Joe Morris rushed for three touchdowns and became the second player in Giants history to run for more than 1,000 yards, and Phil Simms threw two scoring passes today to help move New York into a first-place tie in the NFC East with a 35-14 NFL victory over the Houston Oilers.

Morris, who entered the game with 925 yards, went over the 100-yard mark for the fifth time this season with 129 yards on 25 carries. Ron Johnson rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the Giants in 1970 and 1972.

The three touchdowns increased Morris' NFL-leading total to 17.

Simms completed 13 of 24 passes for 234 yards to help the Giants improve to 9-5 and tie the Cowboys, who lost, 50-24, to Cincinnati. New York is at Dallas next Sunday.

Houston (5-9) lost for the fourth time in five games. Warren Moon, playing for the first time since Nov. 17, completed 26 of 47 passes for 330 yards, two interceptions, two touchdowns and was sacked three times.

Morris rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries and scored three times in the first half as New York scored on its first two possessions before building a 35-14 lead.

The Giants opened the game by driving 68 yards to the Houston 12 in 11 plays. On first and 10, Morris broke away from Robert Lyles behind the line, then got away from two more defenders and scored.