Florida State Exorcises Demon Deacons

This game was pretty much over when Seminoles got off the bus, as Florida State forced seven turnovers, including a school-record-tying six interceptions, on their way to a 59-3 domination of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - In a game reminiscent of 90s-era FSU, when The game was over within the first ten minutes—real time, not on the game clock—as Florida State intercepted three of Wake Forest's first four passes, with the defense also scoring on a 23-yard fumble return by freshman defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

The Seminoles led 42-0 at the half despite a relatively pedestrian game from quarterback Jameis Winston, who concluded his day 17-28 for 159 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before taking his curtain call early in the third quarter.

The overmatched Demon Deacons came into the game hoping to shorten the game by running the football employing a ball control passing attack, but Florida State's defensive pressure forced a series of errors that put the game away almost before it had started.

It was as dominant a defensive performance as one will see at this level. Going into the fourth quarter, Florida State's defense had more return yardage (107 yards) off seven Wake Forest turnovers than the Deacon offense (93 yards) had accumulated to that point.

The Seminole offense, however, was not quite as efficient on the day as it has been through most of the year, as Winston looked out of synch and never quite found the easy rhythm he has exhibited through most of the year. Some of that may have resulted from the offense going without the ball for nearly 40 minutes (real time) Ramsey and fellow true freshman defensive back Nate Andrews each returned turnovers for scores.

By the time the offense got the ball back midway through the second quarter, Florida State was up 35-0 and never quite got its offensive rhythm back. Winston took his final snap with 12:03 left in the third quarter before giving way to backup Jacob Coker. The starting offensive line (already minus usual starter Bryan Stork, who sat out with an ankle sprain) lasted one more series.

The starting defense forced one final turnover on the first series of the second half before giving way to backups.

Another true freshman, Kermit Whitfield, provided yet another non-offensive score, returning a fourth-quarter kickoff 94 yards for a score. Florida State moves to 9-0 on the season, clinching the ACC Atlantic Division title and a birth in the ACC Championship Game, while Wake Forest falls to 4-5 (2-5 ACC).

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