Cougar fullback John Housman ran for 117 yards and scored twice on just 15 carries.
“I think they intimidated us to some extent,” head Gobbler Jimmy Sharpe said. “It was a long, hot afternoon.”
The local press agreed, noting UH’s incredible size for the time. “Houston…did nothing which would not be expected from a team with an offensive line which averages 260 pounds…”
Student manager Mike Brem recalls the VT game (4:22)
The Mad Dogs had not forgotten that in the 1972 game in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech QB Don Strock had embarrassed them, throwing for 527 yards (the game ended in a 27-27 tie). Despite blowing out VT the next year in the Astrodome, the Cougar defense still sought payback at Lane Stadium. UH dominated the Gobblers and did not allow a score until the backups were in during the 4th quarter. UH led 35-0 at the time.
The Newport News (VA) Daily Press noted that the Cougars came at Virginia Tech from all angles.
“Houston scored about every way a team can score, ranging from the five-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense to Chuck Fairbanks’ 60-yard scoring bomb to third-string split end Don Bass, who wasn’t even on the (official) roster.”
In addition, UH defensive back Mark Mohr recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a TD.
Tech was led by senior QB Bruce Arians who is now the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Arians was just 3/17 passing that day against the Mad Dogs.