Bill Yeoman beat Baylor in his 1st game

Coach Yeoman (kneeling) and the 1962 football staff / The Houstonian Yearbook


 
Bill Yeoman’s first game as UH’s head in 1962 was a 19-0 win over the Baylor Bears at Rice Stadium. Sophomore running back Joe Lopasky scored 3 touchdowns in his first college game.

Joe Lopasky running free / The Houstonian

Defensive back Byron Beaver set an NCAA record with 5 interceptions against the Bears. The Cougar run defense held Baylor to just 21 rushing yards in the game. The UH ground game put up 163 yards while QB Billie Roland was 7/10 passing for 96 yards.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram sent reporter Galyn Wilkins to the game and his story lede put it the best.

“An army of relentless sophomores, down-right disrespectful of Baylor’s touted aerial game, spearheaded Houston University to a 19-0 conquest of the favored Bears.”

Star-Telegram story

Lopasky opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter on a five-yard run and scored again in the third and on the first play of the 4th quarter. He ran for 43 yards on 13 carries.

Selected headlines after the game:

Marshall News Messenger

Lansing State Journal

Baytown Sun

Shreveport Times

Abilene Reporter-News

Del Rio News Herald

El Paso Times

UH’s history with Baylor stretches back 70 years to 1950. Saturday’s game will be the first in the last quarter-century.

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