While playing against No. 1 BYU, Utah intercepted three of Robbie Bosco's passes, pounced on two Cougar fumbles, gained 202 yards on the ground, took an early 7-0 lead and controlled the ball for almost 33 minutes. Of such ingredients are upsets often made. Not this time. Bosco ended up completing 27 of 44 throws for 367 yards. The second of his three TD passes in a 24-14 win was a 19-yarder to Glen Kozlowski, who finished with eight catches for 162 yards.
"When you have a weapon like that, you use it in a war like this," said UCLA coach Terry Donahue after his Bruins had upset Southern Cal 29-10. Donahue's weapon was John Lee, whose five field goals, including boomers of 43 and 49 yards, gave him a Division I-A single-season record of 29.
In a game of high emotions, Washington State was penalized 103 yards and lost 38-29 to archrival Washington. One infraction came when the Huskies appeared to have been stopped on third down at their own 28: a 15-yard dead-ball foul for fighting. Seven plays later, Washington scored on a 23-yard pass from Paul Sicuro to David Trimble. Jacque Robinson's one-yard run put the Huskies ahead for keeps, 29-26, with 14:15 left.
By kicking six conversions and a 20-yard field goal, senior Luis Zendejas of Arizona State became Division I-A's leading alltime career scorer with 364 points. Zendejas broke the record, previously held by Tony Dorsett, during a 45-14 romp over Colorado State.
Previously unbeaten South Carolina, which had come from behind in four of its nine wins, scored 14 points in the final ten minutes at Navy but still lost 38-21. The Middies' switching defense held the Gamecocks to 102 yards on the ground, 137 below their average. Navy's diverse attack was built around end Chris Weiler and its Pip-squeak backs, 5'9" Rich Clouse and 5'8" Mike Smith. Weiler caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns; Clouse had a 53-yard scoring run and 97 yards rushing; and Smith ran for 96 yards and two TDs.
Rare is the passer who outguns Boston College's Doug Flutie, but Syracuse's Mike Kmetz, who completed 10 of 17 throws for 200 yards, did just that. However, Flutie, who was 10 for 21 for 136 yards, was as resourceful as ever on a windswept day during which he faced an Orange pass defense that was ranked third in the nation (117.6 yards a game). With Flutie carrying 11 times for 81 yards, the Eagles won 24-16.
"If you can't help, don't hurt. I knew I could help, so I tried." That's what Keith Byars said after playing on a sprained ankle and helping Ohio State beat Michigan 21-6. Byars put the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl by running 27 times for 101 yards and three TDs.