OTD in 1991: David Klingler’s Big Day

David Klingler - 1991

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Klingler Breaks Another NCAA Record

OTD in 1991: The 8th-ranked Cougars destroy Louisiana Tech, 73-3, in the Astrodome. David Klingler set an NCAA-record with 6 TD passes in the second quarter.

After LaTech took an early 3-0 lead, Houston scored 73 unanswered points with most of the credit going to Klingler: the senior went 36 of 57 passes for 510 yards.

“It was a lot of fun out there today,’ Klingler said after the game. ‘We struggled early, but after awhile, it was just a matter of them getting rundown with their pass rush and coverage.”

Klingler’s record-setting day included 9 TD passes overall: three each to John Brown III and Tracy Good, two to Freddie Gilbert, and a 6-yarder to Verlond Brown.

With another TD pass from backup Donald Douglas, the Cougars tied an NCAA record for the most TD passes against a Division I-A opponent. The record tied: the one set by Klingler and Andre Ware against SMU in 1989.

The game was the fourth-straight opener in which UH did not give up a touchdown, outscoring opponents 239-12. The 73 points were the most points ever allowed by a Louisiana Tech team.

UH finished the game with 702 yards and did not have a scoring drive last longer than 2 minutes, 49 seconds. The fun was short-lived, though: after beating the Bulldogs in dramatic fashion, the Coogs would lose the next four games by 100 points combined.
 

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