Rolling to its highest score in history, Texas Tech slammed Baylor 55-24 and promptly accepted a bid to the Gator Bowl. At one point Tech trailed 10-7 but then scored three times in a minute and 41 seconds to take a commanding 18-point lead. Tech now stands 9-1 with only Arkansas left.
Another SWC mark fell last week, this one to Arkansas' Dickey Morton, who rushed for 189 yards in a 7-7 tie with SMU, giving him a career mark of 3,262, exceeding the record set by Texas' Chris Gilbert.
With little more than two minutes to play, Carl Swierc took off on a 95-yard touchdown return of a kickoff and the Rice Owls stunned favored Texas A&M 24-20. Swierc's scoring romp followed a second-half three-touchdown scoring spree by A&M.
Traveling mostly on the passing arm of Quarterback Jeb Blount, Tulsa defeated North Texas State 24-15 and clinched the Missouri Valley Conference co-championship. Blount was stung by five pass interceptions but completed 15 of 26 for 205 yards.
1. PENN STATE (10-0)
2. PITT (6-3-1)
3. HARVARD (7-1)
Harvard, looking ahead to this week's Ivy League final with Yale, had to overcome a 13-point disadvantage before downing surprising Brown 35-32 to remain in a tie with Dartmouth for the league lead. At that, Harvard won only because Brown twice missed on placement conversions and once on a two-point pass-conversion attempt.
After losing its first three games Dartmouth has come on with a big rush, making Cornell, the preseason Ivy favorite, its fifth straight victim, 17-0. Rich Klupchak, out three games with a shoulder separation, ran for 128 yards, mostly around the corners.
With another Orange Bowl berth safely tucked away, Penn State used Ohio University as little more than a polishing cloth for John Cappelletti's Heisman Trophy credentials. The senior tailback, playing less than half the game, ran for 204 yards and scored four times as the Lions won easily 49-10. Asked if he would have done anything different if he had known how strong Penn State really was, Ohio Coach Bill Hess said, "Yes, I wouldn't have scheduled them."
Syracuse, which has been having more than its share of despair, took the opening kickoff on a 76-yard march to score and went from there to upset Boston College 24-13.