Florida State defense grabs six picks in 59-3 defeat of Wake Forest

Streeter Lecka

Florida State clinched the 2013 ACC Atlantic Division title and a place in the 2013 ACC title game Saturday with a dominating win over Wake Forest.

It was one of the strangest ballgames ever, and was over in about 17 minutes of game clock.

Wake Forest, with its stingy defense and abysmal offense, was content from the opening gun to play super conservative on defense and make Florida State's drives take forever.

On the opening drive, FSU did just that, marching 75 yards on 13 plays for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The focus and energy seemed good, given the atmosphere.

Then, FSU intercepted Wake Forest and FSU took over at Wake Forest's 1. Touchdown Seminoles.

Then, another turnover interception, and FSU scored on a two-play, 15-yard drive.

Then, Florida State intercepted Wake Forest again, and it was returned by freshman safety Nate Andrews, for a touchdown. Andrews was filling in for the injured Terrence Brooks.

Then, Wake Forest fumbled and Jalen Ramsey picked it up and made a great dive for a score.

At this point, the game was unquestionably over. It was 35-0. The Warchant was audible on the TV broadcast. The atmosphere was that of a scrimmage.

Wake's defense never had much of a shot to display its stingy nature. Its terrible offense buried it early, and FSU was all too eager to take advantage.

Of course, playing so infrequently can take its toll on an offense's focus and execution, and FSU's starting offense was sloppy in several phases in the second quarter with a five touchdown lead.

Receiver Kelvin Benjamin did leave the game with a concussion, but FSU will be favored by at least two touchdowns in its next three games before the ACC title game. Center Bryan Stork did not play due to an ankle injury, but was reportedly available in an "emergency." Jameis Winston took a shot to the lower leg that Jimbo Fisher said was a "cheap shot," according to ESPN reporter Jeanine Edwards.

Interesting stats:

-Jameis Winston finished 17-28 for 159 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He remains the heavy Heisman favorite.

-Through three quarters, FSU had intercepted more passes (six) than Wake had completed (four).

-In the first half, the Seminoles had 91 interception return yards, while Wake Forest had just 82 total yards.

-FSU pulled its starters after just a few plays in the second half. At that point, Wake's quarterbacks were 2-10, 13 yards, 6 interceptions.

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