COP's Dick Bass, hobbling on a badly swollen big toe, gained 130 yards, scored 14 points in 52-6 win over Fresno State, became the first since Colorado's famed Whizzer White to win three NCAA titles in scoring (116 points), rushing (1,361 yards) and total offense (1,440 yards). The top three:
1. AIR FORCE (9-0-1)
2. CALIFORNIA (7-3-0)
3. WASHINGTON STATE (7-3-0)
Mississippi showed its most flexible offense of the year under the adept quarter-backing of Bobby Franklin, who slick-handed Ole Miss to a three-touchdown second period, a 21-0 stomping of Mississippi State and a trip to the Gator Bowl. Florida, despite a lackluster performance, picked up the other ticket to Jacksonville with a 12-9 decision over Miami.
Bowl-banned Auburn, with the aid of Halfback Tommy Lorino's educated punting, kept Alabama near its own end zone much of the day and managed to hold off the resurgent Crimson Tide 14-8 to sputter through to its second straight undefeated season.
Clemson turned on its power for 39 points in the first half, then sat back to wait out Furman's furious challenge before winning 36-19 to earn the dubious right to face LSU in the Sugar Bowl.
Enigmatic Tennessee, tailback-aching most of the year, found an able hand in Sophomore Billy Majors, who passed for one touchdown and ran for 123 yards to help upset Vanderbilt 10-6.
Georgia turned Georgia Tech's errors into a 16-3 victory; South Carolina's Alex Hawkins flipped three touchdown passes to King Dixon to beat Wake Forest 24-7; Mississippi Southern defeated Chattanooga 20-13 for its first unbeaten and untied campaign. The top three:
1. LSU (10-0-0)
2. AUBURN (9-0-1)
3. MISSISSIPPI (8-2-0)