1969 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl

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1969 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
1234 Total
Auburn 0700 7
Houston 79614 36
Date December 31, 1969
Season 1969
Stadium Astrodome
Location Houston, Texas
MVP HB Jim Strong (Houston)
Attendance 55,203
United States TV coverage
Network HTN
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
 < 1968  1970

The 1969 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl was a college football bowl game that featured the Houston Cougars and the Auburn Tigers.

Background[edit]

After two losses to Florida and Oklahoma State, the Cougars won eight straight games, including a perfect 5–0 record in the Astrodome, in their first bowl game since 1962. The Tigers finished third in the Southeastern Conference, after losses to #17 Tennessee and #9 LSU. This was their second straight bowl game.

Game summary[edit]

Auburn's Terry Beasly fumbled the opening kickoff and Houston safety Nick Holm recovered to set up a Houston opportunity three minutes into the game. Quarterback Gary Mullins scored on a touchdown plunge to make it 7–0. After Auburn punted the ball, Houston drove 70 yards in 14 plays, culminating with a Carlos Lopez 27-yard field goal to make it 10–0 in the beginning of the second quarter. After another Auburn punt, the Cougars scored again, highlighted by a 74-yard run by Jim Strong on first-and-10 at Houston's 16 to the Auburn 10. He scored on a touchdown plunge soon after. Auburn’s Mickey Zofko completed a 36-yard halfback option pass to Connie Frederick to make it 16–7 with 3:36 in the half. An 8- play, 71-yard drive was culminated by a Ted Heiskell touchdown run to make it 22–7 in the third quarter. With 11:48 remaining in the game, Houston scored again on a 12 yard touchdown run by Strong. With :35 seconds left, Rusty Clark threw a touchdown pass to Tommy Mozisek to make the final score 36–7. Jim Strong rushed for 184 yards on 32 carries. [1]

Aftermath[edit]

Houston finished with a #12 ranking in the final AP Poll. The Cougars returned to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl two years later. The next bowl game for Auburn was also two years later, in the Gator Bowl.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics Houston Auburn
First Downs 25 14
Rushing Yards 376 25
Passing Yards 140 188
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Total Offense 516 189
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 6-63 4-26
Punts-Average 2-42.5 6-39.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History: Bowl Recaps". 2010 Houston Cougars Football Media Almanac (PDF). Houston, Texas: University of Houston Department of Athletics. 2010. p. 87. Retrieved December 25, 2015.