With a 37-12 upset of Texas, Texas A&M was 6-5, and coach Jackie Sherrill had his first winning season in three years in College Station. Led by Raymond Tate, who ran for 205 yards and scored three TDs, Houston overcame a 14-13 halftime deficit to defeat Rice 38-26 and earn a Cotton Bowl berth.
In honor of the penalties that the NCAA recently imposed on Florida's football program, Florida State fans dubbed their showdown with the Gators the Tallahassee Pro-Am. "Hey, what am I laughing at?" said Seminole coach Bobby Bowden. "We're the amateurs." Florida State looked it, giving up four turnovers and losing 27-17. Georgia Tech took six turnovers from Georgia to beat the Dawgs 35-18. The victory was the Yellow Jackets' first over Georgia in any varsity sport since 1982.
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