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NCAAF News: No. 23 Florida State suffers first loss to No. 22 Wake Forest

Sam Hartman passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns as No. 22 Wake Forest defeated host No. 23 Florida State 31-21 in an ACC game Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla.

Hartman, who threw six touchdown passes in a 51-45 overtime loss to Clemson last week, completed 22 of 34 and did not throw an interception. Justice Ellison added 114 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for the Demon Deacons (4-1, 1-1).

Jordan Travis completed 23 of 35 for 281 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for the Seminoles (4-1, 2-1).

Ellison ran 12 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of the second half, increasing the Wake Forest lead to 28-7.

Florida State responded on the ensuing possession when Travis threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Mycah Pittman to trim the lead to 28-13.

After Wake Forest’s next drive went three-and out, Pittman had a 34-yard punt return to the Deacons 33. The Seminoles reached the 22, but a holding penalty and a sack led to a punt.

Wake Forest took the 15-point lead into the fourth quarter, then Travis’ 4-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Wilson and a two-point conversion pulled Florida State within 28-21 with 9:32 remaining.

The Deacons converted a fourth-and-3 on their way to Matthew Dennis’ 27-yard field goal that pushed the lead to 31-21 with 2:55 left.

The Seminoles lined up for a 50-yard field goal with more than a minute to play, but they were penalized for delay of game and Ryan Fitzgerald missed from 55 yards out.

Travis threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Pittman to complete an 83-yard drive in less than two minutes on the first possession of the game.

The Deacons’ Christian Turner ran 1 yard for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal, tying the score at the end of the first quarter.

Wake Forest took the lead when Hartman threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to A.T. Perry.

On the ensuing possession, Travis lost a fumble at the Florida State 39. That led to Hartman’s 20-yard touchdown to Donavon Greene on third-and-8, increasing the lead to 21-7 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

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