On this date in 1992, somebody needed a little defense. TCU and Houston often lacked defense when they met in the late 80s and early 90s. 1992 was no different, on Halloween, both teams dressed up like high flying offenses.
Houston beat TCU 49 to 46 in spite of nine turnovers and a feisty Horned Frog attack. Former Heisman winner Pat Sullivan’s team jumped out 21-7 and held a 21-14 lead at the half. Houston quarterback Jimmy Klingler rotated with Donald Douglas most of the season, but an injury gave Klingler the start. He rewarded head coach John Jenkins with four picks.
In the second half Klingler and running back Lamar Smith took over. Smith ran 29-yards for his second touchdown of the day, and Klingler hit Ron Peters to give the Cougars their first lead, 28-21. TCU fired right back with a Leon Clay touchdown pass and a Curtis Modkins 55-yard touchdown run.
With a few seconds to go in the third, Klingler found Sherman Smith for a tying score. On the afternoon Klingler completed 42 of 65 passes for 392 yards. The Coogs dropped nine passes and Klingler threw five picks but the total was the most passing yards of any quarterback in college football that week.
Houston went ahead for good with Jamie Mouton returned a punt 76-yards for a score. TCU added a field goal before Smith caught his second touchdown pass of the day with five minutes to play, giving Houston a 49-38 lead.
TCU didn’t cash-out, they added a Lenoy Jones fumble recovery for a touchdown to bring the Frogs within three and the final tally 49-46. TCU won two games in Sullivan’s first season in charge. Houston ended the 1992 season 4-7, they gave John Jenkins his walking papers.