Because of NCAA sanctions, Clemson cannot appear in a bowl this season. Said Tiger Safety Tim Childers after his team had beaten North Carolina 16-3, "Coach [ Danny Ford] told us before the game if we won we would knock them out of the major bowls and maybe out of bowls altogether. So we figured, if we can't go to a bowl, then why should they?" Clemson held the Tar Heels to 111 rushing yards on 35 carries and forced four fumbles and an interception "We work hard for the money," Defensive Tackle Ray Brown said jokingly afterward, celebrating the triumph and hinting at one of the alleged reasons the Tigers are on probation. Asked for details, he replied. "I'm not saying how much, but we work hard for the money."
"I hate this place." said Oklahoma's freshman tailback. Spencer Tillman. "It wasn't a fun time." The place was Missouri's Faurot Field, where the Tigers shut out the Sooners 10-0 and knocked Tillman out of the game with a jammed neck. "We don't have a lot of nice guys on defense." said Missouri Defensive Coordinator Mark Heydorff. "They like to eel physical." The Tigers had live sacks and limited Oklahoma to minus-seven yards rushing in the first half and 91 in the second Said Heydorff "It used to be you'd see OU on the side of their helmets and you'd say, 'That's it.' Well it isn't that way anymore."
Pitt's strategy against Notre Dame was to run Tailback Joe McCall over 6'5", 275-pound Left Tackle Bill Fralic, who's known to his teammates as Mull "There are no words to describe what it's like to see him leading the way," said McCall, who picked up 116 yards in the Panthers' 21-16 win.
Ohio State smothered Indiana 56-17 on four touchdowns by Tailback Keith Byars. "The Buckeyes had two backs as big as our linemen." said Hoosier Coach Sam Wyche, who announced that he wasn't, as rumored, planning to take the head job with the Houston Oilers. "I have a job to do here, and I intend to do it."
Kent Stale ended the nation's longest major-college losing streak at 21 with a 37-13 victory over Eastern Michigan At the other end of the Mid-American Conference standings, unbeaten Toledo defeated Western Michigan 20-16. Rocket Cornerback Mark Brandon, who's a walk-on, picked off a pass to increase his Division I-A-leading interception total to nine.
"A miracle is something from God that drops out of the sky, said Baylor Coach Grain Teaff after the Bears 24-21 defeat of Arkansas. "We ran for 217 yards and passed for 326 and made 34 first downs. Buddy, this ain't no miracle." Still, with the score tied 21-21 in the fourth quarter, the Razor-backs missed two field-goal attempts, from 14 and 33 yards, and lost a fumble on the Baylor 19. And on the last play of the game. Bear Kicker Marty Jimmerson booted the winning three-pointer from 24 yards. Baylor used three quarterbacks—Cody Carlson and Tom Muecke on alternating possessions, and Allen Rice coming in to run the option in short-yardage situations—to rack up more yards (543) than any team has produced against Arkansas in seven years.
Texas edged Houston 9-3, but the Cougars' stunting defense scored a coup in holding the Longhorns to 98 total yards and three field goals. "Everything we tried they seemed to anticipate and had the right defense called," said Texas QB Todd Dodge, who completed two passes to his teammates and three to his opponents. Said Longhorn Guard Kirk McJunkin, "We'd come back to the huddle shrugging and asking what went wrong. I really didn't know what was happening."