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Bonts: Seminoles Seemed to be in La-La Land Until Burns’ Sack

Photo by Mitch White/FSU Athletics

TALLAHASSEE-  Trailing 10-0 to underdog Wake Forest, Florida State didn’t look like a homecoming favorite.

A fourth down sack by defensive end Brian Burns seemed to ignite what had been a lethargic Florida State for the first fourteen and a half minutes of the opening quarter.

After that it was all FSU in a 38-17 win.

More concerning has to be the slow start, missed assignments, sloppy tackling and errant passes that had fans at Doak squirming in their seats.

Prior to the play, the Deacons had 183 yards on 38 plays, 12 first downs and punted just once. Not to mention the lead. They finished with 273 yards of offense.

The sack, Burn’s eighth of the season, sparked a six-play, 60-yard touchdown drive resulting in the first of two Cam Akers’ TDs and the beginning of the Seminoles’ comeback.

At 3-3 FSU knew coming into the game that they would have to beat Wake for any hope of a post-season appearance in Coach Willie Taggert’s first season.

“It all started with the sack,” Taggert said in his post game presser. “We’re not there yet. But I see improvement.

With five games remaining, four with ranked opponents including Clemson and Notre Dame, Saturday’s win could be described as a must. Add a road game at NC State and hosting surging Florida in the regular season finale.

The win was even more crucial.

The Seminoles didn’t seem to get that message until Burns’ sack.

FSU hosts Clemson Saturday at noon.

GAME NOTES: Florida State sacked Wake Forest five times…. Nyqwan Murray had one of the most productive games of his career with 8 receptions for 131 yards and a TD…..QB Deondre Francois completed 29 of 40 attempts for 353 yards and 2 TDs….Freshman Shaun Harrison’s 21-yard TD reception with 9:43 remaining was the first TD reception of his career.



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