No. 16 Houston 95, Southern Meth. 21
HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston became the first team in major college history to gain 1,000 yards in a game and Andre Ware threw six touchdown passes to set three NCAA records as the 16th-ranked Cougars beat Southern Methodist 95-21 Saturday.
Houston, entering the game with the nation’s top-ranked offense, gained 1,021 yards, shattering the previous NCAA Division I-A record of 883 by Nebraska against New Mexico State in 1982.
SMU is playing its first season of football after two years off following imposition on the NCAA death penalty.
Houston, the last major college team to score 100 points - in a 100-6 victory over Tulsa in 1968 - took a 59-14 halftime lead as Ware completed 25 of 41 passes for an NCAA record 517 yards in a half. He broke the record of 372 yards by Brigham Young’s Jim McMahon in 1980.
Ware removed his shoulder pads and sat on the sidelines for the second half, but the Cougars kept scoring with backup David Klingler throwing four touchdown passes.
Ware’s five touchdown passes in the second quarter broke the previous standard of four, held by eight other passers.
His 340 passing yards in the second quarter also broke the NCAA record of 304 by Texas-El Paso’s Brooks Dawson in 1968.
Ware now has 27 touchdown passes this season, breaking his own Southwest Conference record of 24 set last season.
Houston pulled steadily away from the outmanned Mustangs as Ware threw touchdown passes of 62 yards to Paul Smith, 7 to Patrick Cooper, 40 and 87 to Brian Williams and 3 and 28 to Manny Hazard.
Williams’ 87-yard touchdown catch from Ware broke McMahon’s yardage record. On the firts play of the next possession - the 28-yard TD pass to Hazard - Ware broke the second-quarter touchdown record.
Weatherspoon scored on runs of 2 and 54 yards and Roman Anderson kicked a 28-yard field goal for the Cougars in the first quarter.
Weatherspoon gained 207 yards on 15 carries and scored his third touchdown on a 22-yard run in the third quarter.
Smith caught six passes, three for touchdowns, and an SWC record 255 yards.
Wide receiver Greg Bellard recovered a fumble by teammate Rongea Hill in the end zone for SMU’s first touchdown and Mike Romo later hit Korey Beard with a 2-yard touchdown pass. The Mustangs scored again in the second half on a 26-yard run by Kevin Love.
The Cougars now are 5-1 and 2-1 in the SWC. SMU is 1-5 and 0-5.