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 follow along with photos and articles from 1984, click here.

Highlights:

4:10 – Going to Baylor and beating the Bears in a monsoon.

7:58 – Whooping #6 SMU at Texas Stadium (at the time, SMU was 35-3-1 in their last 38 games dating back to 1981).

12:00 – Beating Texas for the first time since 1978. The Coogs forced Longhorn QB Todd Dodge into 5 INTs and no completions through 3.5 quarters. The Horns turned it over 9 times.

15:00 – Texas Tech game. After the win over Texas and a week off, the last full weekend of SWC play was bonkers. UH had a shot at the league title but needed to win out and have Texas, Arkansas, and TCU lose.

17:40 – Needing a win over Rice to clinch a share of the conference title and a Cotton Bowl berth.

19:28 – Cotton Bowl stories and memories.
 

1984 SWC Standings

TeamSWCOverall
Houston6-2*7-5
SMU6-210-2
Texas5-37-4
TCU5-38-4
Arkansas5-37-4
Baylor4-45-6
Texas A&M3-56-5
Texas Tech2-64-7
Rice0-81-10
*won head-to-head

 

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