No. 3 Seminoles Blow By Demon Deacons 59-3
Nov. 9, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 3 Florida State turned four early Wake Forest turnovers into 28 points to take control of the game en route to a 59-3 victory on Saturday at BB&T Field.
After grinding out a methodical 80-yard touchdown drive on their first possession, the Seminoles (9-0, 7-0 ACC) then took advantage of short fields thanks to four straight Wake Forest turnovers - three interceptions and a fumble - to build what would be an insurmountable 35-0 lead.
In all, Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5 ACC) turned the ball over seven times, the most in a game since 1963, on six interceptions and a fumble lost.
Chad Hedlund notched Wake Forest's only points of the game in the fourth quarter, connecting on a 23-yard field goal.
Josh Harris led the Demon Deacons on the ground with 66 yards on 15 carries - his second-highest rushing total of the season. Dominique Gibson also carried the ball a career-high 15 times for 35 yards.
Anthony Wooding led the Demon Deacons with a career-high nine tackles. Ryan Janvion also had nine stops and notched the first interception of his career.
The Deacons made a season-high 10 tackles for loss, led by Nikita Whitlock who had 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks. Whitlock now ranks second in school history 46.5 TFLs, passing Aaron Curry and Mike McCrary. He trails only Calvin Pace's 54 TFLs.
Merrill Noel recovered the first fumble of his career, which he also forced, in addition to making six stops.
Wake Forest will return to action on Nov. 23 for its final home game of the season against Duke.