2012 Houston Cougars football team

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2012 Houston Cougars football
Logo of University of Houston Athletics.png
Conference Conference USA
West Division
2012 record 5–7 (4–4 C-USA)
Head coach Tony Levine
Offensive coordinator Travis Bush
Mike Nesbitt (Resigned after game 1)
Offensive scheme Air raid
Defensive coordinator Jamie Bryant
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Robertson Stadium
(Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
UCF xy   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina x   7 1         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         5 7  
Memphis   4 4         4 8  
UAB   2 6         3 9  
Southern Miss   0 8         0 12  
West
Tulsa xy   7 1         10 3  
SMU   5 3         7 6  
Rice   4 4         7 6  
Houston   4 4         5 7  
UTEP   2 6         3 9  
Tulane   2 6         2 10  
Championship: Tulsa 33, UCF 27
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Houston Cougars football team represented the University of Houston in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the 67th year of season play for Houston. The season marked the last for the Cougars as a member of Conference USA as they moved to the American Athletic Conference in 2013. In addition, it was the final season for the team to host its home games at Robertson Stadium as the university announced plans to begin construction on TDECU Stadium in December 2012—following the conclusion of the season.[1][2] The 2012 season was the first full season under head coach Tony Levine as he took over for Kevin Sumlin after his departure following the 2011 Conference USA Football Championship Game.

At one time it was believed that the 2012 season would be the last for the foreseeable future with a Bayou Bucket Classic matchup against the Rice Owls. Both teams had relied on the game being on their respective conference schedules. However, with the American Athletic Conference move in 2013 for the Cougars, the matchup would have had to have been scheduled as a non-conference game. At the time of the Big East Conference announcement, Rice had its non-conference schedule completely booked for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.[3] In April 2012, the two schools announced that they had come to an agreement to extend the series through the 2013 season. The 2012 and 2013 Bayou Bucket Classics were hosted at Reliant Stadium.[4]

Pre-season[edit]

Recruits[edit]

Awards & award watch lists[edit]

Jacolby Ashworth

D. J. Hayden

Richie Leone

Charles Sims

Schedule[edit]

[9][10][11]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 PM Texas State* Robertson StadiumHouston, TX CSS L 13–30   32,207
September 8 7:00 PM Louisiana Tech* Robertson Stadium • Houston, TX CBSSN L 49–56   29,142
September 15 9:30 PM at #22 UCLA* Rose BowlPasadena, CA Pac-12 Network L 6–37   53,723
September 29 2:30 PM vs. Rice Reliant Stadium • Houston, TX (Bayou Bucket Classic) FSN W 35–14   32,718
October 6 6:00 PM North Texas* Robertson Stadium • Houston, TX CSS/CSNH W 44–21   25,476
October 13 11:00 AM UAB Robertson Stadium • Houston, TX FSN W 39–17   25,242
October 18 7:00 PM at SMU Gerald J. Ford StadiumUniversity Park, TX FSN L 42–72   16,459
October 27 3:30 PM UTEP Robertson Stadium • Houston, TX CSS/CSNH W 45–35   27,433
November 3 11:00 AM at East Carolina Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC FSN L 28–48   45,455
November 10 4:00 PM Tulsadagger Robertson Stadium • Houston, TX CBSSN L 7–41   25,827
November 17 11:00 AM at Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV CSS/CSNH L 41–44   18,831
November 24 2:30 PM Tulane Robertson Stadium • Houston, TX FSN W 40–17   25,402
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach Tony Levine began his first full season in that position for 2012
Name Position Alma mater (Year)
Tony Levine Head coach Minnesota (1995)
Travis Bush Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Texas State (2000)
Jamie Bryant Defensive coordinator Ohio Wesleyan (1993)
Jamie Christian Special teams coordinator/Inside receivers Central Washington (1999)
Lee Hays Offensive line Texas A&M–Kingsville (1996)
Ricky Logo Defensive line North Carolina State (1992)
Carlton Hall Defensive line Vanderbilt (1998)
Ken McClintock Running backs Minnesota (1993)
Brandon Middleton Outside receivers Houston (2004)
Zac Spavital Cornerbacks Murray State (2004)

Game notes[edit]

Texas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 14 13 0 3 30
Cougars 10 0 3 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2010 HOU, 68–28


Louisiana Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 14 7 21 14 56
Cougars 6 14 7 22 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–2 2011 HOU, 35–34


@ UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 0 0 6 6
#22 Bruins 14 3 13 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3 2011 HOU, 38–34

1st quarter scoring: UCLA – Eric Kendricks 23-yard fumble recovery (K. Fairbairn kick); UCLA – Datone Jones 7-yard pass from Brett Hundley (Fairbairn kick)

2nd quarter scoring: UCLA – Fairbairn 35-yard field goal

3rd quarter scoring: UCLA – Jordon James 12-yard pass from Hundley (Fairbairn kick); UCLA – Fairbairn 23-yard field goal; UCLA – Fairbairn 33-yard field goal

4th quarter scoring: HOU – David Piland 86-yard run (Kenneth Farrow rush failed); UCLA – Steven Manfro 14-yard run (Fairbairn kick)

vs Rice[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 7 14 7 35
Owls 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–11 2011 HOU, 73–34


North Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 14 7 0 21
Cougars 17 14 10 3 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–7 2011 HOU, 48–23


UAB[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 7 3 0 7 17
Cougars 10 6 20 3 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 2011 HOU, 56–13


@ SMU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 7 14 14 42
Mustangs 14 14 31 13 72
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–9–1 2011 HOU, 37–7


UTEP[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Miners 0 7 7 21 35
Cougars 14 21 10 0 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 2011 HOU, 49–42


@ East Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 7 7 14 28
Pirates 14 14 3 17 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2011 HOU, 56–3


Tulsa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Hurricane 3 14 7 17 41
Cougars 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–17 2011 HOU, 48–16


@ Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 10 14 17 41
Thundering Herd 10 21 7 6 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2011 HOU, 63–28


Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Green Wave 0 7 10 0 17
Cougars 17 3 7 13 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–4 2011 HOU, 73–17

Poll rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV  
Coaches' RV  
Harris Not released Not released 
BCS Not released Not released



References[edit]

  1. ^ Khan, Jr., Sam (December 9, 2011). "Amid Big East Celebration, UH Officials Talk New Football Stadium". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Khan, Jr., Sam (February 2, 2012). "UH Students Vote for Fee Increase to Help Athletics". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Duarte, Joseph (December 19, 2011). "Rice Casts Doubt on Bayou Bucket Game's Future". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Houston, Rice Extend Bayou Bucket Series Through 2013, UH Athletics, Retrieved April 28, 2012
  5. ^ Duarte, Joseph (July 16, 2012). "UH Offensive Lineman Ashworth on Lombardi Award Watch List". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hayden Named to Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List. Houston Cougars, July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  7. ^ Duarte, Joseph (July 9, 2012). "UH Punter Leone Named to Ray Guy Watch List". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ Duarte, Joseph (July 11, 2012). "Cougars’ Charles Sims Named to Maxwell Award Watch List". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ 2012 Houston Cougars football schedule, FBSchedules.com, Retrieved February 3, 2012
  10. ^ Conference USA 2012 TV Schedule, Matt Sarz Sports, Retrieved March 2, 2012
  11. ^ Houston Sets Highly-Anticipated 2012 Football Schedule, University of Houston Athletics, Retrieved April 27, 2012

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