No. 9 Florida State Escapes Wake Forest 24-16
Oct. 3, 2015
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest pushed No. 9 Florida State to the brink on Saturday, only to fall 24-16 after the Seminoles intercepted a pass in the end zone with 26 seconds left in the game at BB&T Field on Saturday evening.
The Demon Deacons (2-3, 0-2 ACC) drove to the Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC) 20-yard line with the potential to tie the game with under 30 seconds left, but Seminole safety Tyler Hunter picked off quarterback Kendall Hinton to seal the victory.
Wake Forest out-gained the Seminoles on the ground (142-127) and in passing yards (215-202). The Deacons had 27 first downs compared to 14 for the Seminoles.
Hinton was impressive in his second career start as quarterback for Wake Forest. The true freshman threw for 215 yards and completed 27 passes. He also rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries. Cam Serigne had a career-high 10 catches for 83 yards and one touchdown while Cortez Lewis had eight catches for 70 yards. Matt Colburn had 51 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Florida State opened the scoring with a 94-yard touchdown run from Dalvin Cook which was the longest touchdown run in stadium history. Cook's score put the Seminoles up 7-0 halfway through the first quarter.
Mike Weaver hit a 28-yard field goal with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter after a 12-play, 65-yard drive that spanned more than five minutes. Johnathan Vickers added a 9-yard touchdown run as Florida State took a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Serigne snagged a 7-yard touchdown pass from Hinton after a 13-play, 73-yard drive for the Deacons which cut the Seminoles' lead to 14-10 with 4:12 left in the first half. Wake Forest picked up five first downs on the drive which included two first down catches by Serigne and two first down rushes for Hinton. Florida State went to the half leading the Deacons 14-10.
Everett Golson completed a five-yard touchdown pass to Kermit Whitfield on Florida State's opening drive of the second half as the Seminoles increased their lead to 21-10. A 25-yard field goal from Roberto Aguayo made it a 24-10 game for Florida State in the third quarter.
To open the fourth quarter, Wake Forest drove 74 yards on a 15-play drive but stalled in the red zone. Weaver kicked a 34-yard field goal as the Deacs made it 24-13 with 11:26 to play.
Hinton led another long drive in the fourth quarter which included a fourth-down conversion on a 6-yard pass to Lewis. On third-and-6 with the Deacons on the Seminoles 11-yard line, Serigne caught a five-yard pass but was stopped short of the first down. Weaver kicked a 29-yard field goal as Wake Forest made it a 24-16 game with 3:34 remaining.
Wake Forest stopped Florida State after sacking Golson with 1:49 left, forcing the Seminoles to punt. Hinton led the Deacons down the field with sharp passes to Serigne and K.J. Brent. After Florida State was called for a facemask penalty, the Deacons had a 1st-and-10 on the Seminoles' 20-yard line. Hinton overthrew Serigne in the end zone and then was intercepted by Hunter on the ensuing play which sealed the 24-16 victory for Florida State.
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