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Friday, October 27, 2000
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Volume 66, Issue 49 

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Ed De La Garza                        Miriam A. Garcia                       Brandon Moeller 
Jim Parsons                              Shaun Salnave


Homecoming: a good thing

Saturday's Homecoming game, in which our team will try to surprise Conference USA by beating the No. 14-ranked Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, is quite possibly the one game all year destined to bring the most Cougars together. 

This is for a variety of reasons, especially the hard work that went into making the event a memorable experience for all -- whether they like gridiron battles or not. Although the game is important, the Homecoming Committee also arranged for some festive pregame excitement, including tonight's pep rally and bonfire on the Scott Street side of Robertson Stadium followed by a free concert by the alternative rock band The Nixons.

Attending UH gives many opportunities for students to meet a wide range of people, whether they are hard-working professors who devote precious time to education or fellow students who, while leading busy and complicated lives, have made a commitment to pursue the benefits of college. Attending a UH Homecoming game broadens such opportunities to include reminiscent alumni fans who have their own UH stories to tell -- and, yes, even the Bleacher Creatures. 

The game will be good. The Cougars are facing a ranked team the week after an amazing comeback, a triple-overtime victory against Memphis. Southern Miss is predicted to win, but the match should show how well the Cougars do when they face the best teams. UH has a good offense when it finally kicks in, and the Eagles have a tough defense. If the Coogs take the game, UH will be in a good position to contend for the Conference USA title.

So what if the Eagles won two out of the four games the teams have played? Have they faced the Coogs backed by a packed Robertson Stadium equipped with a sea of red-clad Cougar fans yelling their heads off in support?

Actually, they have. Those who were around in 1996 most likely remember that year's Homecoming game, in which the Cougars defeated the Golden Eagles in a 56-49 triple-overtime victory. It was one of the most exciting games in recent UH football memory.

This weekend, we'll try for a replay of that win. It may be do-or-die for the Cougars in terms of postseason play, so be sure to attend the game -- which begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday -- and cheer for the Scarlet and White.

(And remember, students get into the game free with a valid Cougar 1Card. What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon?)

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