By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 20, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State racked up 485 total yards of offense and Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 353 yards and two touchdowns as the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest, 38-17, in front of 67,274 fans on homecoming.
Trailing 10-7 at the beginning of the second quarter, the Noles corrected a lot of wrongs from the first quarter to take over the game and do away with all of the good that the Demon Deacons had established in the opening 15 minutes.
The Noles turnaround really began on their first scoring drive, which came with about two minutes left in the first quarter.
Showing a glimpse of what the Gulf Coast Offense can look like, Francois, who started the game just 3-for-7 passing, completed four straight passes to set the Noles up at the three-yard line before Cam Akers punched in the first touchdown of the game to pull the Noles within 10-7.
FSU took a 14-10 lead with just under 10 minutes left to play in the second half after a wild sequence of plays, resulting in two turnovers prior to the Noles' second touchdown.
The Demon Deacons took advantage of careless ball security from Keith Gavin, who was stripped from behind 10 yards before reaching the end zone on what would have been a 60-yard touchdown pass, but Wake Forest turned the ball over themselves just a couple of plays later.
Stanford Samuels III picked off a pass that was tipped off the hands of a Wake Forest receiver and returned it to the nine-yard line, setting up for a Jacques Patrick touchdown three plays later.
The Noles continued their strong second quarter with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Deondre Francois to Nyquan Murray, who went unnoticed down the far sideline and waltzed into the endzone to make for a 21-10 game.
The third quarter picked up right up where the second ended for the Seminoles, as they scored just two plays into the back half on a 58-yard Akers touchdown run to make for a 28-10 game.
FSU added a field goal from Ricky Aguayo for the only score in the third quarter and a Francois touchdown pass to Tre'Shaun Harrison to give the Noles a 38-10 advantage.
Wake added a score in the closing minutes, a touchdown pass from Sam Hartman to Sage Surratt to cut into the lead, but it was too little too late in the Noles 38-17 victory.
In the process of scoring the game's final touchdown, the Demon Deacons ran their 100th play of the game.
Wake Forest started the game strong, using their uptempo offense to take advantage of a Seminoles defense that had difficulties staying with them.
Wake drew blood first after the opening drive of the game, going 61 yards in 15 plays spanning 3:06 - a great example of how quick the Demon Deacons were moving at the game's outset - only to settle for a field goal after they stalled out once they got inside the FSU 25.
WF scored the games first touchdown on their next drive, going 51 yards on nine plays in just over two minutes, before Deacons' quarterback Sam Hartman found Jack Freudenthal across the middle for a nine-yard touchdown to give Wake Forest a 10-0 lead.
Murray led all receivers with eight catches for 131 yards and Akers led the FSU rushing attack with 13 carries for 98 yards.
Florida State is still in search of their first 100-yard rusher in 2018.
FSU held Wake Forest to 369 yards of offense and just 96 on the ground. 190 of those 369 yards came in the first quarter, alone.
Florida State now awaits College Football Playoff contender Clemson, who come to Doak Campbell Stadium next week for a noon kickoff.