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?
Second half highlights of the game are here:
Big ups to Smart Football for originally posting the videos.