John Tyler quarterback Geovari McCollister corralled a wayward snap just before the opposing rush arrived to take him down.
Some quarterbacks might have been happy just to hang on to the ball, but McCollister zipped a short pass to Quaylan Brown, who ran in for a 20-yard touchdown.
The play epitomized John Tyler's 51-14 victory over Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon on Thursday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium as the Lions made all the necessary plays on Earl Campbell Field.
McCollister finished with a career-high 161 yards rushing while throwing for 234 yards and three touchdowns as JT (3-2) will head into its bye week on a high note.
The Tigres, who held the Lions to 20 points in last year's matchup, allowed 534 yards on an admittedly dryer night and finished their American schedule 0-4.
John Tyler put together its best offensive (51 points) and defensive (150 yards) performances of the year, but Lions coach Ricklan Holmes was tempered despite a season-high 298 yards on the ground.
"Considering who we were playing I'm not going to put too much on that," Holmes said of the rushing game. "We've still got a long ways to go to get to where we need to be, but we're getting closer and closer."
John Tyler has a week off before opening district play against Corsicana on Oct. 11.
The Lions offense averaged a season-high 8.2 yards per play, including 7.2 on the ground.
Reggie Gipson ran for two touchdowns and caught a third while Duntavion Gross, like Brown, caught his first touchdown of the year. Gross finished with a game-high 86 yards receiving.
John Tyler junior Nick Cain had 61 yards rushing (including a 37-yard scoring run as the backup quarterback), 65 yards receiving and 2 yards passing.
Senior Terry Ausborne scored the Lions' first defensive touchdown of the year, dashing across the field 30 yards after an interception to put JT up 30-14 early in the second half. Sophomore Braylon Jones added a sack and a fumble recovery for the JT defense.
UANL scored all 14 of its points and racked up two-thirds of its yardage in the second quarter behind quarterback Jorge Adrian Chavez, one of four Tigres to play behind center. Chavez finished with 97 yards and two touchdowns on 10 of 19 passing.
The Tigres managed 3 yards in the first quarter with Fernando Gomez under center. Chavez came in at the start of the second quarter and helped UANL rack up 106 more yards by halftime.
On its five drives that started in the third quarter, UANL threw a pick-six and had four three-and-outs.
That defensive performance allowed the Lions, who led 23-14 at halftime, to cruise to victory and into a 15-day break.
John Tyler 51,
Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 14
Earl Campbell Field At Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium
UANL 0 14 0 0 — 14
John Tyler 10 13 14 14 — 51
JT—Jose Perez 28 FG, 8:13.
JT—Reggie Gipson 19 pass from Geovari McCollister (Perez kick), 4:15.
JT—Gipson 3 run (Perez kick), 9:30.
UANL—Abiel Alejandro Westrup 10 pass from Jorge Adrian Chavez (Ricardo Mario Saenz kick), 5:39.
JT—Duntavion Gross 31 pass from McCollister (kick fail), 4:57.
UANL—Gerardo Garcia 17 pass from Chavez (Saenz kick), 0:39.
JT—Terry Ausborne 30 INT return (Perez kick), 9:11.
JT—Gipson 12 run (Perez kick), 5:07.
JT—Quaylan Brown 20 pass from McCollister (Perez kick), 8:19.
JT—Nick Cain 37 run (Perez kick), 0:37.
First Downs 10 24
Rushes-Yards 23-41 41-298
Passing Yards 109 236
Comp.-Att.-Int. 12-29-1 17-24-1
Punts-Avg. 9-35.7 4-29.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0
Penalties-Yards 4-50 6-70
RUSHING—UANL, Imanol Antonio Flores 2-21, Edgar Manuel Ayala 6-15, Jose Eduardo Ramirez 3-11, Carlos Frederico Sanchez 1-4, Oscar Eduardo Vazquez 3-4, Jorge Adrian Chavez 3-2, Francisco Armando Chapa 2-(-4), Fernando Gomez 3-(-12). John Tyler, Geovari McCollister 16-161, Nick Cain 5-61, Quaylan Brown 3-38, Reggie Gipson 13-27, Dyran McDuff 3-13, Duntavion Gross 1-(-2).
PASSING—UANL, Chavez 10-19-0—97, Gomez 2-5-1—12, Ramirez 0-1-0—0, Flores 0-4-0—0. John Tyler, McCollister 16-23-1—234, Cain 1-1-0—2.
RECEIVING—UANL, Javier Guadalupe Zuniga 5-63, Abiel Alejandro Westrup 2-9, Andres Herrera 2-8, Gerardo Garcia 1-17, Chapa 1-11, Victor Manuel Vazquez 1-1. John Tyler, Cain 5-65, Gross 4-86, Gipson 3-35, Rodney Bendy 3-22, Brown 2-28.