Second Quarter: Florida State 21 Wake Forest 10
0:27: FSU forces a punt and will take over at the FSU 10. The Seminoles will get the ball after halftime. Brady Scott, who was injured, and Mike Arnold, who was benched for Baveon Johnson, are both back in the game.
2:01: FSU drove the field, but decided to go for it on 4th-and-3 from the Wake 33. Francois hit a wide open Nyqwan Murray for a 33-yard touchdown strike. Keith Gavin took the safety with him and left Murray alone. 21-10.
5:02: FSU gives up a first down, but forces another Wake punt. The FSU defense has settled in nicely after the first two drives.
7:37: FSU goes 3-and-out and Wake will get the ball at its 24. A couple of short runs on first and second down and then a long-developing pass play that didn’t connect and wouldn’t have counted because of a hold.
8:55: The FSU defense forces a 3-and-out and FSU will get the ball back at the FSU 27. Really nice job the by the FSU defensive line, which had the second team of Cory Durden and Robert Cooper at defensive tackle.
10:43: Asante Samuel with a big pass breakup and Stanford Samuels III tracks the ball down to give the Seminoles the ball back inside the 10. Jacques Patrick punches the ball into the end zone and FSU takes a 14-10 lead.
11:31: Keith Gavin looked like he had a big gain to put FSU inside the 10, but he fumbles the ball after getting hit at the eight yard line. Wake recovers in the end zone for the touchback. Gavin had the ball in the wrong hand.
13:43: FSU forces a stop and will get the ball at the 20 after Wake punts it out of the end zone. Linebacker Emmett Rice got his first sack of the season. He tore his ACL 10 months ago against Southern Miss, but made a play. Getting him back would big a big boost for the FSU defense.
First Quarter: Wake Forest 10 Florida State 7
0:24: FSU finally got some momentum and moved hit three big pass plays in a row to get down to the three. Cam Akers punched the ball in for his second rushing touchdown this season from three yards out. 10-7 Wake.
2:16: Wake moves the football easily again, but the FSU defense holds and Brian Burns comes up with a 4th down sack to give the Seminoles the ball back. Nice play by Burns, who’s been in the backfield a lot.
6:00: Wake marches right down the field in 2:04 for a walk in touchdown. FSU not playing physically or tackling well right now and not getting set. It’s been an all-around poor performance for the Seminoles so far. 10-0 Wake.
8:04: FSU got a nice gain of first down, but Deondre Francois’ inability to run the offense cost FSU three yards and a down. Poor decision making once again and Wake Forest gets great field position after a big return.
9:30: Wake’s tempo bothering FSU some but the Seminoles hold and will get the ball back at the 17 yard line. FSU’s defense isn’t getting set before the snap but is still getting some pressure on Sam Hartman.
10:32: FSU got a good return from freshman Anthony Grant, but couldn’t do anything with it. The first play was a miscommunication and a poor throw by QB Deondre Francois, the second down play was an east-west run by Jacques Patrick, and third down the offensive line turned a defender loose while Wake dropped eight defenders into coverage.
11:54: Wake drove down the field on the first possession down to the FSU 15. FSU cornerback Levonta Taylor struggled and was taken out of the game. Stanford Samuels III moved from safety to cornerback for the final couple plays of the drive. Wake made a 32-yard FG. 3-0.
FSU has won the toss and deferred. Wake gets the ball first.
Florida State’s offensive line is warming up as expected with Derrick Kelly (LT), Cole Minshew (LG), Alec Eberle (C), Mike Arnold (RG), and Brady Scott (RT).
Running back Khalan Laborn was sighted on the sidelines walking around with a big knee brace. It’s his first appearance at a FSU game since he injured his knee against Samford in the second game of the season.
Starting defensive tackle Fred Jones is not dressed out for the game. Marvin Wilson will start in his place, and that will likely result in true freshman Robert Cooper getting more time in the rotation.
Wide receiver George Campbell was also not dressed out.