WINSTON, SALEM, N.C. -- It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly for most of the afternoon. But the Florida State Seminoles rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to knock off Wake Forest, 26-19, Saturday and record their first victory of the season.
FSU, which entered the season ranked No. 3 in the country, is now 1-2 entering next week's game against rival Miami. The Demon Deacons fall to 4-1.
Blackman, who was making his second career start and first on the road, finished with 121 yards passing on 11-of-21 completions. It was only the second catch of the day for Tate, who was questionable this week with a shoulder injury.
FSU led 16-12 after three quarters, but Wake Forest reclaimed the lead with 13:57 to go on a 7-yard touchdown run by running back Matt Colburn. That capped off a seven-play, 59-yard drive and gave the Demon Deacons a 19-16 advantage.
FSU then tied it at 19-19 with 6:20 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard field goal by sophomore Ricky Aguayo.
It was a back-and-forth game from the very beginning.
After FSU took an early 3-0 lead on a 51-yard field goal by Aguayo -- the longest field of Aguayo's career -- Wake Forest seemed to take control with three consecutive scores. The Demon Deacons hit a pair of field goals to take the lead and then put together an 8-play, 81-yard touchdown drive to take a 12-3 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Seminoles closed the half strong, however, thanks in large part to an 81-yard kickoff return by receiver Keith Gavin, which set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Jacques Patrick. That made the score 12-10. Then the 'Noles took the lead on another Aguayo field goal following an interception by sophomore defensive back Kyle Meyers.