No. 25 Florida State Surpasses Wake Forest Late, 26-19
Sept. 30, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A final-minute touchdown was the difference as Wake Forest was edged by No. 25 Florida State, 26-19, in front of 31,588 fans at BB&T Field on Saturday evening.

A 7-yard run by Matt Colburn with 13:57 left in the game put the Demon Deacons (4-1, 1-1 ACC) ahead, 19-16.

The Seminoles (1-2, 1-1 ACC) answered with a 35-yard field goal by Ricky Aguayo to tie it at 19-19 with 6:20 left.

Wake Forest was held to back-to-back three-and-outs, then Florida State's first play from scrimmage on its final drive went as a 40-yard touchdown pass from James Blackman to Auden Tate for the game-winner with 53 seconds left.

The Deacs went 43 yards on their final drive to get the ball inside the FSU 40, but John Wolford's Hail Mary pass attempt to Scotty Washington was batted down.

Wolford went 24-for-34 passing for 271 yards passing, and a dropped pass resulted in his first interception of the season. Greg Dortch led the receiving corps by becoming the first Deacon with 10 receptions in a game since 2015, hauling in 10 passes for a career-high 110 yards. Wolford also led the Deacs on the ground with 19 carries for 63 yards and a score.

For Florida State, Jacques Patrick led the way with 19 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. Blackman finished 11-for-21 with 121 yards and a TD.

Wake Forest outgained Florida State by a 367-270 margin, with both defenses getting in the backfield frequently. The Deacs totaled a season-high 17 tackles for loss including five sacks. Grant Dawson, Duke Ejifor and Wendell Dunn racked up 3.5 TFLs apiece, while Willie Yarbary had a pair of sacks. FSU's 10 TFLs matched the season-high for an opponent, led by a two-sack effort by Matthew Thomas.

Jessie Bates III finished with a season-high 14 tackles, while Dawson added 10 and a forced fumble.

• Though his touchdown streak was snapped, redshirt-freshman Greg Dortch still recorded career-highs of 10 catches and 110 yards.
• This season, he has made a team-high 30 catches for 352 yards and five touchdowns. He has at least four catches and 55 receiving yards every game.

• Wake Forest kicker Mike Weaver made both of his field goal attempts from 24 and 39 yards.
• He has now made 12 consecutive field goals, two off the program record of 14 straight set by Jimmy Newman in 2011.

• With 31,588 fans in attendance, Wake Forest had its first sold-out crowd of the season.
• The last sellout was against Clemson in 2016, with 31,512 fans at the game.

• Redshirt-senior Duke Ejiofor tallied his third sack of the season.
• The sack was the 20th of his career, putting him in front of Bryan Ray (19.0) and behind only Mike McCrary (30.0) and Calvin Pace (29.0) in program history.

• Wake Forest hits the road on October 7, traveling to South Carolina to take on the defending national champion Clemson Tigers.



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