Cliff Stoudt quarterbacked the Pittsburgh Steelers 90 and 80 yards to touchdowns in the third quarter, ending the second drive with his first scoring pass this season, and the Steelers beat the Houston Oilers, 40-28, today.
Houston lost its 10th straight.
Gary Anderson kicked four field goals in the first half, tying a club record he did not get a chance to break, as Stoudt, starting his third game in place of injured Terry Bradshaw, failed to move the Steelers into the end zone against a fierce goal line defense.
"I made some real bad decisions, some bad throws," said Houston quarterback Archie Manning, who was intercepted four times. "I played lousy, that's all."
Safety Ron Johnson intercepted at the goal line to stop a drive in the second quarter, and interceptions by cornerbacks Donnie Shell and San Washington led directly to Anderson field goals. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers' defense scored on its own: Linebacker Bryan Hinkle caught a deflected pass and ran 14 yards for a touchdown that made it 33-7.
Franco Harris gained 115 yards on 26 carries and needs 34 yards to move past O.J. Simpson as the No. 2 all-time rusher.