Route 66: Ware, Spoon, and Phillips humiliate the Horns

It was called Route 66. As in the Houston Cougars 66, Texas 15.

On November 5, 1988, UH went to Austin and put 66 points on the Texas Longhorns, the most ever surrendered by UT at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (UCLA tied it in 1997). The 66 points are the most points scored on the Horns since 1904.

Chuck Weatherspoon ran for 218 yards on just 11 carries while Andre Ware threw for 5 touchdown passes. Jason Phillips caught 11 passes, four of them for scores, and finished with 171 yards. A year after setting an NCAA record with 3 INTs for touchdowns, Johnny Jackson had two more interceptions of Texas QBs.

To tell the full story, here are game stories, photos, great headlines, gifs, and the box score.

Jack Pardee, “Hoss” John Jenkins, Andre Ware, guy in short shorts:




Houston waxes Texas / please see drubbing


Chuck Witherspoon had 218 yards in the 66-15 win

After this run in the 3rd quarter, it was Spoon 209 yards and Texas 204 yards:






Brian Williams catches one of UH’s 7 passing TDs

Williams’ TD catch:



Explosive Cougars embarrass Longhorns / Lafayette Daily Advertiser


Lamar Lathon makes the tackle / Austin American Statesman


Records Fall as Coogs humble Horns / Abilene Reporter-News


Andre Ware to Jason Phillips to go up 35-3 just before the half:


Eyes of Texas blackened / SF Examiner


Houston Wallops Texas / South Florida Sun Sentinel


Houston brands Texas / Cedar Rapids Gazette


Houston deals Texas a whipping / Louisville Courier-Journal

Spoon punishing the Longhorn defense in the first half:



UH defensive stats *before* the UT game / Austin American Statesman


Ware throws 5 TDs / Pittsburgh Press


UT could have had Ware if they’d have let him play QB / AAS


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