Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Noles Can't Sleep at Wake; Bowden, FSU Wary of "Classic Trap Game" vs. Demon Deacons

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Noles Can't Sleep at Wake; Bowden, FSU Wary of "Classic Trap Game" vs. Demon Deacons

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Don't be surprised if No. 5 Florida State charges into Wake Forest's Groves Stadium today with the rally cry -- Remember Death Valley!

Last November's 26-10 loss at Clemson, on the heels of a 37-0 rout of Notre Dame, was the Seminoles' Alamo. FSU entered the game No. 3 in the BCS standings only to have its national championship hopes dashed with two games to play in the regular season.

FSU's coaching staff has pounded that point home this week as the 5-1 Seminoles prepared to take on a Wake Forest team that is better than its 3-3 record. Just 20 points, including a pair of overtime defeats, separate the Demon Deacons from a perfect record.

Coming off last week's 36-3 drubbing of Virginia, FSU coach Bobby Bowden is concerned his team could be ripe for a letdown in what he calls a "classic trap game."

Bowden's message seems to have gotten across, at least based on what his players are saying.

"The way that we have been practicing this week, I don't see it happening," tailback Leon Washington said. "Last year we went into Notre Dame and won 37-0 and then went to Clemson and lost. It's hard for teams to get up every week, but I have got faith in my teammates and we all have faith in each other.

"We are going to go out there and step up our game because Wake thinks they can beat us, so we are going to prove them wrong."

That's easier said than done against the Demon Deacons, who have historically given the Seminoles trouble. FSU trailed 14-0 at Wake Forest in 2002 before rallying to victory, and were behind 7-3 in the second quarter at home last season before responding with a win.

Jim Grobe's fourth Wake Forest team, however, might be his best. It certainly has been competitive, losing in double-overtime at Clemson courtesy of a bad call and in overtime against N.C. State.

The Demon Deacons had a week to recover from its heartbreaking 17-10 home loss to Virginia Tech, which ended with a third consecutive incompletion from the Hokies' 5-yard line. …

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