Florida State wasted no time punishing Wake Forest in the early going on Saturday afternoon. It's 42-0 at the half. This game is already over.
After forcing a three and out on Wake's opening possesion, FSU methodically drove the ball down the field, going 80 yards in 13 plays and finishing on a James Wilder touchdown run.
That was just the start of things. Tanner Price tossed an interception -- his first of four -- on Wake's very next offensive play. Terrance Smith turned around on a drop and found a ball whizzing right at him, he took it back inside the Wake five yard-line on the return and two plays later it was a 13-0 Seminole lead.
It didn't get much better for Wake. After they converted their first 1st down of the afternoon, Christian Jones lit Price up off the edge and the ball ended up in the hands of DE Mario Edwards Jr. Once again, two plays later FSU was putting up another touchdown -- this time on an 18-yard pass from Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin.
13 minutes into the game it was already 21-0.
The second quarter started with an impressive display of depth from the Seminole secondary. Florida State started two freshman safeties today. Normally that would be a liability -- especially for a national title contender -- but on back-to-back plays at the start of the second quarter both Nate Andrews and Jalen Ramsey scored.
Andrews picked off Tanner Price for the third time in four throws and took it back 56 yards for a touchdown. Then on the very next Wake offensive snap Jalen Ramsey scooped and scored on a Josh Harris fumble.
16 minutes in it was 35-0.
Then FSU tapered off a bit, after being off the field for a while -- a result of the back-to-back defensive scores -- the Seminole offense lost its rhythm. Kelvin Benjamin went into the lockerroom after coming up somewhat gingerly following a catch over the middle -- he was later ruled out due to a concussion. Kenny Shaw was shaken up following a collision with the wall in the back of the endzone. And overall, the entire offense looked out of sorts until the final drive of the first half when the Seminoles took the ball 57 yards on eight plays to make it 42-0.
Despite the lull, FSU has dominated all aspects of this game so far.
That all starts with the battle in the trenches where the Seminoles have blown Wake off the ball all day. The 'Noles have gotten constant pressure on Wake Forest's quarterbacks (Tanner Price was pulled briefly following his third pick) and on offense they have had little trouble establishing the run.
Perhaps most notably, the Seminoles defense has been lethal today, forcing five first half turnovers, holding Wake to just 81 total yards, scoring twice and keeping the Demon Deacons off the scoreboard. Right now Wake quarterbacks have more completions to Seminoles (4) than to Demon Deacons (2). Nate Andrews is technically Wake's leading receiver.
Passing: Jameis Winston (14/22, 128, 2 TD)
Rushing: James Wilder Jr. (6-49, TD)
Receiving: Rashad Greene (5-47)
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