Amidst the oversaturated college football territory that is Texas, the Houston Cougars have somehow maintained a respectable presence despite not playing in a power-five conference. Playing in the American Athletic Conference, the Houston Cougars are still relevant in the state of Texas due to their long history of success and location Texas’s largest city.
In the history of the Houston Cougars football program, no era was more successful than Bill Yeoman’s tenure as head coach from 1962-1986. The Cougars were particularly dominant in the 1970’s, with seven top 25 finishes and four top 10 finishes. The Cougars most notable victories came at the Cotton Bowl in 1976 and 1979. The first was a 30-21 victory over Maryland that resulted in the Cougars being ranked no. 4 to end the season. The second was a 17-14 win over Nebraska that put Houston ranked at no. 5 to end the season.
With Houston being the largest city in Texas and one of the most populated cities in the United States, there are a lot of Cougars fans. Many of Houston’s recent bowl games have been played within the state of Texas and have had a strong turnout by Cougar fans. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Houston Cougars Bowl Game tickets.
Houston Cougars Recent Bowl Game History
The Houston Cougars made their first bowl game appearance under head coach Tony Levine when they played against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the 2013 BBVA Compass Bowl. Despite going into the 4th quarter tied at 24, Vanderbilt heated up in the final quarter and the Commodores ended up winning the game 41-24.