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Looking ahead to Wake Forest at Florida State on Saturday, a question was posed to Wake's Chip Vaughn: Will he sport his black "Conquered" T-shirt with the Seminoles logo?

Vaughn, a starting free safety for the Demon Deacons, revealed the tee after Wake's 24-21 victory over Florida State last season at BB&T Field. It was an original Florida State shirt he got from friends in Florida with FSU's "Unconquered" motto written across the front. 

Vaughn used a black marker to blot out "UN," hoping his teammates could defeat the Seminoles in  two consecutive contest after securing a 30-0 victory in 2006.

The Deacs pulled out the win and Vaughn avoided feeling foolish for making the bold statement. 

Asked if he might wear the shirt again when the Deacs travel to Tallahassee on Saturday, Vaughn said: "I don't know if the shirt is going to come back out. It's kind of a game time decision right now."

Vaughn said he got the shirt from friends in 2006 and had planned to wear it for a while. 

"It's something I don't know whether it was smart or dumb," he said. "I know it probably gave them some extra fuel."

Florida State probably doesn't need much extra motivation, knowing Wake Forest has a chance at claiming three consecutive victories on Saturday. Clemson is the only ACC team that can claim three consecutive wins over the Seminoles with wins from 2005-2007.

Vaughn said he broke out the tee last year as a note to himself, teammates and everyone else. 

 "It's been a while since Wake Forest kind of had its swagger around here," Vaughn said. "It was a little statement ... that this is not the old Wake Forest anymore. It's a new day."

 A new day where the 18th-ranked Deacs, winners of 20 games in 2006 and 2007, are now targeted by Florida State players.

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder said his team is "not going to lose."

Vaughn welcomed those remarks.

"When you're playing in the ACC, it's great to have confidence," he said. "He's not about to come out and say, 'We're about to lose to Wake Forest.' That's not the smartest thing to say.

"So I guess what they need right now is as much as they can get.  So if that's what he says, great, all power to him." 


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Edward joined the News & Observer staff in 2004. He is a graduate of American University and Johns Hopkins University. He covers Wake Forest football and women's college basketball for the N&O. Edward is a native of Washington, D.C. He can be reached at 829-4781 or