FSU notes: Trickett's tumble gets laughs

Jimbo Fisher hadn't seen the play in person, so when he got his first look at offensive line coach Rick Trickett's sideline collision with a referee while watching the tape of Saturday's game, he couldn't help but laugh.

The laughter drew the attention of Fisher's wife, and before long she had pulled out her cell phone to shoot video of the replay and text it to all the coaches' wives.

Even Trickett's son, Clint, offered little sympathy once he knew his father wasn't hurt.

"If he would've been hurt, I would've said a couple things to the ref, too," Clint Trickett said. "I wasn't happy. The dude's old. You've got to be careful. He can't be taking them hits."

Trickett's tumble came in the second quarter as tailback Chris Thompson sprinted down the sideline for a long touchdown. A flag came in as Thompson cruised into the end zone, and Fisher first thought a receiver was being whistled for an illegal block.

As it turned out, however, it was Trickett who was flagged for making contact with an official -- despite the fact that it was the official who had rumbled over the veteran line coach.

"The official had just gotten on us about cleaning the sideline," Fisher said. "[Trickett] was back but he saw the run, stepped up and looked at it, and he got caught up in it. He said all last year he hadn't seen a run that long and he just wanted to watch it."

In the end, all parties were fine, and the flag didn't negate Thompson's touchdown run or provide much of a boost for the overmatched Wake Forest offense.

But that didn't mean Trickett didn't get his share of jabs from players when the filed into the meeting rooms to watch film on the game.

"It was pretty funny," quarterback EJ Manuel said. "I watched it a few times. You wanted to make sure he was fine first, but after -- that's when we could laugh."

Third-down dominance: Florida State's defense has allowed just three points all season, so there hasn't been much the unit hasn't done well.

But when it comes to third downs, it's been a feeding frenzy for FSU.

Wake Forest converted just 1 of 16 third-down tries on Saturday, with the Seminoles racking up two sacks and two more tackles for loss on those plays.

For the season, Florida State has allowed just 5 of 44 third-down plays to be converted into first downs, the best rate in the nation.

No third-down play has gone for more than 12 yards against the Seminoles so far this year, and opposing quarterbacks are just 10-of-29 for 36 yards and just four first-down conversions on third down in 2012. On the ground, the 15 rush attempts have netted a total of 63 yards -- in the other direction.

"We do a good job of mixing coverage, we contest [passes] and play good man, and we were able to pressure the passer," Fisher said. "You can play average, but play situations well and win the game. And we put a lot of focus on third down."

Watson returns: Right tackle Menelik Watson was a full participant during Monday's practice session, but the junior still split first-team reps with Daniel Glauser.

Watson, who started the first two games of the season, missed parts of three practices last week because of a mild ankle injury, and with Wake Forest's unusual 3-4 defensive scheme, Fisher decided against starting the junior-college transfer.

Instead, Glauser started, and while he made a handful of mistakes, Fisher said the coaching staff was largely pleased with the effort.

"That's another sign of our depth that I'm real proud of," Fisher said. "We lost somebody, but he could come in there and do it, and we could still function."

The Seminoles' pass protection still left a bit to be desired against Wake Forest, but Fisher said a portion of the problems could be pinned on quarterback EJ Manuel, the tight ends and the running backs.

Watson also figures to be ready to step back into his starting role this week, too. He saw action with the No. 2 offense in the fourth quarter against Wake Forest.

"[Watson] was ready to go Saturday and was full go," Fisher said. "We just put Glauser in there and he kept playing well so we left him in there."

ACC honors: Thompson was named the ACC's offensive back of the week after running for 197 yards against Wake Forest, and defensive end Cornellius Carradine earned defensive lineman of the week honors in just his second start in place of the injured Brandon Jenkins.