Cadet quarterback Nate Sassaman put on a Purple Heart performance against BC by rushing for 136 yards and one touchdown and completing four of 10 passes for 38 yards while playing with three cracked ribs.
West Virginia's Mountaineers came to New Jersey hoping to wrap up the Lambert Trophy as the East's best team, but Rutgers beat them 23-19. The Scarlet Knights relied almost exclusively on their ground game, which netted 227 yards, 120 of them by Albert Smith. But two second-quarter passes by Rusty Hochberg also stung the Mountaineers. The first was a 52-yarder to Alan Andrews that set up a TD, and the second went to Andrew Baker for 36 yards and a score that made it 20-3.
Penn clinched at least a tie for its third straight Ivy League title by handing Harvard its worst loss in the schools' 55 meetings, 38-7. The Quakers, who led 10-7 at intermission, dominated the second half, which began with Penn's Steve Ortman returning the kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.
While beating San Diego State 34-3, Brigham Young displayed defensive strength along with its usual offensive might. The Cougars picked off three Aztec passes, pounced on a fumble and limited San Diego State to 165 yards' total offense, roughly half its normal production. With Robbie Bosco putting on one of his typical shows—24 pass completions in 44 attempts for 326 yards and two touchdowns—BYU earned its 21st win in a row. For variety, Kelly Smith loped 61 yards for another Cougar score, and Lee Johnson chipped in with a pair of field goals.
Cal State-Fullerton missed a golden chance while playing at the Las Vegas Silver Bowl, losing for the first time, 26-20 to UNLV. After Greg Steinke booted a 42-yard field goal with 1:05 remaining to cut the Vegas lead to six, the Titans recovered the ensuing onsides kick at the Rebel 48, and Damon Allen drove Fullerton to the UNLV 13 with 26 seconds to play. There, on fourth-and-four, Allen fired a pass to Van Camp-field, who tripped and fell while attempting to make the reception.
John Lee's foot and Steve Bono's arm carried UCLA past Oregon State 26-17. Lee kicked four field goals, and Bono passed for 188 yards and two TDs.
Montana State, which was 1-10 last season, was expected to finish at the bottom of the Big Sky Conference again. Last Saturday, though, the Bobcats topped off a big turnaround by beating Northern Arizona 41-3 and locking up first place. In the process they ran their season record to 8-2. In 2� periods against the Lumberjacks, Kelly Bradley completed 31 of 45 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns.
"We just kind of hunted and pecked," said coach Bill Yeoman after Houston bagged five Texas passes and four Longhorn fumbles during a 29-15 Southwest Conference upset in Austin. Early in the game it seemed the Cougars would bungle their way to their fifth loss. They fumbled the ball away on the third play from scrimmage, and four downs later Texas led 7-0. But as the proceedings unfolded, the Horns' Todd Dodge threw four interceptions and nine incompletions in his first 13 attempts. After finally completing two passes, Dodge threw another interception and was replaced by freshman Bret Stafford. On Stafford's first play, he fumbled away the snap. Houston dealt the once-tied Longhorns their first setback by scoring on three field goals by Mike Clendenen, a 79-yard pass from Gerald Landry to Anthony Ketchum, a seven-yarder from Landry to Carl Hilton and a 62-yard interception return by DeWayne Bowden.