Peter Gardere threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Cash on fourth and seven with two minutes to play, rallying Texas to a 14-13 upset of previously unbeaten, fourth-ranked Oklahoma before a sell-out 75,587 yesterday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
It was the second consecutive year Gardere beat the Sooners on a late pass. He threw a 25-yarder to Johnny Walker with 1:33 left as the Longhorns upset Oklahoma, 28-24, last season. And in both seasons, Charles Franks was the beaten defender.
"It was sort of the same kind of play as last year," Franks said. "This was more of a post route. I guess I'm being picked on."
Yesterday's game ended when Oklahoma's R.D Lashar sent a 47-yard field-goal attempt outside the left of the upright at the gun.
Oklahoma is 5-1 and Texas 3-1. Texas leads the series, 49-32-4.
Gardere took Texas on a 91-yard, 12-play drive, furthered by running back Butch Hadnot's gains of 21 and 16 yards.
Greg DeQuassie was flagged for interference to give Texas a first down at the Oklahoma 19 on third and eight. After three plays gained only three yards, Gardere found Cash in the end zone just inside Franks.
Michael Pollak kicked the winning extra point.
Houston 36, Texas A&M 31: Chuck Weatherspoon scored his second touchdown on a one-yard dive with 20 seconds left to lift the 12th-ranked Cougars past the 20th-ranked Aggies in a Southwest Conference game in Houston.
Houston (5-0, 4-0), which has won nine straight games, had lost five straight to the Aggies (4-2, 1-1).
The Cougars, who fell behind by 17-0 in the first quarter, took advantage of Kenny Perry's interception of Bucky Richardson's pass at the Houston 5 with 5:12 left.
Weatherspoon led the winning drive with a 30-yard run to the Cougars 36 and David Klingler completed a 41-yard pass to Verlond Brown to the Aggies 41.
Texas Tech 49, Arkansas 44: Jamie Gill beat the Razorbacks (2-3, 0-2 in the SWC) with two long touchdown passes and the Red Raiders (2-4, 1-3) withstood a frantic rally led by quarterback Quinn Grovey in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Red Raiders' victory is only the second against Arkansas since 1976 and their sixth in 34 tries.
They led by 49-20 with 13:33 left, but Grovey ran for two touchdowns and threw a fourth-down scoring pass, and Tech's Ronald Ferguson misplayed a kickoff into a safety as Arkansas closed within 49-44 with 8:45 left.
The 44 points are the most ever by a losing team in a SWC game. Texas was beaten 60-40 by Houston in 1987 and Rice lost 46-40 to Baylor in 1984.
Baylor 52, SMU 17: In Waco, Tex., J.J. Joe threw two touchdowns and kept two more scoring drives alive -- one by recovering a teammate's fumble and another by running for a first down -- as Baylor easily won an SWC game.
TCU 38, Rice 28: In Fort Worth, sophomore Leon Clay threw three touchdowns and ran for one, propelling Texas Christian (5-1, 3-0 in the SWC) to its fifth straight victory. The Owls fell to 2-4 and 0-3.
Louisiana Tech 35, Tulsa 21: Gene Johnson threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Brown during a 21-point third quarter in Tulsa. The Bulldogs are 4-3.
After offsetting personal fouls in the fourth quarter, a fight broke out on the next play, stopping the game for 10 minutes. Six Louisiana Tech players and four Tulsa players were ejected.
UTEP 12, Hawaii 10: Jason Gillespie's school-record-tying fourth field goal, with 2:14 left, won the game in El Paso.
Gillespie's 20-yard kick raised UTEP's record to 1-3 overall and 3-4 in the WAC. Hawaii is 2-3 and 1-2. Chris Jacke kicked four field goals for UTEP against Colorado State in 1988.
Rainbows kicker Zerin Kahn was short on a 58-yarder with three seconds left.