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Missouri Valley champ Tulsa beat North Texas State 38-20. The Mean Green lost despite the efforts of Flanker Marvin Walker, who tied an NCAA record for all levels of play by making 22 catches for 164 yards.
Ohio State, which had already said goodby to its Rose Bowl dreams, dumped Pasadena-bound Michigan 24-14. The Buckeyes thus earned a chance to meet BYU in the Holiday Bowl. In a cold drizzle in Columbus, Ohio State forced six turnovers and broke away from a 14-14 tie in the fourth period.
A 24-18 victory at Michigan State put Iowa in the Peach Bowl against Tennessee. Following a 24-0 defeat of Minnesota that lifted Wisconsin's record to 6-5, Badger players were so ecstatic about their invitation to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. that they danced around the field.
Wisconsin's bowl opponent will be Kansas State, which beat Colorado 33-10. The 6-4-1 Wildcats' first-ever bowl bid vindicated Coach Jim Dickey, who redshirted 16 players in '81 with an eye to making 1982 the school's second winning season in 28 years.
Oklahoma State clinched third place in the Big Eight by drubbing Iowa State 49-3. National rushing leader Ernest Anderson, who was nursing a broken rib, carried 43 times for the Cowboys and gained 160 yards.
Gray and orange were the predominant colors in the second half as Louisiana State overpowered Florida State 55-21. The gray was a dense fog that rolled into Tiger Stadium from the nearby Mississippi River. The orange came in the form of thousands of oranges hurled onto the field during the wild goings-on in Baton Rouge. As the game ended, there was one final, humongous salvo of oranges, celebrating LSU's clinching an Orange Bowl berth.
This matchup involved a Florida State team that was second in total offense in Division I-A (485.7 yards a game) and an LSU squad that was second in total defense (213.4 yards a game). Although the Tigers gave up 425 yards, they got 620 of their own. Alan Risher passed for 212 yards and started the scoring with a 46-yard pass to Dalton Hilliard. Hilliard also scored on runs of two, one and 28 yards as part of his 36-carry, 183-yard night. With Tulane still on the regular-season schedule, Hilliard has 16 touchdowns, a I-A record for a freshman.
Seven SEC teams were chosen for bowls. In addition to LSU and Tennessee (Peach), Georgia (idle) will meet Penn State in the Sugar, Alabama (idle) will face Illinois in the Liberty, Florida (a 21-7 winner at Tulane) will take on Arkansas in the Bluebonnet, Auburn (idle) will face Boston College in the Tangerine and Vanderbilt (a 27-16 victor over Tennessee- Chattanooga) will go to the Hall of Fame game to meet Air Force.