Saturday, November 11, 2006
Wake Forest hands FSU first home shutout under Bowden
TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- For the first time in 31
seasons as Florida State's coach, Bobby Bowden was shut out at
The reeling Seminoles mustered just 139 total yards as they were
blanked by No. 18 Wake Forest, 30-0, in an Atlantic Coast
The all-time Division I-A leader with 364 wins, Bowden
experienced just his third total shutout in 375 games with the
Seminoles (5-5, 3-5 ACC Atlantic), who had won all 14 meetings
with the Demon Deacons since joining the conference in 1992.
"We were just inept tonight," Bowden said. "I can remember one
other game as bad as that back in 1981. I may have had another
one back in 1955."
Florida State had not been shut out at home since Kansas
accomplished the feat in 1973 - three years before Bowden took
over the program. It was Wake Forest's first shutout since
blanking North Carolina four years ago and first road shutout
since beating Boston University in 1985.
Seminoles starter Xavier Lee completed just 5-of-13 passes for
61 yards with two interceptions. Drew Weatherford fared no
better, going 4-of-15 for 52 yards with two picks.
"I'm kind of lost for words right now when it comes to this
season and all of the expectations that we had and all the
potential we had," Weatherford said. "I really never imagined
us being this way and at this point, it's really hard to fathom
that we are 5-5 and fighting for bowl-eligibility."
Riley Skinner went 13-of-19 for 138 yards and a touchdown for
Wake Forest (9-1, 5-1 Atlantic), which is tied with No. 23
Maryland atop the division. The teams meet in two weeks in
The Demon Deacons, who set a school record for wins, had been
just 2-21-1 all-time against Florida State, winning here only in
1959 and at home in 1973.
But they dominated Saturday, taking a 20-0 lead into the break
before capping the scoring in the third quarter on a 51-yard
field goal by Sam Swank and a 48-yard interception return by
Kevin Patterson after an errant throw by Weatherford.
Wake scored 10 of its 17 points in the second quarter following
interceptions of Lee. Swank converted the first into a 25-yard
field goal before Skinner made it 13-0 with an 18-yard pass to
Rich Belton gave the Demon Deacons a 20-point halftime cushion
with a career-long 33-yard TD run.