Texas Christian 49, Houston 45
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Matt Vogler threw three touchdown passes, the last to Stephen Shipley with 28 seconds remaining, and Texas Christian capitalized on a punter’s nightmare to escape with a 49-45 Southwest Conference victory over Houston Saturday afternoon.
Vogler winged scoring shots of 4 and 16 yards, sneaked in once himself and hit Shipley in the end zone with a 15-yarder as the Horned Frogs (7-4 overall, 4-4 Southwest Conference) finished their first winning season since 1984.
The Cougars fell to 4-6 and 3-4, despite a spectacular record-breaking afternoon by David Klingler, who completed 30 of 62 passes for 429 yards overall and four touchdowns, all in the second quarter.
Only 1:34 remained on the clock when Vogler took the Frogs 60 yards in four plays for the winning touchdown, the key being a 27-yard reception by Kelly Blackwell.
TCU defenders prevented Houston punter Charles Langston from getting off three attempted punts and the Horned Frogs turned all the miscues into touchdowns in a game that swung back and forth from start to finish.
Texas Christian jumped to a 14-0 lead on a 2-yard run by Curtis Modkins and a 4-yard reception by Blackwell, who caught 11 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns and set an NCAA record for career receptions by a tight end with 181.
Klingler, fighting the flu all week, threw touchdown passes of 25, 17 and 41 yards to Marcus Grant and a fourth scoring shot of 26 yards to Verlond Brown as the Cougars rang up 28 points in the second quarter for a 35-21 halftime lead.
The Frogs came back in the third period to tie the score on Vogler’s 16- yard pass to Shipley and an 8-yard shovel pass from Mike Noack to Blackwell.
The tying touchdown came on a faked field goal attempt.
Vogler capped a 54-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard run with 13:40 left in the fourth period that gave TCU a 42-35 lead.
Roman Anderson’s 49-yard field goal cut the lead to four points and TiAndre Sanders put Houston back in front with a 2-yard run with 4:38 remaining.
Houston defender Lorenzo Dickson appeared to have killed off a last-ditch TCU rally with an interception at the Cougar 18 with 2:24 to play. But the defense held and Vogler, playing with a painful sprained hip, launched the critical closing drive.
Despite the loss, Klingler broke former teammate Andre Ware’s school record of 660 career completions set during his Heisman Trophy year of 1989. Klingler, a senior, has 685 with one game remaining against Texas Tech.
Blackwell broke the career tight end reception record of 178 set in 1980-83 by Gordon Hudson of Brigham Young.