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Another Saturday, another disappointing effort by Florida State football.
The Seminoles fell to 0-3 for the first time in 45 years with a 35-14 loss at Wake Forest. FSU turned the ball over six times, kept numerous Wake drives alive with foolish penalties and allowed nearly 500 yards of offense.
For all the bad, we try to see the good. Handing out game balls this week for the top FSU performances will be editors Mike Ferguson and Cory Thorpe and FSU lead writer, Jake Bunting:
Mike’s Game Ball: Ontaria Wilson, WR
After just one catch through two team games, wide receiver Ontaria “Pokey” Wilson led the Seminoles in yards from scrimmage on Saturday. Wilson caught three passes for a team-high 91 yards and his 65-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter gave the Seminoles a glimmer of hope. The 91 receiving yards is the most for an FSU player in a game so far this season.
Cory and Jake’s Game Ball: Treshaun Ward, RB
A former walk-on, Treshaun Ward continues to be a vital part of the FSU offense. On Saturday, Ward led the Seminoles with 48 yards rushing on just six carries. He was also second on the team in receiving with three catches for 34 yards and a score. His 8-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter was the first receiving touchdown of Ward’s career.
Unanimous Game Ball: Amari Gainer, LB
Bonehead penalties made Saturday’s defensive effort a lot worse than it otherwise would have been for FSU, but linebacker Amari Gainer shined bright. Gainer led the Seminoles with eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack. The latter two categories were team-highs. Only Jermaine Johnson recorded more tackles for FSU in the loss.
Mike’s Game Ball: Ontaria Wilson, KR
Ontaria Wilson earns another game ball for Saturday’s effort. Wilson had the best return for either team on Saturday as he returned a kickoff 27 yards after Wake Forest’s final score. It was his first return of the season.
Cory and Jake’s Game Ball: Alex Mastromanno, P
It was his worst statistical game of the season, but Australian punter Alex Mastromanno continues to be a bright spot for the Seminoles. On four punts on Saturday, Mastromanno averaged 40 yards per punt with a long of 44 yards.