The Seminoles continue to pour it on at home as they lead Wake Forest, 38-0, at the half. Florida State would strike first in the second quarter, putting together a two-play, 95-yard drive on their first possession.
After starting with the ball on their own five-yard line, E.J. Manuel scrambled for 21-yards to give the Seminoles the first down. On the ensuing play, senior running back Chris Thompson -- with the help of some fabulous blocking by the offensive line -- took the Manuel hand-off and exploded out of the backfield on his way to a 74-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-0.
Ironically enough, 11 months ago against this same Wake Forest squad, Thompson was seriously injured after suffering two broken vertebrae in his back. Saturday's game is the first real on-field action he's seen since his injury.
The senior back quickly followed up his 74-yard scamper with an 80-yard touchdown run from scrimmage on Florida State's second offensive possession of the quarter. The score put the Seminoles ahead 28-0 with over nine minutes to go in the quarter. Thompson needs just three yards to become the first player from Florida State to rush for 200 or more yards in a game since1988.
Wake Forest did show some defensive spirit on Florida State's third possession of the quarter. The Demon Deacons put together a goal-line stand and stuffed Florida State on the one-yard line, forcing them to kick a field goal to make the score 31-0. But Florida State would score once more with just 14 seconds to go in the half on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Manuel to Devonta Freeman to go ahead 38-0.
Despite dominating the time of possession and the number of plays run from scrimmage, it's been of no help to Wake Forest who have been completely outplayed thus far. Florida State has amassed 357 yards of total offense (282 rushing, 75 yards passing) to their opponents yards 70 yards.