After they had beaten Kentucky 25-17, many Florida players lit cigars to celebrate the win, which sewed up the Gators' first SEC championship, and the news that interim coach Galen Hall had signed a four-year contract. Florida's Bobby Raymond tied an SEC mark with six field goals. Driving for a tie in the closing moments, Kentucky had a TD called back because of a penalty—and then had a pass intercepted.
Mississippi State's 16-14 upset of LSU, which had been tied with Florida atop the SEC with a 4-0-1 conference, record, gave the Gators sole possession of first place. The Bulldogs climbed out of a tie for last place with Mississippi by overcoming a 14-7 Tiger halftime lead. Artie Cosby came through with three field goals for State, the last from 27 yards out with 1:15 remaining.
Auburn clinched second place in the SEC with a 20-12 win over Georgia. Tommie Agee of the Tigers finished with 115 yards on just nine carries, one a 56-yard scamper.
With Virginia leading 24-14 and 5:54 to play, North Carolina's Kevin Anthony began filling his receivers' hands with passes. After teaming up with Earl Win-field for a 63-yard gain, Anthony wrapped up the drive with an 11-yard toss to Arnold Franklin with 4:03 to go. When the Tar Heels got the ball back at their 11 with 1:30 left, Anthony completed six of 10 passes and moved them to the Cavalier nine with seven seconds to play. Kenny Miller's 25-yard field goal, his 15th successful three-pointer in a row, made the final score 24-24.
For the third consecutive week Maryland rallied to win. This time the Terps trailed Clemson 23-17 in the third quarter before surging to a 41-23 victory. Of the Terps' 406 yards rushing, Alvin Blount had 214 and Tommy Neal 113.
Even though first-team tailback Greg Allen was sidelined by knee surgery and regular quarterback Eric Thomas had a hip pointer, Florida State knocked off Tennessee- Chattanooga 37-0, gaining 618 yards in the process. Rosie Snipes ran for 151 of the Seminoles' 454 yards on the ground, and Cletis Jones had 111.
"Everybody, including Russia, is pulling for TCU." So said Texas defensive tackle Tony Degrate before facing the Horned Frogs, who entered the game with an 8-1 record in their second winning season since 1965. One reason TCU had become such a crowd pleaser was that it had outscored opponents 83-16 in the third quarter. Thus, the Frogs didn't fret when they were trailing 10-9 at halftime. This time, though, the Longhorns won the third quarter 13-7 and dominated the fourth 21-7 to win 44-23.
SMU showed 31-0 victim Texas Tech how its big-play offense works by scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter—on a 27-yard gallop by Reggie Dupard, a 30-yard pass from Don King to Jeffrey Jacobs and a 55-yard punt return by Andrew Livingston. Conversely, Arkansas showed Texas A & M how to get the most out of a short-play attack by scoring touchdowns during a 28-0 victory on a pair of one-yard smashes and on a four-yard run.