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Florida State beats Wake Forest 26-19 on late TD for 1st win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Florida State's young quarterback had struggled much of the day. And the winless Seminoles - dinged up with injuries and struggling to keep Wake Forest's defensive front out of the backfield - were on the edge of adding to a month's worth of misery.

Instead, they finally figured a way out.

James Blackman connected with Auden Tate on a 40-yard touchdown throw with 53 seconds left, helping Florida State rally past Wake Forest 26-19 on Saturday for its first win.

It wasn't a performance in line with the preseason expectations that had FSU starting the year as the nation's No. 3-ranked team and the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher didn't care, either, calling it ''just the next step'' for a team that desperately needed to take one.

''Winning football,'' Fisher said, ''isn't always pretty.''

Blackman - the freshman pressed into a starting role due to injury earlier this year - had thrown for just 81 yards entering that final drive for the Seminoles (1-2, 1-1 ACC). But after the FSU defense forced a three-and-out, Blackman was perfect with the downfield shot to Tate - who caught the ball despite a pass-interference penalty by defender Amari Henderson as well as a shoulder injury that had Tate in and out of the lineup.

FSU was 0-2 for the first time since 1989.

''Just got to find a way, man, no matter what it is,'' said Jacques Patrick, who ran for 120 yards and a score for FSU.

''We came out here, we did what we had to do to get the W. That's the first step: finding out how to win. We found a way today. And next week we'll try to find another way to win.''

Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1) had a final chance to tie, but John Wolford's desperation heave to the end zone for Scotty Washington fell incomplete to end it.

''Three years ago, or even two years ago, this would have been a moral victory,'' Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. ''Those in our program no longer exist. There is nobody that left there and said, `Hey man, we played with Florida State.' That locker room is crushed and devastated that we did not find a way to win that football game.''

THE TAKEAWAY

FSU: The Seminoles closed a tough first month, from the crushing opener against top-ranked Alabama that included a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Deondre Francois to an altered schedule following Hurricane Irma that had limited them to just two games. Things didn't look promising when the Seminoles had a flag negate a game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown, but they're headed into October with a chance to regain their footing.

''Now after that bad 0-2 start, it kind of gives us a clean slate to build on,'' said Tate, who had his left arm in a sling afterward.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons were trying to reach 5-0 for the first time since its unexpected ACC championship run in 2006. Their defensive front gave FSU fits, but the Demon Deacons struggled to run the ball and just made too many mistakes - most notably losing two turnovers after committing just one through the first four games and giving up a big kickoff return to set up FSU's first touchdown.

BLACKMAN'S DAY

Blackman had another big fourth-quarter throw, a 43-yarder down the left sideline to Keith Gavin on a third-and-20. That ultimately set up Ricky Aguayo's 35-yard kick to tie it at 19 with 6:20 left.

He threw for 7 yards on 5-for-7 passing in the entire first half, but finished the game at 121 yards on 11-for-21 passing.

''We picked our moments to try to get him to be aggressive,'' Fisher said, ''and he made the plays when he had to make the plays.''

STAT EDGE

Wake Forest outgained Florida State by nearly 100 yards (367-270), finished with five sacks and had 17 tackles for loss.

''I felt like we outplayed them,'' said Wolford, who threw for 271 yards.

UP NEXT

FSU: The Seminoles host No. 14 Miami on Oct. 7 in a game rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons visit second-ranked and reigning national champion Clemson on Oct. 7.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:53
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
26
19
Touchdown 0:53
1-J.Blackman complete to 18-A.Tate. 18-A.Tate runs 40 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on WF 4-A.Henderson Pass interference declined.
1
plays
40
yds
00:08
pos
25
19
Field Goal 6:24
23-R.Aguayo 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
47
yds
03:54
pos
19
19
Point After TD 13:57
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
16
19
Touchdown 13:57
22-M.Colburn runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
59
yds
00:53
pos
16
18
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:22
23-R.Aguayo 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
17
plays
68
yds
08:18
pos
16
12
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:58
23-R.Aguayo 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
20
yds
02:11
pos
13
12
Point After TD 5:41
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
12
Touchdown 5:41
9-J.Patrick runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
5
plays
14
yds
01:06
pos
9
12
Missed Point After Touchdown 6:59
7-M.Weaver extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
3
12
Touchdown 6:59
10-J.Wolford runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
81
yds
02:16
pos
3
12
Field Goal 13:22
7-M.Weaver 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
7
yds
01:30
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:52
7-M.Weaver 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
30
yds
01:54
pos
3
3
Field Goal 7:12
23-R.Aguayo 51 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
65
yds
02:29
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 15 17
Rushing 8 4
Passing 4 13
Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Conv 4-15 4-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 238 341
Total Plays 64 69
Avg Gain 3.7 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 149 96
Rush Attempts 43 34
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 2.8
Net Yards Passing 89 245
Comp. - Att. 11-21 24-35
Yards Per Pass 4.2 7.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-32 2-26
Penalties - Yards 9-70 7-59
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 6-39.3 7-39.0
Return Yards 140 102
Punts - Returns 2-7 4-48
Kickoffs - Returns 3-133 3-54
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 6/6 3/4
Extra Points 2/2 1/2
Field Goals 4/4 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Florida State 1-2 31031026
Wake Forest 4-1 390719
89 PASS YDS 245
149 RUSH YDS 96
238 TOTAL YDS 341
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Blackman 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.4% 121 1 0 116.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.9% 399 2 0 123.9
J. Blackman 11/21 121 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Patrick 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 120 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 175 1
J. Patrick 19 120 1 69
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 58 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 144 0
C. Akers 14 58 0 27
A. Rasul 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
A. Rasul 4 6 0 9
J. Blackman 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 -29 0
J. Blackman 5 -39 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Tate 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 47 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 226 3
A. Tate 2 47 1 40
K. Gavin 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 110 0
K. Gavin 1 43 0 43
J. Patrick 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 38 0
J. Patrick 3 26 0 15
N. Murray 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 60 0
N. Murray 2 2 0 4
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 19 0
C. Akers 2 2 0 3
G. Campbell 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 107 0
G. Campbell 1 1 0 1
M. Saunders 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Saunders 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Thomas 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 2.0
M. Thomas 8-1 2.0 0
D. Nnadi 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
D. Nnadi 7-0 0.0 0
K. Meyers 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
K. Meyers 5-0 0.0 1
T. McFadden 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
T. McFadden 5-0 0.0 0
D. James 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. James 4-0 0.0 0
A. Westbrook 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
A. Westbrook 4-1 0.0 0
D. Christmas 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.0
D. Christmas 3-2 0.0 0
J. Wilkerson 30 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Wilkerson 3-1 0.0 0
L. Taylor 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
L. Taylor 3-0 0.0 0
D. Jackson 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0
S. Samuels III 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Samuels III 2-0 0.0 0
E. Lane 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
E. Lane 2-1 0.0 0
B. Burns 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. Burns 2-1 0.0 0
C. Brewton 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Brewton 1-0 0.0 0
J. Brown 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Brown 1-1 0.0 0
A. Williams 12 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
T. Marshall 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Marshall 1-1 0.0 0
N. Andrews 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Andrews 1-0 0.0 0
J. Kaindoh 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Kaindoh 1-0 0.0 0
J. Sweat 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Sweat 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Aguayo 23 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
8/10 4/4
R. Aguayo 4/4 51 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Tyler 21 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 39.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 38.4 2
L. Tyler 6 39.3 2 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Campbell 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 16 0
G. Campbell 1 16.0 16 0
D. James 3 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 36.0 36 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 42.5 36 0
D. James 1 36.0 36 0
K. Gavin 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 81.0 81 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 32.0 81 0
K. Gavin 1 81.0 81 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. McFadden 4 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 6.4 4 0
T. McFadden 2 3.5 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Wolford 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.6% 271 0 1 131.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 947 8 1 152.1
J. Wolford 24/34 271 0 1
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
G. Dortch 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Wolford 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 63 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 332 4
J. Wolford 19 63 1 33
A. Byrd 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 246 1
A. Byrd 6 13 0 9
M. Colburn 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 13 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 160 2
M. Colburn 5 13 1 7
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 15 0
G. Dortch 4 7 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 110 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 352 5
G. Dortch 10 110 0 19
S. Washington 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 57 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 175 0
S. Washington 2 57 0 33
C. Serigne 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 56 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 164 4
C. Serigne 3 56 0 27
M. Colburn 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 49 0
M. Colburn 4 28 0 21
C. Wade 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 65 0
C. Wade 3 11 0 13
C. Lewis 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 60 0
C. Lewis 1 7 0 7
T. Hines 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 178 0
T. Hines 1 2 0 2
J. Wolford 10 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Wolford 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Bates III 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 1 0.0
J. Bates III 10-3 0.0 0
G. Dawson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 1.0
G. Dawson 7-3 1.0 0
D. Ejiofor 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 1.0
D. Ejiofor 7-1 1.0 0
W. Dunn 14 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
W. Dunn 6-1 1.0 0
A. Henderson 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
A. Henderson 6-1 0.0 0
C. Glenn 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
C. Glenn 4-0 0.0 0
W. Yarbary 48 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
W. Yarbary 4-0 2.0 0
D. Kemp 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Kemp 2-0 0.0 0
E. Bassey 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
E. Bassey 1-1 0.0 0
C. Calhoun 51 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Calhoun 1-0 0.0 0
Ja. Williams 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
Ja. Williams 1-1 0.0 0
Z. Rodney 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
Z. Rodney 1-3 0.0 0
J. Taylor 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Taylor 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Weaver 7 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/2
SEASON FG XP
10/10 18/20
M. Weaver 2/2 39 1/2 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Maggio 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 39.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
31 42.9 1
D. Maggio 7 39.0 1 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 19.9 18 0
G. Dortch 2 15.5 18 0
C. Wade 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
C. Wade 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 12.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 10.2 29 0
G. Dortch 4 12.0 29 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 FSU 26 1:51 3 8 Punt
9:41 FSU 1 2:29 4 65 FG
5:35 FSU 29 0:40 2 -3 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:48 FSU 25 2:06 5 -2 Punt
13:17 FSU 25 3:49 6 8 Punt
6:47 WAKE 16 1:06 5 16 TD
5:09 WAKE 30 2:11 4 20 FG
0:09 FSU 20 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:40 FSU 20 8:18 17 60 FG
2:14 FSU 29 0:47 3 -9 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:52 FSU 37 1:01 3 -7 Punt
10:18 FSU 35 3:54 8 47 FG
4:58 FSU 28 3:30 7 33 Punt
1:01 WAKE 40 0:08 1 40 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:43 WAKE 31 2:48 7 24 Punt
7:06 WAKE 25 1:22 3 8 Punt
4:46 FSU 26 1:54 5 20 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 FSU 28 1:30 3 7 FG
9:15 WAKE 19 2:16 8 81 TD
5:41 WAKE 25 0:27 2 45 INT
2:55 WAKE 25 2:36 8 35 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WAKE 25 2:12 5 35 Punt
4:13 WAKE 22 1:50 7 68 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:16 WAKE 41 0:53 7 59 TD
12:37 WAKE 48 2:11 4 12 Fumble
6:14 WAKE 25 1:08 3 6 Punt
1:23 WAKE 10 0:14 3 -1 Punt
0:47 WAKE 16 0:41 8 46 Game