Houston–Texas football rivalry
|First meeting||October 3, 1953|
No. 17 Texas 28, Houston 7
|Latest meeting||September 21, 2002|
No. 3 Texas 41, Houston 11
|All-time series||Texas leads, 16-7-2|
|Largest victory||Houston, 66-15 (1988)|
|Longest win streak||Texas, 7 (1992-present)|
|Current win streak||Texas, 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. Each school has described the overall cross-athletic series as “historical” and a “rivalry” 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.
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. 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.
|Houston victories||Texas victories|
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.
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- Texas Longhorns football
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