Despite four turnovers and 14 penalties, SMU defeated Rice 33-12. The Mustangs rolled up 513 yards in total offense, with tailbacks Eric Dickerson and Craig James accounting for a total of 347. Dickerson ran for 186 yards on 26 carries and scored his 18th TD of the season on a 58-yard sprint. James, who carried 20 times, gained 161 yards.
For Texas Christian, its game at Texas Tech seemed to drag on longer than a performance of Nicholas Nickleby. After three periods the Horned Frogs were behind 32-15. Then came the final act: three TCU touchdowns and a safety caused by Linebacker Mike Dry, the son of Coach FA. Dry, who blocked a punt out of the end zone with 1:31 to go. When the curtain came down, the score was 39-39.
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