The Deacs came out of the bye week firing on all cylinders in this one. In the first 3 possessions of the game, the Wake Forest offense ran 31 plays for 134 yards. In that same time frame, the Wake Forest defense held the Seminoles to 12 plays for 20 yards. This allowed the Deacs to jump out to a quick 10-0 lead on this 9 yard TD catch to Jack Freudenthal.
The defense forced FSU to punt on their next possession and everything seemed to be looking good for the Deacs. The whole game seemingly changed on the next Wake Forest possession, when they decided to go for it on 4th down.
On 4th and 8, Hartman was sacked for a loss of 10 by Brian Burns, giving the Seminoles the ball at the FSU 40 yard line. From that moment, things started to go downhill fast for the Deacs. FSU took the ball 60 yards in 6 plays, finishing the drive with a 3 yard Cam Akers TD run to cut the lead to 3.
After a punt, FSU looked to have a huge play down the sideline on a pass to Keith Gavin, but thanks to great effort from Justin Strnad and Demetrius Kemp, the Deacs were able to force the turnover and recover the ball in the end zone.
That’s all for the Wake Forest highlights for a while, unfortunately. Two plays after getting the turnover, the Deacs gave the ball right back to the Noles on a Sam Hartman interception.
FSU punched it in 3 plays later on a Jacques Patrick 2 yard TD run to take a 14-10 lead. Things would keep getting worse for the Deacs from there. Later in the 2nd half, Florida State QB Deondre Francois found Nyqwan Murray wide open deep for a 33 yard touchdown pass. This one brought back memories of the BC game.
Then, to open the 2nd half, Cam Akers would go 75 yards in 2 runs to score another touchdown for the Noles in just 30 seconds. This one brought back memories of the Clemson game.
After failing a 4th down conversion and 4 drives ending in punts for the Deacs, FSU took a 38-10 lead when Francois found Tre’Shaun Harrison, who juked his way into the end zone.
Wake Forest would finally find there way back into the end zone with just a little over 4 minutes left in the game. Hartman did a nice job keeping the play alive and found Sage Surratt on the rollout.
The Deacs would go on to lose by a score of 38 to 17. Bring on the Cardinals.