NCAA Game Summary - Florida State at Wake Forest|
(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: Florida State 41, Wake Forest 28
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) - Jermaine Thomas ran for 149 yards and a
touchdown to lead the Florida State Seminoles over the Wake Forest Demon
Deacons, 41-28, in an ACC clash at BB&T Field.
Quarterback E.J. Manuel was terrific in his first start for FSU (5-5, 3-4
ACC), as he completed 15-of-20 pass attempts for 220 yards and a score.
Manuel, who was replacing injured starter Christian Ponder, added 45 yards and
a score on the ground to help keep the Seminoles' postseason hopes alive. With
a win over Maryland next week, FSU would become bowl-eligible.
Riley Skinner led the way for WF (4-7, 2-5) by throwing for 227 yards, with
one touchdown and two picks. Josh Adams ran for 59 yards and a pair of scores
on eight carries, as the Deacons dropped their fifth game in row and were
eliminated from bowl consideration.
The Seminoles jumped out to an early lead, as Ty Jones scored on a nine-yard
run to cap an opening drive of 81 yards.
WF responded late in the opening half with a three-yard touchdown run by
With just 19 seconds left in the first period, FSU regained the lead behind a
six-yard touchdown run by Thomas.
FSU added to its lead early in the second quarter, when Manuel plunged one
yard for a score. They then added a 47-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins
before Greg Reid returned a punt 68 yards for a score to give the Seminoles a
The Deacons made it a 31-14 game just before the half, as Adams scurried 20
yards to paydirt.
Midway through the third quarter, WF pulled even closer behind a 12-yard
touchdown run by Kevin Harris.
The Seminoles, though, would put the game away with a 42-yard field goal by
Hopkins late in the third quarter and a seven-yard touchdown pass from Manuel
to Jarmon Fortson early in the final frame.
Skinner threw a late four-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens to cap the
FSU snapped a three-game slide to WF with the win and in the process stretched
its advantage in the all-time series to 22-5-1.
11/14 16:50:25 ET