game and less than two yards per carry. Senior defensive tackle Travis Johnson leads the defense with 10 tackles for loss this season. Sophomore linebacker Ernie Sims is coming off his best game as a Seminole after totaling nine tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and a blocked punt vs. Virginia.
Florida State leads the overall series with Wake Forest 19-2-1, including a perfect 12-0 since FSU joined the ACC in 1992. The Seminoles have outscored the Demon Deacons 541-140 in those 12 games, an average of 45.1-11.7.
FSU moved up to No. 5 in both polls after the win over Virginia. FSU has been ranked in 292 of the last 296 AP polls since the start of the 1987 season and have been ranked in the AP Top 10 in 255 of those rankings.