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First and 10: No. 14 FSU vs. Wake Forest

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)

Out Indefinitely
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.


  • Florida State returns home Saturday looking to build on the momentum of last week’s win at Miami. Wake Forest, however, ought to provide a sterner challenge than usual. After back-to-back 3-9 seasons, the Demon Deacons are 5-1 for the first time since 2006. Incidentally, that’s the same year that Wake beat FSU in Tallahassee, which sparked a chain of events that ended with Jimbo Fisher taking over as the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator the following season.
  • While Wake ranks 100th nationally or worst in total offense, scoring offense and passing offense, the Deacons have typically had good defenses under Clawson, and this year is no exception. Not only do they allow just 18.0 points per game, but they’ve consistently wreaked havoc in opposing backfields – their 18 sacks are 16th-most in the nation and their 41 tackles for loss are 26th. 
  • The game is FSU’s last tune-up before it faces No. 2 Clemson. Each team will have a bye week and then the Tigers will visit Tallahassee on Oct. 29. The FSU-Clemson game is annually one of the biggest dates on both the ACC and national schedule, and the winner has gone on to claim the Atlantic Division title in every year since 2009.

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.

First and 10: No. 14 FSU vs. Wake Forest

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


  • When DeMarcus Walker blocked Miami’s extra-point attempt at the end of last week’s game, it marked the second straight game that the Seminoles blocked an extra point. The last time the Seminoles blocked a PAT in back-to-back games was in 1954, when Lee Corso did it against Auburn and VMI. Corso is still FSU’s all-time leader in blocked extra points with four.
  • Saturday marks the 69th homecoming game at Florida State. The Seminoles are 55-12-1 all-time on homecoming, and have won four straight homecoming games. FSU has previously hosted Wake Forest for homecoming in 1993 and 1999. 
  • Through half the season, the Seminoles are averaging 228.2 rushing yards per game. If they maintain that pace, it would be the fourth-best rushing season in school history, behind only 1984 (274.6), 1987 (272.3) and 1983 (229.3).
  • Cook added to his nation’s-best yardage total last week, and he continues to lead the country in yards from scrimmage with 1,130. Cook’s 345 receiving yards are tied for most in the country among running backs (Curtis Samuel, Ohio State) and he also leads all “power five” running backs with 785 rushing yards. 
  • Last week’s win at Miami ensured that the Seminoles stayed in the AP Top 25 for the 76th consecutive week. That’s the second-longest active streak in the country. 
  • Wake is one of the most disciplined teams in college football. The Demon Deacons average just 4.0 penalties per game.



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.

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