Houston rolls, as Klingler sets record


HOUSTON -- Another game, another record for David Klingler.

The Houston quarterback did it again last night, setting an NCAA record with six touchdown passes in the second quarter, as the 12th-ranked Cougars clobbered Louisiana Tech, 73-3. Klingler finished with nine touchdown passes, two short of the record he set last year against Eastern Washington.

Klingler, who set or tied 33 NCAA marks last season, broke the record of five touchdown passes in a quarter set by Houston's Andre Ware and Florida State's Peter Tom Willis in 1989.

Klingler, who sat out the fourth quarter, completed 36 of 57 passes for 510 yards with no interceptions. He set the NCAA mark of 716 passing yards last year against Arizona State.

"With the defense holding, it was just a matter of time before they got run down and worn out," Klingler said.

Houston coach John Jenkins was accused last season of running up the score against outmanned opponents. But Tech coach Raymond Peace didn't complain about the lopsided margin.

"I have been friends with John a long time," Peace said. "That's not his fault; it's mine.

"There is not really anything good to come out of this game. We didn't execute, and they had better personnel than we had. There will be better days."

Klingler didn't throw a touchdown pass in the first quarter, but went wild in the second period with scoring tosses of 15 and 16 yards to John Brown III, 60 yards to Freddie Gilbert, 6 yards to Verlond Brown and 5 and 7 yards to Tracy Good.

He threw three additional touchdown passes in the third quarter before being replaced by his younger brother Jimmy, who completed a 50-yarder to Sherman Smith on his first college pass.

Klingler said he continued to play in the third quarter because he wanted to work with his inexperienced offensive line.

"I needed to work with Freddie and our offensive line under game situations," Klingler said. "It wasn't a matter of getting more yards or scoring more touchdowns."

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