No. 5 Florida State Shuts Down Wake Forest 52-0
Sept. 15, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's Chris Thompson exploded for 197 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help lead the No. 5 Seminoles past Wake Forest 52-0 on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.
The loss was the first of the season for the Demon Deacons who moved to 2-1 (1-1 ACC). The Seminoles stayed perfect on the year, improving to 3-0 (1-0 ACC). It was Wake Forest's first time being shutout since its last trip to Tallahassee in 2010.
E.J. Manuel completed 15-of-24 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns for the Seminoles and also rushed for 48 yards and another score.
Junior Tanner Price had a tough day behind center for the Demon Deacons, completing only 8-of-22 passes for 82 yards - both totals the lowest since his freshman season. Josh Harris rushed 15 times for 51 yards, and Sherman Ragland III caught two passes for 48 yards.
Brandon Chubb led Wake Forest with seven tackles. Kris Redding made four tackles, including two sacks, and forced a fumble that was recovered by freshman Tylor Harris, who was making his first career start. Harris is the 11th true freshman to start a game under Grobe.
The Seminoles took a 7-0 lead with 4:28 left in the first half after taking advantage of a short field. FSU started at the Wake Forest 47-yard line after a punt and Chris Thompson broke free for a 33-yard gain to the Demon Deacons' 16-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback E.J. Manuel ran the ball in himself from 16 yards out for the score.
Florida State doubled its lead only a few minutes later when Rashad Greene returned an Alex Kinal punt 60 yards for a touchdown - the first punt return the Deacons had given up since FSU's Greg Reid took one back in 2009.
Big plays continued to be the story for the Seminoles as Thompson broke off touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards to expand the FSU lead to 28-0.
The Florida State offense kept rolling through the rest of the game, tacking on 10 more points in the second quarter, as well as seven points in each of the third and fourth quarters.