Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Noles Top Deacons

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Noles Top Deacons

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TALLAHASSEE -- Wake Forest and Florida State spent the first 30 minutes of last night's game disproving the notion that pay-per-view television is the wave of the future.

With just three Sebastian Janikowski field goals to their credit, the top-ranked Seminoles stammered past a sedate homecoming crowd of 78,105 and into the locker room with a 9-3 lead. The only people more angry than the Florida State coaching staff were the fans who plunked down $24.95 for the right to watch the game in the comfort of their own home.

Judging by the Seminoles' reaction, home might have been a more attractive option than the FSU locker room.

"The coaches really got onto us at halftime and we responded in the second half," said sophomore receiver Atrews Bell, who helped the 'Noles salt away a 33-10 victory with a pair of second-half touchdown receptions.

Asked what the coaches said, Bell offered a firm "no comment."

Win No. 299 was neither attractive nor memorable for FSU coach Bobby Bowden, but he will take it just the same.

"This is one you're just happy to win," Bowden said. "If we have the same execution next week [at Clemson], we probably wouldn't win.

"I'm not too alarmed. There are times that you are going to have letdowns; you just want to win when you have those letdowns."

The Seminoles moved to 7-0 -- 5-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play -- behind a defense that throttled the Demon Deacons (3-3, 1-3). Wake Forest came into the game averaging 201 rushing yards per game and ambled out of Doak Campbell Stadium with 42 rushing yards on 41 carries. Wake's 178 total yards was the lowest output by an opponent since the Seminoles held Clemson to 129 yards 14 games ago.

"All but the last play of the game I think we had a pretty dominant showing on defense," FSU defensive end Roland Seymour said. …

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