Florida State Film Review: Wake Forest

Let's get right to it. Play by play is followed by " ..... " and then my thoughts on each play between the Florida State Seminoles and the Wake Forest Demon Decons.

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Hopkins,D. kickoff 68 yards to the WFU2, Jackson, L return 11 yards to the WFU13 ..... Pretty good kick coverage.
1-10 WFU 13 Harris, J rush left for 2 yards to the WFU15 (Dawkins,E.). ..... Well played by McCloud and Dawkins. Inside zone and they held ground.
2-8 WFU 15 PENALTY WFU delay of game 5 yards to the WFU10. .....
2-13 WFU 10 Price, T pass incomplete to Parker, A (Smith,T.). ..... Telvin is slow to react on the TE option out, but does recover and the TE drops it.
3-13 WFU 10 Price, T FT pass complete to Harris, J for 9 yards to the WFU19 (Jenkins,B.). ..... Stoops brings the zone blitz out of the 3-3-5, Jenkins clips the screen (great play-call by Wake). Minimal gain.
3 plays, 6 yards, 2:09 ..... Good defensive series
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4-4 WFU 19 Wulfeck, A punt 35 yards to the FSU46, Reid,G. return 10 yards to the WFU44 (Feimster, L). ..... Greg bluffs like he isn't going to pick up this ball, and does.
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 12:51. .....
1-10 WFU 44 Trickett,C. pass complete to Smith,R. for 6 yards to the WFU38, out-of-bounds (Okoro, K). ..... Quick out to Rodney, Wake defender almost got a hand on this. A sign of things to come.
2-4 WFU 38 Greene,R. rush right for 3 yards to the WFU35, out-of-bounds (Quarles, C). ..... Jet sweep to Rashad, nice block by Bert Reed to get the corner on the ground.
3-1 WFU 35 Thompson,C. rush right for 2 yards to the WFU33, 1ST DOWN FSU (Quarles, C). R1 ..... Lonnie and Spurlock block the same man, and Chris Thompson's career is likely over. Broke his t-5 and t-6 on this play. Run on short yardage successful.
1-10 WFU 33 Trickett,C. FT pass incomplete to Greene,R. (Wilber, K). ..... Quick out, freshman Bobby Hart doesn't get his man cut, that man bats the pass down.
2-10 WFU 33 Trickett,C. rush up middle for 9 yards to the WFU24 (Noel, M). ..... Trickett scramble
3-1 WFU 24 Freeman,D. rush over left guard for 2 yards to the WFU22, 1ST DOWN FSU (Quarles, R2 ..... Goal line formation. Blocking is not great, but Freeman makes it work with the cutback. Run on short yardage successful.
1-10 WFU 22 Freeman,D. rush up middle for no gain to the WFU22 (Whitlock, N). ..... Stork lets the nose go and the play looks like it is outsize zone, yet Freeman runs it like inside zone and is tackles for a loss.
2-10 WFU 22 Trickett,C. sideline pass intercepted by Ehrmann, J at the WFU20, Ehrmann, J return 50 ..... Clint telegraphs this and like earlier on the drive, Bobby Hart cannot get the EMOL cut. Ball is tipped, and I'm not sure how open Shaw was anyhow.
8 plays, 22 yards, 3:17 .....

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WAKE FOREST drive start at 09:34. .....
1-10 FSU 30 Price, T crossing pass complete to Givens, C for 3 yards to the FSU27, out-of-bounds ..... Wake runs a little pick play for the cross. Well played by Parks, except he needs to tackle.
2-7 FSU 27 Givens, C rush right for loss of 3 yards to the FSU30 (Smith,T.). ..... Fly sweep. Tank Carradine keeps leverage, Wake must bounce, Telvin runs the alley and makes the tackle.
3-10 FSU 30 Price, T pass incomplete to Campanaro, M, PENALTY FSU face mask (Erving,C.) 15 yards to X1 the FSU15, 1ST DOWN WFU, NO PLAY. ..... FSU gets the stop on third down, but Cam Erving's hand slips up and knocks the tackle's helmet off his head. Called for hands to the face.
1-10 FSU 15 Price, T middle pass complete to Campanaro, M for 6 yards to the FSU9 (Parks,T.). ..... Option route to the slot receiver. Telvin Smith and Parks a bit slow to get to the receiver. Excellent job by Wake's qb to pump the ball to get it over DL hands.
2-4 FSU 09 Price, T screen pass incomplete to Harris, J. ..... Shovel pass inside, incomplete, Wake probably had this set up for a big play. This was just a Wake mistake.
3-4 FSU 09 Price, T TA pass incomplete to Givens, C, QB hurry by Carradine,C.. ..... Wake play action, Jenkins stays home on the backside so Price cannot roll out, Price throws it away.
4-4 FSU 09 Newman, J field goal attempt from 27 GOOD, clock 07:37. ..... Good defensive series after the sudden-change situation. 20 yards and 3 points for Wake.
Wake Forest 3, Florida State 0 .....
6 plays, 21 yards, 1:57 .....
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Newman, J kickoff 70 yards to the FSU0, touchback. .....
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 07:37. .....
1-10 FSU 20 Freeman,D. rush left for 12 yards to the FSU32, 1ST DOWN FSU (Bush, J). R3 ..... Pony gun sweep, Ty Jones good lead block, Bobby Hart overcommits on the seal, but does get his man pinned, Freema should have got more.
1-10 FSU 32 Jones,T rush right for loss of 2 yards to the FSU30 (Whitlock, N;Haynes, R). ..... Same formation, this is just a terrible block by Zebrie Sanders, who doesn't look ready for the snap. Not ok for the senior.
2-12 FSU 30 Trickett,C. deep out pass incomplete to Cummings,D., PENALTY WFU pass interference (Noel, X4M) 15 yards to the FSU45, 1ST DOWN FSU, NO PLAY. ..... Quick game, Wake jumps the quick stuff, Trickett holds the ball and goes deep for Rodney Smith in single coverage, who is interfered with.
1-10 FSU 45 Jones,T rush right for 12 yards to the WFU43, 1ST DOWN FSU (Noel, M). R5 ..... Pistol, outside zone to the boundary, very good blocking, Ty Jones makes no attempt to make his man miss in the open field. An elite back scores on this play. Better awareness by Fahrenkrug here.
1-10 WFU 43 Trickett,C. deep in pass incomplete to Smith,R. (Bush, J). ..... Tight gun, protection is good, pass thrown into double coverage, should have been intercepted. Bad read by a freshman. O'Leary fell down, Jones was covered, not sure what happened to the tight end on the short side.
2-10 WFU 43 Trickett,C. screen pass complete to Green,C. for 19 yards to the WFU24, 1ST DOWN FSU, P6 out-of-bounds (Okoro, K). ..... Pistol 3 wide, bubble off the IZ fake, good fake, Greg Dent good block, Christian Green quickly upfield. Well done.
1-10 WFU 24 Thomas,J. rush left for 4 yards to the WFU20 (Bush, J). ..... Pistol, 3 wide, Jermaine Thomas, Bobby Hart good block on the outside, he has a huge butt, Jermaine gets what he can on the OZ to the boundary. Nothing special from Jermaine.
2-6 WFU 20 Thomas,J. rush up middle for no gain to the WFU20 (Olson, M;Whitlock, N). ..... I-form, Wake is playing the run here, run blitz coming, Trickett doesn't check out of it and Wake has way too many defenders v. not enough blockers. I form has 7 blockers, Wake had 9 defenders to the ball.
3-6 WFU 20 Trickett,C. middle pass incomplete to Greene,R., PENALTY WFU pass interference (Okoro, K) X7 4 yards to the WFU16, 1ST DOWN FSU, NO PLAY. ..... K gun TE to boundary, poor pass pro by Spurlock, pass intended for Greene and Wake is all over it but got there too early. FSU caught a break here.
1-10 WFU 16 Trickett,C. screen pass complete to Greene,R. for 7 yards to the WFU9, out-of-bounds ..... I Twins to the field, quick out and wow did Wake have this played well. Again, Trickett should have checked out of it. Could have been intercepted for a TD. As it was, FSU got lucky that this worked out.
2-3 WFU 09 Wilder,J rush up middle for 6 yards to the WFU3, 1ST DOWN FSU (Quarles, C). R8 ..... I twins to the field, Fahrenkrug's man shoots the gap and Krug washes him, Bobby Hart good hustle, James Wilder running hard. Well blocked play.
1-G WFU 03 Wilder,J rush up middle for 3 yards to the WFU0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 03:00. ..... I form twins to the boundary, Inside zone, FSU gets great movement, Wilder needs to run with some vision, but his momentum carries him in anyway.
1-G WFU 03 PENALTY FSU false start (Stanley,J.) 5 yards to the WFU8. ..... This drive was not much different than the first drive. FSU just got a bit luckier.
1-G WFU 08 Hopkins,D. kick attempt good. .....
Florida State 7, Wake Forest 3 .....
10 plays, 80 yards, 4:42 .....
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Hopkins,D. kickoff 63 yards to the WFU7, Jackson, L return 20 yards to the WFU27 ..... Hopkins Kicoff only goes to the 8. Not acceptable.
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 02:55. .....
1-10 WFU 27 Price, T pass incomplete (Werner,B.). ..... Wake playing 3-4, FSU badly held on the pay but still gets hand up to bat down PA pass, which is almost intercepted. These breaks did not go FSU's way.
2-10 WFU 27 Price, T middle pass complete to Campanaro, M for 12 yards to the WFU39, 1ST DOWN WFU P2 ..... FSU 4-3 against ace, 3-man rush, WR option route run very well by Wake, Telvin coverage is ok, Wake QB is crushed but delivers strike. Excellent pass rush bt Werner. FSU DTs must get hands up.
1-10 WFU 39 Price, T pass complete to Dembry, D for 4 yards to the WFU43 (Jones,C.). ..... Fsu plays 3-4 against Gun pony. Wake thorws the bubble, well blocked.
2-6 WFU 43 Price, T screen pass complete to Dembry, D for 1 yard to the WFU44 (Rhodes,X.). ..... FSU plays 3-4 to gun power I, bubble screen again, very well played by X Rhodes as he keeps outside leverage then uses sideline as the 12th defender.
3-5 WFU 44 Price, T FT pass complete to Pendergrass, B for 17 yards to the FSU39, 1ST DOWN WFU P3 ..... FSU plays 3-4 to Trips Gun TE. Wake runs a screen against FSU blitz. Very nice playcall. You wonder if FSU is tipping its blitz? Poor screen recognition by the front seven. Perfect call.
1-10 FSU 39 Price, T sacked for loss of 9 yards to the FSU48 (Werner,B.). ..... Play action, couldn't see routes, whole defensive line gets pressure and Werner gets the sack. Speed rush with leverage.
2-19 FSU 48 Harris, J rush right for 8 yards to the FSU40, out-of-bounds (Rhodes,X.). ..... FSU 3-4, draw play, strung out to the sideline and Rhodes makes a great individual play, but this wasn't great team defense.
3-11 FSU 40 Start of 2nd quarter, clock 15:00. .....
3-11 FSU 40 Price, T pass incomplete to Parker, A, QB hurry by Erving,C.. ..... FSU 4-man line on 3rd-11. Excellent pass rush, no blitz, QB throws it away.
8 plays, 33 yards, 3:11 ..... Good defensive series, very little undisciplined play, making Wake earn its yards.
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4-11 FSU 40 Wulfeck, A punt 32 yards to the FSU8, PENALTY FSU holding (Commack,A.) 4 yards to the ..... A holding on a punt that should have not been caught and should have gone into the end zone? Dumb and a costly penalty.
FLORIDA STATE drive start at 14:44. .....
1-10 FSU 04 Jones,T rush for 3 yards to the FSU7 (Lowe, D;Dorty, T). ..... I twins to the field, end around motion, Jones dowsn't follow his blocks on the inside run.
2-7 FSU 07 Trickett,C. flag pass incomplete to Reed,B., QB hurry by Haynes, R. ..... 3wr 2 rb gun, standard smash play to the field, Trickett hs time and it is a bad throw.
3-7 FSU 07 Jones,T rush right for 3 yards to the FSU10 (Mack, D). ..... K gun to the field, Fahrenkrug average block on the pull for the short side sweep. Need a better block there, then maybe Ty Jones makes the other guy miss. Yeah, right.
3 plays, 6 yards, 1:38 .....
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4-4 FSU 10 Powell,S. punt 60 yards to the WFU30, downed. ..... Tremendous roll on a decent punt.
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 13:06. .....
1-10 WFU 30 Price, T screen pass complete to Givens, C for 40 yards to the FSU30, 1ST DOWN WFU, P4out-of-bounds (Joyner,L.). ..... 4 wide 1 rb, wake motions him out to go empty. I think Nigel bradham plays this Tunnel screen with the wrong shoulder, but I could be wrong. Terrance Parks is definitely way late getting over then gets juked out of his jock on a huge gain.
1-10 FSU 30 Campanaro, M deep out pass complete to Davis, T for 30 yards to the FSU0, 1ST DOWN WFU, P5 TOUCHDOWN, clock 12:38. ..... Trips to the field, Wake hurries to the line, runs a great trick play where the bubble is thrown and the receiver throws it. Greg Reid has deep third and bites on the fake, realizes his mistake, slips and his man is wide open.
1-G FSU 03 Newman, J kick attempt failed (blocked) (blocked by McDaniel,J.). ..... This was a terrible defensive series. FSU's defense is about limiting big plays and tackling. Neither happened here. Remember though that the drive was set up by the special teams stupidity and the resulting offensive plays.
Wake Forest 9, Florida State 7 .....
2 plays, 70 yards, 0:36 .....
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Newman, J kickoff 67 yards to the FSU3, Williams,K. return 19 yards to the FSU22, fumble forced by LaBarbera, J, fumble by Williams,K. recovered by FSU Stevens,T. at FSU21. .....
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 12:30, FSU ball on FSU21. .....
1-10 FSU 21 Thomas,J. rush for 5 yards to the FSU26 (Noel, M;Orange, G). ..... Hard run by Jermaine Thomas on the outside zone.
2-5 FSU 26 Thomas,J. rush up middle for 1 yard to the FSU27 (Haynes, R;Ehrmann, J). ..... I form, FSU runs power and Wake hits it with the run blitz.
3-4 FSU 27 Trickett,C. crossing pass complete to Greene,R. for loss of 2 yards to the FSU25 (Bush, ..... 3 wr 2 rb gun, Wake rushed 3, protection is good, Clint delivers 3.5 yard toss behind Greene who being a freshman doesn't cut it up for the first down and instead tries to go wide where he is short of a first down.
3 plays, 4 yards, 2:02 ..... One good play by the O, one good play by the D, and one good play by the O that turned into a bad play by the O because Greene didn't cut it up.
4-6 FSU 25 Powell,S. punt 44 yards to the WFU31, Jackson, L return 4 yards to the WFU35 (Smith,T.). ..... 44-yard punt good coverage by Telvin and Avis Commack.
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1-10 WFU 35 Pendergrass, B rush up middle for 2 yards to the WFU37 (Smith,T.;Dawkins,E.). ..... Ace gun zone read played well by Amp and Christian Jones.
2-8 WFU 37 Pendergrass, B rush left for 3 yards to the WFU40 (Dawkins,E.). ..... 3-4 to gun I formation. Outside zone. Christian Jones plays this really, really well. Telvin Smith needs to be over there but gets eaten up by a blocker. Good hustle by the defensive line bigs.
3-5 WFU 40 Price, T deep out pass incomplete to Davis, T. ..... Gun ace FSU plays 4-down, excellent pass rush forces premature and ball is into double coverage. Joyner and Rhodes run into each other ball is so poorly thrown. That kind of day. FSU's bad throws as picked, but Wake's are so bad that there is nobody there.
3 plays, 0 yards, 1:36 ..... Just good team defense on this series.
4-5 WFU 40 PENALTY WFU delay of game 5 yards to the WFU35. .....
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4-10 WFU 35 Wulfeck, A punt 39 yards to the FSU26, Reid,G. return 0 yards to the FSU26 (Ehrmann, J). ..... Greg is stripped on the rugby punt but looked down and even if not he was already down.
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 08:52. .....
1-10 FSU 26 Trickett,C. FT pass complete to Freeman,D. for loss of 5 yards to the FSU21 (Olson, M). ..... FSU 3 wr gun. Swing pass to Freeman and Wake is all over it. Excellent play by Wake, Trickett probably a half count late on the throw.
2-15 FSU 21 Trickett,C. crossing pass complete to Greene,R. for 4 yards to the FSU25 (Bush, J;Olson, ..... 3 WR pistol, snap is poor, Wake drops everyone into coverage and plays the short cross well.
3-11 FSU 25 Trickett,C. rush for 9 yards to the FSU34, fumble forced by Jackson, J, fumble by Trickett,C. recovered by WFU Wilber, K at FSU35. ..... Gun 3 wide, Trickett's drop is too deep, he drifts into pressure that shouldn't be there if his drop was ok, flees the pocket, nice run but doesn't protect the ball and fumbles.
3 plays, 9 yards, 1:39 ..... FSU's offense puts the defense in a bad situation.
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 07:13. .....
1-10 FSU 35 Jackson, L rush reverse for loss of 9 yards to the FSU44 (Jenkins,B.). ..... Reverse is played very well by Jenkins for -10. Nice job staying home.
2-19 FSU 44 Price, T crossing pass incomplete to Givens, C (Bradham,N.). ..... Quick game by Wake, Bradham in good coverage.
3-19 FSU 44 Price, T sideline pass complete to Givens, C for 24 yards to the FSU20, 1ST DOWN WFU, P6 out-of-bounds (Joyner,L.). ..... No blitz this time as Wake had countered it well. FSU runs a twist with the DE/DT, Wake picks it up, Price buys time and picks on Brahdam. Bradham should not be on the field on third down and long because his COD is poor.
1-10 FSU 20 Harris, J rush over left tackle for 3 yards to the FSU17 (Hicks,D.;Luc,J.). ..... I don't really like the 3-4 with Dan Hicks as the Jack LB, but Wake does get only two here.
2-7 FSU 17 Price, T sacked for loss of 8 yards to the FSU25 (Carradine,C.). ..... 3-4 from FSU, no blitz, treendous individual effort by Tank Carradine on the sack. Good coverage I think.
3-15 FSU 25 Timeout Wake Forest, clock 04:55. .....
3-15 FSU 25 Price, T screen pass incomplete to Harris, J, PENALTY WFU holding (Hoag, M) 10 yards to the FSU35, NO PLAY. ..... Zone blitz from 3-4, Wake runs another screen, FSU plays it very very well and Wake holds. FSU accepts penalty.
3-25 FSU 35 Price, T crossing pass incomplete to Campanaro, M. ..... 4-man rush on 3rd-25, wake QB throws awkwardly and misses WR short of the sticks.
6 plays, 0 yards, 2:37 ..... FSU's defense again comes up big. Wake should be up 17-7 or perhaps even 20-7 based on field position to date.
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4-25 FSU 35 Wulfeck, A punt 35 yards to the FSU0, touchback. .....
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 04:36. .....
1-10 FSU 20 Thomas,J. rush up middle for 11 yards to the FSU31, 1ST DOWN FSU (Wilber, K). R9 ..... I Twins to the field, IZ by Thomas, nice interior blocks, good juke by Jermaine.
1-10 FSU 31 Thomas,J. rush over right tackle for 1 yard to the FSU32 (Wilber, K). ..... I Twins to the field, Thomas dances.
2-9 FSU 32 Trickett,C. pass intercepted by Allen, Z at the FSU38, Allen, Z return 0 yards to the ..... Clint is short, and he must find throwing lanes. He didn't here and the ball is batted into the air and intercepted.
3 plays, 12 yards, 1:14 ..... The offense again puts the defense in a bad spot.
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 03:22. .....
1-10 FSU 38 Price, T pass incomplete to Ford, C. ..... Not sure here.
2-10 FSU 38 Harris, J rush up middle for 10 yards to the FSU28, 1ST DOWN WFU (Jones,C.). R7 ..... Backside zone from gun, I think Jernigan plays this wrong and is in the wrong gap. Not sure, but it doesn't look right and was way too easy.
1-10 FSU 28 Harris, J rush up middle for 1 yard to the FSU27 (Jenkins,B.;Erving,C.). ..... FSU in its 3-4, nice twist and 98/49 play this very well for no gain.
2-9 FSU 27 Harris, J rush right for 2 yards to the FSU25 (Parks,T.), PENALTY FSU offside (Jenkins,B.) 5 yards to the FSU22, NO PLAY ..... FSU is offside here (Jenkins), but credit Parks for coming up quickly to play this. One of the few decent plays he made.
2-4 FSU 22 Price, T deep out pass complete to Givens, C for 22 yards to the FSU0, 1ST DOWN WFU, P8 TOUCHDOWN, clock 01:57. ..... FSU in 3-4, protection rolls wide, ball thrown back left, Rhodes initially beat but recover well and this is a great ball and catch by Wake.
The previous play was reviewed and the ruling was confirmed. .....
1-G FSU 03 PENALTY WFU false start (Weaver, D) 5 yards to the FSU8. .....
1-G FSU 08 Newman, J kick attempt good. .....
Wake Forest 16, Florida State 7 .....
4 plays, 38 yards, 1:34 ..... Give the offense the ball enough times in great field position and it will score. Should have been at least 24-7 at this point, FSU was lucky to be down 16-7.
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Newman, J kickoff 68 yards to the FSU2, Williams,K. return 20 yards to the FSU22 (Newman, J), PENALTY FSU holding (Abram,C.) 10 yards to the FSU12, 1st and 10, FSU ball on FSU12. ..... Excellent kr by the explosive Karlos Williams, negated by a hold.
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 01:48. .....
1-10 FSU 12 Jones,T rush left for 11 yards to the FSU23, 1ST DOWN FSU (Olson, M;Whitlock, N). R10 ..... Pistol zone stretch. Well blocked w/ Wake expecting pass.
1-10 FSU 23 Manuel,E FT pass incomplete to Jones,T, QB hurry by Wilber, K. ..... 4-wide Gun, Bobby Hart is too deliberate in his pass set and EJ is pressured. Good throwaway by manuel.
2-10 FSU 23 Manuel,E post pass complete to Greene,R. for 13 yards to the FSU36, 1ST DOWN FSU (Okoro, P11 ..... Good protection, Manuel steps up to find Greene on the slant.
1-10 FSU 36 Manuel,E sideline pass complete to Green,C. for 18 yards to the WFU46, 1ST DOWN FSU, P12 out-of-bounds (Bush, J). ..... 4-wide gun again, Wake blitzes, FSU pickup is ok, strong throw to Green on the corner part of the smash combo.
1-10 WFU 46 Manuel,E pass incomplete to Jones,T, QB hurry by Whitlock, N. ..... 4-wide gun, Wake 4-man rush, communication error up front by Oline, Manuel almost sacked, good job of throwing it away. Garbage.
2-10 WFU 46 Manuel,E deep in pass complete to Greene,R. for 46 yards to the WFU0, 1ST DOWN FSU, P13 ..... 4-wide gun, protection is good, Manuel pumps twice and throws a great ball to Greene who makes a great catch. Huge to get this score before the half.
TOUCHDOWN, clock 00:54. .....
1-G WFU 03 Hopkins,D. kick attempt good. .....
Wake Forest 16, Florida State 14 .....
6 plays, 88 yards, 0:57 .....
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Hopkins,D. kickoff 60 yards to the WFU10, Jackson, L return 16 yards to the WFU26, .....
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 00:51. .....
1-10 WFU 26 Harris, J rush up middle for 1 yard to the WFU27 (McCloud,A.). ..... Iso and McCloud holds ground and sheds.
2-9 WFU 27 Bohanon, T rush up middle for loss of 2 yards to the WFU25 (McCloud,A.). ..... Another excellent play by McCloud.
End of half, clock 00:00. .....
2 plays, minus 1 yard, 0:51 .....
END OF 2nd QUARTER: Wake Forest 16, Florida State 14 .....
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1-10 FSU 20 Manuel,E sacked for loss of 15 yards to the FSU5 (Whitlock, N). ..... I form TE to the field, quick PA fake, and I just don't know here. Did EJ miss this call in the huddle? Part of the line blocks like it would be a screen, but I am just not sure. If regular pass pro then Spurlock gets a big mark-down here. Oh, and EJ needs to throw this ball at the feet of Thomas and not take a huge sack.
2-25 FSU 05 PENALTY FSU false start (Sanders,Z.) 2 yards to the FSU3. ..... I do not mind procedure penalties as much inside my own 5 because it's half the distance.
2-27 FSU 03 Thomas,J. rush right for loss of 3 yards to the FSU0 (Ehrmann, J), TEAM safety, clock ..... This is the second time an FSU skill guy failed to get upfield and instead danced. Poor situational football by Thomas.
Wake Forest 18, Florida State 14 .....
2 plays, minus 20 yards, 0:52 .....
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Hopkins,D. kickoff 59 yards to the WFU21, Noel, M return 23 yards to the WFU44, out-of-bounds (Brooks,T.). .....
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 14:08. .....
1-10 WFU 44 Price, T screen pass complete to Harris, J for no gain to the WFU44 (Werner,B.). ..... Wake in ACE gun, tries a nifty shovel pass, poorly sold and Werner does a great job splitting the difference.
2-10 WFU 44 Harris, J rush up middle for no gain to the WFU44 (Dawkins,E.). ..... FSU in 3-4 against gun power I. Lead draw and well played by McCloud and Dawkins. Jenkins too.
3-10 WFU 44 Price, T sacked for loss of 11 yards to the WFU33 (Bradham,N.). ..... FSU in 3-4, 8 men up on LOS, zone bitz, Bradham gets home mostly unblocked.
3 plays, minus 11 yards, 2:03 ..... Good defensive series here by FSU. 3 & out after the turnover (I count safeties as a turnover).
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4-21 WFU 33 Wulfeck, A punt 45 yards to the FSU22, Reid,G. return 23 yards to the FSU45 (Bush, J;Jackson, J). ..... Good return by Greg.
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 12:05. .....
1-10 FSU 45 Manuel,E FT pass incomplete to Greene,R.. ..... Power pistol set, bad snap leads to poor timing on play action and poor timing on throwback screen.
2-10 FSU 45 Manuel,E CU pass incomplete to Smith,R.. ..... Pistol, pass protection is good against blitz, EJ throws way too high for 6'6" Rodney Smith. Bad throw. Good effort by Rodney.
3-10 FSU 45 Manuel,E sacked for loss of 2 yards to the FSU43 (Wilber, K). ..... Pistol, EJ does a poor job of sensing pressure and needs to step up and shuffle in the pocket. Sacked on a 3-man rush. This is on EJ.
3 plays, minus 2 yards, 0:55 ..... Poor drive after a great defensive series, and you can argue that all three plays were FSU mistake and not Wake making a play.
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4-12 FSU 43 Powell,S. punt 35 yards to the WFU22, downed. ..... Poor punt by Powell.
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 11:10. .....
1-10 WFU 22 Price, T crossing pass complete to Campanaro, M for 18 yards to the WFU40, 1ST DOWN WFU, P9 out-of-bounds (Parks,T.). ..... FSU is in man coverage and Wake hits a receiver on a crosser covered by Christian Jones.
1-10 WFU 40 Harris, J rush up middle for 3 yards to the WFU43 (Werner,B.). ..... Couldn't see this short run.
2-7 WFU 43 Price, T pass incomplete to Givens, C, PENALTY FSU holding (Rhodes,X.) 10 yards to the X10 FSU47, 1ST DOWN WFU, NO PLAY. ..... 5-step drop, XR27 called for holding. This is a shit call. Rhodes had dominant press coverage and is called for holding. Another bad call.
1-10 FSU 47 Harris, J rush right for 3 yards to the FSU44 (Jenkins,B.;McDaniel,J.). ..... Inside zone play, major holding on the interior, not called. Good job by Telvin taking on the block.
2-7 FSU 44 Harris, J rush left for 42 yards to the FSU2, 1ST DOWN WFU (Reid,G.). R11 ..... This is the play with the ridiculous holding by Wake. I mean, the guard has Bradham in a bearhug from behind. Rhodes is badly held. However, if Jenkins didn't get washed inside, Parks wouldn't have to defend such an enormous gap. How the hell can FSU continue to get screwed on these calls?
1-G FSU 02 Price, T pass complete to Bohanon, T for 2 yards to the FSU0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 09:11. ..... Good play-action pass on the goal line, tough to start.
1-G FSU 03 Newman, J kick attempt good. .....
Wake Forest 25, Florida State 14 .....
5 plays, 78 yards, 2:04 ..... A horrible penalty and a horrible no-call gave Wake this drive. Wake didn't earn it and FSU did not give it up.
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Newman, J kickoff 60 yards to the FSU10, Joyner,L. return 23 yards to the FSU33 .....
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 09:06. .....
1-10 FSU 33 Manuel,E CU pass complete to Smith,R. for 12 yards to the FSU45, 1ST DOWN FSU (Jackson, P14 ..... Pistol trips to the boundary, standard FSU curl flat combo, ball comes out in rhythm and accurately. Protection against blitz was good.
1-10 FSU 45 Manuel,E pass incomplete to Shaw,K.. ..... 4 wide gun. Bobby Hart poor pass set, either Kenny Shaw ran the wrong route or EJ threw really inaccurately. Protection was fine despite Hart's poor pass set.
2-10 FSU 45 Manuel,E flag pass incomplete to Green,C., dropped pass, PENALTY WFU holding (Okoro, K) X15 10 yards to the WFU45, 1ST DOWN FSU, NO PLAY. ..... Piston trips to the field, EJ needs to check to a run here as Wake has only 5 in the box. Still, he throws a 20-yard strike to Christian Greene who drops the semi-tough over the shoulder catch attempt. Defensve holding on Wake. Protection was excellent. Wake in cover 2.
1-10 WFU 45 Manuel,E pass incomplete to Shaw,K. (Noel, M). ..... 4 WR pistol wake rushes 4, protection is ok, EJ misfires to Kenny Shaw on the slant. EJ should have held ball and rolled out as Shaw wasn't that open. Oh, and excellent break on the ball.
2-10 WFU 45 Freeman,D. rush right for 23 yards to the WFU22, 1ST DOWN FSU (Quarles, C;Olson, M). R16 ..... Pistol trips to the boundary, outside stretch play, Freeman great job getting upfield quickly. Poor block by Spurlock.
1-10 WFU 22 Manuel,E flag pass incomplete to Green,C. (Bush, J). ..... 4 wr trips to field. Wake blitzes, FSU good blitz pickup, and EJ throws late and short on the corner route. Good playcall, was open for the TD.
2-10 WFU 22 Manuel,E pass incomplete to Reed,B.. ..... Pistol 4 WR, 3 man rush, Protection is fine, Bert Reed open on corner route in end zone, EJ's throw is inaccurate and again, late. Bert should have hauled this in.
3-10 WFU 22 Manuel,E pass incomplete to Shaw,K. (Noel, M). ..... Pistol trips to the field, EJ fires to Kenny Shaw. Shaw is interfered with badly and almost makes the catch. Of course, no call.
4-10 WFU 22 Hopkins,D. field goal attempt from 40 GOOD, clock 07:23. ..... Very tough drive here. EJ miss two touchdown throws on corner routes. FSU canot get a call.
Wake Forest 25, Florida State 17 .....
8 plays, 45 yards, 1:43 ..... good kickoff
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Hopkins,D. kickoff 70 yards to the WFU0, touchback. .....
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 07:23. .....
1-10 WFU 20 Price, T deep out pass incomplete to Givens, C (Reid,G.). ..... FSU defense lines up late but gets it right, 2nd-team line, corner blitz from the boundary, Wake great blitz pickup, Price throws a ball that Reid should have picked, but offensive interference is not called. Shocker.
2-10 WFU 20 Pendergrass, B rush over left tackle for 11 yards to the WFU31 (Jones,C.), PENALTY WFU holding (Givens, C) 10 yards to the WFU21. ..... Wake holds Dawkins, Telvin is in the wrong damn gap. WTF is Telvin thinking? Wake finally gets called for a hold.
2-9 WFU 21 Pendergrass, B rush right for 9 yards to the WFU30, 1ST DOWN WFU (Rhodes,X.;Joyner,L.). R12 ..... 3-4 outside zone to the field, Vince Williams poor job of fighting through his block. Slow to react too. Christian Jones may be too wide here. Debatable.
1-10 WFU 30 Price, T deep out pass incomplete to Givens, C. ..... Great coerage by Xavier Rhodes. Terrance Parks needs to intercept this errant throw.
2-10 WFU 30 Price, T sideline pass complete to Campanaro, M for 24 yards to the FSU46, 1ST DOWN WFU, P13 ..... Great play by Wake. Relaly not the fault of the defense. Wheel route, Christian Jones excellent coverage, Wake's receiever blatantly pushes off and it is not called. Price with the perfect throw. Barely inbounds. Wow.
1-10 FSU 46 Dembry, D rush reverse for loss of 1 yard to the FSU47 (Jernigan,T.;Carradine,C.). ..... Reverse, well played by Hicks, Carradine, Bradham and Jernigan.
2-11 FSU 47 Pendergrass, B rush left for no gain to the FSU47, out-of-bounds (Parks,T.). ..... 3-4, Outside one well played by Hicks, Dawkins, Bradham and Parks.
3-11 FSU 47 Price, T deep out pass incomplete to Givens, C. ..... FSU brings the safety blitz, 7 men blitz, Reid in tight coverage, blitz doesn't get free, but forces difficult throw because Price saw that many coming.
8 plays, 33 yards, 2:55 ..... A series of very goof coverage by the defensive backs, a near turnover, and some uncalled stuff on Wake (notably the push-off). Wake is starting to realize it can commit fouls on every play, yet be called for very few. I'd do the same damn thing.
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4-11 FSU 47 Wulfeck, A punt 38 yards to the FSU9, Reid,G. return 19 yards to the FSU28, out-of-bounds ..... Nice punt return.
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 04:28. .....
1-10 FSU 28 PENALTY FSU false start (Sanders,Z.) 5 yards to the FSU23. ..... Poor timing on this play. Shaw may have gone in motion too early.
1-15 FSU 23 Manuel,E pass complete to Green,C. for 41 yards to the WFU36, 1ST DOWN FSU (Quarles, P17 ..... Wake blitzes, FSU has excellent protection. Manuel accurately finds Green on the deep cross. Christian Green really emerging.
1-10 WFU 36 Freeman,D. rush over left tackle for no gain to the WFU36 (Whitlock, N). ..... Pistol trips to the boundary. Hart and Fahrenkrug are not terrible on this stretch play, but Spurlock is badly beaten and should have cut his guy.
2-10 WFU 36 Manuel,E post pass intercepted by Noel, M at the WFU0, Noel, M return 14 yards to the WFU14, out-of-bounds, PENALTY FSU personal foul (Sanders,Z.) 15 yards to the WFU29, 1st and 10, WFU ball on WFU29. ..... Spurlock badly beaten in pass protection. Wake drops 8 in coverage and EJ tries to find Kenny Shaw deep. EJ has Shaw but the throw is late, high and Wide on the post. And Zebrie gets called for an unnecessary roughness.
3 plays, 36 yards, 1:14 .....
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 03:14. .....
1-10 WFU 29 Harris, J rush up middle for 1 yard to the WFU30 (Erving,C.). ..... Inside zone well played by McDaniel and Erving.
2-9 WFU 30 Harris, J rush right for 57 yards to the FSU13, 1ST DOWN WFU, out-of-bounds (Parks,T.). R14 ..... 3-4, this is a well blocked zone run by Wake, but it goes for 40+ and not just 5 because Telvin Smith gets out of his gap. Undisciplined.
1-10 FSU 13 Harris, J rush left for 5 yards to the FSU8 (Rhodes,X.). ..... Christian Jones plays his blocker with the wrong arm and allows the ball to be cut outside. His job here is to make it be cut back inside. Everyone else played this ok, except Telvin needs to have better recognition and get over the top faster.
2-5 FSU 08 Pendergrass, B rush up middle for 3 yards to the FSU5 (Erving,C.;McDaniel,J.). ..... Telvin takes a false step here and that allows the blocker to get a great angle on him.
3-2 FSU 05 Pendergrass, B rush over right tackle for 1 yard to the FSU4 (Jones,C.). ..... Couldn't see what happened because of Raycom's camera angle. And here is the famous play where the umpire moves the ball closer to the first down line.
4-1 FSU 04 Bohanon, T rush up middle for 1 yard to the FSU3, 1ST DOWN WFU (McCloud,A.;Dawkins,E.). R15 ..... Fullback barely gets this. Not a bad play by either team.
1-G FSU 03 Pendergrass, B rush over left tackle for 2 yards to the FSU1 (Smith,T.), PENALTY WFU holding (Weaver, D) 10 yards to the FSU13, NO PLAY. ..... Good block shedding here and it leads to a holding call on Wake.
1-G FSU 13 Price, T FT pass complete to Pendergrass, B for loss of 3 yards to the FSU16 (Reid,G.). ..... Wake runs another screen, Greg Reid great individual effort play to stop it for a loss.
END OF 3rd QUARTER: Wake Forest 25, Florida State 1 .....
2-G FSU 16 Start of 4th quarter, clock 15:00. .....
2-G FSU 16 Price, T crossing pass complete to Dembry, D for 8 yards to the FSU8, out-of-bounds ..... Little flare pass, well played.
3-G FSU 08 Price, T crossing pass complete to Davis, T for 8 yards to the FSU0, TOUCHDOWN, clock ..... FSU brings an all-out safety blitz, playing what looks to be man coverage. Good counter by Wake, Greg Reid doesn't play with leverage. Greg thought he had help to the inside.
9 plays, 71 yards, 3:30 .....
1-G FSU 03 Newman, J kick attempt good. .....
Wake Forest 32, Florida State 17 .....
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Newman, J kickoff 68 yards to the FSU2, Reid,G. return 27 yards to the FSU29 (Jackson, J). .....
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 14:44. .....
1-10 FSU 29 Manuel,E sideline pass complete to Greene,R. for 8 yards to the FSU37, out-of-bounds ..... Curl flat for 8 to Rashad.
2-2 FSU 37 Manuel,E sideline pass complete to Greene,R. for 8 yards to the FSU45, 1ST DOWN FSU, P18 out-of-bounds (Ehrmann, J). ..... Another curl flat to Rashad Greene for 6 and the first down.
1-10 FSU 45 Manuel,E pass incomplete to Greene,R.. ..... Wake blitzes, it is picked up, Manuel rushes and is inaccurate to shaw. Think he had someone open deep too.
2-10 FSU 45 Manuel,E CU pass complete to Smith,R. for 11 yards to the WFU44, 1ST DOWN FSU (Marshall, P19 ..... Manuel bangs the curl flat to Rodney Smith for 10. Wake giving FSU this and FSU is taking it. Good protection.
1-10 WFU 44 Manuel,E slant pass complete to Greene,R. for 4 yards to the WFU40. ..... Out and in to Greene for 5. Didn't like this decision.
2-6 WFU 40 Manuel,E middle pass complete to Greene,R. for 37 yards to the WFU3, 1ST DOWN FSU (Okoro, P20 K;Marshall, AJ). ..... Good pass pro and EJ bangs the deep bench route to Rashad. Good patience by EJ and good accuracy.
1-G WFU 03 Jones,T rush up middle for 3 yards to the WFU0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 12:37. ..... Ty Jones inside zone for the TD
1-G WFU 03 Hopkins,D. kick attempt good. ..... Good job of taking what Wake gave and playing with urgency. EJ was accurate on most balls. Up tempo worked here.
Wake Forest 32, Florida State 24 .....
7 plays, 71 yards, 2:12 .....
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Hopkins,D. kickoff 67 yards to the WFU3, Jackson, L return 29 yards to the WFU32, out-of-bounds (Parks,T.). ..... Poor kickoff by Hopkins. To the 4? WTF is that.
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WAKE FOREST drive start at 12:32. .....
1-10 WFU 32 Price, T pass complete to Givens, C for loss of 1 yard to the WFU31 (Bradham,N.). ..... Inside screen and Bradham closes very well. Wake OL late to get out on him.
2-11 WFU 31 Price, T sideline pass complete to Dembry, D for 11 yards to the WFU42, 1ST DOWN WFU, P16 out-of-bounds (Rhodes,X.). ..... 3-4, excellent pressure with 4-man rush, Carradine gets sucked inside though as Price scrambles and finds someone open.
1-10 WFU 42 Pendergrass, B rush left for 3 yards to the WFU45 (Jenkins,B.). ..... Inside zone, Jernigan excellent penetration, held and no call.
2-7 WFU 45 Pendergrass, B rush up middle for no gain to the WFU45 (Carradine,C.). ..... FSU runs a t/e twist and stops the inside trap play. Better job by Carradine.
3-7 WFU 45 Price, T pass complete to Bohanon, T for 15 yards to the FSU40, 1ST DOWN WFU P17 (Jernigan,T.). ..... This was just ridiculous. FSU has Price sacked with a great t/e stunt, but Price somehow escapes, stumbles, falls, puts his hand down, stays up, scrambles, jukes and finds the man for the first down. Very frustrating kind of day for FSU.
1-10 FSU 40 Pendergrass, B rush over left tackle for 2 yards to the FSU38 (Smith,T.;Jernigan,T.). ..... Nce job holding the point of attack by Jernigan and Erving. Can you believe these guys are freshmen?
2-8 FSU 38 Price, T sideline pass complete to Givens, C for 13 yards to the FSU25, 1ST DOWN WFU, P18 out-of-bounds. ..... Good pass pressure on the blitz and Price makes a great throw on the sideline. Not much the D could do about this. A good defensive design always has a hole, but it's up to the offense to exploit it. Here, Price did that.
1-10 FSU 25 Price, T sacked for loss of 10 yards to the FSU35 (Carradine,C.), PENALTY FSU face mask X19 (Carradine,C.) 13 yards to the FSU12, 1ST DOWN WFU, NO PLAY. ..... Carradine is too flat in his passrush. It's a good rush, but his angle means he has to reach too much for the QB to get the sack and grabs his facemask.
1-10 FSU 12 Price, T pass incomplete to Davis, T. ..... Jump ball, excellent coverage by Rhodes.
2-10 FSU 12 Pendergrass, B rush right for 4 yards to the FSU8 (Jones,C.;Carradine,C.). ..... Zone stretch to the boundary, Carradine makes the tackle but plays too high and is driven back.
3-6 FSU 08 Price, T sacked for loss of 6 yards to the FSU14 (Werner,B.). ..... Werner excellent pass rush around the outside and nice inside push by Erving to make sure he couldn't set up. Sack.
4-12 FSU 14 Newman, J field goal attempt from 32 GOOD, clock 06:27. .....
Wake Forest 35, Florida State 24 .....
11 plays, 54 yards, 6:11 ..... What a frustrating drive, and Wake caught Carradine getting sucked inside 3x.
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Newman, J kickoff 56 yards to the FSU14, Joyner,L. return 29 yards to the FSU43 (Newman, ..... Good kick return by Joyner. Still don't want him out there risking injury.
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FLORIDA STATE drive start at 06:21. .....
1-10 FSU 43 Manuel,E FT pass complete to Jones,T for no gain to the FSU43 (Noel, M). ..... Great open field tackle by Wake. Jones must make that kid miss.
2-10 FSU 43 Manuel,E FT pass incomplete to Jones,T, QB hurry by Wilber, K, PENALTY FSU holding (Hart,B.) 10 yards to the FSU33, NO PLAY. ..... Bobby Hart overcommits on his pass set and EJ is almost sacked. Holding is called on FSU.
2-20 FSU 33 Manuel,E crossing pass complete to Greene,R. for 15 yards to the FSU48 (Noel, M). ..... Poor pass protection, EJ steps up and finds RS.
3-5 FSU 48 Manuel,E pass complete to Greene,R. for 20 yards to the WFU32 (Okoro, K;Marshall, AJ), PENALTY FSU holding (Stork,B.) 10 yards to the FSU38, NO PLAY. ..... Good pass pro, EJ hits Greene on the deep in route. And A BULLSHIT HOLDING CALL BY THE SAME REF THAT SCREWED FSU ON THE MOVING THE SPOT. THERE WAS NO HOLDING. HE DISTINCTLY CALLED IT ON "#52", AND #52 DID NOT EVEN TOUCH ANYONE. HE WAITED TO CALL IT AFTER HE SAW IT WAS A COMPLETED CATCH. Is this guy trying to win the game for Wake? I honestly think so. Watch this play. He doesn't touch anyone.
3-15 FSU 38 Manuel,E pass intercepted by Bush, J at the WFU32, Bush, J return 14 yards to the WFU46 ..... FSU already got the first down, but the phantom holding call means the 'Noles need to do it again, Manuel can't find anyone and tries to force a throw. Tipped and picked.

 

The offense ran the ball better in this game, to be sure, but the direction of the offense looks to be going to the no huddle 4-wide stuff we saw in the second half. Jacob Fahrenkrug is getting better with each game, and I didn't have big problems with the line overall. Bobby Hart is learning on the job with Andrew Datko's shoulder surgery not working. Zebrie Sanders had a disappointing game. And David Spurlock should probably not play anymore.

These young receivers just keep coming on. It's very impressive. Rashad Greene has been great for a few games, but I am most impressed with the progression of red-shirt freshman Christian Green.

Devonta Freeman probably needs to be FSU's starting running back, and if James Wilder is going to stay at running back, he needs time there too. These senior backs don't do anything for me.

I'll let DKN talk about the defense:

I got through everything but our last possession and Wake's last two (technically all occurred in garbage time). I had to focus more than usual on the DL just to be sure I was logging the correct players and there were a couple plays that I'm not positive I got the right guys.

One of those long runs was a well designed and executed play. They loaded up trips to the right, ran left and had good numbers (the still shot that got everyone worked up in the thread yesterday). In real time the only one I thought was a legitimate hold was on Rhodes and he might've been able to make a play, otherwise. Parks was the only guy available to stop it for minimal gain and he overran it badly. Joyner was the only one left and he also overran it. On the other long run the DL had good flow and there weren't any big openings, but the RB made a good read, popped through a narrow opening, the LB's and Safeties overran again.

I may be getting carried away about the DL, but I was hard pressed to find any mistakes. I almost felt like this was their best game. Wake's got a big OL and our guys were consistently manhandling them. Some of those big 3rd down conversions were great plays by Price to escape pressure and make excellent throws. LOVE how Carradine is coming along. He had a terrific game, very physical and looks a lot quicker now coming off the ball. Find a better DE than Werner in CFB, if you can. He's ridiculous.

I don't want to harp on the ref jobbing, but there were a few terrible calls that really hurt. The 20 yard gainer (C. Green) on 3rd and 5 they called back for holding on Stork...I watched it 5 times and didn't see anything resembling holding. Threw a pick on 3rd and 20 the next play (it was an 8 point game with 5 minutes to play). The 6 inch advancement on the 3rd down measurement...they converted by one inch on 4th and scored 3 plays later. There was pretty blatant PI on Shaw where he almost came up with the juggling catch. I'm sure they missed some both ways, but we keep getting hit with some incredibly costly bad calls.

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