We're less than three months to real, live football so we'll have to make due with a little throwback Thursday! This one comes to us from Dallas, Irving to be exact, and Texas Stadium as North Texas welcomed Houston way back in 1975. God was watching through a hole in the roof. Makes you wonder why he couldn't get a better seat.
Let's get to the BULLETS!
- 1975 was the last year before Houston joined the SWC. The Cougars left the Missouri Valley to be an Independent while the SWC prepared to welcome them in.
- Once the SWC opened the door, the Coogs kicked it in, winning three of four titles out of the gate.
- 1975's team looked nothing like a title contender. Houston finished 2-8, bookending wins to start and finish the season. The Cougars beat Lamar to open 1975 and Tulsa to end the season, in between? Heartbreak.
- Houston lost four games by seven points or less, including two to their future conference mates, Rice and SMU.
- Starting Houston quarterback Bubba McGallion's dad lettered at North Texas in the 1950s.
- The meeting was the first between the Coogs and their former conference mates, North Texas, in fifteen years. The Mean Green held a 6-3 advantage heading into the game.
- The Mean Green were in the midst of Hayden Fry's great run. Fry's squads were more than eager to get a SWC invite themselves.
- To aid in that effort, the Mean Green moved certain home games down to Irving and the new Texas Stadium.
- North Texas' quarterback was Ken Washington, son of NFL great Joe. Ken, from Port Arthur, was a great dual-threat quarterback who was recently inducted into the Texas High School Sports Hall of Fame.
- Washington led Port Arthur Lincoln to a 30-4-1 record, playing for his father. He played two years in the CFL after his North Texas career.
- North Texas finished 1975 7-4 and didn't go to a bowl game. The Mean Green twice won nine games under Hayden Fry, including scaring the shit out of #19 Texas in 1976, and yet no one invited North Texas to a bowl game. No, this whole thing isn't a racket. Pure as the driven snow.
Here are is the video, no there is no sound, but its probably better that way. There are eleven different videos of the game, and they are all great pieces of history. Savor them.