Klingler Comes Out Slinging: Nine Touchdown Passes in a 73-3 Victory : Houston: He has a record six scoring throws in the second quarter.

From Associated Press

David Klingler threw nine touchdown passes, including an NCAA-record six in the second quarter, as 12th-ranked Houston beat Louisiana Tech, 73-3, Saturday night.

Klingler, who set or tied 33 NCAA marks last season, broke the record of five touchdown passes in a quarter set by Houston’s Andre Ware and Florida State’s Peter Tom Willis in 1989.

Klingler, who sat out the fourth quarter, completed 36 of 57 passes for 510 yards with no interceptions.

The senior quarterback didn’t throw a touchdown pass in the first quarter, but in the second period had scoring tosses of 15 and 16 yards to John Brown III, 60 yards to Freddie Gilbert, six yards to Verlond Brown and five and seven yards to Tracy Good.


Klingler’s final touchdown pass of the quarter went to Good with 59 seconds remaining. Good and John Brown each caught three touchdown passes in the game.

Klingler threw three more touchdown passes in the third quarter before being replaced by his younger brother, Jimmy, who completed a 50-yarder to Sherman Smith on his first college pass.

Gilbert, in his first game with the Cougars after transferring from UCLA, caught 11 passes for 180 yards.

Klingler said he continued to play in the third quarter because he wanted to work with his inexperienced offensive line.


“I needed to work with Freddie and our offensive line under game situations,” Klingler said.

“It wasn’t a matter of getting more yards or scoring more touchdowns.”

Louisiana Tech, which lost to Houston, 60-0, in 1988, held the Cougars to a 3-3 tie in the first quarter. But Klingler put Houston ahead with his first scoring pass of the season, a 15-yarder to John Brown with 12:47 remaining in the second quarter.

Last season, Klingler set single-season marks for touchdown passes (54) and total offense (5,221).