Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
And then there were none - no unbeaten teams left in the National Football League last night afte two days of upsets.
The Houston Oilers made two majestic stands on defense in the closing minutes to preserve a 24-17 victory over Pittsburgh that ended the Steelers' streak at seven games. Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell's third touchdown put the Oilers ahead to stay in the fourth period.
The Oilers took over second place in the American Football Conference East with a 5-3 record, two games behind Pittsburgh, 7-1.
The Steelers made several mistakes in their race against the clock as the Oilers went 78 yards for the touchdown that gave them a 24-10 advantage with 10 minutes, 11 seconds remaining.
Defensive end L C. Greenwood of the Steelers was offside on the play prior to the score when Campbell fumbled on second and goal to go and the Steelers recovered.
Taken off the hook by Greenwood, Campbell scored on the next play.
The Steelers responded by going 50 yards to score after Larry Anderson ran back the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to the 50.
The Steelers had a touchdown pass by Terry Bradshaw to wide receiver Lynn Swann called back when offensive tackle Jon Kolb was penalized for holding, and Bradshaw lost 11 more yards on a fumble while trying to pass.
Bradshaw's luck changed a bit, but he had to pay for it physically when, after running 15 yards, an unnecessary roughness penalty against left cornerback a first down on the Houston 14-yard line.
On third and two at the Houston six, Bradshaw passed to Swann for a touchdown.
Roy Gerela delivered an onside kick that was recovered by teammate Jack Delaplaine on the Pittsburgh 46.
Bradshaw passed four straight times to tight end Randy Grossman, whose nine catches were two short of the club record held by Roy Jefferson.
There was nearly four minutes left when Bradshaw passed wildly on first down to Swann and was intercepted for the first time in 67 attempts.
There were 105 seconds left when the Steelers got their last shot, from the Houston 41-yard line.
With the clock cutting down on his options and no timeouts left, Bradshaw made a questionable call on third-and-10 at the Houston 14, when he had Franco Harris run the ball with 34 seconds remaining. He was stopped after three yards.
The Oilers teed off on Bradshaw on fourth-and-seven and his hurried throw was too low for Swann.
Dan Pastorini was able to get off 43 running plays to 31 for the Steelers as fullback Campbell carried 21 times for 89 yards and a 4.2 average. The quarterback tried only 19 passes and completed 13 of them for 160 yards without being sacked or intercepted.
Bradshaw tried 33 passers as he was forced to play catch-up ball. He hit on 17, had about four dropped by his receivers, and was sacked once as he gained 226 yards.