1989 Houston Cougars football team

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1989 Houston Cougars football
University of Houston classic logo.png
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #Not ranked
AP #14
1989 record 9–2 (6–2 SWC)
Head coach Jack Pardee
Offensive coordinator John Jenkins
Offensive scheme Run & Shoot
Defensive coordinator Jim Eddy
Home stadium Astrodome (62,439)
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
1989 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Arkansas 7 1 0     10 2 0
#14 Houston 6 2 0     9 2 0
#20 Texas A&M 6 2 0     8 4 0
Texas Tech 5 3 0     9 3 0
Baylor 4 4 0     5 6 0
Texas 4 4 0     5 6 0
TCU 2 6 0     4 7 0
Rice 2 6 0     2 8 1
SMU 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Houston Cougars football team, also known as the Houston Cougars, Houston, or UH, represented the University of Houston in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the 44th year of season play for Houston. The team was coached by third-year head coach Jack Pardee. Serving as offensive coordinator was John Jenkins, who would later serve in the capacity of head coach the next season. The team played its games off-campus at the Astrodome, which had recently received upgrades to seat 62,439 spectators. The Cougars finished the season ranked as #14 by the AP Poll. Houston quarterback Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award following the conclusion of the season. Under probation by the NCAA from rules violated in prior seasons, Houston was disallowed from participating in a bowl game, television appearances, and the Coaches' Poll.

Regular season[edit]

Andre Ware became the first black quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in 1989, along with the Davey O'Brien Award, the latter award given to the most outstanding college quarterback of the year. That year, his junior year, he threw for 4,699 yards, 44 touchdowns, and set 26 NCAA records. Many of the records were thanks to the innovative use of the Run & Shoot offense, which his successor, David Klingler, also used to great effect. The Cougars ended the season ranked the #14 team in the nation by the Associated Press. He then declared for the NFL Draft, foregoing his senior year.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/02/89 at UNLV* #21 Sam Boyd Silver BowlLas Vegas, Nevada W 69–0   22,416[1]
09/23/89 at Arizona State* #17 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona W 36–7   67,357[1]
09/30/89 Temple* #14 AstrodomeHouston, Texas W 65–7   15,121[1]
10/07/89 Baylor #12 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 66–10   15,121[1]
10/14/89 at Texas A&M #8 Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas L 13–17   66,423[1]
10/21/89 SMU #16 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 95–21   20,009[1]
10/28/89 at #13 Arkansas #12 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, Arkansas L 39–45   55,112[1]
11/04/89 at TCU #17 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, Texas W 55–10   19,212[1]
11/11/89 Texas #15 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 47–9   45,586[1]
11/25/89 #18 Texas Tech #13 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 40–24   30,097[1]
12/02/89 at Rice #13 Rice Stadium • Houston, Texas (Bayou Bucket Classic) W 64–0   22,700[1]
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Poll rankings[edit]

Week-to-Week Rankings
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 21 22 18 17 14 12 8 16 12 17 15 13 13 13 13 13 14
Coaches' Ineligible (on probation)

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Andre Ware Quarterback 1 7 Detroit Lions
Lamar Lathon Linebacker 1 15 Houston Oilers
Alton Montgomery Defensive back 2 52 Denver Broncos
Alfred Oglesby Nose tackle 3 66 Miami Dolphins
Craig Veasey Defensive tackle 3 81 Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Ellison 11 278 Atlanta Falcons
Joey Banes Tackle 11 295 Houston Oilers

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