TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – All of a sudden, the season doesn’t seem so bad for Florida State.

Taking advantage of his second chance, Chris Rix ran for 83 yards and threw two touchdowns to Anquan Boldin to help the No. 23 Seminoles earn their biggest win of the year, 31-14 over No. 15 Florida on Saturday night.

“We finally looked like Florida State,” a relieved coach Bobby Bowden said.

Freshman tailback Leon Washington ran for 134 yards in the place of Greg Jones. Linebacker Kendyll Pope returned an interception for a touchdown.

A week of turmoil melted away with a big post-game celebration, and a season of disappointments took a long-awaited positive turn for the Seminoles (9-4).

“We knew we had the receivers, we knew we had the quarterbacks, we knew we had the runners,” Bowden said. “But it just wasn’t happening. Tonight was the first night it happened.”

The Seminoles beat their biggest rival for the fourth time in five years, and now they have a month to get ready for a trip to a major bowl – probably the Sugar.

“It doesn’t get much better than that,” Pope said.

On the other side, Ron Zook had no more luck in his first year than Steve Spurrier did in 12 seasons when it comes to winning at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Gators (8-4) still haven’t won in Tallahassee since 1986.

“I guess the streak continues,” Florida offensive lineman Shannon Snell said.

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