Scores

Final

(23) Florida State 30

(2-3, 0-2 ACC)

Wake Forest 35

(4-1, 3-0 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:30 PM ET, October 8, 2011

BB&T FIELD, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

1 2 3 4 T
#23FSU 7 7 3 1330
WAKE 3 13 9 1035

Top Performers

Passing: T. Price (WAKE) - 233 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Harris (WAKE) - 13 CAR, 136 YDS

Receiving: R. Greene (FSU) - 12 REC, 163 YDS, 1 TD

Wake Forest stuns No. 23 Florida State to improve to 4-1

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Josh Harris kept breaking off long runs, and Tanner Price followed with touchdown passes. They gave Wake Forest its best start to ACC play -- and yet another victory over Florida State.

Price threw three scoring passes, Harris rushed for 136 yards and Wake Forest upset the 23rd-ranked Seminoles 35-30 on Saturday.

Price was 21 of 35 for 233 yards with touchdowns covering 22 yards to Chris Givens, 2 yards to Tommy Bohanon and 8 yards to Terence Davis.

That helped the Demon Deacons (4-1, 3-0) win their fourth straight and open league play with three wins for the first time in school history, even if those ACC victories came by a total 20 points.

"We're a football team that's good enough to beat you, but we're not good enough to get away from you," coach Jim Grobe said.

A 10-point underdog, Wake Forest trailed for only about five minutes of the first half, led the entire second half and rolled up 391 yards against what was thought to be one of the ACC's toughest defenses. Florida State (2-3, 0-2) entered giving up just 257 total yards per game.

Somehow, the Demon Deacons -- and a roster that includes 30 Florida natives -- seem to have the Seminoles figured out.

Wake Forest has won four of six in the series, and each of its previous three teams to beat Florida State went on to play in bowl games. The Demon Deacons' last three victories over Top 25 teams also have come at the Seminoles' expense.

"We can't sit all year and be like, 'We beat Florida State. Our season's over now,'" Harris said. "We have another tough game next week (Virginia Tech)."

EJ Manuel, playing for the first time in three weeks, replaced Clint Trickett late in the first half and finished 19 of 35 for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

His 2-yard scoring pass to Kenny Shaw made it a five-point game with 54 seconds left, but he overthrew Nick O'Leary in the corner of the end zone on the 2-point conversion.

Givens then recovered the onside kick for Wake Forest to seal it.

Manuel also threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene for the turnover-prone Seminoles. The preseason ACC favorites have lost three straight for the first time since 2009.

James Wilder Jr. and Ty Jones had 3-yard touchdown runs. But Florida State turned it over five times -- four interceptions and a fumble -- and Wake Forest turned those giveaways into 17 points.

"When one side (of the ball) is playing well and the other side needs stops, we're not getting them," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "When the (defense) is getting stops and the other side needs to convert, we're not doing it. ... We're not playing as a unit, as a team, as an organization, together, and we've got to figure out why it's not."

Davis caught two touchdown passes for the Demon Deacons. His first, a 30-yarder from receiver Michael Camapanaro on a trick play, gave Wake Forest the lead for good at 9-7 nearly 3 minutes into the second quarter.

His second score, a quick slant in the end zone from Price, pushed the lead to 32-17 just 10 seconds into the fourth.

And after Jones' short scoring run pulled the Seminoles within eight points with 12:37 left, the Demon Deacons countered with an 11-play drive that chewed up six minutes. Jimmy Newman's 32-yard field goal made it 35-24 with 6:27 remaining.

Givens finished with six receptions for 101 yards while Harris -- the first 100-yard rusher allowed by Florida State this season -- lit up the ACC's toughest run defense with runs of 42 and 57 yards to set up touchdown passes by Price.

"The two big runs, nothing was better than that today," Grobe said.

Greene had 12 catches for 163 yards with a touchdown for the Seminoles, who couldn't overcome their first five-turnover game since 2009.

Trickett, a redshirt freshman making his second straight start, was pulled after his third turnover -- two interceptions and a fumble -- in favor of Manuel, who missed Florida State's last game with an injured left shoulder.

"They told me (Manuel) could play, but one good shot could set us back six weeks," Fisher said. "He could go in an emergency if we had to have him. ... The way the game was going, and we had some turnovers ... it was an emergency."

Wake Forest had minus-1 yard rushing yet led 16-14 at halftime, largely because the Demon Deacons turned Trickett's three turnovers into 10 points.

Five plays after Trickett's second interception, Price found Givens in the end zone to put Wake Forest up 16-7 with 1:57 left.

That's when Fisher brought in Manuel, and the dual-threat junior had his most productive drive of the day, an 88-yard march in 54 seconds. His scoring pass to Greene pulled Florida State to within two at the break.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FSU
WAKE
1st Downs2519
Total Yards425391
Passing315263
Rushing110128
Penalties13-10910-87
3rd Down Conversions4-104-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers50
Possession27:3732:23

Passing Leaders

Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Manuel19/352868.222
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Price21/352336.730

Rushing Leaders

Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Freeman5377.4023
Jones6305.0112
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris1313610.5057
Pendergrass13443.4011

Receiving Leaders

Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Greene1216313.6146
Green410225.5041
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Givens610116.8140
Campanaro46015.0024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFSUWAKE
FG07:37Jimmy Newman 27 Yd 03
TD03:00James Wilder Jr. 3 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERFSUWAKE
TD12:38Terence Davis 30 Yd Pass From Michael Campanaro (Pat Blocked) 79
TD01:57Chris Givens 22 Yd Pass From Tanner Price (Jimmy Newman Kick) 716
TD00:54Rashad Greene 46 Yd Pass From EJ Manuel (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 1416
THIRD QUARTERFSUWAKE
SF14:14Jermaine Thomas Tackled By Joey Ehrmann In End Zone 1418
TD09:11Tommy Bohanon 2 Yd Pass From Tanner Price (Jimmy Newman Kick) 1425
FG07:23Dustin Hopkins 40 Yd 1725
FOURTH QUARTERFSUWAKE
TD14:50Terence Davis 8 Yd Pass From Tanner Price (Jimmy Newman Kick) 1732
TD12:37Ty Jones 3 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 2432
FG06:27Jimmy Newman 32 Yd 2435
TD00:54Kenny Shaw 2 Yd Pass From EJ Manuel (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3035