With both teams coming off a bye week, the Florida State Seminoles and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will play for the 37th time. The Seminoles currently hold a six-game win streak since 2012 in the series. During that win-streak, there have been some pretty good performances by some ‘Noles. The last three games against the Demon Deacons were much closer than the previous three games. Over the past three years, Florida State has won by an average of eight points. In the three games from 2012-14, they won by a combined score of 154-6.
Here’s how Florida State has fared in the last six showings against Wake Forest. Hope they’re taking some notes for today!
2017: Florida State 26, Wake Forest 19
After starting the season 0-2 and losing their starting quarterback, the Seminoles came out and picked up their first win of the season with James Blackman tossing a touchdown with less than a minute left in the game. Jacques Patrick led the team with 120 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries while Cam Akers had 58 yards on 14 carries. Auden Tate led the team in receiving with 47 yards and a touchdown on two receptions. Keith Gavin’s lone catch went for 43 yards. Blackman only threw for 121 yards and one touchdown on 11-of-21 passing.
Greg Dortch led Wake Forest with 110 yards on 10 receptions from John Wolford who had 271 yards and an interception on 24-of-34 passing. He also had 63 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
2016: Florida State 17, Wake Forest 6
Florida State never trailed in this one, and they scored a touchdown halfway through the third quarter to push their lead to double-digits. They had great offensive performances in this one, both through the air and on the ground. Deondre Francois had 319 yards, a touchdown and interception on 22-of-37 passing. He also had a rushing touchdown. Dalvin Cook had 115 yards on 25 carries. Travis Rudolph had a career day with 238 yards on 13 catches.
The defense performed very well with only 252 yards given up as a team. They allowed 184 yards passing and only 68 yards on the ground.
2015: Florida State 24, Wake Forest 16
The Seminoles most notable play of the game on offense was a 94-yard touchdown run by then-freshman Dalvin Cook. That would be Cook’s only run for positive yards, finishing with 94 yards on two carries. Bobo Wilson and Rudolph had good receiving games. Wilson finished with 77 yards on five catches while Rudolph had six catches for 69 yards. The ‘Noles forced two turnovers in the game, an interception and strip-sack.
2014: Florida State 43, Wake Forest 3
Even though it was a 40-point win, there weren’t really any eye-popping performances. It was the defense that controlled this game by only allowing 126 total yards. They also forced three turnovers, two fumbles recovered and an interception by P.J. Williams. Jameis Winston went 23-of-39 for 297 yards, a touchdown and interception. Ermon Lane led in receiving with 70 yards on two catches while Rudolph began his torture of Wake Forest with four catches going for 66 yards and a touchdown. Robrerto Aguoyo had a big performance with five made field goal, his long being 52 yards.
2013: Florida State 59, Wake Forest 3
The offense was not how the Seminoles won this game. It was the defense and special teams. With seven forced turnovers and a kickoff-return for a touchdown, there were almost more yards gained on those plays than on offense. The offense picked up 298 yards compared to 107 yards on interception returns, 101 yards on kickoff returns, a 23-yard scoop and score, and 20 yards on punt returns.
Nate Andrews had a 56-yard pick-six, Jalen Ramsey picked up a fumble and ran 23 yards for a touchdown, and Levonte Whitfield returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Winston had 159 passing yards and two touchdowns, James Wilder and Karlos Williams each had 49 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Rashad Green had 47 yards on five receptions.
2012: Florida State 52, Wake Forest 0
The ‘Noles racked up 612 yards compared to the Deacons 126 to get the current winning streak started after losing in 2011. That includes 385 yards and four touchdowns on he ground. Chris Thompson led the was with 197 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. James Wilder Jr. added in 94 yards on 16 carries. EJ Manuel led the passing game going 15-of-24 with 176 yards and two touchdowns. Kelvin Benjamin was the leading receiver with 44 yards on four receptions.