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  • Beating Michigan State in 1967 put UH on the map
    Warren McVea evading tacklers on his way to the end zone   The University of Houston defeated two-time defending national champ Michigan State, 37-7 on September 23, 1967. It is widely regarded as the game that put UH football on the national map. Houston head coach Bill Yeoman …
  • 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 …
  • The University of Houston plays its first-ever football game
    Charlie Manichia scores UH first TD / Eat em Up, Cougars by Jerry Wizig   75 years ago today, the University of Houston played its first-ever football game. At Public School Stadium near the UH campus, the Cougars lost to Southwest Louisiana Institute (now Louisiana-Lafayette) by a score …
  • UH’s 1968 trip to Austin results in a 20-20 tie
    Paul Gipson 3 TDs at Texas 1968 / The Houstonian   On September 21, 1968, the Houston Cougars went to Austin and tied the #4 Texas Longhorns, 20-20. Paul Gipson ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the most consequential non-win in UH history. “It was a …
  • The most Dana Dimel win of all-time
    Dana Dimel at practice before the Army game / The Houstonian   On this day in the year 2000, in the most Dana Dimel game of all time, UH ran up 558 yards of offense but had to hang on to beat Army, 31-30. The game was delayed …
  • 50 years ago, UH finally met Rice on the field
    Bill Yeoman and Bill Peterson / Rice Gameday Program 1971   50 years ago today, the Houston Cougars finally stepped onto the football field with the Rice Owls. The game was 25 years in the making – UH had craved this game while Rice avoided even the thought …
  • Houston joins the SWC
    Today in 1976, Houston Debuted In The SWC
      On September 11, 1976, the University of Houston arrived on the big stage. Bill Yeoman and his Cougar football team were in Waco for the school’s first-ever Southwest Conference game. After 5 years of waiting, UH beat Baylor, 23-5, in a game that would go down in …
  • robertson stadium renovation
    UH returns to campus fulltime at renovated Robertson
    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 …
  • UH’s first team begins fall practice
    1946 football team picture / The Houstonian   Seventy-five years ago today, the University of Houston football team held their first fall workout in anticipation of the school’s inaugural season. Jewell Wallace, who had won state titles in basketball (El Paso HS 1941) and football (San Angelo 1943) …
  • UH wins the earliest SWC game in history
    Donald Jordan ran for 3 TDs in the Bayou Bucket. / Houstonian Yearbook Today in 1983: The Cougars won the earliest SWC game in history, beating Rice 45-14, to retain the Bayou Bucket. The teams had met just 278 days earlier in the 1982 season finale. UH scored …
  • David Klingler - 1991
    David Klingler sets an NCAA record with 6 TDs in a quarter
      Klingler Breaks Another NCAA Record Today in 1991: The 8th-ranked Houston Cougars destroyed Louisiana Tech, 73-3, as David Klingler threw for 510 yards and 9 touchdowns. Klingler set an NCAA-record with 6 TD passes in the a single quarter. After LaTech took an early 3-0 lead, Houston …
  • Joffrey Reynolds
    Coogs end 15-game losing streak in 2002
    Joffrey Reynolds scores in the 2002 Bayou Bucket   OTD in 2002: By the time the buses pulled into the Rice Stadium parking lot, the UH players knew that they now held the longest losing streak in the nation at 15 games. Duke had beaten ECU to snap …
  • How UT and Rice conspired to help UH join the SWC
    Cover of the UH alumni magazine Extra     This is a follow-up piece to UH is invited to the Southwest Conference.   The University of Houston was admitted to the Southwest Conference on May 3, 1971. UT sponsored the Cougars and Rice made the official nomination – …
  • May 1971: UH is invited to the Southwest Conference
        On the morning of May 3, 1971, in a conference room in College Station, the University of Houston had one of its biggest athletics moments ever. Athletics Director Harry Fouke and Dr. Martin Wright, UH’s faculty representative, were hurried into a meeting already in progress and …
  • 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, …

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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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