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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Seminoles.com) -- How did No. 2 Florida State respond after being handed control of its own national-championship destiny Thursday night? It's defense delivered an ACC Atlantic Division title Saturday at Wake Forest.
FSU will have to win its next four games to punch a ticket to Pasadeana, but in a 59-3 walloping of Wake Forest at BB&T Field, the Seminoles (9-0, 7-0 ACC) used a dominating defense to at least guarantee itself a trip to Charlotte and the chance to defend its conference crown come Dec. 7.
The Seminoles were so good defensively against the Demon Deacons (4-6, 2-5) that Heisman Trophy hopeful Jameis Winston and his high-powered offense were merely an afterthought in the drubbing. From a statistical standpoint, the victory won't turn any heads -- Winston threw for a career-low 159 yards in a little more than two quarters of play and the `Noles generated a season low 296 total yards -- but the team did extend the school record of consecutive games scoring at least 40 points to nine.
The offense didn't have to be its usual special self. Instead, the defense, which rested its starters after the first drive of the second half but still forced seven total turnovers, was spectacular enough for both
"[The defense] played a hell of a game," FSU wide receiver Rashad Greene said.
FSU tied a school record in the blowout with six interceptions, matching a mark that had been set against Louisville in 1991. The Seminoles had 107 interception return yards with one score while Wake Forest only had 166 total yards of offense.