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an electric 53-yard TD pass to Jason Phillips.
Dixon, meanwhile, was making sure that
fans didn't leave for a Coke during kick-
offs. He broke away in the third quarter for
a 94-yard TD return and ended the game
with 217 return yards, lVfe-times the previous school record.
The two records against SHSU was just
the beginning of a season-long assault on
the school record book, and the next game
— against Baylor — saw six more records
Most went to Ware, who threw for 404
yards, as the Cougars fell, 30-18. Ware also
completed 31 passes out of 62 attempts,
both new marks. And teammate Phillips
caught 14 of those,
boosting him into the
national lead for receptions per game.
though, by Baylor's
Robert Blackmon kept
the Cougars at arm's
length all evening.
Houston traveled to
College Station the
next Saturday, facing
Texas A&M team that
would eventually go to
the Cotton Bowl. Despite the opportunity
for a confidence-crushing blowout, UH
threatened the Aggies throughout the
game, finally falling, 22-17, as a final
fourth-quarter rally ended with a pair of
sacks by A&M defensive backs.
Kicker Chip Browndyke said of the
game, "We felt it was destiny for us to win.
They just shut the door on us."
Until that point, though, the Aggies
couldn't do much of anything with the
upstart UH team. Kimble Anders filled in
at the running back position for an injured
Sloan Hood and ran up 111 yards, including a two-yard TD dive, and caught a
touchdown pass that went 50 yards.
Meanwhile, the Cougar defense turned
in its best performance of the season, limiting the Ags to only 250 yards of offense
and shutting down the A&M running
backs to only 73 yards rushing.
Houston tried to regroup as it traveled
to Laramie, Wyo., to visit the Wyoming
Cowboys. This game was scheduled to replace the one lost when SMU cancelled its
season, and the Cowboys were proving to
be a major surprise; they would eventually
win the Western Athletic Conference and
host the Holiday Bowl.
For the second week in a row, the underdog Cougars almost bit a favored team,
but again saw the game slip away in the
final moments. A field
goal by Wyoming's
Greg Worker with one
second left put them
past UH, 37-35.
But perhaps a more
devastating loss came
in the first quarter
when Andre Ware suffered a broken left
forearm. Ed Powers
stepped in for Ware
and had a strong performance, completing
23 of 49 passes for 364
yards and three TDs.
Cornerback Johnny Jackson's two interceptions also helped. His second, with
only 1:30 left in the game, seemed to secure
the UH win. But UH couldn't find a running game it hadn't used all year long. Two
unsuccessful runs, and two Cowboys timeouts, forced the Cougars to punt.
Still, Simon Rodriguez's punt left Wyoming on the 17. James Loving made a
catch in the middle of Houston's prevent
defense and ran 65 yards to the UH 18.
Worker came on to kick his 35-yard field
goal and Wyoming escaped.
We felt it was destiny for us to win. They just shut the
door on us. kicker Chip Browndyke
122 University of Houston
Teammates Johnny Norwood (4) and Randy
Thornton (1) congratulate Johnny Jackson (10)
after Jackson returned another interception for a
touchdown against Texas. Jackson turned three
interceptions in to TDs that night. Photo by
Aggies on the bottom, Cougars on the top. Three
UH defenders fight to keep Texas A&M's Matt
Gurley (38) out of the end zone. Photo by John
A submarine tackle of defensive back Chris Ellison
(39) sends a Texas Tech receiver into a midair flip.
Photo by John Schmalz.
Although this pass hit Jason Phillips right in the
numbers during the Sam Houston game, it was not
one of his UH-record 99 receptions on the season.
Photo by Michael Davis.
Houston continued its four-game road
trip the next week by flying to Fay-
etteville to challenge Arkansas. Powers
earned the starting nod, but was pulled
quickly after he failed to move the Cougars. David Dacus, saw his first action
since the season opener.
Dacus rallied Houston and UH led,
17-14, in the fourth quarter when the
Razorbacks put together a 66-yard TD
drive to win it. It was UH's third straight
loss of less than a touchdown, and their
record of 1-5 was the worst in the Southwest Conference.
But hints at competitiveness were
blown away in the Fort Worth wind the
next week, as TCU crushed UH, 35-7.
The Frogs' Tony Jeffery ran for 194
yards and the TCU team combined for
352 rushing yards. About the only bright
spots of the game were Jason Phillips' 12
receptions, making the all-time school
leader in single-season catches, and Gary McGuire's 23 tackles from the middle
At home against the Texas Long-
horns, UH rebounded convincingly, exploding to a 60-40 win over the Horns,
who were hoping to lock up a Cotton