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FSU journal: Tackle for loss becomes moment to reflect

Wake Forest's quarterback Jamie Newman runs from pressure applied by Florida State's Joshua Kaindoh in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 38-17. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Wake Forest's quarterback Jamie Newman runs from pressure applied by Florida State's Joshua Kaindoh in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 38-17. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Published Oct. 21, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Less than two weeks after Hurricane Michael destroyed his Panama City home, Florida State LB Janarius Robinson was just happy to be back on the field and able to contribute.

He did more than that Saturday.

Robinson recorded a career-high six tackles and stuffed Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman for a 6-yard loss in the second half. Robinson commemorated the moment by taking a knee.

"I wanted to kneel down and thank God for giving me the ability to be out here on this big stage and showing my abilities," he said.

Robinson kept the storm in his thoughts. His family was able to attend the game, and he posted photos in his locker of the hurricane's devastation to remind himself of the destruction.

"Just seeing that before I go out on the field motivates me," Robinson said.

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, a GoFundMe page to rebuild his family's house had raised more than $102,000, surpassing its original $75,000 goal.

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Burns’ big play

DE Brian Burns continued his All-America-caliber season with the biggest play of the game.

Wake Forest was up 10-0 and rolling with a quick tempo that FSU couldn't handle. That's when the Demon Deacons chose to go for it on fourth and 8 from the Seminoles 30.

Burns sped from the side to sack QB Sam Hartman. Wake wasn't the same after Burns' eighth sack of the season.

Before the play, the Demon Deacons had amassed 183 yards on 38 plays (4.8 per play) and 12 first downs. After it, they totaled 64 yards on 28 plays (2.3 per play), with four punts and an interception.

"We needed somebody to make a play, and Burns did and got it going for us," coach Willie Taggart said.

Burns added another sack — the 23rd of his career — in the third quarter. That moved him into a tie with Alonzo Jackson, Andre Wadsworth and Everette Brown for the seventh-most in FSU history. He also moved to No. 10 in school history with 35½ career tackles for loss.

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Another game, another line

With T Landon Dickerson (ankle) sidelined indefinitely, the Seminoles used their seventh starting offensive line configuration in as many games: LT Derrick Kelly, LG Cole Minshew, C Alec Eberle, RG Mike Arnold and RT Brady Scott. Two of them — Scott and Arnold — had not started a game before this season.

’Nole notes

DE Josh Kaindoh had two sacks before getting ejected for targeting in the closing minutes. That means he will miss the first half of next week's game against No. 3 Clemson. … With five sacks Saturday, FSU registered at least four in four consecutive games for the first time since 2011. One of those sacks was the first of LB Emmett Rice's career. … FSU honored the 40-year anniversary of Renegade's first appearance (Sept. 16, 1978 against Oklahoma State). Six different Renegades and 16 different riders have participated in the tradition since then. … WR Tre'Shaun Harrison's 21-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter was the first score of his career.