Auburn quarterback Jeff Burger. Burger, who had a difficult week off the field (page 13), completed 18 of 29 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers beat Florida 29-6.
The Auburn defense. Led by linebacker Aundray Bruce and defensive tackle Tracy Rocker, the Tigers held freshman Emmitt Smith to 72 yards rushing on 21 carries—and the rest of the Gators to minus 19. It was the first time in 34 games—dating back to high school—that Smith failed to gain 100 yards in a game in which he started.
Wyoming halfback Gerald Abraham. Abraham rushed for 143 yards and caught five passes for 94 as the Cowboys beat Colorado State 20-15. In the first quarter Abraham, a senior, scored a touchdown on a 69-yard pass play, and in the fourth he ran 58 yards for the winning score.
Brigham Young free safety Scott Peterson. Peterson, a junior, had a game-high 13 tackles, intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in a 24-13 upset of Air Force.
Duke quarterback Steve Slayden. Slayden, a senior, set an ACC record with six touchdown passes in a 48-14 rout of Georgia Tech. Two weeks after being benched for poor play, he completed 31 of 50 passes for 396 yards.
The Michigan State defense. The Spartans held Ohio State to a net of two yards rushing in a 13-7 victory. After Buckeye quarterback Tom Tupa connected with Everett Ross on a 79-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game, Michigan State allowed only 68 additional yards on 48 Ohio State plays.
Texas A&I tailback Johnny Bailey. Bailey, a sophomore, carried 29 times for 254 yards and five TDs in a 44-20 victory over West Texas State.
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The Tennessee kickoff-return unit. The Vols were unable to field a squib kick by Boston College's Brian Lowe after a third-quarter touchdown. The ball bounced off one Vol's face mask and the Eagles' Jun Anderson fell on it at the Tennessee 49-yard line. BC then drove for what proved to be the deciding touchdown in a 20-18 upset.