Coogs Get First Astrodome Win

Kenny Hebert scores UH’s first Astrodome TD / The Houstonian


On this day in 1965, the Houston Cougars beat Cincinnati, 21-6, to get their first-ever win in the Astrodome. The Coogs had been shutout at home by Tulsa, Mississippi State, and for three quarters by the Bearcats before erupting for 21 points.

The first half of the game was scoreless as neither team could push into the other’s red zone. Cincinnati finally scored late in the 3rd to take a 6-0 lead. UH gifted them a fumble at the Cougar 21 to set up their only touchdown, which the AP called a “dinky 4-yard look-in pass.”

On the very next drive, the Cougars went 74 yards in six plays to take the lead. Kenny Hebert scored UH’s first Astrodome touchdown on a pass from Dick Woodall early in the 4th. Hebert kicked the PAT and Houston led 7-6.

After a Bearcat punt, the Coogs started another scoring drive. George Nordgren barrelled 27 yards to the one before scoring on the next play.

Late in the game, Bo Burris relieved Woodall at QB and threw a sideline pass to sophomore Warren McVea who scrambled in for another score.

Even with the win, UH fans were not thrilled with Bill Yeoman’s offense. The team gained just 210 yards against Cincinnati and had five turnovers. And after a week off, the team would play three-straight road games at Texas A&m, Miami, and Tennessee.

But the week off gave Coach Yeoman time to think about the new offense he had tinkered with since the spring. Little could he know that Within a month, he would change the history of college football with his Veer-T offense.

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1965 Football Schedule

9/11TulsaL 0-14
9/18Mississippi StateL 0-36
9/24CincinnatiW 21-6
10/9@ Texas A&ML 7-10
10/16@ Miami (FL)L 12-44
10/23@ TennesseeL 8-17
10/30ChattanoogaW 40-7
11/6Ole MissW 17-3
11/13#10 KentuckyW 38-21
11/20@ Florida StateT 16-16


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