With Theron McClendon carrying 46 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns, unbeaten McNeese (La.) State drubbed Louisiana Tech 41-7 and clinched the Southland title.
1. ALABAMA (9-0)
2. FLORIDA STATE (9-0)
3. AUBURN (7-2)
"We don't turn on the lights for visiting teams unless there's a $400 deposit," Texas Coach Fred Akers was told when his Longhorns went to the Astrodome for a Friday workout before taking on Houston. So Akers shelled out $400 and the lights went on. The next day, Texas turned out the Cougars' lights, ending their unbeaten season 21-13 by forcing four turnovers and blocking two punts. Donnie Little of the Longhorns scored on runs of five and 15 yards, the latter the clincher with 1:25 left.
"Exquisite technicians." That's what Baylor Coach Grant Teaff called Arkansas early in the week. The Razorbacks were anything but exquisite during the first 38 minutes against the Bears, trailing 17-0. During the last 22 minutes, though, the Hogs proved Teaff to be correct as they turned three turnovers into 17 points, scored on a bomb and added a safety. The big play in Arkansas' 29-20 comeback win came when Robert Farrell hauled in a pass from Kevin Scanlon and turned it into a 60-yard touchdown with 3:22 to go. All of which left Houston, Texas and Arkansas tied for first in the SWC.
1. TEXAS (7-1)
2. HOUSTON (8-1)
3. ARKANSAS (8-1)