Frank Pollard gained 123 yards and Walter Abercrombie 104 today as the Pittsburgh Steelers kept winning under backup quarterback David Woodley. Their 30-7 victory over the Houston Oilers was their third straight NFL victory. They will play the Washington Redskins Sunday in Pittsburgh.
None of the Steelers' runners had had a 100-yard game this season. The last time two of their runners gained more than 100 yards in the same game was when Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier did it in a 21-0 victory over Houston in 1976.
Woodley, Pollard and Abercrombie each scored once and Gary Anderson's field goals of 52, 31 and 34 yards extending his streak to 10.
Houston's quarterback, Warren Moon, left the rough game late in the first quarter with a hip injury and his team finished with only 163 total yards. Pittsburgh's Rich Erenberg and Mark Catano pulled hamstrings and linebacker Avon Riley of the Oilers hurt an ankle.
Anderson's 52-yard kick, third-longest of his career, and Pollard's two-yard dive gave the Steelers a 10-0 lead at the half.
Pollard's touchdown ended an 85-yard drive in which the Oilers were flagged three times. Cornerback Steve Brown was caught holding twice. His first penalty cost the Oilers Jeff Donaldson's 10-yard sack. The second time, Woodley had thrown incomplete on third down. Given first down at the Oilers' two, Woodley sent Pollard over on the next play.
"Granted, I might have held one time," Brown said later, "but after that it seemed like it was automatic holding."
Linebacker Frank Bush of the Oilers recovered a fumble at the Steelers' 21 to set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Mike Rozier early in the third quarter but the Oilers couldn't capture the momentum.
The Steelers scored 20 straight points on Anderson's 31- and 34-yarders, Woodley's one-yard dive and Abercrombie's five-yard run.