Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Like Old FSU with New QB

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Like Old FSU with New QB

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Byline: Gene Frenette

TALLAHASSEE -- Since Florida State usually has its way with Wake Forest, the temptation is to dismiss the fourth-ranked Seminoles' 41-24 victory Saturday into the so-what category.

Why make a big deal about rolling up 586 yards on the ACC's worst defense? It's simply a case of bigger, faster athletes feasting on inferior talent, right?

No, this was a little different. This quasi-blowout had a more uplifting feel about it -- like running into an old friend

you hadn't seen in years.

What transpired in front of 82,589 at Doak Campbell Stadium was the most significant step this season taken by quarterback Drew Weatherford in trying to move FSU's offense back in time.

Back toward that gun-slinging, big-play, scoreboard-lighting machine that terrorized the nation in the 1990s. Back when the Seminoles were college football's last dynasty.

Considering how pedestrian FSU's offense has been in recent years, and how painfully conservative it had to be during that season-opening victory over Miami, the manner in which it woke up against Wake might represent some kind of epiphany.

Don't be misled by the final score. This game became far too problematic for the Seminoles during the second half because the Demon Deacons, under the superb coaching of the underrated Jim Grobe, never let up.

They attack, attack, attack on both sides of the ball, taking chances opponents will let their guard down. Maybe catch defenders out of position on gadget plays. Or force an opposing quarterback into costly turnovers with constant blitzing.

"I was concerned," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "I thought it was slipping away from us."

Weatherford and his stable of weapons -- Leon Washington, Lorenzo Booker and 6-foot-6 receiver Greg Carr -- didn't let it happen. …

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