Two years ago, Florida State’s football team made a trip to Winston-Salem, N.C. and got beat 35-30 by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Two years later, the Seminoles looked bored when playing the same opponent in the same stadium, and the boredom set in well before halftime.
The fiancee and I made the trip to North Carolina, and though it got off on the wrong foot (three hours to get around the I-285 perimeter and up I-85 in Rush Hour traffic, how do people do that drive twice a day?) we found reasonably-priced tickets outside BB&T Field to replace the ones I left at home. From my TV, the Seminoles appeared to be one of the country’s most exciting college football teams, so I was confident they’d be as explosive in person.
I had no idea they’d be even better, and faster, than advertised.
For the third time in five games, “garbage time” began in the third quarter. FSU scored more points than any opponent has ever scored in the history of BB&T Field, making it the second consecutive road game where the ‘Noles have set a scoring record for the stadium where they’re playing.
Amazingly, the Florida State offense looked bored, and it reflected in their second-quarter play. After scoring three touchdowns in their first three offensive possessions, FSU would fumble, punt and miss a field goal the next three times they got the ball.
Yet the score continued to grow.
It was the defense that kicked it into the next gear to cover for the offense, scoring touchdowns off an interception and a fumble on consecutive plays in the second quarter. When the dust cleared, Florida State had another 42-0 lead at halftime.
That’s what makes this team such a threat to win a national title. They’re complete on both sides of the ball, and they’ll expose any opponent’s flaws. Sure, their ACC competition outside of Clemson and Miami isn’t very good, but they’re annihilating everything in their path, and they only need 30 minutes (or less) to do it.
The dominance of this Seminoles squad is evident when a couple who drove five hours to watch them play can’t think of a reason to stick around for the fourth quarter. With nearly every starter benched and Wake Forest still struggling to move the ball, the Deacs’ fans and even some FSU fans, like myself, left the stadium.
Needless to say, I was pleased by the performance and appreciate the way this FSU team doesn’t mess around with inferior opponents.
After so many years of watching Florida State’s football teams let me down, I had to see the 2013 squad for myself, and I’m now convinced this is the year they’ll do something special.
Below are some photos from my trip to Winston-Salem.