Houston Slips Past Chiefs, 7-6

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

Houston quarterback Brent Pease threw 3 pass interceptions and was booed by his own fans, but he didn’t let it get him down.

Pease, who came in when Cody Carlson broke his thumb in the first quarter Sunday, ran 4 yards for the only touchdown late in the third quarter and the Oilers got past the Kansas City Chiefs, 7-6.

“It was a good call by the coaches,” Pease said of his touchdown. “The defense followed Allen (Pinkett), and I was wide open.”

Pease led the replacement Oilers during the players’ strike last season, but faded into obscurity until Carlson was injured.


Prior to his touchdown, Pease called 2 consecutive time outs at the goal line, and the crowd roared its disapproval.

“I called the time out because of confusion,” he said. “We had a different set, and I was messed up. You get in there and try not to make mistakes.

“The main thing is I didn’t want to do anything to help us lose the game today. It’s hard to get thrown into a game like that, but I’m happy with the win. Their secondary is good, but I overthrew the ball.”

Pease’s first pass was intercepted and he was 0 for 9 at one point. He finished 3 for 14 for 26 yards.


Carlson has started the Oilers’ last 5 games because Warren Moon has a shoulder injury. Moon is eligible to come back next week, and Oilers’ Coach Jerry Glanville will be happy to see him.

“I think I’m going to take Warren out after the game and throw with him,” said Glanville, whose team has won 7 straight games at the Astrodome.

Houston (4-2), the most penalized team in the league, had 2 touchdowns and an interception nullified because of penalties. They finished with 12 penalties for 121 yards. Kansas City had 9 for 90.

Houston kicker Tony Zendejas missed field goals of 37 and 50 yards and has missed 8 of 12 attempts this season and 6 of his last 7. But he made the game-winning extra point.

The Oilers had just 230 yards in offense, all but 24 on the ground. Mike Rozier rushed for 141 yards in 27 carries.

Kansas City (1-4-1) scored on field goals of 28 and 51 by Nick Lowery in the first half.