TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com)– Despite all the unpredictability across college football, one thing has remained certain for another year: Wake Forest does not score touchdowns inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
Florida State held the Demon Deacons out of the end zone at home for the fifth consecutive game – a streak which spans 21 quarters and 10 years – on the way to a 17-6 victory in front of a homecoming crowd in Tallahassee.
DeMarcus Walker led FSU’s defense with two sacks, and junior receiver Travis Rudolph sparked the offense with a career-high 13 catches for 238 yards to improve on already-gaudy career totals (seven catches, 201 yards) set at last year’s Peach Bowl.
Florida State enters its bye week with a 5-2 overall mark and improved to 2-2 in the ACC. The Seminoles have a date with No. 2 Clemson on Oct. 29.
Behind Rudolph’s career day, the Seminoles more than doubled Wake’s offensive output (442-252) despite rushing for just 123 yards and turning the ball over four times.
Quarterback Deondre Francois, meanwhile, completed 59.4 percent (22-37) of his passes for 319 yards and a touchdown despite facing regular pressure from Wake’s defensive line. Francois threw an interception and lost a fumble, but he also crossed the 300-yard threshold for the third time this season and ran for a touchdown in the first half.
Dalvin Cook added 115 yards on 25 carries to reach the century mark for the fourth straight game. However, the best news from Cook’s day came when he returned from an injury suffered while absorbing a big hit after a catch over the middle of the field.
The hit jarred the ball loose – the first of two Cook fumbles – and sent him to the sideline for a series. But he showed no ill effects for the rest of the game and even chased down Wake defensive end Josh Banks for a touchdown-saving tackle after Banks recovered a Francois fumble.
The Seminoles’ defense enjoyed a second straight strong outing by sacking quarterback John Wolford five times, forcing three turnovers and holding the Demon Deacons well below their season average for total yardage (367.8 YPG).
FSU finished with five sacks of Wake’s John Wolford – two from Walker, 1.5 from sophomore Josh Sweat and half-sacks from Demarcus Christmas, Ro’Derrick Hoskins and Dontavious Jackson.
Safety Ermon Lane, playing his first full game after Nate Andrews’ season-ending injury, tied for second on the team with seven tackles – including four solo stops – and broke up a pass attempt. Junior Trey Marshall led the Noles with eight stops.