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Volume 70, Issue 23, Thursday, September 23, 2004


Cougars two games back from 'Canes

At home, Houston leads the series against Miami, 4-3

Pigskin Primer

Sam Khan Jr.

When the Houston Cougars take the field against the Miami Hurricanes tonight, they'll attempt to snap a five-game losing streak against them. Tonight will mark the 17th time the two schools have met, with Houston currently trailing the series 9-7. The Cougars have lost seven out of the last eight in the series. It will be the first time they have played in over 13 years.

The last time they played each other was on Sept. 12, 1991, when the Cougars traveled to Coral Gables, Fla. The Cougars' highly touted, high-powered offense, which had averaged over 46 points per game the previous season, was shut down by Miami 40-10. 

Cougar quarterback David Klinger, who holds many of Houston's individual passing records, went 32 of 59 for 216 yards and one touchdown, but was sacked five times. Receiver Freddie Gilbert caught 16 of those passes, tying the second-highest single-game reception total in school history.

Then-Miami quarterback Gino Toretta, who would later go on to win a Heisman trophy, threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns as the Miami offense racked up 504 total yards. Coincidentally, that game was also televised nationally on ESPN.

The majority of the Cougars' meetings with the Hurricanes have come under storied former head coach Bill Yeoman. Under Yeoman the Cougars went 5-8 vs. the Hurricanes. The two schools met annually from 1969-76, a span during which the Cougars posted a 5-3 record, including a three-game winning streak from 1969-71.

The largest margin of victory the Cougars have ever posted over the Hurricanes is 33 points, also under Yeoman, as Houston defeated Miami 36-3 on Dec. 5, 1970.

Houston is 4-3 at home vs. Miami, with six of the seven contests played in the Astrodome. Tonight's game will be played at Reliant Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

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