Rookie halfback Butch Woolfolk, upstaging the return of teammate Rob Carpenter, scored his first two NFL touchdowns today -- including the winning score on a twisting, one-handed catch with 3:30 left--to rally the New York Giants to a 17-14 victory over the Houston Oilers.
The Giants (2-3) had segments of the crowd of 71,184 chanting, "Strike, Strike," as the Oilers (1-4) took a 14-3 lead early in the fourth period but Woolfolk ended a 55-yard drive with his first pro score, a two-yard run with 6:29 left, pulling the Giants within 14-10.
Woolfolk, the Giants' first-round draft pick from Michigan, caught six passes for 102 yards and gained 62 yards on 16 carries. Carpenter, in his first game since ending a contract dispute, gained 48 yards on 12 carries.
After Houston failed to gain a first down, the Giants took over on their 19 and drove for the winning score, helped by a 37-yard pass interference penalty against Oilers' safety Vernon Perry at the Houston 40.
On the next play, Brunner, 18 of 30 for 289 yards, found Woolfolk down the left sideline and Woolfolk reached for the ball with his right hand at the 12, pulled it to his chest and went into the end zone.
"I never made a catch like that before," Woolfolk said later.