Nope, that final score is not a misprint. On November 23rd, 1968 the Tulsa Golden Hurricane traveled to the Houston Astrodome, which had opened only three years prior, for a game against the 11th ranked Houston Cougars. Houston coach Bill Yeoman’s innovative veer offense was starting to shake up the college football world and once it got going it was a little hard to pump the breaks. 100-6 would be the final score, which still seems hard to fathom nearly half a century later. But it gets even more surreal analyzing the game:
• The Cougars featured a linebacker named Wade Phillips. The son of Bum, Phillips would go on to be a very well-respected NFL defensive coordinator and an average head coach, mostly noted for squandering a young Tony Romo in his prime.
• The Coogs also featured a wide receiver named Larry Gatlin that season. Gatlin would later become better known as a country western singer a decade later.
• In this game Gatlin scored a 25 yard touchdown, the only time he’d score in his collegiate career.
• Dr. Phil (yes, that Dr. Phil) was a linebacker for Tulsa that season.
• In spite of the final score, it was only 24-0 a halftime. Houston scored 49 points in the forth quarter.
• Tulsa’s team was allegedly ravaged by the flu which infected 15 of 22 starters on their team, leaving the 20 point underdogs without much of a chance. Tulsa had only two defensive lineman well enough to travel to Houston and one passed out before the coin flip.
• Houston punted once the entire game.
• Houston outrushed Tulsa 555 yards to 86 for 762 yards of total offense.
• Legendary Houston head coach Bill Yeoman was embarrassed at the final score as he had played everyone on his roster but the redshirts. Yeoman said, “I’m embarrassed we could beat a team like Tulsa that bad”.
• This 1968 classic was the last time a major college football team reached triple digits on the scoreboard.
This weekend’s match-up:
Houston travels up to Tulsa on Saturday for the Cougars’ first conference game of the season. The Golden Hurricane are led by first year head coach Philip Montgomery who was previously the offensive coordinator for Art Briles at Baylor. Before Baylor, Montgomery was the Houston Cougars offensive coordinator under Briles before following him to Waco.
Game Previews & Notes:
• The Chronicle’s game primer.
• Houston WR Kyle Postma is again a backup quarterback after Adam Schulz tore his ACL. Schulz is out for the season.