Houston, which still must play Rice, received an invitation to face Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl after beating Texas Tech 15-7. Tech, which ended up 1-9-1, led 7-3 late in the third quarter, when Cougar Quarterback Lionel Wilson hit Lonell Phea with a five-yard touchdown pass. Houston wrapped up the scoring in the final period with a field goal and a safety. Texas A&M, headed for the Independence Bowl against Oklahoma State, routed TCU 37-7 as junior Tailback Earnest Jackson rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
"I think guys like [Defensive Tackle] Phil Puzzuoli and myself and some of our offense would be great on Bourbon Street," said Pittsburgh Linebacker Sal Sunseri before the Panthers' 35-0 rout of Temple. Sunseri will find out how great when Pitt travels to New Orleans to play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. In winning their 17th game in a row, the No. 1-ranked Panthers recovered five Owl fumbles and intercepted two passes, and Quarterback Dan Marino completed 20 of 34 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns. But Marino also threw four interceptions, and Temple Defensive Back Sam Shaffer, who had two of them, said, "If I were a betting man, I'd pick Georgia." The Bulldogs defeated Temple 49-3 back in October.
Penn State flexed all sorts of muscle tuning up for this week's game with Pittsburgh. Tailback Jon Williams ran for 192 yards on 27 carries, and 6'2½", 270-pound Defensive Tackle Greg Gattuso set up the winning touchdown drive with a fourth-quarter interception as the Nittany Lions edged Notre Dame 24-21. After the game, when the Penn State team bus was unable to drive the half-mile from Beaver Stadium to the locker facilities because several parked cars were blocking the road. 10 players got out and lifted four of the cars out of the way. "Did you see me pick up one of those babies?" joked Coach Joe Paterno, whose team accepted an invitation to play Southern Cal in the Fiesta Bowl. Gattuso's interception, off Irish Quarterback Blair Kiel, came after Kiel had thrown 17-and four-yard TD passes to put Notre Dame ahead for the first time, 21-17. The Nittany Lions then went 82 yards in nine plays, with Quarterback Todd Blackledge scoring the winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 3:48 remaining.
In New Haven, 75,300 spectators watched Yale score its second straight shutout over Harvard, 28-0. The crowd was the largest to witness a football game in New England since the Harvard-Yale game of 1930, and included some pranksters from Princeton, who distributed a mock Yale Daily News announcing both an NCAA investigation of Harvard and Yale that might disqualify the two schools from the Ivy race, and the imminent resignation of Eli Coach Carmen Cozza. Noting the interest in The Game, Cozza said, "If I were a scalper this week, I wouldn't be a football coach." Just kidding, NCAA. Tailback Rich Diana and Split End Curtis Grieve scored two touchdowns apiece for the Elis, who finished 9-1 overall and tied for first in the league with Dartmouth. The Big Green beat Penn 33-13 to match Yale's 6-1 Ivy record and stay one ahead of the Elis—12 to 11—in league titles won or shared. Dartmouth Defensive Back Charles Williams set up one touchdown with a fumble recovery and returned an interception 42 yards for another. Led by Fullback Larry Van Pelt, who picked up 118 yards on 24 carries and scored a pair of TDs, Princeton clinched third place with a 37-14 victory over Cornell. Brown beat Columbia 23-20 as Running Back Billy Barrett scored the winning touchdown with 27 seconds remaining on a one-yard plunge.
Joe Morris ran for 168 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns to help Syracuse upset Peach Bowl-bound West Virginia 27-24. Quarterback Oliver Luck of the Mountaineers completed 34 of 48 passes for 360 yards and a pair of TDs, but he also threw four interceptions in the second half. Gary Anderson's 44-yard field goal with 4:13 to play—his 18th successful kick in 19 attempts this year, unofficially an NCAA percentage record (.947)—was the margin of victory for the Orangemen.
In the 117th renewal of the nation's most often contested rivalry, Lafayette beat Lehigh for the first time since 1976, 10-3. Boston College's 27-21 defeat of Rutgers sealed the Scarlet Knights' first losing season (5-6) in a decade.
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