Hi 83 / Lo 62
|Volume 68, Issue 1,
Ed De La Garza
Josh Gajewski Nikie Johnson
Calling it a "relationship" between UH and the University of Texas would be overstating things. But as much as its students and football fans hate to admit it, there was a rivalry between the two schools.
It's in your student handbook, and it's been detailed endlessly in the Cougar, but the rivalry began with the very first football game between the Houston Cougars and the Texas Longhorns in 1953.
The 'Horns being the always gracious winners that they are, mocked our then-live mascot and helped give birth to our hand sign. Twenty-three years later, on our third meeting (and first as Southwest Conference rivals), we paid them back with a 30-0 whipping. From 1976 until 1991, the Cougars were 7-8-1 against Texas. But that, just like claims of illegal chop blocks and "Bleachergate" is history.
Current history tells us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. UH is forever the underdog — even in its own city. All one needs to do is take a look at the Houston Chronicle for evidence.
UT, on the other hand, is the darling of the state. Texas A&M University fans may not be the brightest people on earth, but at least they're not snobbish. But UT fans think any opponent should thank them for letting them play their beloved Longhorns.
They wonder why sports writers across the country don't treat them with the UT bias they so richly deserve. They wonder why a student newspaper at the University of Houston would dare give preferential treatment to UH teams. The nerve of some people.
The Cougars will travel to Texas where they are 36-point underdogs to the beloved 'Horns. Granted, being outscored 101-26 the previous two games against TU does nothing to make odds-makers think otherwise, but sometimes, the underdog can take only so much.
Saturday's game is the 25th meeting between the two football teams — and could be the last for the foreseeable future. It would be the perfect opportunity to knock them down a peg or two. It would be the perfect opportunity to remind them of the rivalry.
But, even if the Cougars don't stand a chance, that doesn't mean UH fans have to accept defeat before the game. We salute the team as it gets ready to take that long bus ride to Austin. Sometimes, Cougar pride is more important than records.
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