Peter Gardere completed seven consecutive passes in two third-quarter scoring drives as Texas took over the Southwest Conference lead with a 24-20 victory over seventh-ranked Arkansas Saturday at Fayetteville, Ark.
Gardere, a redshirt freshman who sparked an upset of Oklahoma last week, is 3-0 as a starter. Texas is 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference. Arkansas is 5-1 and 2-1.
Texas, trailing 14-13 at the half and facing a wind that gusted to 19 m.p.h., dominated the third quarter. During the period, the Longhorns held a 7-1 edge in first downs and outgained Arkansas, 130-26.
Gardere completed four consecutive passes for 48 yards as the Longhorns took the second-half kickoff and moved 80 yards in 14 plays.
Winfred Tubbs covered the final yard, and Chris Samuels scored on a two-point conversion that made it 21-14.
The Longhorns started their next possession from their 39-yard line. Gardere completed passes of 17 and 18 yards to Tony Jones as the Longhorns reached the Arkansas 13. But Patrick Williams blitzed Gardere into an 11-yard loss, and the Longhorns settled for Wayne Clements' 42-yard field goal with 13:04 to play.
Texas A&M; 14, Baylor 11--Quarterback Lance Pavlas scrambled 34 yards for a first down, then ran one yard for a touchdown with a minute remaining as the 23rd-ranked Aggies won at Waco, Tex.
Texas A&M; improved its record to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference; Baylor dropped to 3-4 and 2-2.
Baylor's Jeff Ireland, who kicked three field goals, missed a 60-yard attempt with 30 seconds left.
Texas Tech 41, Rice 25--James Gray rushed for 227 yards in 33 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders at Lubbock, Tex.
Rice led 13-0 before falling to 1-5-1 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The Red Raiders improved to 5-2 and 2-2.
Gray ran for touchdowns of 36, 23, 12 and three yards and finished his scoring with a 15-yard touchdown reception. He had 162 yards rushing by halftime.
Rice's Donald Hollas completed 21 of 42 passes for 166 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown. He rushed for 91 yards.
Tulsa 31, Louisville 24--Quarterback T.J. Rubley threw two touchdown passes to Dan Bitson, and the Golden Hurricane defense held off a Cardinals' comeback at Tulsa, Okla.
Rubley, who completed 11 of 22 passes for 189 yards, threw touchdown passes of 32 and seven yards to Bitson. David Fuess kicked field goals of 46 and 36 yards to stake Tulsa (5-3) to a 21-0 halftime lead. Louisville is 3-3.