WACO, Texas (AP) _ Reggie Miller ran for two touchdowns on end-arounds and Baylor stopped Houston in key situations Saturday to beat the Cougars 29-23.

Miller scored two third-quarter touchdowns of 14 and 9 yards. Prior to the game, he rushed only once this year for a 6-yard loss.

The loss dropped Houston to 2-3 in its Southwest Conference opener. Baylor improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the SWC.

Houston quarterback Donald Douglas brought the Cougars within striking distance on a 10-yard scoring pass to Ron Peters with 5:43 left in the game.

But Baylor controlled the ball from then on, mostly on inside runs by 260- pound Robert Strait.

The Bears took control in the third quarter after Baylor defensive end Albert Fontenot stripped the ball from quarterback Jimmy Klinger, who alternated with Douglas.

On the Houston 14, quarterback J.J. Joe pitched to Miller, who scampered around the left end and scored untouched to help Baylor take a 21-10 lead.

On the next series, Klinger connected on six passes, including a 2-yard scoring toss to Peters. Peters, however, dropped the two-point conversion pass, and Houston trailed 21-16.

Miller started Baylor's next drive with a juggling 39-yard reception, and ended it with another TD. Joe ran in for the two-point conversion, giving Baylor a 29-16 lead with 3:18 left in the third quarter.

In the first half, Baylor erased a 3-0 deficit and then stood strong near the goal line late in the second quarter to prevent Houston from taking a halftime lead.

Trailing 14-10, the Cougars drove to the 3, but lost six yards on two running plays and an incompletion. Houston couldn't even salvage a field goal as Trace Craft's 22-yarder sailed wide after a low center snap.

Earlier, Craft kicked a 47-yard field goal.

The Bears then produced a 75-yard drive on the ground, with Strait punching it through from the 1 for a 7-3 lead.

Baylor took a 14-3 lead after a 40-yard drive set up by linebacker Le'Shai Maston's interception of Douglas' pass.

But Douglas and the Cougars bounced right back, driving 77 yards on four running plays, with Lamar Smith bouncing off tackles to drive 36 yards into the end zone.