Bowden gets record in time for Notre Dame

Updated: October 27, 2003, 1:38 AM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Bobby Bowden didn't take much time to savor his record-setting 339th victory.

One day after passing Joe Paterno for the most wins ever in major college football, the Florida State coach was looking forward to a visit to another of the game's shrines -- Notre Dame.

Bowden remembers well a trip to South Bend, Ind., a decade ago, when the Seminoles lost their only game of the 1993 season.

"We made their history book," Bowden joked Sunday. "To them, boy, don't forget the great win in '93 over Florida State to go with their great tie (0-0 in 1946) with Army to go undefeated."

Bowden doesn't have to feel too bad about that loss. The Seminoles still ended up winning the national title, the first of two championships for the 74-year-old coach.

Bowden also said few of his players are aware Notre Dame's fabled past.

"If there's anything they've got to know, I might teach it to them," he said.

"I mean, Knute Rockne, good gracious man, was the first name I learned," Bowden said. "When I was raised, that was it. Modern day kids don't know all of that."

The fifth-ranked Seminoles (7-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have already nabbed no worse than a share of another league championship and are in contention in the BCS rankings for a possible national title appearance if they can win out and either Oklahoma or Miami lose.

"We've got to do our part, we have to play the best we can play," Bowden said Sunday. "I can't control all the other stuff. I'm sure not going to worry about it."

The Seminoles' 48-24 victory Saturday over Wake Forest gives Bowden a 339-97-4 career record, including a 266-65-4 mark at Florida State. Bowden broke a tie with Paterno, whose Penn State team lost 26-14 to No. 16 Iowa.

The other top teams that played Saturday also won, as No. 1 Oklahoma beat Colorado 34-20, No. 4 Georgia edged UAB 16-13 and No. 5 USC beat Washington 43-23.

In other games involving ranked teams, it was No. 6 Washington State 36, Oregon State 30; No. 8 Ohio State 35, Indiana 6; No. 9 LSU 31, No. 17 Auburn 7; No. 13 Michigan 31, No. 10 Purdue 3, No. 23 Bowling Green 34, No. 12 Northern Illinois 18; No. 14 Nebraska 28, Iowa State 0; No. 15 TCU 62, Houston 55; No. 18 Oklahoma State 38, Texas A&M 10; No. 19 Texas 56, Baylor 0; Northwestern 16, No. 20 Wisconsin 7; Mississippi 19, No. 21 Arkansas 7; No. 22 Tennessee 51, Alabama 43, in five overtimes; and New Mexico 47, No. 24 Utah 35.

The Irish (2-5) put a big dent in Florida State's season a year ago with a 34-24 victory in Tallahassee -- a game that prompted Seminoles coaches to bench quarterback Chris Rix for the next four games.

"He didn't go hide in a corner somewhere," said Bowden, who is 3-2 against Notre Dame. "It was a learning experience that was good for him."

Rix, however, has rebounded with a strong junior season, completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,051 yards and 13 touchdowns with six interceptions and is steadily moving up in the school's and ACC record books.

Now Rix gets a chance to redeem his performance from a year ago when he was intercepted twice and lost a fumble -- this time in the shadow of "Touchdown Jesus" on All Saints Day.

"I don't think he's a worrier and he's got complete confidence in himself," Bowden said. "He reminds me of a pitcher, if he's got that fastball working, y'all got problems."

In highlights of other games:

--Jason White threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Mark Clayton with 1:59 left, as Oklahoma survived a scare to beat Colorado.

--Billy Bennett kicked three field goals, the last to break a tie with 12:57 remaining, and Georgia avoided a huge upset with a victory over UAB.

--Matt Leinart threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns as Southern California beat Washington for its first victory at Husky Stadium in 10 years.

--Matt Kegel threw three touchdown passes, two to Scott Lunde in the fourth quarter, and Jonathan Smith scored twice as Washington State rallied to beat Oregon State.

--Justin Vincent ran for 127 yards and Matt Mauck passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns as LSU smothered Auburn. The victory left LSU (7-1, 4-1) and Auburn (5-3, 4-1) tied for second place in the SEC West behind Mississippi, which beat Arkansas to remain undefeated in conference play.

--John Navarre threw two touchdown passes to Braylon Edwards as Michigan beat Purdue to move into second place in the Big Ten. Michigan's win sets up a Big Ten showdown next week at first-place Michigan State (7-1, 4-0).

--Josh Harris threw for 438 yards and three touchdowns as Bowling Green handed Northern Illinois its first loss of the season. The Huskies (7-1, 3-1 MAC) were just one of five unbeaten teams in major college football coming into the week and were 10th in the first BCS standings.

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