Wake Forest Unable to Snap #1 Florida State's Winning Streak
Merrill Noel picked off his seventh career pass.
Oct. 4, 2014

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By Jay Garneau, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wake Forest football started strong again, but was unable to end top-ranked Florida State's winning streak at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.

The Demon Deacons (2-4, 0-2 ACC) struck first, but the Seminoles (5-0, 3-0 ACC) scored 43 unanswered points to win 43-3.

A strong first-half defensive effort from the Deacs held Florida State scoreless through the first quarter, and the game was tied heading into the final 90 seconds of the first half. Then, the high-powered Seminole offense scored twice in the closing 63 seconds to also spark its second-half effort.

Wake Forest scored first for the sixth straight contest, with Mike Weaver hitting from 36 yards to give the Deacons a 3-0 advantage.

After holding Florida State scoreless in the opening quarter, they earned three scores in the second quarter. A Jameis Winston two-yard scramble was bookended by a pair of field goals from Roberto Aguayo, the reigning Lou Groza Award winner, as the Seminoles took a 13-3 advantage into halftime.

The Seminoles kept the scoring going in the third quarter. After an Aguayo 52-yard field goal, an interception set up an eventual three-yard touchdown run by Mario Pender.

Reggie Northrup forced, recovered and returned an Isaiah Robinson fumble 31 yards for a score, pushing FSU's lead to 30-3.

A pair of Aguayo field goals from 42 and 32 yards and a 59-yard pass from Winston to Travis Rudolph in the fourth quarter rounded out the Florida State scoring.

Dezmond Wortham had an impressive effort off the bench for Wake Forest, rushing 12 times for 68 yards to lead the Deacon offense. Brandon Terry hauled in his first three catches of the year, while E.J. Scott (four) and Cam Serigne (three) also had multiple receptions.

Hunter Williams powered Wake Forest's defensive effort, totaling career-highs of 10 tackles and four tackles for loss, also recording his first career sack.

Merrill Noel picked off his seventh career pass, the second of the season, and Josh Banks forced a fumble which Brandon Chubb recovered.

Thirteen different Seminole receivers made catches, as Winston finished the day 23-of-39 for 297 yards to lead their offense. Florida State extended its win streak to 21 games, a school record. It was FSU's 18th straight ACC victory.

FIRST STRIKES
• Wake Forest has scored first in all six games this season. Today, Mike Weaver started the scoring for the Deacs with a 36-yard field goal.

WEAVER STAYING HOT
• Redshirt freshman kicker Mike Weaver pushed his consecutive-makes streak to eight to start his career. That's the longest streak to start a career, and seventh-longest all-time streak (Jimmy Newman - 14 consecutive in 2011).

HISTORIC CROWD
• Wake Forest played in front of its sixth-largest crowd all-time, as 82,327 fans packed Doak Campbell Stadium. That was the largest since 2005, in another game played against Florida State in Tallahassee.

BIG BOOT
Alexander Kinal booted a career-long 63-yard punt early in the fourth quarter. It was his seventh punt of 50 or more yards this season.

ON DECK
• Following an open date next Saturday, Wake Forest returns home to play host to Syracuse on Oct. 18.

 

 

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