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Wake Forest 31, Florida State 21

(AP Photo/Phil Sears)

By BOB FERRANTE
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson knew his players were down after a double-overtime loss to Clemson last week.

He also knew they had put it behind them by the time they took the field for another top-25 matchup with Florida State.

Sam Hartman threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, Justice Ellison ran for 114 yards and a touchdown and No. 22 Wake Forest beat the No. 23 Seminoles 31-21.

"That was a great, gutty, incredible team win," Clawson said. "Last week was a soul crusher and I certainly had concerns with our ability to get them back. They just put in a great week of work and prepared, and came down here expecting to win."

Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) looked focused early, scoring touchdowns on three straight drives after an opening punt. The Demon Deacons ran for 171 yards, their most against an FBS opponent in 2022, while Hartman connected with eight receivers. A.T. Perry led the way with eight receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.

The Demon Deacons also converted 7 of 11 third downs and 2 of 2 fourth downs in the first half as they grabbed a 21-7 halftime lead.

"That's huge," Hartman said. "We take pride on that. We take pride on staying on schedule."

Jordan Travis connected with Mycah Pittman on touchdown receptions of 18 and six yards as the Seminoles opened both halves with TD drives. Travis completed 23 of 35 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns.

The Seminoles (4-1, 2-1) got within 28-21 with a 58-yard drive in the fourth quarter, which culminated in Travis' 4-yard TD throw to Johnny Wilson and a two-point pass. But the Demon Deacons responded again with a long drive, ending in Matthew Dennis' 27-yard field goal to give them a 31-21 lead with 2:55 left.

An Oregon transfer, Pittman had career bests with five receptions and 85 yards.

Florida State's offense had its moments, but Travis' fumble gave Wake a short field and set up a Demon Deacons touchdown. Another Seminoles drive set up Ryan Fitzgerald for a 29-yard field-goal attempt, which he missed. Florida State also started a drive at its 45 with the benefit of a long kickoff return but went three-and-out.

"Disappointed," Florida State coach Mike Norvell said. "I thought our guys, especially there in the first half, really started almost pressing when we had a little bit of adversity that showed up, did a lot of uncharacteristic things, uncharacteristic mistakes showing up. Way too many penalties. Turnovers, balls were in jeopardy. You look at the third-down situations on both sides, they did a really good job in those critical down situations. I think they were 13 out of 21 of third and fourth downs."

THIRD-DOWN SUCCESS

Wake Forest had been converting just 41% of its third-down opportunities coming into the game, while FSU's third-down stop rate was 31.5%.

The Demon Deacons flipped the script and used those third-down conversions to build lengthy scoring drives. Wake had touchdown drives of 80, 90, 75 and 39 (a short field off the Travis fumble) and also a final 66-yard drive that took 6 1/2 minutes off the clock and resulted in Dennis' 27-yard field goal with 2:55 to go.

CLIMBING ACC CHARTS

Hartman moved into fifth place on the ACC's career list with 10,462 passing yards.

TAKEAWAYS

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons put together touchdown drives of 80, 90 and 75 yards, with a final 71-yard drive that resulted in a field goal. Wake also converted 10 of 18 third downs for the game.

Florida State: The Seminoles could not overcome a season-high 11 penalties and a fumble by Travis, which set Wake up with a short field and resulted in a touchdown in the second quarter.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WakeFlaSt
FlaSt TD 12:56 Mycah Pittman 13 yd pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald kick) 0 7
Wake TD 4:25 Christian Turner 1 yd run (Matthew Dennis kick) 7 7
Second Quarter WakeFlaSt
Wake TD 12:59 A.T. Perry 4 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 14 7
Wake TD 11:15 Donavon Greene 20 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 21 7
Third Quarter WakeFlaSt
Wake TD 12:18 Justice Ellison 12 yd run (Matthew Dennis kick) 28 7
FlaSt TD 7:03 Mycah Pittman 6 yd pass from Jordan Travis (failed 2pt pass) 28 13
Fourth Quarter WakeFlaSt
FlaSt TD 9:32 Johnny Wilson 4 yd pass from Jordan Travis (Markeston Douglas 2pt pass from Jordan Travis) 28 21
Wake FG 2:55 Matthew Dennis 27 yd FG 31 21
Team Stats
  Wake Forest Florida State
First downs 28 21
  Rushing 10 6
  Passing 16 14
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 10-18, 56% 4-11, 36%
4th down efficiency 3-3, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 51-171 28-112
Passing Yards 234 281
Return Yards 0 108
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-34-0 23-35-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--31 1--7
Punts 3 4
Punts-Average 38.3 42.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties - Yards 4-40 11-96
Time of Possession 34:32 25:28
Wake Forest Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Hartman 22 34 234 2 0
Florida State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Travis 23 35 281 3 0
Wake Forest Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ellison 18 114 6.3 1
C. Turner 20 64 3.2 1
S. Hartman 11 -5 -0.5 0
Florida State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Ward 13 87 6.7 0
L. Toafili 5 13 2.6 0
T. Benson 4 10 2.5 0
J. Travis 6 2 0.3 0
Wake Forest Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Perry 8 91 11.4 1
K. Williams 4 43 10.8 0
D. Greene 2 29 14.5 1
J. Banks 3 24 8.0 0
J. Bull 2 17 8.5 0
C. Turner 1 17 17.0 0
J. Ellison 1 10 10.0 0
T. Morin 1 3 3.0 0
Florida State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wilson 6 85 14.2 1
M. Pittman 5 85 17.0 2
C. McDonald 2 31 15.5 0
M. Douglas 2 22 11.0 0
O. Wilson 2 16 8.0 0
M. McClain 1 15 15.0 0
T. Ward 2 14 7.0 0
T. Benson 2 9 4.5 0
D. Spann 1 4 4.0 0
Wake Forest Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Florida State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Wake Forest Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Mora 3 115 38.3
Florida State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Mastromanno 4 169 42.3
Wake Forest Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Morin 1 0 0
Florida State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Pittman 1 34 34.0
Wake Forest Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Florida State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Benson 2 36 18.0
K. Knowles II 1 38 38.0
P. Daniel 1 0 0
Wake Forest Missed FG
Player Length
M. Dennis 44
Florida State Missed FG
Player Length
R. Fitzgerald 29
R. Fitzgerald 55




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