FSU Seminoles Cruise After Slow Start


Oct 4, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) scrambles out up the field pastWake Forest Demon Deacons defensive end Duke Ejiofor (53) during the second quarter at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

It took the FSU Seminoles 15 minutes to get going but from there on out it was a breeze.

FSU rattled off 43 straight points to beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 43-3 Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The ‘Noles (5-0) had two turnovers on their opening two positions as Jameis Winston threw an interception and then Karlos Williams fumbled. The second turnover led to a Mike Weaver field goal, giving the Demon Deacons (2-4) an early lead.

However, from there on out, FSU found their groove.

Roberto Aguayo kicked a field goal early in the second quarter before Jameis Winston scored on a two-yard rush with 1:03 left in the half. Aguayo added a 40-yard field goal with three ticks left in the half to give FSU a 13-3 half time lead.

A 52-yard field goal by Aguayo on FSU’s opening drive of the second half extended the lead to 16-3 before Mario Pender ran in for a three-yard score. FSU then added a defensive takeaway as Reggie Northrup forced a fumble, recovered it, and ran it in from 31 yards out.

Aguayo added two more field goals in the fourth either side of a 59-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Travis Randolph.

The sophomore kicker tallied 19 points and tied a school record for field goals made in a game (5).

Winston completed 23-of-39 passes for 297 yards and added 34 rushing yards. Pender tallied 70 yards on the ground while Williams chipped in with 50. Ermon Lane led the team with 70 receiving yards while Rudolph had 66 on four catches.

Star receiver Rashad Greene left the game with a concussion and did not return. He had three catches for 33 yards.

FSU forced two fumbles and also had an interception courtesy of P.J. Williams, which set up Pender’s touchdown run.

The Seminoles’ defense was dominant as they surrendered just 126 yards of offense. They restricted Wake Forest to 40 rushing yards on 39 carries and had 11 tackles for loss.

Northrup led the team in tackles with eight while Lorenzo Featherston, making his first career start, had seven tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss but did leave the game injured late. Mario Edwards had the lone FSU sack.
FSU’s next game in on the road against Syracuse on Oct. 11.