Happy 713 day to all you Houstonians sweating and sheltering inside, let us give you a special edition of Throwback Thursday with the 1988 Coogs at Horns, aka Jack Pardee ain't messing around.
Get me my humidity bullets...
- By 1988 the Jack Pardee rebuild was in full effect. Pardee came to Houston to replace the legendary Bill Yeoman and brought with him the run-n-shoot offense.
- Two early losses to A&M and Arkansas thwarted any chance of a Cotton Bowl, but the Coogs finished 9-3, losing to Wazzou in the Hawaii Bowl.
- Andre Ware was in the midst of building up his resume to win the 1989 Heisman, and the trip to Austin was a sweet tonic for the signal caller from Dickinson. Ware dreamed of following in the footsteps of his boyhood idol Donnie Little and play quarterback for the Horns. Fred Akers thought the future All-American would fit better as a defensive back. Ware chose Houston and the high school option quarterback set out to run the veer. When John Jenkins showed up as offensive coordinator, he adapted to the no-holds-barred passing offense.
- Ware torched Texas for 304 yards, and five touchdown passes.
- Afterward Ware to the Austin American Statesman, "This was a real personal game to me. I felt like I had to make them pay for not giving me a chance." Make'em pay Andre!
- Texas tried to man up and blitz the Coogs, but were exposed.
- By the way, after the game Ware heard someone in the stands calling his name, he looked over to see his childhood idol Little. It was the first time the two met. Nice Hallmark moment.
- You could make a reasonably air-tight argument that Houston running back Chuck Weatherspoon was the most efficient back in SWC history. His ruthless efficiency was on full display in Austin this day with 218 yards on eleven carries. Eleven.
- Houston set records for Single game touchdown passes by a team (Ware, David Dacus 7), and touchdown catches in a game (Jason Phillips 4). Plus Phillips established season records for receptions (177) and touchdown catches (12) with his performance against the Longhorns.
Thanks to Stephen Barnett for putting these game on the interweb.