Sunday Blitz

Florida State has won six consecutive games for the first time since the 2000 regular-season following Saturday's victory at Wake Forest. The Seminoles remained ranked fifth in the AP and coaches' polls on Sunday, keeping them in the national title hunt. Senior receiver <b>Dominic Robinson,</b> a hero against the Demon Deacons, was relieved to arrive back in Tally on Sunday with a victory.

Florida State senior receiver Dominic Robinson was thankful to have the opportunity to help the Seminoles on Saturday at Wake Forest.

Make that help save the Seminoles on Saturday at Wake Forest.

After fullback James Coleman pounded out two yards on 4th-and-1, Robinson gave FSU a 17-14 lead with 9:59 remaining with a 46-yard touchdown reception from Wyatt Sexton.

Filling in for the injured Chauncey Stovall, Robinson finished with four catches for 81 yards after having caught only four passes for 45 yards in the first six games this season.

FSU escaped Wake Forest with a 20-17 victory, keeping the Seminoles in the national title hunt as October winds down.

"It meant a lot to me to have a game like that. I've played well against Wake Forest every year so I had a good feeling this would be the game," Robinson said on Sunday.

This is huge for me because I felt like it was coming."

Robinson said he has had to remain sharp and ready for Saturday's opportunity. Robinson and fellow reserve receiver Willie Reid each caught touchdown passes while Lorenzo Booker had a key run to set up Xavier Beitia's winning field goal with 1:02 left.

Injuries could also affect the Seminoles' receiving rotation this week.

Stovall suffered a hamstring strain, Reid continues to be slowed by various hurts and Thorpe suffered bruised ribs against the Demon Deacons.

"I think the thing is I just prepare whether I know the ball is coming to me or not," Robinson said.

"I just continue to prepare and work hard week in and week out, knowing Craphonso Thorpe is one of the top receivers in the nation. I may not get as many looks as far as play-calling, but I still prepare like I am the No. 1 guy. I think that's what happens when my opportunity comes, I am able to take advantage of it."

Robinson said it was also good to see Sexton rally the Seminoles in the fourth quarter. Coach Bobby Bowden had indicated he was ready to change to senior Chris Rix at halftime but was talked about out of the switch by offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden and quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey.

"For him to bring us back, to bring us back to a win...in the end we come out with the victory," Robinson said.

"Wyatt pulls out a victory and it's just that much more reassuring that, you know what? When we get down this guy is going to find a way to win the game."

Like FSU fans, Robinson agreed that Saturday's game was too close for comfort.

"I felt like we were prepared physically and mentally," Robinson said.

"But you wonder why this game is so close. You watch who Wake Forest has played and how they've done and you think you are going to blow them out. You can't really tell. We obviously didn't come ready to play because we didn't put up any points offensively in the first half. Our defense came to play, as they've had all year and we are thankfu for that. Those guys have really held it down for us during the times we needed it."


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