There wasn't much to be excited about from Florida State's performance on Saturday, but there were a couple things that stood out to me. The kickoff return team has been far better than they were in 2014. Kermit Whitfield had four returns for an average of 28 yards including a long of 57 to open the second half.
Running back Johnathan Vickers was put into a tough position when Dalvin Cook went out, but i thought he did a good job of filling in. The numbers weren't great, 10 carries for 33 yards and 1 touchdown, but Vickers did a good job of getting the most out of every carry. He turned three-yard carries into four-yard carries by having great body lean and never stopping his feet.
The Florida State defense did not resemble anything close to what they looked like through the first three games of the season. They gave up four rushes of over 10 yards and four passes longer than 15 yards during the game. Everything else was dink and dunk. They didn't make adjustments throughout the game and looked as if they didn't prepare for Wake at all, which is entirely possible with Miami and Georgia Tech on the horizon.
Florida State couldn't get off the field when they needed too, something that they had been very good at so far this season. Wake ran 79 plays, which was 27 more than what Florida State ran. I don't know what the issue was with the defense on Saturday, but they better get out of their funk before Miami comes to town on Saturday.
Penalties absolutely killed the Seminoles on Saturday. Florida State had 10 penalties for 100 yards in the game, 7 of which came on the defensive side of the ball for 75 yards. That can't happen against a better opponent. Two of those penalties came on third down and extended Wake Forest drives.