1973 Houston Cougars football team

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1973 Houston Cougars football
University of Houston's classic athletics logo
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl champion
Conference Independent
Coaches No. 13
AP No. 9
1973 record 11–1
Head coach Bill Yeoman (12th year)
Offensive coordinator Bill Yeoman (12th year)
Offensive scheme Houston Veer
Defensive coordinator Don Todd (2nd year)
Home stadium Astrodome (50,000)
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The 1973 Houston Cougars football team, also known as the Houston Cougars, Houston, or UH, represented the University of Houston in the 1973 college football season. It was the 28th year of season play for Houston. The team was coached by twelfth-year head coach Bill Yeoman who would later be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. The team played its home games in the Astrodome, a 50,000-person capacity stadium off-campus in Houston at the Astrodomain. Houston competed as a member of the NCAA in the University Division, independent of any athletic conference. It was their fourteenth year of doing so. The Cougars had been admitted to the Southwest Conference two years prior, but were ineligible for conference play until the 1976 season.[1] After completion of the regular season, the Cougars were invited to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl where they defeated the Tulane Green Wave.[2]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 Rice No. 18 AstrodomeHouston (Bayou Bucket Classic) W 24–6   43,917[3]
September 27 South Carolina No. 16 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 27–19   24,019[3]
September 29 at Memphis State No. 15 Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, Tennessee W 35–21   40,126[3]
October 6 at San Diego State No. 14 San Diego StadiumSan Diego W 14–9   37,489[3]
October 12 Virginia Tech No. 14 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 54–27   27,103[3]
October 19 at Miami No. 14 Orange BowlMiami, Florida W 30–7   29,340[3]
October 27 at No. 11 Auburn No. 12 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 0–7   58,426[3]
November 3 Florida State No. 18 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 34–3   27,587[3]
November 10 at Colorado State No. 15 Hughes StadiumFort Collins, Colorado W 28–20   17,532[3]
November 24 Wyoming No. 14 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 35–0   18,441[3]
December 1 Tulsa No. 14 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 35–16   21,500[3]
December 29 Tulane No. 14 Astrodome • Houston, Texas (Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl) ABC W 47–7   44,358[3]
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach Bill Yeoman coaches Houston
Name Position Alma mater (Year) Year at Houston
Bill Yeoman Head coach/offensive coordinator Army (1948) 12th
Don Todd Defensive coordinator Hardin-Simmons (1964) 2nd
Melvin Brown Offensive backs coach Oklahoma (1954) 11th
Billy Willingham Offensive line coach TCU (1951) 8th
Barry Sides Offensive line coach/defensive ends coach Houston (1968) 5th
Clarence Daniel Defensive backs coach Huron (1955) 2nd
Larry French Linebackers coach Colorado State (1965) 4th
Joe Arenas Wide receivers coach Nebraska-Omaha (1951) 11th
Carroll Schultz Freshmen coach Louisiana Tech (1948) 12th
Bobby Baldwin Freshmen coach Houston (1958) 9th


  1. ^ "Houston Joins Southwest Conference". Star-News. 1971-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Cougars Rout Tulane 47–7". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. 1973-12-30. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "2009 Houston Cougars Media Guide: Year-by-Year results" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-20. 

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