Beat Houston, 1979

We really could harbor no reasonable expectation of beating Houston in 1979 but I admire the spirit. It was the last game of the season and we had only won once. The Cougars, on the other hand, were having one of their best years ever. They went 11-1, won the Southwest Conference and the Cotton Bowl against Nebraska and ended the season at number 5 in the final AP poll.

They thrashed us, 63-0.

We’ll surely lick ’em this time.

Bonus: And we’ll do it on our nice new turf. Here are a couple articles about the initial installation of astroturf in 1970 that I ran across last week in an old scrapbook. (There are some better images of this in a post I wrote way back in 2011.)

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8 Responses to Beat Houston, 1979

  1. William Cooke '75 says:

    Notice that the players in the pic are all wearing tennis shoes? Cleated shoes were not necessary. The astroturf back then was like sandpaper and was not very skin-friendly. Carpet burns were a regular feature.

  2. I was at that game, marching with the MOB. As the game ended, the UH cheerleaders ran around throwing cotton balls into the stands.

    • Wes Hansen '80 says:

      Late to the party here, but that picture was of the ’78 game in the Astrodome. We fared a little better that year against the Cotton Bowl bound coogs, only trailing 14-13 in the 3rd quarter before fading late.

  3. Melissa Kean says:

    Thank you! You’re still number one.

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