Tyrone Thurman, smallest player in college football, returned the game's first punt 74 yards for a touchdown to get Texas Tech started to a 27-21 Southwest Conference football upset of 15th-ranked Texas A&M yesterday in Lubbock.
Thurman, a 5-foot-3, 130-pound junior, followed blocks by Monty Melcher and James Mosley down the sideline for a 7-0 lead 85 seconds into the game. Three minutes later, Texas Tech's Billy Joe Tolliver passed to flanker Wayne Walker for a 76-yard touchdown.
The Red Raiders (3-2 overall and 1-1 in the SWC) preserved the victory with three interceptions, two in the last minutes.
Arkansas 20, TCU 10: James Rouse scored two second-half touchdowns to rally the Razorbacks (3-1, 1-0) to an SWC victory in Fort Worth over the Horned Frogs (2-2, 0-1).
The Razorbacks fell behind, 10-0, before Rouse and quarterback Quinn Grovey got the offense untracked.
Texas 45, Rice 26: Darron Norris ran 58 and 34 yards for touchdowns and took a screen pass 38 yards for a third score in Austin.
Norris finished with 123 yards on 11 carries. Texas tailback Eric Metcalf from Arlington, Va., had 157 yards on 17 carries, including a 59-yard touchdown.
Texas (2-2) next will play Oklahoma. Rice (2-3) has lost 22 straight to Texas, this one after holding a 17-14 halftime lead. Safety John Hagy's one-handed interception and 29-yard return put Texas ahead, 21-17.
Baylor 30, Houston 18: Brad Goebel passed for 301 yards and two Bears touchdowns and safety Robert Blackmon ran two interceptions for scores to overcome a record-breaking passing game by the home team's Andre Ware.
Ware, in his second collegiate start, was 31 of 62 for a school-record 404 yards. Jason Phillips caught a Cougars-record 14 passes for 175 yards. But Blackmon returned the two interceptions 10 yards each for touchdowns.
Goebel completed 25 of 41 for Baylor (4-1, 2-0 SWC). Houston is 1-2, 0-1.
Grambling 28, Prairie View 7: Ten players were ejected from the SWAC game in Dallas -- six from Grambling and four from Prairie View -- after a fourth-quarter brawl broke out off a five-yard touchdown scramble by Fred Jones for a 21-7 Tigers lead.
Grambling is 2-2, Prairie View 0-4-1. The Panthers were playing their first game under Coach Haney Catchings, who took over after Conway Hayman was fired.