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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Articles Archive

  • 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 …
  • robertson stadium renovation
    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 …
  • Coach Yeoman has passed away
    Coach Bill Yeoman has died. Perhaps no person in the University of Houston’s 93-year history has touched more lives in more ways than Coach. He was 92. For nearly six decades, Yeoman has played an outsized role at the University of Houston. Known simply as Coach to the …
  • Warren McVea
    Wondrous Warren McVea Chooses Houston
    Warren McVea signs with Houston: San Antonio Express-News McVea Broke The Color Barrier In Texas Football There were gasps all over the Shamrock Hilton. Did he just say that? These prominent black doctors, lawyers, and businessmen couldn’t believe it. Did this white football coach just say that?   …
  • Pre- And Post- Game Video & Headlines: 1980 Cotton Bowl
    Terry Elston hands off in the 1980 Cotton Bowl / The Houstonian The 1980 Cotton Bowl is perhaps the greatest bowl win in school history. The #8 Cougars beat #7 Nebraska on a fourth-down touchdown pass from Terry Elston to Eric Herring with 12 seconds left. “I guess …
  • Video: Golf Coach Dave Williams Discusses His Career
    1967 Champions – Frank Wharton, Bob Pratt, Coach Dave Williams, Stan Binion, Jim Hiskey, Rex Baxter / The Houstonian In 1984, Dave Williams sat down for this 30-minute interview with former Abilene Christian VP and Abilene mayor Gary McCaleb. A short preview: “People always say, ‘how’d you win …
  • Cougars Win! Early 70s UH Promotional Video
    This is an early 70s promotional film that would likely have been sent to high schools. It focuses on the UH campus, great athletes from before that period, and following the (1970?) team from the Sheraton Astrodome to the Dome. It was also aired on KUHT. Cougars win! …
  • Video Highlights: 1965 Means Grass In The Dome & The Veer
    Coach Yeoman and 1965 team captain Charles Guerrant / University of Houston Libraries Special Collections   The invention of the Veer was one of Bill Yeoman’s lasting marks on college football. In 1965, Yeoman rolled out his Veer midway through the season after his team had struggled to …
  • Billy Ray Brown
    OTD: Billy Ray Brown Wins The NCAA
    Billy Ray Brown – 1982 NCAA Champion 19 year old freshman Billy Ray Brown wins the NCAA Championship. It had been four years.   For any other coach, going four years without a national title isn’t a big deal. For most, even one national title is a dream …
  • 1947: A Season Of Bad Luck & Bad Offense
    UH QB Boyd Tingle lets it fly. The 1947 Cougar team was, perhaps, the worst the program has ever fielded. In its second year of existence, the team took a big step back from 1946. In Jewell Wallace’s second season, UH’s 1947 team was held to 96 points …

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