Florida State Scores Late To Knock Off Wake Forest

The Florida State Seminoles (1-2, 1-1) scored with under a minute to go on a long touchdown pass from James Blackman to Auden Tate to knock off Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1) 26-19 on Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Seminoles and Demon Deacons were back and forth all game.  The first quarter ended in a 3-3 tie after both teams exchanged field goals - including a career long 51-yard strike from Florida State's Ricky Aguayo.  After adding another field goal in the second, Wake Forest orchestrated a long touchdown drive to push their lead over the Seminoles to 12-3, thanks in part to a missed Wake PAT.  Florida State answered to end the first half with a Jacques Patrick touchdown run and another Ricky Aguayo field goal gave the Seminoles a 13-12 lead.

Florida State added to their lead in the third quarter with a third Ricky Aguyao field goal to make it 16-12, but Wake Forest would not go without a fight.  Matt Colburn scored for the Demon Deacons to give Wake Forest the lead back at 19-16, but Ricky Aguayo tied the game with his fourth field goal of the evening with 6:20 to go.  Going into the final minute, the Seminoles got the ball back in a tie game with some wondering if they would be content to go for overtime.  However, Florida State surprised all when James Blackman launched a long 40-yard pass to Auden Tate the first time he got the ball to lift the Seminoles to a 26-19 lead that would prove to be enough to clinch the win.

Blackman, playing in just hist second game since taking over for the injured Deondre Francois, overcame a game in which he struggled, going 11-for-21 with just 128 yards passing (40 of those on the game winning play).  Jacques Patrick had a strong game on the ground for the Seminoles, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown, while Auden Tate had 47 yards in the air to lead Seminoles receivers.  For Wake Forest, John Wolford went 24-for-34 with 271 yards passing, no touchdowns and one interception, and rushed for 63 yards and a score.  His favorite target was Greg Dortch, who he hit for 110 yards through the air.

The challenge gets tougher for Florida State, as thirteenth-ranked Miami heads to Tallahassee on Saturday afternoon.  Kickoff between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes is set for 3:30 PM at Doak Campbell Stadium.


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