Defense was the name of the game, 10-6, as seventh-ranked Notre Dame beat Southern Cal for the eighth straight year. No. 18 USC had beaten Penn State and Stanford, the only teams to defeat Notre Dame this season. But USC quarterback Todd Marinovich, though completing 26 of 39 for 273 yards, couldn't get the Trojans into the end zone.
Ty Detmer threw for 560 yards and five touchdowns and set an NCAA season record for passing yardage as No. 4 Brigham Young defeated Utah State, 45-10. His 4,869 yards beat the 4,699 amassed last year by Houston's Andre Ware. Detmer also increased to 23 straight his NCAA record streak of 300-yard passing games.
Art Greathouse's one-yard dive with 3:22 left lifted Arizona over Arizona State, 21-17, extending the Wildcats' nine-year unbeaten streak against the Sun Devils. Mississippi defeated Mississippi State, 21-9, for the third straight time and seventh in eight tries. Tony Sacca hit a 16-yard touchdown pass to David Daniels with 6:53 remaining to rally No. 11 Penn State past Pittsburgh, 22-17. Penn State's Blockbuster Bowl date with No. 28 Florida State is its 21st bowl in Coach Joe Paterno's 25 seasons.
No. 2 Miami stayed in the national championship race, handling Syracuse, 33-7, as Carlos Huerta set an NCAA record with his 136th consecutive extra point.
Butch Hadnot's 19-yard touchdown run and Michael Pollak's three field goals rallied No. 6 Texas to a 23-13 victory over Baylor, clinching the Longhorns' first Southwest Conference title in seven years. Texas will play in its 19th Cotton Bowl, against No. 2 Miami.
Alan Williams scored four touchdowns as William and Mary routed Massachusetts, 38-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. The Tribe thus has its first 10-win season and its first playoff victory in three tries the past five years. The Tribe will play Central Florida Saturday in the quarterfinals. Central Florida upset No. 2-seeded Youngstown State, 20-17.