Wake Rallies Past No. 21 Florida State
Friday, October 12, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Oct. 11 -- Riley Skinner threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Moore in the fourth quarter to lead Wake Forest past No. 21 Florida State, 24-21, on Thursday night.
Skinner completed 19 of 27 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns for the Demon Deacons (4-2, 3-1 ACC), who rallied in the second half to beat the Seminoles (4-2, 1-2) in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.
Skinner led the Demon Deacons 82 yards in nine plays, converting three third downs during the game-winning drive. The biggest came when Skinner sidestepped a pass rush, stepped forward in the pocket and found Moore, who had a step on cornerback Jamie Robinson at the goal line, for the easy score that put Wake Forest up 21-14 with 6 minutes 41 seconds remaining.
Florida State gave the ball back to Wake Forest on the first play of its ensuing drive, when Chip Vaughn intercepted Xavier Lee's deep pass at the Deacons 26-yard line. The Demon Deacons milked the clock and set up Sam Swank's 48-yard field goal with 1:40 to play that made it a 10-point game.
Lee scored on a 17-yard run with 17 seconds left to draw the Seminoles within 24-21, but Wake Forest recovered an onside kick to seal it.
The Demon Deacons ran all over Florida State's 11th-ranked run defense, gaining 180 yards, more than double the Seminoles' average of 81.8 yards allowed entering the game. Josh Adams rushed 18 times for 140 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown run, and caught a scoring pass.
Wake Forest's defense allowed two big plays in the first half that set up the Seminoles' two scoring drives, then shut them down after halftime. The Demon Deacons forced five punts, intercepted two passes and allowed 105 total yards after the break.