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Houston–Texas football rivalry

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Houston–Texas football rivalry
Houston Cougars primary logo.svg
Houston Cougars
Texas Longhorns logo.svg
Texas Longhorns
First meetingOctober 3, 1953
No. 17 Texas 28, Houston 7
Latest meetingSeptember 21, 2002
No. 3 Texas 41, Houston 11
Meetings total25
All-time seriesTexas leads, 16-7-2
Largest victoryHouston, 66-15 (1988)
Longest win streakTexas, 7 (1992-present)
Current win streakTexas, 7 (1992–present)

The Houston–Texas football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the University of Houston Cougars and the University of Texas Longhorns. The two schools were historically the largest two Texas public universities in the 1960s and 1970s.[1][2][3] Each school has described the overall cross-athletic series as “historical”[4] and a “rivalry”[5] respectively. The rivalry became dormant after the breakup of the Southwest Conference and the two schools’ relocation to different conferences. Similar to many other Texas college football rivalries following conference realignment in the early 2010s, the Houston–Texas football rivalry has been defined by a continual conflict regarding the scheduling of future non-conference games. Texas currently leads the series 16-7-2.

Series history[edit]

The two schools first met in 1953 in Austin, Texas. The Cougars’ live mascot, Shasta I, lost a toe in a cage door on the way to the game and the Longhorn fans reportedly mocked their opponents’ mascot by holding their hands down with the ring finger bent inwards under the thumb. Texas won the game 28-7. Fifteen years later, in the schools’ second meeting, the Cougars held the Longhorns to a 20-20 tie, having adopted the Texas fans’ mocking hand gesture as an official hand sign, with the hand held upwards.[6] The next meeting between the two schools came in 1976, eight years later, when the Cougars played their first season in the Southwest Conference. The No. 20 ranked Cougars shut out the No. 19 ranked Longhorns in front of the Longhorns’ 77,809 fans, the largest crowd in Memorial Stadium attendance at the time, 30-0. It would be legendary coach Darrell Royal’s last season at the helm of the Longhorns coaching staff. The rivalry largely ended after the Longhorns joined the Big 12 Conference in 1996 and the Cougars joined Conference USA that same year. The two schools have not played since 2001.

Currently, both schools make up two of the three Texas universities with the highest enrollment.

There are no future games between the two schools scheduled at this time.

Game results[edit]

Houston and Texas have met 25 times in football.[7] Texas is tied for Houston’s 9th most played football opponent, and Houston is Texas’ 10th most played opponent.[8][9]

Houston victoriesTexas victories
1 October 3, 1953 Austin, TX Texas 28–7
2 September 21, 1968 Austin, TX Tie20–20
3 November 6, 1976 Austin, TX Houston 30–0
4 November 5, 1977 Houston, TX Texas 35–21
5 November 11, 1978 Austin, TX Houston 10–7
6 November 10, 1979 Houston, TX Texas 21–13
7 November 8, 1980 Austin, TX Texas 15–13
8 November 7, 1981 Houston, TX Tie14–14
9 November 6, 1982 Austin, TX Texas 50–0
10 November 5, 1983 Houston, TX Texas 9–3
11 November 10, 1984 Austin, TX Houston 29–15
12 November 9, 1985 Houston, TX Texas 34–24
13 November 8, 1986 Austin, TX Texas 30–10
14 November 7, 1987 Houston, TX Houston 60–40
15 November 5, 1988 Austin, TX Houston 66–15
16 November 11, 1989 Houston, TX Houston 47–9
17 November 10, 1990 Austin, TX Texas 45–24
18 November 9, 1991 Houston, TX Houston 23–14
19 October 24, 1992 Austin, TX Texas 45–38
20 November 4, 1993 Houston, TX Texas 34–16
21 November 12, 1994 Austin, TX Texas 48–13
22 November 11, 1995 Houston, TX Texas 52–20
23 September 23, 2000 Austin, TX Texas 48–0
24 September 22, 2001 Houston, TX Texas 53–26
25 September 21, 2002 Austin, TX Texas 41–11
Series: Texas leads 16–7–2


The University of Texas has refused to play the University of Houston due to tensions arising from the 2000-2002 series, instead opting to play Rice every few years. Future games have not been completely ruled out, however.[10]

See also[edit]

  • List of NCAA college football rivalry games
  • Houston Cougars football
  • Texas Longhorns football


  1. "Texas Longhorns statistical handbook". University of Texas. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  2. "Houston Cougars institutional research". University of Houston. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  3. "Historical Enrollment Texas A&M University". Texas A&M University. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  4. "Bill Little commentary: Horns and Cougars". Texas Longhorns.
  5. "Houston Comes Up Short In Rivalry". University of Houston.
  6. "UH Traditions". University of Houston. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  7. "Texas Longhorns vs Houston Cougars". Winsipedia. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  8. "Houston Cougars football all-time record". Winsipedia. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  9. "Texas Longhorns football all-time record". Winsipedia. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  10. "Khator open to another Houston-Texas football matchup". Houston Chronicle.

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