Wake Forest hands FSU first home shutout under Bowden

Updated: November 12, 2006, 2:20 AM ET
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- For the first time in 31 seasons as Florida State's coach, Bobby Bowden was shut out at home.

The reeling Seminoles mustered just 139 total yards as they were blanked by No. 18 Wake Forest, 30-0, in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.

The all-time Division I-A leader with 364 wins, Bowden experienced just his third total shutout in 375 games with the Seminoles (5-5, 3-5 ACC Atlantic), who had won all 14 meetings with the Demon Deacons since joining the conference in 1992.

"We were just inept tonight," Bowden said. "I can remember one other game as bad as that back in 1981. I may have had another one back in 1955."

Florida State had not been shut out at home since Kansas accomplished the feat in 1973 - three years before Bowden took over the program. It was Wake Forest's first shutout since blanking North Carolina four years ago and first road shutout since beating Boston University in 1985.

Seminoles starter Xavier Lee completed just 5-of-13 passes for 61 yards with two interceptions. Drew Weatherford fared no better, going 4-of-15 for 52 yards with two picks.

"I'm kind of lost for words right now when it comes to this season and all of the expectations that we had and all the potential we had," Weatherford said. "I really never imagined us being this way and at this point, it's really hard to fathom that we are 5-5 and fighting for bowl-eligibility."

Riley Skinner went 13-of-19 for 138 yards and a touchdown for Wake Forest (9-1, 5-1 Atlantic), which is tied with No. 23 Maryland atop the division. The teams meet in two weeks in College Park.

The Demon Deacons, who set a school record for wins, had been just 2-21-1 all-time against Florida State, winning here only in 1959 and at home in 1973.

But they dominated Saturday, taking a 20-0 lead into the break before capping the scoring in the third quarter on a 51-yard field goal by Sam Swank and a 48-yard interception return by Kevin Patterson after an errant throw by Weatherford.

Wake scored 10 of its 17 points in the second quarter following interceptions of Lee. Swank converted the first into a 25-yard field goal before Skinner made it 13-0 with an 18-yard pass to John Tereshinski.

Rich Belton gave the Demon Deacons a 20-point halftime cushion with a career-long 33-yard TD run.

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