It wasn’t pretty, but Florida State (1-2) finally registered its first win of the 2017 campaign.
After losses to Alabama and North Carolina State — setbacks separated by three weeks because of the effects due to Hurricane Irma — the Seminoles escaped Winston Salem, N.C., on Saturday when true freshman quarterback James Blackman threw a late 40-yard touchdown pass to Auden Tate to help the Seminoles claim a 26-19 win over Wake Forest.
FSU entered the road contest off to its worst start in 28 years. However, when the program started 0-2 in 1989, 10 straight wins to end the season followed. Coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff are hoping to replicate that script.
Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick came into the game needing to be a much bigger part of this offense, and they capitalized on their opportunity against Wake, as the pair combined for 178 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Fisher and the Seminoles now prepare to face a Miami team that has lost seven straight to its in-state rivals.
In this week’s episode of Sound Off, presented by Zaxby’s, ACC DieHards writers Dave Miller and Joe McCaffrey discuss where FSU stands after its first victory of the 2017 college football season.
Florida State seeks to continue its turnaround
Here are some time stamps to guide you:
- FSU finally looked committed to the ground game against Wake Forest. How important was that aspect in getting the Seminoles the win on Saturday? (1:40)
- A major issue remains the offensive line. It struggled collectively once again versus the Demon Deacons. What can be done to fix this mess? (2:56)
- FSU’s special teams play was very good against Wake. Can the ‘Noles keep this up and use it to their advantage moving forward — having that edge in the third phase of the game? (6:09)
- In-state rival Miami is FSU’s next opponent. The Hurricanes have looked really good thus far this season, and they’re coming off of a road win over Duke. How tough will this game be for the ‘Noles? (8:41)