Another Test

Florida State ends October with road games at Wake Forest on Saturday and Maryland on Oct. 30. After dismantling Virginia on Saturday, the key for the Seminoles will be to remain focused. FSU will be a heavy favorite the next two games, starting with the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest relies on an unorthodox blocking style and good use of misdirection plays. Defensively, the Deacs haven't been able to mount a consistent pass rush, which should bode well for FSU quarterback <b>Wyatt Sexton.</b>

Florida State senior Alex Barron measured his words carefully when talking about the Seminoles' solid effort against the Virginia Cavaliers last Saturday.

FSU put together its most complete performance in recent memory, dominating the visitors on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Still, Barron has been around long enough to realize the importance of a good showing -- it's how the team reacts the following week.

And, up next for FSU, is a tough but not overly impressive Wake Forest team.

"It (Virginia) was an exceptional win, one that we really needed," Barron said.

"We worked hard last week and studied a lot of film. We knew they were a great team coming in and had a lot of things going for it. They were ranked ahead of us. We knew we had to show up and win. But we need to keep working. We've got things situated pretty good, and it was a matter of time, effort and work.

"That's what got us to where we are at right now."

Barron, the top-rated tackle on Mel Kiper's board for the 2005 NFL draft, had to overcome some adversity against the Cavs. He lost both contact lenses during one play and barely made it back to the sideline.

"I couldn't see a thing," Barron said and laughed.

"That's the first time ever I lost both on the same play. I don't know how it happened. All I know was everything was pretty blurry as I made my way back to the sideline."

Of course, FSU's immediate future is crystal clear as long as the Seminoles continue to win.

Wake Forest sits second in the ACC in rushing and total offense averaging 221.7 and 399.0 yards per game, respectively.

Chris Barclay has registered four rushing TDs and leads the Demon Deacons, fourth in the ACC, in rushing yards per game at 86.7. Micah Andrews has posted five rushing touchdowns.

The Seminoles currently lead the nation in rushing defense allowing only 58.0 yards a game while holding the opposition to just 1.9 yards per carry.

Florida State has held the opposition under 100 rushing yards in four of six games this season including a season low minus-24 yards against UAB.

Duriong FSU's current five-game win streak, tailbacks Leon Washington (115.0) and Lorenzo Booker (91.0) have combined to rush for 206.0 yards per game and 6.8 yards per carry.

Washington is second in the ACC in rushing (101.5) while Booker, who had a career-high 123 yards on 15 carries in Saturday's win over Virginia, is sixth (82.3).

Over the last five games, FSU has outrushed its opponents by 179.4 yards per game (227.2 to 47.8). And then there's Wyatt Sexton. In his first three career starts, has completed 66 percent of his passes (55-of-83) for 637 yards and four touchdowns.


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