Florida St. 20, Wake Forest 17
Xavier Beitia kicked a 22-yard field goal with 1 minute 3 seconds to play to help No. 5 Florida State pull off a surprisingly close 20-17 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.
Seminoles quarterback Wyatt Sexton had a miserable day, committing three costly turnovers that nearly cost Florida State (6-1, 4-1 ACC) the game.
He helped Wake Forest (3-4, 0-4) build a 14-3 lead before halftime with an interception and a fumble. Both turnovers were returned for touchdowns.
After pushing the Seminoles ahead with touchdown passes of 20 and 46 yards, Sexton gave Wake Forest another chance late in the fourth quarter when he foolishly attempted a pass that was tipped by Jerome Nichols and intercepted by freshman Jeremy Thompson.
That set up Ryan Plackemeir's 41-yard field goal that tied the game at 17 with 4:32 to play.
Florida State then needed a 46-yard run by Lorenzo Booker on third and 10 and a 14-yard pass from Sexton to Dominic Robinson on third and six to set up the game-winning field goal.
"I never thought growing up we would have to sneak one out of Wake Forest," said Sexton, whose father is a former Florida State quarterback.