TALLAHASSEE -- After defeating Wake Forest 55-0 on Saturday, No. 5 Florida State has now shut out the Demon Deacons during their past two trips to Tallahassee.
In 2010, the Seminoles won 31-0 when Wake Forest came to Doak Campbell Stadium.
FSU has shut out Wake six times in the series.
No Luck for Wake
Wake Forest has not scored an offensive touchdown in Tallahassee since 2006. That hasn’t kept it from winning, however, as in 2008 Wake beat FSU 12-3.
So far this season, Florida State has won its games by a combined score of 176-3 and has scored at least 50 points in each contest.
It’s the first time Florida State has scored more than 50 points in three consecutive games in school history, and the Seminoles are just the second team to do it in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia accomplished the feat in 1990 and 1992.
Senior tailback Chris Thompson, who was injured against Wake Forest last season and missed the last nine games of 2011, scored touchdowns on two consecutive 70-plus yard runs in the second quarter. The first run went for 74 yards, and on the Seminoles’ next possession, Thompson went for 80 yards.
On Thompson’s second touchdown run, it was hard not to notice the key block thrown along the sideline by junior receiver Kenny Shaw.
“He really did a great job,” Thompson said. “I was running down [the sideline] and in the back of my mind I’m just [thinking], ‘Kenny, just stay in his way, just stay in his way.’ And Kenny saw the guy’s eyes get big so he knew that I was right behind him, he did what he needed to do [to spring me].”
Hopkins moves up
With his field goal on Saturday, senior kicker Dustin Hopkins tied current Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski for second all-time at Florida State with 66 field goals.
Hopkins is likely to pass Derek Schmidt’s record of 73 by the end of the season.
Wake Forest’s Michael Campanaro came into the game leading the ACC with 130 receiving yards per game and the nation with 22 receptions. He was held to 8 yards on two catches.
Tank Carradine, playing for injured senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins, had a career high 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss against the Demon Deacons.
Carradine had 5.5 sacks last year as a reserve and already has four this season.
Get Off the Field
Florida State’s defense has been unforgiving on third down this season. Through three games, FSU’s opponents are 5 for 44 (11 percent). Wake Forest was 1 for 16 on third down.