Oral History Archive

  • Coogs win in largest home loss ever for Virginia Tech
    Early 4th quarter scoreboard at Lane Stadium / The Bugle Yearbook   On this day in 1974, the Houston Cougars throttled the Virginia Tech Gobblers, 49-12. The 49 points allowed, as well as the 37-point loss, remain VT records at Lane Stadium. Cougar fullback John Housman ran for …
  • Oral History: Matt Hogan On The 2011 Season
    Crawford Jones (13) and Matt Hogan (46). In this episode of Cougar History Conversations, Ryan Monceaux and Brad Towns chat with UH great Matt Hogan. The conversation covers quite a bit: the injuries to Case Keenum and Cotton Turner in 2010, finding out that Case would be back …
  • Former OL Remembers Coach Yeoman & Tom Wilson
    UH trainer Tom Wilson carried off the field at Rice in 1979 / Photo courtesy of The Houstonian. In this edition of the Cougar History Project, former UH OL Mike Wharton (’82, ’84) discusses his impressions of Coach Bill Yeoman and legendary head trainer Tom Wilson. Coach Yeoman …
  • Oral History: Tulsa Fan Attacked Matt Hogan In 2009
    Former UH kicker Matt Hogan shares a couple of stories about unruly Tulsa fans during the 2009 game that he won with a 51-yard field goal. To our knowledge, he’s never shared these stories publicly. Matt is a contributor for GoCoogs and we thank him for his help …
  • An Oral History: The 1984 SWC Champions
    Coach Bill Yeoman and QB Gerald Landry. Cougars Overcome A Slow Start To The Season This is a Cougar History Conversation with UH offensive lineman Mike Wharton (Football ’82, ’84). Mike remembers the 1984 season when UH surprised the entire league and won their 4th SWC crown. To …
  • Remembering the QB Shuffle in ’74 & Baylor Game in ’84
    Chuck Fairbanks Jr at Arizona State – September 7, 1974 Cougars Struggle To Hold Onto The Football In The Desert Heading into 1974, Coach Yeoman lamented that, “Anytime you lose your triggerman, you’re in a little bit of a bind.” After going 11-1 in 1973, the Cougars lost …
  • Cougar History: Anecdotes About Coach Yeoman
    Coach Yeoman carried off the field after the 1969 Bluebonnet Bowl   GoCoogs.com is proud to introduce our newest project – Cougar History: The Oral History Podcast. Cougar History can be found in the top navigation at GoCoogs.com or from its permanent home at CougarHistory.com. We will gather …

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  • Guy V. Lewis stories on his 99th birthday
      Coach Guy V. Lewis would have turned 99 today. The Hall of Fame coach that won 592 games and went to five Final Fours almost never went into coaching. After starring on UH’s first two teams, Guy V. was offered a job on the UH staff by …
  • Guy V. Lewis Was Undefeated On His Birthday
      Today would have been Guy V. Lewis’ 99th birthday. The father of Cougar basketball, college basketball on national television, playing in domed stadiums, and Phi Slama Jama passed away in 2015. But that doesn’t mean we stop celebrating his accomplishments. Today, we look back at the 3 …
  • 1980: Houston wins a two-day game over the Aggies
      The final score shows Houston 17, Texas A&M 13. But like everything else in UH’s 1980 season, the win did not come easy. The Cougars faced all sorts of obstacles early in the season as the offense slumped, injuries mounted, and the Mad Dogs were not up …
  • Remembering Coach Dave Williams
      University of Houston legendary UH golf coach Dave Williams is known as the father of college golf. Coach Williams won 16 national titles at UH and literally wrote the book on coaching major college golf.   He lived such a monumental life that his obituary was featured …
  • Andre Ware wins the Heisman Trophy
    Andre, his teammates, and head coach Jack Pardee celebrate when his name is called.   Today in 1989, the University of Houston’s Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first African-American quarterback to win the award. And he did so without the benefit of preseason Heisman hype, …
  • Houston ‘Edges’ Tulsa 100-6
      “I even know the play I scored on,” Larry Gatlin told me in a 1998 interview for the Daily Cougar. “It was 3rd-and-12 on the 26-yard line. I was in the game in place of Elmo (Wright) at wideout on the right side. The play was ’53 …
  • In 1999, Houston throttles LSU in Death Valley
    Tiger Stadium was not very intimidating in 1999.   On this day in 1999, Kim Helton and the Houston Cougars beat LSU at Tiger Stadium, 20-7. The win assured UH of their second winning season in Helton’s 7 years. The game did not start well for the Cougars. …
  • Archie Manning says UH was the best he ever faced
    The Mad Dogs devour the Reb offense / The Houstonian Yearbook   In his three seasons as the Ole Miss quarterback, Archie Manning never lost to a school twice. Except for the University of Houston. The Cougars were the only school in Manning’s three varsity years to beat …
  • Tennessee ’65: The day the Veer was born
    Bo Burris eludes the rush at Neyland Stadium / The Houstonian Yearbook   The Cougars began the 1965 season in the sparkling-new Houston Astrodome. But after running onto the field against Tulsa in the opener, nothing else seemed to go right. Shut out at home by the Hurricane …
  • Houston steamrolls the Ponies, 95-21
    John Jenkins talks to Patrick Cooper. Cooper scored the last touchdown of the game / The Houstonian Yearbook On this day in 1989, the Houston Cougars blew out the SMU Mustangs, 95-21. UH piled up 1,021 yards – an NCAA record that still stands. UH set or tied …
  • Cougars Ware out Baylor, 66-10
    Blast Baylor / The Houstonian Yearbook On October 7, 1989, #12 Houston destroyed Baylor, 66-10. Andre Ware threw for 514 yards, six scores, and broke the SWC record for career TDs. All-American Manny Hazard had 218 yards and caught 5 touchdown passes. The Bears had given up 204 …
  • Greg Ward Day
    Today is Greg Ward Day!
    Greg Ward went 13-0 in 2015 including an AAC title and a Peach Bowl win.   Very few players have changed the trajectory of the Houston Cougar program as much as Greg Ward did. That’s why we celebrate Greg Ward Day every October 2nd! In 2014, UH was …
  • Bill Yeoman moves to 2-0 after 6-3 win over Aggies
    Joe Lopasky following a block from QB Billy Roland. 53 is Ron Yokubaitis / The Houstonian Yearbook   In Bill Yeoman’s second game as coach, the Houston Cougars beat Texas A&M 6-3 at Rice Stadium. Joe Lopasky scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:38 to play in front of …
  • Houston Cougars beat Texas A&M Aggies 1976
    Cougars Beat The Ags In 1st SWC Home Game
      On this day in 1976, the Cougars returned “home” to Rice Stadium and rocked #9 Texas A&M, 21-10. The crowd of 70,001 was the largest in school history, nearly 17,000 more fans than the previous top crowd (#5 UGA in 1967 at the Astrodome).   Austin American-Statesman …
  • Coogs get 1st win in the Astrodome
    Kenny Hebert scores UH’s first Astrodome TD / The Houstonian  
  • Bill Yeoman beat Baylor in his 1st game
    Coach Yeoman (kneeling) and the 1962 football staff / The Houstonian Yearbook   Bill Yeoman’s first game as UH’s head in 1962 was a 19-0 win over the Baylor Bears at Rice Stadium. Sophomore running back Joe Lopasky scored 3 touchdowns in his first college game. Joe Lopasky …
  • David Klingler
    Klingler & Spoon shred the Red Raiders
    In week 2 of the 1990 season, the #18 Cougars traveled to Texas Tech to play in a Thursday night ESPN game. It was just the 2nd Thursday night game for the Cougars since 1970.   Spike’s Quote of the Week Following The Houston Game   The game …
  • Cougars home away from the Dome
    Glory Days: Coogs Go 11-1 in 1979
    1979 Team – 40th Anniversary Celebration / UHCougars Facebook The 2019 season will be the 40-year anniversary of one of UH’s most interesting teams. During the 1979 season, the Cougars played 8 one-score games yet managed to win seven of those. UH beat the #4 and #7-ranked teams …
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    OTD in 1999: Renovated Robertson Debuts
    Robertson Stadium and those beautiful checkerboard endzones Renovation Earns Praise From Cougar Fans On this day in 1999, the Houston Cougars opened a renovated John O’Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium with a 28-3 win over Rice. It was the first Bayou Bucket game in the post-SWC era. “Bringing …
  • Ty Cloud and Case Keenum
    Former OL Ty Cloud Remembers UCLA 2011
    Starting at left guard, Ty Cloud blockking for Case Keenum in 2011.   Note: Ty Cloud started 28 games at left guard for the Cougars including every game of the 2011 season. OTD in 2011, Ty Cloud turned 21. And started his first game in college. And blocked …

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