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Houston Cougars football

Houston Cougars
2016 Houston Cougars football team
Houston Cougars logo.svg
First season 1946
Athletic director Hunter Yurachek
Head coach Major Applewhite
1st year, 0–1 (.000)
Stadium TDECU Stadium
Year built 2014
Seating capacity 40,000
Field surface Artificial
Location Houston, Texas
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference The American
Division West
Past conferences C-USA
(1996–2012)
Southwest
(1976–1995)
I-A Independent
(1960–1975)
Missouri Valley
(1951–1959)
Gulf Coast
(1949–1950)
Lone Star
(1946–1948)
All-time record 426–356–15 (.544)
Bowl record 11–13–1 (.460)
Conference titles Missouri Valley: 4
Southwest: 4
Conference USA: 2
American: 1
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 7
Colors Scarlet and Albino
         
Fight song Cougar Fight Song
Mascot Shasta
Marching band Spirit of Houston
Rivals Rice Owls
SMU Mustangs
Historic:
Texas Longhorns
Texas A&M Aggies
Website UHCougars.com

The Houston Cougars football program is an NCAA Division I FBS football team that represents the University of Houston. The team is commonly referred to as "Houston" or "UH" (spoken as "U of H"). The UH football program is a member of the American Athletic Conference West Division. Since the 2014 season, the Cougars have played their home games on campus at TDECU Stadium, which was built on the site formerly occupied by Robertson Stadium, where they played home games from 1941 to 1950 and from 1997 to 2012. Over the history of the program, the Cougars have won eleven conference championships and have had several players elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, including a Heisman Trophy winner.

In 1941, Johnny Goyen, then sports editor for The Cougar, and Jack Valenti, president of the sophomore class, began a petition for an official intercollegiate football team at the university. The next year, the two called a student body meeting to organize another petition. This petition's purpose was to challenge Rice Institute (later known as Rice University) to a football game. The Rice Owls were an established program, having played since 1919 as a member of the Southwest Conference.

In August 1945, the University of Houston announced that the school would field a football team for the first time. Following the announcement, the Lone Star Conference, spearheaded by Theron J. Fouts of North Texas and Puny Wilson of Sam Houston State, extended an invitation for Houston to join on October 25, 1945.


Rank Team Record
1 Alabama 119–19
2 Ohio State 111–21
3 Boise State 110–22
4 Oklahoma 104–29
5 Oregon 102–30
6 LSU 98–32
7 Florida State 101–33
8 Clemson 102–34
9 TCU 95–34
10 Wisconsin 97–37
11 USC 94–37
12 Oklahoma State 93–37
13 Stanford 93–38
14 Georgia 93–39
15 BYU 91–39
16 Florida 91–40
17 Utah 88–40
18 Michigan State 90–42
19 Virginia Tech 92–43
20 Penn State 87–42
21 Cincinnati 86–43
22 Houston 87–44
23 Nebraska 86–46
24 West Virginia 84–45
т-25 Missouri 85–46
т-25 Navy 85–46
Year Record AP Poll Coaches Poll Best Dokter/Howell
1952 8–2–0 19 14
1956 7–2–1 17
1966 8–2–0 17 11
1967 7–3–0 19 16
1968 6–2–2 18 20 7
1969 9–2–0 12 16 9
1970 8–3–0 19 13 18
1971 9–3–0 17 14 12
1973 11–1–0 9 13 10
1974 8–3–1 19 11 22
1976 10–2–0 4 4 3
1978 9–3–0 10 11 4
1979 11–1–0 5 5 2
1988 9–3–0 18 17
1989 9–2–0 14 12
1990 10–1–0 10 15
2011 13–1–0 18 14 8
2015 13–1–0 8 8 9
Year Conference Record
1952 Missouri Valley 8–2 (3–0)
1956 Missouri Valley 7–2–1 (4–0)
1957 Missouri Valley 5–4–1 (3–0–1)
1959 § Missouri Valley 3–7 (3–1)
1976 § Southwest 10–2 (7–1)
1978 Southwest 9–3 (7–1)
1979 § Southwest 11–1 (7–1)
1984 § Southwest 7–5 (6–2)
1996 § C-USA 7–5 (4–1)
2006 C-USA 10–4 (7–1)
2015 The American 13–1 (7–1)
Team Games Played Houston Win Houston Loss Ties Win % First Meeting Last Meeting Next Meeting Trophy
Baylor Bears 28 13 14 1 .482 1950 L 7–47 (1995)
Rice Owls (rivalry) 40 29 11 0 .725 1971 W 31–26 (2013) September 16, 2017 Bayou Bucket
Texas A&M Aggies 34 12 19 3 .397 1952 L 7–31 (1995)
Texas Tech Red Raiders 30 18 11 1 .617 1951 L 20–35 (2010) September 23, 2017
SMU Mustangs (rivalry) 32 20 11 1 .641 1975 L 16–38 (2016) October 7, 2017
Texas Longhorns 25 7 16 2 .320 1953 L 11–41 (2002)
TCU Horned Frogs 25 13 12 0 .520 1976 L 13–20 (2007)
Houston Cougars retired numbers
No. Player Position Career
7 David Klingler QB 1988-91
7 Case Keenum QB 2007-11
11 Andre Ware QB 1987-89
78 Wilson Whitley DT 1972-76
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
at Arizona vs Arizona vs Kansas at Kansas vs Texas Tech at Texas Tech at UTSA vs UTSA
vs Texas Tech at Texas Tech at Oklahoma vs Rice at Vanderbilt vs UTSA
vs Rice at Rice at Georgia Southern at Rice
at UTSA vs Georgia Southern
Name Position
Major Applewhite Head Coach
Brian Johnson Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Mark D'Onofrio Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Darrell Wyatt Wide Receivers Coach
Kenith Pope Running Backs Coach
James Casey Tight Ends Coach
Clay Jennings Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Chris Scelfo Offensive Line Coach
A.J. Blum Defensive Line Coach
vacant Assoc. Head Coach
vacant Special Teams Coordinator
vacant Asst. Head Coach

  • Andre Ware, 1989
  • Wizig, Jerry (1977). Eat 'Em Up, Cougars: Houston Football. The Strode Publishers, Inc. ISBN . 
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