SOUTH BEND Florida State pummels Irish
Chris Rix passed for 327 yards and three scores.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Chris Rix got revenge of historic proportion on Notre Dame.
Benched following a loss to the Irish last season, Rix passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seminoles to a 37-0 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, the second worst home loss in Irish history.
"What a difference a year can make -- just coming back and getting a little payback on these guys," Rix said. "Personally for myself, just to come up here and win, that was the goal."
The Seminoles (8-1) did more than win, they showed the Irish once again that they can't compete with the college elite. The Irish, held scoreless at home for the first time since 1978, fell to 2-6 for the first time since 1963.
Seminoles avenge loss
Craphonso Thorpe had seven catches for 217 yards, including TD catches of 35 and 38 yards to help the Seminoles, who lost 34-24 last year to the Irish.
"We didn't embarrass them any more than they embarrassed us last year," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "They came down last year -- I think we were 11-point favorites -- and they just kicked our brains out. We came back and got them. It ain't like it's a one-way street."
The victory was the 340th of Bowden's career, moving him two ahead of Penn State's Joe Paterno.
The Irish are 4-9 since last year's win at FSU, and the 37-point loss, the ninth worst defeat in Notre Dame history, marks the third time the Irish have been routed this season.
Notre Dame lost 45-14 to Southern California two weeks ago and 38-0 to Michigan on Sept. 13. The Irish have been shut out twice in a season for first time since 1960.
"It's one of those you look back at that you are not happy about, not pleased about," Irish coach Tyrone Willingham said.
The Irish also have been beaten by 31 points or more points 20 times, including four times in their last 10 games. "I don't know if I can explain it because if we could, hopefully we would have had some answers prior to this moment," Willingham said. "We are still working. We are trying to find out the answer to all those that that can allow us to be a good team."
Rix wasted no time in getting back at the Irish, completing a 38-yard pass to Thorpe on the first play from scrimmage. The pass was the longest of season against the Irish and set up a 40-yard field goal by Wavier Beitia.
It remained the longest pass play of the season until the third play of Florida State's next possession, when Rix threw a 51-yard pass to Thorpe. That set up a 6-yard TD pass from Rix to P.K. Sam, which gave the Seminoles a 10-0 lead.
Rix, who completed 17-of-31 passes with three interceptions, then threw a 35-yard TD pass to Thorpe late in the first quarter as Florida State took a 17-0 lead -- the most points the Seminoles have scored in the first half this season.
Rix threw three interceptions, but none of them hurt them. Vontez Duff intercepted Rix's pass and returned it 55 yards to the Florida 9, but the Irish couldn't score as the Seminoles kept Notre Dame from scoring three times inside the 10-yard line.