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 a 1-4 start. On October 23 in Knoxville, the Veer was seen for the first time. The storylines behind that game are incredible, as we documented in Tennessee ’65: The Turning Point In UH Football History.

In the eight seasons before the Veer was invented, UH averaged just 14.8 points per game. But after the Veer’s introduction in 1965, UH reeled off 8 seasons where they averaged 32.6 points a game. The Cougars finished in the top-20 seven of those eight seasons (0 times in the eight years prior).

In partnership with KUHT-TV, UH Athletics produced the following half-hour special highlighting the 1965 season. The highlights are not in order so the schedule/results are provided below.

Also, notice the natural grass in the Astrodome – 1965 was the only year it was used.


1965 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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