List of Houston Cougars bowl games

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Houston defeated Air Force in the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl, to end their eight bowl game losing streak.[1]

The Houston Cougars college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the University of Houston in the American Athletic Conference (AAC). Since the establishment of the team in 1946, Houston has appeared in 23 bowl games. The latest bowl occurred on January 2, 2015, when Houston defeated Pittsburgh in the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl, which brought the Cougars' overall bowl record to ten wins, twelve losses, and one tie (10–12–1).

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Bowl games[edit]

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance and head coach[A 1]
# Bowl Score[A 2] Date Season[A 3] Opponent[A 4] Stadium Location Attendance[2] Head coach
1 Salad Bowl W 26–21 January 1, 1952 1951 Dayton Flyers Montgomery Stadium Phoenix 17,000 Lee, ClydeClyde Lee
2 Tangerine Bowl W 49–21 December 22, 1962 1962 Miami Redskins Tangerine Bowl Orlando 7,500 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
3 Bluebonnet Bowl W 37–7 December 31, 1969 1969 Auburn Tigers Astrodome Houston 55,203 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
4 Bluebonnet Bowl L 29–17 December 31, 1971 1971 Colorado Buffaloes Astrodome Houston 54,720 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
5 Bluebonnet Bowl W 47–7 December 29, 1973 1973 Tulane Green Wave Astrodome Houston 44,358 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
6 Bluebonnet Bowl T 31–31 December 23, 1974 1974 NC State Wolfpack Astrodome Houston 35,122 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
7 Cotton Bowl Classic W 30–21 January 1, 1977 1976 Maryland Terrapins Cotton Bowl Dallas 54,500 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
8 Cotton Bowl Classic L 35–34 January 1, 1979 1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Cotton Bowl Dallas 76,601double-dagger Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
9 Cotton Bowl Classic W 17–14 January 1, 1980 1979 Nebraska Cornhuskers Cotton Bowl Dallas 72,032 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
10 Garden State Bowl W 35–0 December 14, 1980 1980 Navy Midshipmen Giants Stadium East Rutherford 41,417 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
11 Sun Bowl L 40–14 December 26, 1981 1981 Oklahoma Sooners Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso 33,816 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
12 Cotton Bowl Classic L 45–28 January 1, 1985 1984 Boston College Eagles Cotton Bowl Dallas 56,522 Yeoman, BillBill Yeoman
13 Aloha Bowl L 24–22 December 25, 1988 1988 Washington State Cougars Aloha Stadium Honolulu 35,132 Pardee, JackJack Pardee
14 Liberty Bowl L 30–17 December 27, 1996 1996 Syracuse Orangemen Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis 49,163 Helton, KimKim Helton
15 Hawaiʻi Bowl L 54–48 December 25, 2003 2003 Hawaii Warriors Aloha Stadium Honolulu 29,005 Briles, ArtArt Briles
16 Fort Worth Bowl L 42–13 December 23, 2005 2005 Kansas Jayhawks Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth 33,505 Briles, ArtArt Briles
17 Liberty Bowl L 44–36 December 29, 2006 2006 South Carolina Gamecocks Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis 56,103 Briles, ArtArt Briles
18 Texas Bowl L 20–13 December 28, 2007 2007 TCU Horned Frogs Reliant Stadium Houston 62,097double-dagger Thurmond, ChrisChris Thurmond[A 5]
19 Armed Forces Bowl W 34–28 December 31, 2008 2008 Air Force Falcons Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth 41,127 Sumlin, KevinKevin Sumlin
20 Armed Forces Bowl L 47–20 December 31, 2009 2009 Air Force Falcons Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth 41,414 Sumlin, KevinKevin Sumlin
21 TicketCity Bowl W 30–14 January 2, 2012 2011 Penn State Nittany Lions Cotton Bowl Dallas 46,817 Levine, TonyTony Levine
22 BBVA Compass Bowl L 41–24 January 4, 2014 2013 Vanderbilt Commodores Legion Field Birmingham 42,717 Levine, TonyTony Levine
23 Armed Forces Bowl W 35–34 January 2, 2015 2014 Pittsburgh Panthers Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth 37,888 Gibbs, DavidDavid Gibbs[A 6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics correct as of 2013–14 NCAA football bowl games.
  2. ^ Results are sortable first by whether the result was a Houston win, loss or tie and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. ^ Links to the season article for the Houston team that competed in the bowl for that year.
  4. ^ Links to the season article for the opponent that Houston competed against in the bowl for that year when available or to their general page when unavailable.
  5. ^ Chris Thurmond served as interim head coach for the 2007 Texas Bowl after Art Briles resigned his position to take the head coach position with the Baylor Bears.[3]
  6. ^ David Gibbs served as interim head coach for the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl after Tony Levine was fired from his position as head coach.[4]

References[edit]

General
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Houston gets first bowl win since 1980". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 31, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, pp. 32–38
  3. ^ "Thurmond named interim coach after Briles bolts for Baylor". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 28, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Nakia (December 8, 2014). "Tony Levine relieved of UH head coaching duties; David Gibbs to serve as interim". KPRC-TV. Retrieved January 2, 2015.