TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sam Swank missed three field goals but still was the only Deacon who could score.
Not that it mattered. Florida State turned the ball over seven times, enabling Wake Forest to hold on to a 12-3 win — its third straight over the Seminoles.
With Wake's offense ineffective and unable to muster any consistency in face of FSU defensive pressure, the Deac were able to control much of the game with defense.
They increased their lead with a 49-yard field goal by Swank with 4:30 remaining. Swank, who kicked the game-winning field goal in Wake's last game, missed field goals of 27-, 48- and 32- yards.
Florida State had cut the score to 6-3 with a 37-yard field goal by Graham Gano with 6:45 remaining in the third quarter, but were also unable to crack the end zone.
It was the first field goal Wake has allowed this season.
With 79,235 fans here at Doak Campbell Stadium expecting a shootout between these two teams, they instead witnessed both teams struggle to get the ball in the end zone.
The Demon Deacons were more successful getting inside Florida State's red zone, but twice failed in the second quarter to score points while in prime position.
An interception by Wake senior Kevin Patterson late in the second quarter created one of those chances as the Deacs took over with 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining in the half.
On the second play of the series, with Deacs at the 13 yardline, junior quarterback Riley Skinner scrambled on a keeper, racing up the left sideline. He could have gone out of bounds at the 1, but chose to stay in bounds, where he fumbled.
FSU's Korey Mangum recovered the fumble at the 2.
It was Skinner's second fumble of the second quarter, while the Deacs failed to score a point in the a quarter for the first time in 11 straight contest.