Noles top 50 for third straight game

September, 15, 2012
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<a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/501094/debrale-smiley" target="_new">Debrale Smiley</a> bounced off a would-be tackler and rumbled 18 yards into the end zone for Florida State's seventh touchdown of the day, a final dose of salt in the wounds for Wake Forest and the finishing touches on a 52-0 Seminoles win.

In the end, Smiley's touchdown meant little, but it did push Florida State past the 50-point plateau for the third straight game -- something it had never done before.

"We wanted to make a statement today," fullback <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/480765/lonnie-pryor" target="_new">Lonnie Pryor</a> said. "Our goal is to win the ACC and hopefully win a national championship, and they were in our way. Hopefully we can keep this going."

This marked just the third time in ACC history that a team topped 50 in three straight games, the last coming in 1992.

Florida State actually might have been able to add to the carnage again in the fourth quarter, as third-string quarterback <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/514124/jacob-coker" target="_new">Jacob Coker</a> drove the Seminoles to the Wake Forest 19 before the clock ran out.

As it turned out, that drive snapped a streak of 25 straight trips into the red zone that resulted in points for FSU, but it was of little consequence.

Overall, the Seminoles tallied 612 yards of total offense, including 385 on the ground. Eleven different receivers caught passes, <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/380849/ej-manuel" target="_new">EJ Manuel</a> accounted for two passing touchdowns and one on the ground, and <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/480764/chris-thompson" target="_new">Chris Thompson</a> racked up 220 yards of total offense.

"We've still got a lot of things to work on," receiver <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/514136/rashad-greene" target="_new">Rashad Greene</a> said, "but this was a game to be able to get better and have fun."

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