NCAAF Houston Cougars

General Information

Conference: American Athletic Conference
NCAA Division: Division 1
City: Houston, Texas
Stadium: TDECU Stadium


  • National Championships: 0
  • Conference Titles: 11
  • Divisional Championships: 6

Past Conferences

  • Missouri Valley (1951-1959).
  • Southwest (1976-1995).
  • Conference USA (1996-2012).

Houston Cougars Standings & Analysis

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All-Time Houston Cougars Standings & Records

Passing yards

  • Case Keenum: 19,217
  • Kevin Kolk : 12,964
  • David Klingler: 9,430
  • Greg Ward Jr: 8,705
  • Jason McKinley: 8,694

Rushing yards

  • Ketric Sanford: 3,636
  • Chuck Weatherspoon: 3,247
  • Bryce Beall: 3,098
  • Kenneth Farrow: 2,975
  • Robert Newhouse: 2,961

Receiving yards

  • Patrick Edwards: 4,507
  • Vincent Marshall: 3,770
  • Tyron Carrier: 3,493
  • Elmo Wright: 3,347
  • Donnie Avery: 3,289

Overview of the Houston Cougars Standings

Last-Season Standings

For the last college football season, the Houston Courgars standings presented them as an average team. Although the team is set to leave the Group of Five and join the Big 12, Houston Cougars continues to make waves in its current American Athletic Conference. The 2022-23 football season saw the program go 8-5, capping off the year with a victory in the Independence Bowl.

The Houston Cougars finished their 2022 season on a high note, defeating Louisiana 23-16 in the Independence Bowl. The victory improved their record to 9-5, marking the third straight winning season for the Cougars. The win also capped off a successful tenure in the American Athletic Conference before their move to the Big 12 in the upcoming season.

Led by quarterback Clayton Tune and receiver Nathaniel Dell, the Houston Cougars’ offense proved to be too much for Louisiana’s defense. Dell had a standout performance, recording six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. The win not only showcased the Cougars’ ability to close out the season strong but also demonstrated their potential to compete at a high level in the Big 12.

The Houston Cougars standings indicate they are a team to watch out for in the upcoming season, and their victory in the Independence Bowl is a testament to their growth and determination.

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Houston Cougars Football History

Team History

The Houston Cougars began playing football in 1946 under coach Jewell Wallace. They were below average -at best- during his two-year stint, finishing 4-6 and 3-8. Next up was Clyde Lee, who only had two losing seasons in his seven-year stint.
The Cougars joined the Missouri Valley Conference in 1951. In 1952, the Cougars made history when they claimed the conference championship and were ranked by the UPI for the first time in school history.
Coach Lee retired in 1954 with a 37-32-1 record, not without leaving his mark on the school and football program.

Bill Yeoman took over in 1962, and it proved to be one of the best decisions in the program’s history. Yeoman coached for 24 years. He accumulated 160 wins, 6 bowl wins and multiple conference championships.
Most importantly, Yeoman helped dismiss the color barrier among big universities in Texas when he and the Cougars offered a scholarship to Warren McVea.

Additionally, Yeoman had the Cougar offense moving flawlessly. They finished first in total offense multiple times in his tenure. Yeoman was out in 1986 due to off-the-field issues but retired as a Cougar legend.

The Cougars had three coaches from 1987-2000, and, except for 1990, 1996 and 1998, they didn’t enjoy much success. They joined the Conference USA in 1996. In their first year, they went 4-1 in their conference and won a share of the title.

Turnup After the Year 2000

In 2003, the Cougars hired Art Briles. In his first season, the Cougars finished 7-5 and clinched a bowl game. In 2006, he had a really good season.

They finished 9-3 and won the conference championship. Quarterback Kevin Kolb had an insane season, finishing with 30 touchdowns to just four interceptions. The Cougars went 8-4 the following season, and Briles was hired to coach at Baylor.

Kevin Sumlin was at the helm from 2008-2011. The year 2011 was magical for the Cougars, since they finished with a perfect 12-0 record.
The Cougars were one game away from heading to the Sugar bowl but lost to Southern Miss in the conference championship. Sumlin had a heck of a career at Houston. He finished with a 24-8 regular season and a 2-1 bowl record.

Moving Up to the AAC

In 2013, the Cougars moved to the newly formed American Athletic Conference. In their first season, they finished 8-4. In 2015, under coach Tom Herman, the Cougars had a historical year.

They finished 12-1 and beat Florida State in the Peach Bowl. The Cougars went from 2015-2018 with winning records. The issue was that the Cougars got off to hit starts and then cooled off.

Current head coach Dana Holgorsen has a 25-19 regular season record and a 1-1 bowl record. After finishing with a losing record his first two years, he led the Cougars to a 12-2 record where they also finished 8-0 in conference play. The Cougars are set to join the Big 12 sometime before 2024.

Houston Cougars FAQs

What is the highest win total in the Houston Courgars team history?

The Cougars won 13 games in 2011 and 2015. In 2011, the Cougars were led by quarterback Case Keenum who threw for 450 yards per game. The 2015 Cougars put up nearly 500 total yards per game.

What was the worst season for the Houston Courgars football team history?

In 2001, the Cougars finished with an 0-11 overall record. It was their first and only time finishing a season without winning a single game.

How many bowl games have the Cougars made?

The Cougars have made 29 bowl games and currently have a 12-16-1 record in those games. They’ve made a bowl game in seven of the last eight seasons.
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