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Turnovers hurt FSU, but performances still lead to victory

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The points didn’t seem to match the performances for FSU Saturday night.

Thanks to four turnovers, the Seminoles had to settle for a ho-hum 17-6 victory over Wake Forest.

Still, there was a lot to remember to the FSU victory, which improved the team’s record to 4-2. Quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 319 yards, wide receiver Travis Rudolph caught 13 passes for 258 yards, and running back Dalvin Cook ran for 115 yards in the victory. In all, FSU had 442 yards of total offense.

An even better sight for the Seminoles was the defense, which held an opponent without a touchdown for the first time all season. Josh Sweat had 6 ½ tackles for the Seminoles.

“Our defense was outstanding and created opportunities. Offensively we got yardage but didn’t finish drives,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said.

The Seminoles have a bye week next week, then face Clemson at home the following week.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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