Cougars beat down Idaho in 1967 and 1968

Everyone remembers the 100-6 game when Houston embarrassed Tulsa in 1968. But a less celebrated win the week before, a 77-3 drubbing of Idaho, occurred on November 16, 1968. In actuality, it happened for two straight years.

In 1967, UH hosted Idaho in the home finale of the 3rd season in the Astrodome. Taking a 14-0 lead to the second quarter, the Cougars erupted for 35 points and led 49-0 at the half. It was 63-0 before Idaho scored their only touchdown (but missed the PAT). The Cougars tacked on two touchdowns in the 4th quarter for the 77-6 final score. Houston finished with 622 yards (511 on the ground).

Wade Phillips in the 1967 Idaho game // The Houstonian Yearbook

A year later, Idaho returned to the Dome and took an even worse beating. This time, Houston led 7-0 into the second quarter and again scored 35 points to lead 42-3 at the half. The Cougars scored 28 in the 3rd quarter to go up 70-3 before a final TD in the 4th quarter. UH ran up 793 yards in the game and 11 touchdowns, the same as the year before.

In two games against the Vandals, Houston had 1415 yards and 22 touchdowns, outscoring them 154-9, despite having eight turnovers in the two games.

In the 1968 game, the 63 points in the second and third quarters were a school record for points scored in consecutive quarters, but that would only last a week. UH set NCAA records for points in a quarter (49) and a half (76) against Tulsa the week after the 1968 Idaho game. The 177 points in consecutive weeks is an NCAA record as well.

1967 Idaho game
1968 Idaho game
Paul Daulong runs free for a touchdown // The Houstonian Yearbook
Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper story of the 1967 game


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