Bill Yeoman moves to 2-0 after 6-3 win over Aggies

Joe Lopasky following a block from QB Billy Roland. 53 is Ron Yokubaitis / The Houstonian Yearbook

In Bill Yeoman’s second game as coach, the Houston Cougars beat Texas A&M 6-3 at Rice Stadium. Joe Lopasky scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:38 to play in front of 51,000 fans. The 51,000 in attendance was the biggest home crowd for the Cougars from 1958 until 1967.

Yeoman and A&M head coach Hank Foldberg played together at West Point and were each in their first year at their respective schools.

The Cougar scoring drive began when QB Billy Roland hit halfback Gene Ritch on a 62-yard thunderbolt down to the Cougar 18.

In the American-Statesman, future UH beat writer Jerry Wizig wrote that “skittery Billy Roland’s long strike gunned down the Cadets and Houston made off with a 6-3 victory.”

Three plays after Roland’s bomb, Lopasky went three yards over the right end for the lone TD of the game. It was Lopasky’s fourth touchdown of the season; through two games, he was the only Cougar to find the end zone.

“You boys got up from a lousy first half and played a hell of a second half,” Yeoman said in the celebratory locker room. “One-fourth of the Southwest Conference will attest to that.”

#84 End Bill Van Osdel / The Houstonian Yearbook

A&M missed field goals in the 3rd and 4th quarters, the latter coming immediately before the UH TD drive. After the A&M kicker missed a 40-yarder, Yeoman instructed Roland to go deep. He found Ritch all alone at the Aggie 45 before the back made it to the 18.

Following the long play, Lopasky went three yards on a dive and Roland tossed it to Billy Smith for a nine-yard gain. After an A&M offsides penalty moved the ball to the 3, Lopasky barreled in for the winning score.

After the A&M win, the next two games were on the road at #7 Ole Miss and #1 Alabama.

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