(3) Florida St 59

(9-0, 7-0 ACC)

Wake Forest 3

(4-6, 2-5 ACC)

Coverage: ABC

12:00 PM ET, November 9, 2013

BB&T Field, Winston-salem, NC

1 2 3 4 T
#3FSU 21 21 10 759
WAKE 0 0 0 33

Top Performers

Passing: J. Winston (FSU) - 159 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Wilder Jr. (FSU) - 6 CAR, 49 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Greene (FSU) - 5 REC, 47 YDS

Jameis Winston, Florida State overwhelm Wake Forest

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- No. 2 Florida State finally discovered a defense that can cool off Jameis Winston and the Seminoles' high-powered offense.

Its own.

Florida State tied a school record with six interceptions, returned turnovers for touchdowns on consecutive plays and gave the offense short fields throughout a 59-3 rout of Wake Forest on Saturday that clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

Nate Andrews took an interception 56 yards for a touchdown one play before Jalen Ramsey returned a fumble 23 yards for another score, keeping the yardage down but pumping the point total way up.

"For us to be a great team, both (offense and defense) have got to be clicking," Winston said. "When they're getting turnovers and scoring touchdowns just like that, sometimes it is hard (to stay in a rhythm) but obviously, I've got to do a better job of commanding the team and leading us."

The Seminoles (9-0, 7-0) claimed the inside track to a BCS title game berth with No. 2 Oregon's loss Thursday. They kept firm grasp of it by forcing seven turnovers and breaking the stadium record of 56 points they set in 1994.

"Everything's falling into place now," defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said, "like (coach Jimbo Fisher) said it would."

Winston threw two touchdown passes while leading an offense that gained just 296 total yards -- well off its ACC-leading average of 549.

Fisher said the offense "on the day did not play as well" but that was largely because the defense and special teams put up the points and regularly gave the Seminoles short fields.

Florida State held Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5) to 166 total yards and turned those turnovers into five TDs and a field goal.

Winston was 17 of 28 for 159 yards in two-plus quarters with an 18-yard TD to Kelvin Benjamin and a 2-yarder to Chad Abram that made it 42-0 at halftime.

James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman had early scoring runs 50 seconds apart. The Seminoles, 35-point favorites, scored their first three touchdowns in a 5:05 span of the first quarter.

Chad Hedlund's 23-yard field goal with 9:07 left helped the Demon Deacons avoid being shut out for the second straight week and for the third time in four meetings with Florida State.

Kermit Whitfield returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for the TD that gave the Seminoles the BB&T Field scoring record.

Wake Forest's first two quarterbacks, Tanner Price and Tyler Cameron, combined for six completions and 66 yards passing.

Price threw three interceptions on four attempts before he was pulled. The first two were returned into the red zone and Andrews took the third back for a score.

"Today," coach Jim Grobe said, "was just a comedy of errors."

In matching the team record of six interceptions set against Louisville in 1991, Florida State proved there was no Hurricane hangover for these Seminoles after routing rival Miami 41-14 last week.

Now the challenge the rest of the way might be to avoid boredom: Boston College is the only team to either hang within 14 points of the Seminoles or score more than 17 points against them. Nobody has held them to fewer than 41 points, either.

None of their final four opponents entered this week with a winning record.

"If they ever believe in our system, if they ever believe in eliminating the clutter," Fisher said, "then now is the time."

They're headed to the ACC title game for the third time in four years and had little trouble claiming the voter-impressing blowout that kept them in the thick of the national championship race.

After they went 80 yards in 13 plays on their first drive -- capped by Wilder's 5-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0 -- the Seminoles ran only four offensive plays while stretching their lead to 35-0.

The Demon Deacons helped them out by giving them short fields with turnovers on four consecutive possessions.

"We were down 35-0, maybe, and I don't think the defense had hardly been on the field," Grobe said.

That included a remarkable effort by Edwards, who somehow pulled in the second interception of Price while being bear-hugged by Wake Forest offensive tackle Josh T. Harris.

Winston found Benjamin over the middle for a touchdown two plays later, and the defensive scores came quickly after that.

"We start stopping the offense and turning the ball over, it gives you momentum and it kills their momentum and makes them not want to play anymore," Edwards said.

Wake Forest, which didn't advance deeper than the Syracuse 42 in a 13-0 defeat last week and lost go-to receiver Michael Campanaro to a broken collarbone, didn't get past the Florida State 44 until the fourth quarter.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs198
Total Yards296166
3rd Down Conversions5-155-17
4th Down Conversions0-10-0

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders

Wilder Jr.6498.2122

Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD07:15James Wilder Jr. 5 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick) 70
TD06:25Devonta Freeman 1 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick) 140
TD02:10Kelvin Benjamin 18 Yd Pass From Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo Kick) 210
TD14:15Nate Andrews 56 Yd Interception Return (Roberto Aguayo Kick) 280
TD13:56Jalen Ramsey 23 Yd Fumble Return (Roberto Aguayo Kick) 350
TD00:11Chad Abram 2 Yd Pass From Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo Kick) 420
TD12:03Karlos Williams 5 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick) 490
FG08:24Roberto Aguayo 42 Yd 520
FG09:07Chad Hedlund 23 Yd 523
TD08:52Levonte Whitfield 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Roberto Aguayo Kick) 593

Research Notes

As of the 11-minute mark in the 2nd quarter, Florida State has already scored 28 pts off turnovers at Wake Forest... It's the most by Florida State in a single half (1st or 2nd) over the last 10 seasons. Entering today, the most by an FBS team in 2013 is 43 by Tennessee against Western Kentucky in the 1st half on Sept. 7th.
From Elias: Both Baylor and Florida State have outscored their opponents by at least 40 points per game this season (Baylor: 45.6 PPG, Florida State: 40.0 PPG). FROM ELIAS: The last team to outscore its opponents by at least 40 PPG over an entire season was Oklahoma in 1956, at 41.5 PPG(466-51 in 10 games).
Wake Forest's Tanner Price went 1-4 with 3 interceptions today against Florida State. He is the 2nd player since 2000 to throw for 3 or more interceptions on 5 or fewer pass attempts. The other player was UConn's Zach Frazer, who went 0-4 with 3 interceptions against Pittsburgh in 2008.
Jameis Winston now has 26 pass TD, setting the ACC freshman Pass TD record. It was previously set by Philip Rivers in 2000 (25).
Jameis Winston continues to be almost perfect when forced to convert on 3rd down this season... A Next Level look shows that Winston's Total QBR of 99.6 on 3rd down this season stands as the highest single-season mark in such situations over the last 10 years.
Florida State is the only team in last 10 seasons to have two 42-0 shutouts in the 1st half of a conference game in a season
FSU has 4 straight games with multiple interceptions. They entered the game tied with North Texas and TCU for the longest active streak in the FBS.
Florida State scored 42 points in the first half of their game at Wake Forest today. It is the 2nd time this season that the Seminoles have scored 40 or more points in the first half (also had 42 in 1st half vs NC State Oct. 26). In addition, Florida State has averaged 28.3 PPG in 1st half this season - only Baylor (39.9), Ohio State (31.3) and Oregon (28.6) currently have higher 1st half scoring averages among FBS teams.
This is the 6th time in their 32 meetings vs Wake Forest that Florida State has put up 50+ pts in a game (2nd time in Winston-Salem):
FSU has 2 defensive touchdowns in a game for the 2nd time in the last 10 seasons, and 1st time since Dec 27, 2008 vs Wisconsin when they had 2 fumble ret TD
Florida State held Wake Forest's three quarterbacks to a combined 0.001 Total QBR. All three quarterbacks had a Total QBR of 0.6 or lower as they combined for seven completions and six interceptions. In the last 10 seasons, no team has had a lower Total QBR in a game than Wake Forest.

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