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Seminole Saturday Summary: Noles Fall at Wake Forest, 5-Star Barnes Commits to FSU Hoops

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Florida State football dropped another heartbreaker on the road Saturday night, falling late to Wake Forest, 22-20.

Nick Sciba’s 25-yard field goal — his fifth of the night — put Wake Forest ahead for good. Cade Carney scored the only touchdown of the night for the Demon Deacons.

Cam Akers finished with 157 yards rushing, 42 yards receiving and two total touchdowns for the Seminoles. James Blackman passed for 280 yards and two scores, but had a critical turnover deep in Wake Forest territory.

Ricky Aguayo had the chance to give FSU the lead late, but his 50-yard field goal attempt sailed left. The victory for the Demon Deacons snapped a 7-game losing streak to the Seminoles.

Leonard Hamilton landed one of his highest ranked commitments ever this past week in forward Scottie Barnes. (Mike Olivella/FSU athletics)

Basketball season is still a few weeks away, but Florida State made a major splash by receiving one of its highest ranked commitments ever.

5-star forward Scottie Barnes pledged his services to the Seminoles on Monday. A 6-foot-8, 210-pound prospect from powerhouse Montverde Academy, Barnes is the third commitment for FSU’s 2020 class.

Barnes is listed as the No. 9 player in the country by the 247Sports Composite and the third-best small forward. Barnes chose FSU over the likes of Oregon, Syracuse, Ohio State and Florida.

Last week, FSU ranked 67th as a team in the 247Sports Composite team rankings. With the addition of Barnes, FSU is up 40 spots this week to No. 27.


Record: 3-4 (2-3 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (0-1), lost at Wake Forest, 22-20
Upcoming: vs. Syracuse (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: Jalen Harrell, 4-star CB (No. 235 overall)*
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 13 nationally, second in ACC (20 total commitments)*
Big Picture: Bowl-eligibility again will be a struggle for FSU. The Seminoles have yet to record a road win.

Weekly Review

FSU 20, Wake Forest 22
Saturday, Oct. 19

Nick Sciba’s 25-yard field goal with 4:18 left lifted Wake Forest to its first win over FSU in eight tries. Sciba hit five field goals on the night. FSU’s Ricky Aguayo missed the go-ahead field goal attempt with more than two minutes to play. Cam Akers finished with 199 yards of total offense and two touchdowns for FSU in the loss. James Blackman threw for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Cade Carney scored the only touchdown for the Demon Deacons.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 0-0
Ranking: None
Upcoming: at Pittsburgh (Nov. 6)
Recognitions: Trent Forrest, G (Bob Cousy Award watch list)
Weekly Commitments: Scottie Barnes, 5-star SF (No. 9 overall)*
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 27 nationally, sixth in ACC (3 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU will play its first exhibition game on Tuesday. The Seminoles are coming off consecutive Sweet 16 runs.


Record: 12-3 (6-1 ACC)
Ranking: No. 6 United Soccer Coaches
Past Week: (1-1), lost to Virginia in overtime, 1-0; defeated Miami, 3-0
Upcoming: at North Carolina (Thursday)
Recognitions: Jenna Nighswonger, F/M (TopDrawerSoccer Top-100 Freshmen No. 3); Heather Payne, M/D (TopDrawerSoccer Top-100 Freshmen No. 52)
Big Picture: Florida State bounced back from a hard-fought loss to Virginia to handle Miami. The Seminoles will visit North Carolina on Thursday in a battle for first place in the ACC.

Weekly Review

(1) Virginia 1, (5) FSU 0
Sunday, Oct. 13 (Double Overtime)

Meghan McCool’s goal in the 104th minute broke a scoreless tie and gave Virginia the victory in the top-5 match-up, ending Florida State’s 9-match winning streak. Caroline Jeffers had five saves for FSU while Laurel Ivory recorded four for Virginia. FSU held a 14-10 shot advantage. Anna Sumpter and Courtney Petersen assisted on the only goal of the match.

Miami 0, (6) FSU 3
Friday, Oct. 18

Yujie Zhao scored an unassisted goal in the 10th minute and that was all Florida State would need. The Seminoles would add second-half goals from Heather Payne and Kristina Lynch. Jaelin Howell, Malia Berkely and Abbey Newton all recorded assists. Howell would leave the match with an injury. FSU outshot Miami, 18-3. Tyler Speaks had eight saves for the Hurricanes.


Record: 11-5 (5-2 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (1-1), lost to North Carolina, 3-2; defeated Boston College, 3-0
Upcoming: vs. Syracuse (Sunday); at Georgia Tech (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU fell from the rankings after an upset loss to North Carolina, but bounced back against Boston College. Four of FSU’s next six matches are on the road.

Weekly Review

(23) FSU 2, North Carolina 3
Sunday, Oct. 13

Florida State won the first two sets, but couldn’t win any of the final three as North Carolina rallied to hand the Seminoles their second straight ACC defeat. Morgan Chacon led the Seminoles with team-highs of 20 kills and 17 digs. Payton Caffrey added 13 kills in the loss. Lauren Harrison paced North Carolina with 24 kills.

Boston College 0, FSU 3
Friday, Oct. 18

Boston College fought valiantly on Friday night, forcing FSU to score more than 25 points in the first and third sets, but was unable to avoid the sweep. FSU’s Payton Caffrey and Boston College’s Jewel Strawberry each had 16 kills in the match. Morgan Chacon added 11 kills in the victory while Taylor Roberts led FSU with 12 digs.

Cross Country

Ranking: Men No. 30 USTFCCCA, No. 3 USTFCCCA South Region; Women No. 11 USTFCCCA, No. 1 USTFCCCA South Region
Past Week: The FSU women won the UAB Blazer Invitational
Upcoming: ACC Championships (Nov. 1)
Recognitions: Jacob Holmes (ACC Men’s Performer of the Week); Erin Phelps (ACC Women’s Performer of the Week); Yasmine Abbes (ACC Women’s Freshman of the Week)
Big Picture: The FSU women have won three of their four meets this year after taking the UAB Blazer Invitational. The teams now prepare for the ACC Championships.

Weekly Review

FSU women 1st at UAB Blazer Invitational
Friday, Oct. 18

The Florida State men were at the Under Armour Pre-National Invitational, but the FSU women took care of business in Birmingham. The Seminoles took the team title easily over second-place Southern Mississippi. Jodie Judd took the individual title and led four Seminoles to finish in the top six. Yasmine Abbes, Erin Phelps and Ava Peeples finished fourth through six, respectively.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: No. 13 WGCA
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: Jim West Challenge (Sunday and Monday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State should be well-rested as it begins the Jim West Challenge in Texas.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: None
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: White Sands Intercollegiate (Nov. 1-3)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU will have a lengthy rest as it prepares for a trip to Houston in early November.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 17 CSCAA; Women No. 24 CSCAA
Past Week: Both the FSU men and women defeated Minnesota on Friday night.
Upcoming: at Georgia Tech (Saturday)
Recognitions: Vladimir Stefanik (ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Week); Joshua Davidson (ACC Men’s Diver of the Week); Ayla Bonniwell (ACC Women’s Diver of the Week)
Big Picture: Weather forced the meet between FSU and Minnesota to be played a night early, but both FSU teams came away with impressive victories.

Weekly Review

Men: Minnesota 103, (17) FSU 197; Women: (18) Minnesota 111.5, (24) FSU 186.5
Friday, Oct. 18

In a meet originally scheduled for Saturday, but moved to Friday due to weather, both the FSU men and women beat a good Minnesota team in emphatic fashion. FSU’s Sydney VanOvermeiren, Nine Kucheran and Hannah Womer took the top three spots in the women’s 400-yard individual medley. Emma Terebo, Kertu Ly Alnek and Rebecca Moynihan did likewise in the women’s 100-yard freestyle. Aryanna Fernandes paced FSU as the Seminoles claimed the top four spots in the women’s 200-yard butterfly. The FSU men took the top four spots in the 50-yard freestyle, paced by Jakub Ksiazek and Ian Cooper.

Other News

FSU wide receiver Keyshawn Helton is out for the season with a knee injury.

FSU women’s hoops was picked to finish third in the ACC behind Louisville and NC State.

FSU’s Oct. 26 contest with Syracuse will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST and will air on ESPN’s family of networks.

Freshman defensive back Travis Jay isn’t expected to play for FSU this season.

The “Nole Zone” has returned to FSU men’s basketball games.

FSU football’s 2012 recruiting class had the second worst graduation rate among FBS programs.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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