Mike Whiting caught two touchdown passes from Rick Stockstill, including a five-yard scoring pass midway through the fourth quarter, as 20th-ranked Florida State defeated Notre Dame, 19-13, yesterday in South Bend, Ind.
Florida State (4-1), which gave Ohio State its first loss the week before, improved its record to 4-1. Notre Dame is 2-3 under first-year Coach Gerry Faust, its worst start in 18 years.
Whiting's second touchdown came five plays after defensive back James Harris intercepted a pass from Blair Kiel at the Irish 32. Whiting caught the pass at the five and went in untouched with 7:41 left in the game. Florida State missed the extra point attempt, but the Irish was unable to mount a sustained drive the rest of the game.
Florida State limited Notre Dame to 15 yards passing in the first half, which ended 3-3. The Seminoles also had trouble with their passing game, but their rushing game, led by Ricky Williams, kept the visitors going in the second half. Williams finished with 135 yards in 15 carries.
Stockstill had thrown a 17-yard scoring pass to Whiting with 11:01 left in the third quarter to put Florida State ahead, 10-6.
The Seminoles took a 13-6 lead on a 23-yard field goal by freshman Mike Rendina, but Notre Dame tied the game on the first play of the fourth period on Greg Bell's one-yard run on a fourth-and-goal situation.
Notre Dame scored on its opening drive of the game when Harry Oliver kicked a 43-yard field goal that hit the left upright and went through with 11:02 left in the first quarter.
Florida State tied the game on a 25-yard field goal by Rendina with 3:16 left in the half.
The Irish took their only lead on the second half on a 23-yard field goal by Oliver four plays after Mark Zavagnin intercepted Stockstill on the first play of the second half.