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Deacons Out-Tough Seminoles

by Mike Mitchell
October 11, 2007

Sam Swank's 48-yard field goal with 1:40 left gave Wake Forest a 10-point cushion, and largely rendered Xavier Lee's late touchdown run impertinent, as the Demon Deacons beat Florida State 24-21 on Thursday night.

Only 17 seconds remained after the 'Noles cut the gap to 3 points, but Wake Forest recovered the onside kick to secure the win.

Last year, Wake Forest rode into Tallahassee and became the first team to ever shutout Bobby Bowden on his home field. The Demon Deacons rolled 30-0 and went on to win the ACC Championship. Until the past two seasons Florida State had not lost to Wake Forest since 1973, winning 14 straight matchups.

This year, the Seminoles built a 14-7 halftime lead on Lee touchdown passes to Preston Parker (6 yards) and Greg Carr (4 yards) in the second quarter. Wake Forest had struck first on an 83-yard touchdown run by Josh Adams but was otherwise stuffed by the FSU defense for the first two quarters.

Florida State was poised to extend its lead midway through the third quarter when Alphonso Smith intercepted a Lee pass in the end zone and gave Wake Forest new life.  The Demon Deacons immediately drove 80 yards and tied the game on a 6-yard pass from Riley Skinner to Adams.

The Seminoles had only two first downs in the second half prior to that interception, and would not pick up another until the last-minute scoring drive.

Wake Forest took the lead with 6:41 left in the game when Skinner avoided the blitz and hit Kenneth Moore in stride for a 35-yard touchdown strike to culminate an 82-yard drive.

The win improved Wake Forest's record to 4-2 over-all, 3-1 in the ACC Atlantic. Florida State is also 4-2 over-all, but dropped to 1-2 in the Atlantic Division.