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September 11, 2012

WFU-FSU Capsule

Game Day
Line: Florida State favored by 27 1/2
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Tallahassee, Fla. - Doak S. Campbell Stadium (82,300)
TV: ESPN/ESPN3D (Watch Online)
Announcers: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (color analyst) & Jenn Brown (sideline)
Radio: Wake Forest Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 93, XM 190)
Announcers: Stan Cotten (play-by-play), Dave Goren (color analyst) & Michael Hoag (sideline)
Weather: Tallahassee Forecast

Florida State At A Glance
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Nickname: Seminoles
Colors: Garnet & Gold
Conference: ACC
Stadium: Doak S. Campbell Stadium (82,300)
Surface: Natural Grass
2011 Record: 9-4 (5-3)
2012 Record: 2-0 (0-0)
More on the Seminoles: Schedule - Statistics - Roster - Message Boards - Media Guide

Last Game
Florida State: The Seminoles picked up a 55-0 win over an outmatched Savannah State squad.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons picked up a 28-27 come-from-behind win over North Carolina in last Saturday's game at BB&T Field. Tanner Price pushed the ball across the goal line with 2:09 to go to put Wake ahead. Michael Campanaro set career-highs in the game with 13 receptions for 164 yards.

FSU-WFU Series
Florida State has dominated the series with Wake Forest, leading 23-6-1 but the Demon Deacons have won four of the last six meetings. The last two victories over ranked teams for Wake Forest have come against Florida State. The Deacs knocked off the No. 22-ranked Seminoles last season 35-30 and the No. 24-ranked Seminoles 12-3 in 2008.

Top 25 Rankings
Florida State: AP: 5 USA Today: 6
Wake Forest: AP: NR USA Today: NR

Coaches
Florida State: Jimbo Fisher (21-8 at FSU; 21-8 Overall)
Wake Forest: Jim Grobe (70-67 at WFU; 103-100-1 Overall)

Wake Forest-Florida State Notes
WFU: Tanner Price was 28-of-37 for a career-high 327 yards in the win over North Carolina. He also ran seven times for a total of five yards and a career-high two touchdowns.

WFU: One week after hauling in a then career-high 10 passes against Liberty, Michael Campanaro had a career-high 13 passes for a career-high 164 yards against the Tar Heels. That was the most receptions by any Demon Deacon against UNC and it was tied for the second-most catches by any player against the Tar Heels.

WFU: Wake Forest junior WR Michael Campanaro is tied for fi rst nationally in pass receptions per game. Campanaro is averaging 11 catches per contest and is tied for the national lead with Brett Leonard of Louisiana-Monroe. Campanaro also ranks 6th nationally in receiving yards per game (130).

FSU: Quarterback EJ Manuel is making his fourth appearance against the Demon Deacons - the only team he has faced in all of four seasons at FSU. Manuel led the Seminoles to a 41-28 win in his first career start in Winston-Salem in 2009. In three career games against Wake Forest, Manuel has combined to go 36-of-57 for 547 yards, four touchdown passes (at least one each in meeting) and three interceptions.

FSU: After season-opening wins over Murray State and Savannah State, 6th-ranked Florida State ranks 2nd nationally in six team categories including Scoring Offense (62.0 ppg), Scoring Defense (1.5 ppg), Rushing Defense (29.0 yds/g), Pass Defense (63.0 yds/gm), Total Defense (92.0 yds/g) and Pass Efficiency Defense (55.80).

FSU: Florida State DE Bjoern Werner ranks 2nd nationally this week in sacks per game. The Seminole junior is averaging 2.50 sacks per contest. He also ranks 4th nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 3.25 per contest.

FSU: Florida State PK Dustin Hopkins has 348 career points, putting him in 3rd place on the ACC career scoring list. Hopkins now only trails Maryland's Nick Novak, who scored 393 points during the 2001-04 seasons, and Florida State's Xavier Beitia who scored 375 points concurrently with Novak. Hopkins, though, had his consecutive PAT streak end at 145 straight PATs without a miss against Savannah State, which was the 6th longest in NCAA history.

FSU: By holding Savannah State to no points in Saturday's weather-shortened football game, Florida State extended its streak to 10 straight games in which it has held its opponents to 19 or fewer points.

FSU: Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is one of the most accurate passers in ACC history. Manuel, who only became a full-time starter in 2011, has completed 364 of 545 passes in his career, a completion percentage of .668. Only Virginia's Matt Schaub (.670) and Wake Forest's Riley Skinner (.690) have completed passes at an equal or better rate.

Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Florida State & Wake Forest Athletic Communications



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