Despite entering the game as a 10-point underdog to No. 23-ranked Florida State, Wake Forest was ahead in all but five minutes of the game and rolled to a 35-30 upset victory.
Wake Forest (4-1) won its fourth straight game to surpass its win total from a year ago and opened the Atlantic Coast Conference 3-0 for the first time ever. Its dominating performance earned the Demon Deacons selection as the Week 6 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 College Football Game of the Year contest.
True freshman quarterback Tanner Price, who threw three touchdown passes, led Wake Forest’s offense to 391 yards against Florida State (2-3), which had been limiting opponents to 257 yards a game to rank as one of the ACC’s toughest defenses. Price was 21 of 35 for 233 yards with touchdowns covering 22, 2 and 8 yards.
In addition, Wake Forest’s defense forced Florida State to commit five turnovers and Wake Forest scored 17 points off those giveaways.
A national panel of experts selects the Academy’s College Football Game of the Week. Each week’s winner is then considered for the College Football Game of the Year contest at the end of the regular season.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.