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Houston 95, SMU 21

By RICHARD LUNA, UPI Sports Writer

HOUSTON -- Heisman Trophy candidate Andre Ware threw for 517 yards and six touchdowns and broke three NCAA records Saturday, and the Houston Cougars shattered the NCAA mark for total offense in a game with 1,021 yards in a 95-21 Southwest Conference rout of Southern Methodist.

Houston broke the 1,000-yard barrier on its final possession but passed up a chance to break 100 points by running out the clock from the SMU 17. The Cougars were the last college football team to top 100 points with a 100-6 victory over Tulsa in 1968.

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Ware completed 25 of 41 passes with one interception and did not play in the second half, also broke his Southwest Conference mark for TD passes in a season. He threw strikes of 62, 7, 40, 3, 87 and 28 yards, giving him 27 for the season and breaking his own mark of 25, set in 1988.

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Ware has now completed 187 of 308 passes for 2,584 yards and 10 interceptions this season.

The Cougars' 1,021 yards total offense broke the NCAA mark of 883 set by Nebraska against New Mexico State in 1982.

Overall, four NCAA and three SWC marks were established Saturday by the Cougars, who tied a fifth NCAA mark with their 10 touchdown passes. Backup quaterback David Klingler had four TD scores along with Ware's six.

Ware's 517 yards were the most passing yards in a half, breaking the NCAA mark of 372 set by BYU's Jim McMahon in 1980. His 340 yards in the second period broke the NCAA record for most yards in a quarter of 304, set by Texas-El Paso's Brooks Dawson in 1968.

Ware also broke the NCAA record for touchdown passes in a quarter, with five in the second period. The old record of four was held by eight players.

Houston, which is on probation and ineligible to win the SWC, improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the league. SMU, playing its first season since a two-year sabbatical resulting from NCAA probation, dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-5 in the conference.

The Cougars scored on nine of their 10 first-half possession in building a 59-14 halftime lead.

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Roman Anderson's 28-yard field goal opened the scoring for Houston. Weatherspoon followed with scoring runs of 2 and 54 yards, giving Houston a 17-6 lead with 8:29 left in the first.

SMU's score came when Mike Romo threw a 13-yard pass to Rongea Hill, whose fumble into the end zone was recovered by teammate Greg Ballard. The PAT ws blocked.

Ware threw his first TD pass of the gamelate in the first quarter, a 62-yarder to Paul Smith, and fired a 7-yard strike to Patrick Cooper on the third play of the second quarter.

Romo hit Korey Beard on a 9-yard scoring pass to cut Houston's lead to 31-14.

Ware, however, followed with scoring passes of 40 yards to Brian Williams, 3 yards to Hazard, an 87-yard bomb to Williams following Zack Coleman's interception and a 28-yarder to Hazard with 55 seconds left in the half.

Klingler threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Hazard on Houston's first possession of the second half and SMU countered with a 26-yard scoring run by Kevin Love. Weatherspoon's third TD run, a 22-yarder with 5:26 left in the third, gave Houston a 73-21 lead.

Klingler hit Smith from 53 yards and Kenny Perry mishandled the snap on the PAT, but hurdled over the line for the 2-point conversion.

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Klingler added a 74-yard bomb to Smith and a 16-yarder to Cooper in the final period.

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