Take a look at the awesome video above from FootballMastery.com. Back when Houston was in the Southwest Conference, the Cougars and the TCU Horned Frogs met in their yearly conference game in 1990 at the Astrodome.
The Coogs and Frogs played a shootout, lighting up the scoreboard with Houston winning 56-35. Houston was running their innovative “run-and-shoot” offense that won Andre Ware a Heisman trophy the year before. The 1990 team was led by quarterback David Klingler who had an incredible year following in Ware’s footsteps, throwing for over 5,100 yards and 54 touchdowns. In this matchup., Klingler threw for 563 yards and seven touchdowns (with four interceptions) on 36 of 53 yards passing. TCU came up short in the end, but their quarterback Matt Vogler still threw for five touchdowns, 690 yards; completing 44 of 79 passes.
TCU in 1990 also had future Dallas Cowboy cornerback and Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown on their defense and their offense included Stephen Shipley, uncle to Texas Longhorn legends Jordan and Jaxon Shipley.
Houston would finish the season 10-1 and #10 in the rankings, losing only to the eventual SWC conference champion Texas Longhorns.
A lot of people are going to try to give reasons why the Houston Cougars shouldn’t be in the Big 12. They say that the Big 12 has too many Texas teams already and Houston doesn’t do anything to increase television dollars for the conference. This all may be true. But, what Houston does bring is a high-octane offense, just like they had 25 years ago, and a ton of history playing against the Big 12 schools. Wouldn’t you love to see another UH-TCU game like the one in 1990? Who cares about TCU-Cincy or TCU-Memphis?
Over at AAC Football Fever, there’s a good post about how Houston’s success will echo whether or not the team gets solid play from the QB position or not. From the article:
…It’s all about the quarterback. Herman likely wouldn’t have not gotten nearly as much hype coming out of Ohio State if he didn’t have the names Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones on his resume. Herman left behind what could be the all-time quarterback controversy in Columbus, but he stepped into another one in Houston: Greg Ward, Jr. vs. Adam Schulz.
“For the title of the day, every day we’re in pads, we will do the circle drill,” Tom Herman told his players. “We will hang the championship belt on the goalpost of the winning side. … All we’re looking for is who’s going to compete? Who’s going to win? … Move another human being where he doesn’t want to go, against his will. That is what makes this sport so much fun.”
CollegeAD.com has a nice write-up on what UH Athletics needs to do to be more successful and take it to the next level. While most of these things are out of our control as fans, what we can control is increasing attendance and season ticket sales. Let’s pack TDECU in the fall!
Over at ESPN’s Grantland website, college football expert Holly Anderson has a nice writeup of under-the-radar prospects for this April’s NFL draft. Listed at #7 is our own Deontay Greenberry, a junior wide receiver listed by ESPN as the 21st ranked receiver in this year’s draft class.
From the article:
Who Is He? Once upon a time, halfway through the fourth quarter of this year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Pitt led Houston 34-13. Half a quarter of football and 22 Cougars points later, Houston emerged victorious, 35-34. The final touchdown and two-point conversion, both scored by Greenberry, occurred with less than a minute remaining on the clock. Let it never be said that leaving early for the draft meant not leaving it all on the field.
ESPN Says: He’s the 21st-ranked receiver in this year’s class.
Bonus Nonfact: A skilled pedal steel guitar player, Greenberry toured with Robert Earl Keen until the schedule began to interfere with summer workouts, and he still plays top-secret unannounced gigs in out-of-the-way music halls, just to keep the music flowing in his veins.
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AAC Football Fever has a nice writeup about how Coach Herman has hit the ground running for the Coogs:
Tom Herman was a high-profile hire for Houston.
But after amazing success as a coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State, many wondered how Herman would make the adjustment to being a head coach. Apparently Herman’s approach is to take advantage of his new-found celebrity status, and do whatever he can to promote his new school.
As soon as National Signing Day was done, Herman went from recruiting players to recruiting fans. Houston has a rallying cry of “paint it red.” You see it on social media and promotional materials. Herman is taking it a step farther, using “Paint Texas Red” on Twitter. And he’s not kidding.
Urban Meyer recently gave his protege, Coach Herman, a piece of advice about the transition from coordinator to head coach:
“I actually called coach Meyer and asked, ‘What am I supposed to do during the two hours of practice?’ I’m just used to having my own group with the quarterbacks, and then you go to the whole offense, and you’re kind of the head coach of that, now I have to take a step back and survey everybody.”
When asked what Meyer’s advice was, Herman responded by saying, “take a step back, survey everything, don’t meddle too much and make sure the culture stays consistent.”
Cougars beatwriter Joseph Duarte has an excellent new article out on how the Cougars are looking so far this spring. New coach Herman is wiping the slate clean and opening up every position for competition, including quarterback. Last season’s starter Greg Ward, Jr., who looked very impressive taking over for John O’Korn, will battle it out in spring practice with Adam Schulz, a transfer from Utah. Click here to read the full article over on the Chronicle’s website.