A hula dancer greeted Maryland players in the locker room after a 45-14 blowout of Virginia that earned the Terps a spot in the first Aloha Bowl in Hawaii.
Despite being sacked four times and being helped off the field twice with bruised ribs, Ben Bennett led Duke to a 23-17 upset of North Carolina. His five-yard pass to Carl Franks early in the final period broke a 17-17 tie. For Bennett, a junior, that was his 38th career TD pass, an ACC record. Carolina's consolation: a Sun Bowl berth against Texas.
Clemson, last year's national champion, will not appear in a bowl. That decision was announced by Clemson President Bill Atchley early in the week and came as a prelude to NCAA and ACC penalties for recruiting violations that are expected to be announced this week. Clemson did retain in-state bragging rights by beating South Carolina 24-6.
Louisiana Tech (9-2) pulled off a 13-6 upset at Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles, who had stunned Alabama the week before, had their option game bottled up by the Bulldogs and by six turnovers.
Coach John Ayers Merritt notched his fifth unbeaten season in 20 years at Tennessee State as his Tigers (9-0-1) defeated North Carolina A&T 34-6.
Pitt's offense was alternately lethal and lethargic during a 52-6 rout of Rutgers. After scoring on its first three possessions, the Panther attack sputtered for the next 22 minutes. Then, in the third quarter, Pitt blew the game apart by scoring on five consecutive possessions. Dan Marino did some of his best passing of the season, completing 22 of 30 attempts for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Pitt's defense was its consistent self, which is to say viselike, allowing a mere 76 yards in total offense.
West Virginia's first shutout since 1977—26-0 over Syracuse—led to a spot in the Gator Bowl against Florida State. The Mountaineers got four field goals from Paul Wood-side, who has kicked a Division I-A-record 28 in 31 attempts this year.
News flash: Game delayed by tangerines. After Boston College fans, exuberant over the tendering of the Tangerine Bowl bid, rained tangerines on the field during a 35-10 victory over Holy Cross, Eagle Coach Jack Bicknell held up the game and ordered his players to police the area. Cleanliness counted: After the game BC officially accepted its first bowl invite in 40 years.
Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn finished in a tie for the Ivy League title. The Big Green earned its share by beating Princeton 43-20, and the Crimson got into the act by clobbering Yale 45-7. Penn missed a chance for a solo reign by losing 23-0 at Cornell. Big Red Coach Bob Blackman thus ended his 34-year career with a 202-118-9 record. In the last of 323 games at 60-year-old Baker Field in Manhattan, Brown beat Columbia 35-21.