Scores

Final

Wake Forest 0

(2-2, 1-1 ACC)

Florida State 31

(3-1, 1-0 ACC)

Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
WAKE 0 0 0 00
FSU 0 10 7 1431

Top Performers

Passing: C. Ponder (FSU) - 243 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Thomas (FSU) - 10 CAR, 88 YDS

Receiving: T. Easterling (FSU) - 6 REC, 112 YDS

Christian Ponder shines while Seminoles defense bullies Demon Deacons

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Christian Ponder threw for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Willie Haulstead and Florida State's defense recorded its first shutout in more than two years as the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest 31-0 Saturday.

Florida State (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 10-0 at halftime in a game delayed 42 minutes by lightning.

The Seminoles, who led the nation with 13 sacks entering the game, added six more while holding an opponent to fewer than 200 yards offense for the second straight week.

Ponder, who was off to a slow start this season, completed 24 of 37 passes, exceeding 200 yards for the first time this season. He also ran for a touchdown.

Wake Forest (2-2, 1-1) came into the game averaging 43.7 points, but giving up 43 points a game.

Haulstead scored his first two career touchdowns on plays covering 10 and 4 yards.

Florida State's final touchdown came on a 23-yard pass from EJ Manuel to freshman Kenny Shaw with 1:04 left in the game.

Florida State rolled up 485 yards offense and limited Wake Forest to 185. Last week the Seminoles held BYU to 191 yards offense in a 34-10 win.

It was a particularly sweet victory for the Seminoles, who were embarrassed in Wake Forest's previous two visits to Tallahassee, outscoring the Seminoles 42-3.

The Demon Deacons routed Florida State 30-0 in 2006 on their way to an ACC title that year, giving iconic coach Bobby Bowden his first shutout loss at home in 30 years.

And in 2008, Wake Forest kept the Seminoles out of the end zone again in a 12-3 win -- the Demon Deacons' third straight in the series.

But this time it was all Florida State on a sweltering afternoon, the game closely following the script of Florida State's 34-10 win last week over BYU with the Seminoles taking command in the second half.

Ponder ran 6 yards on a keeper to score with 8:34 left in the third quarter. That put the Seminoles up 17-0, and Ponder's second TD throw to Haulstead made it a 24-0 game midway through the fourth quarter.

Haulstead's first touchdown reception 1:38 into the second quarter gave the Seminoles a 7-0 lead and Dustin Hopkins tacked on a 34-yard field goal with 5:28 left in the period to give Florida State its 10-0 halftime lead.

Florida State had threatened to score in the first quarter, but Ponder fumbled at the Wake Forest 4 when he was sacked by the Demon Deacons' Joey Ehrmann.

Florida State's last shutout was a 62-0 win over Western Carolina in 2008. The Seminoles' last ACC shutout was a 33-0 win over Virginia in 2006.

Florida State has now won two straight over Wake Forest after snapping a three-game losing streak last year with a 41-28 win behind Manuel, who had replaced an injured Ponder.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WAKE
FSU
1st Downs1228
Total Yards185485
Passing82284
Rushing103201
Penalties5-428-85
3rd Down Conversions3-148-14
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers22
Possession25:1734:43

Passing Leaders

Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stachitas5/5479.400
Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ponder24/372436.620

Rushing Leaders

Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams10353.5014
Givens3258.3018
Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas10888.8038
Jones9647.1016

Receiving Leaders

Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dembry11717.0017
Williams2147.0010
Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Easterling611218.7028
Haulstead5448.8217

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERWAKEFSU
TD13:22Willie Haulstead 10 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 07
FG05:28Dustin Hopkins 34 Yd 010
THIRD QUARTERWAKEFSU
TD08:34Christian Ponder 6 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 017
FOURTH QUARTERWAKEFSU
TD07:28Willie Haulstead 4 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 024
TD01:04Kenny Shaw 23 Yd Pass From E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 031