Throwback Thursday: 1982 Houston at SMU

With no football to speak of, we're here to help and get you through the offseason with a little throwback Thursday and the Bill Yeoman Cougars vs. the Pony Express. 

Let's get to the Bullets:

- Bill Yeoman's 1982 Cougars were so net neutral with an entirely fair and balanced 5-5-1 record. 

Yeoman's Coogs

Yeoman's Coogs

- Yeoman entered his 20th year at the helm of the Houston in 1982.

- His renaissance reached its apex in the late 70's when the Cougars went to three of four Cotton Bowls and unseated blue bloods Texas and Arkansas from the league crown.

- Houston finished fourth in the final AP poll in 1976 and fifth in 1979. 

- By 1982, the Yeoman Coogs were starting to decline, but Houston rebounded in 1984 with their last SWC title and Cotton Bowl appearance. 

Snapping necks and writing checks, Bobby Collins.

Snapping necks and writing checks, Bobby Collins.

- Lionel Wilson led the 1982 Cougars in passing while Dallas Wiggins and Dwayne Love each ran for over 800 yards in Yeoman's veer. 

- Houston opened with Howard Schnellenberger's Miami program on the road. The Canes were a year away from winning a seminal national title and becoming the "U."

- Bobby Collins SMU team finished the season 11-0-1 and should have won the national title, but the system was rigged against SMU and generally all awesome things. 

- Eric Dickerson, Craig James, and Lance McIlhenny were at the peak of their powers.

- Dickerson averaged seven points a game and scored seventeen times. 

Pint sized assassin Lance McIlhenny

Pint sized assassin Lance McIlhenny

- The Mustangs finished second in the final AP poll, edged out by 11-1 Penn State and east coast bias. SMU edged Texas for the SWC crown after an epic game in Austin.

- A 17-17 tie against Arkansas cost SMU a national title somehow, even though they were the only undefeated team in Division IA. 

- Three SWC schools finished in the final AP top 25: SMU (2), Arkansas (9), and Texas (17).

Enjoy the 1982 Houston vs. SMU from Cowboy Stadium. Thanks to Tim Bliss for keeping these games alive on Youtube. 

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