- Baylor, Rice Stadium, 9/22/62.....A balmy summer night in late September. The debut of the Bill Yeoman
offensive and defensive philosophy. UH defeats Don Trull, Lawrence Elkins, the Maples brothers, Ronnie
Goodwin and company 19-0.
- Texas A&M, Rice Stadium, 9/29/62....The Aggies come to town and a predictably large crowd assembles at
Rice Stadium. UH prevails in a close, hard fought battle, 6-3.
- Ole Miss, Jackson, Mississippi, 10/6/62.....UH ventures into the SEC where the Rebels, on home turf, were
invincible. It was a long afternoon, with Mississippi scoring 40 points. The game would be the first of four
losses for Houston, all occurring in the month of October.
- Alabama, Tuscaloossa, Alabama, 10/13/62.....A typical Houston vs. Alabama football game of the sixties.
It was a brawl. The Tide carried the day with a 14-3 win. Ken Chancellor was a head hunter on defense,
repeatedly chasing a harried Joe Namath from sideline to sideline.
- Mississippi State, Rice Stadium, 10/20/62......The third SEC opponent arrives for a night game in Rice
Stadium. It felt better to be back home, with a long flight to Boston looming the next week. The Bulldogs
were a perennial foe, along with Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn in the fifties and sixties. This night would
prove no different. It was defensive game, for the balance of the game, see sawing back and forth, with
few points scored. The Bulldogs would fly out of Houston Hobby on their charter with a 9-3 win in their
- Boston College, Chestnut Hill, 10/27/62......An afternoon game, in late October, in Massachusetts. The
temperature hovered in the mid thirties at game time. The field was blanketed in light snow and ice. This
writer would allow his end to be turned in the second quarter. He was unceremoniously pulled from the game
and referred to by the young head coach as a jackass. Benny Howe replaced him. On the next play they
broke Benny's leg. Inserted back into the game, this writer, jogging past Benny being carried off on a
stretcher, paused stretcher side to extend apologies......"you son of a bitch"....was Benny's reply.
- Florida State, Tallahassee, Florida, 11/3/62......A young 6'1", 183 pound Sophomore named Fred Biletnikoff
would sit out this game with stress fractures. He would later become the Seminole's first All American and
the quintessential pass receiver in the NFL. Out of the ashes of October, UH won the game 7-0.
- Tulsa, Rice Stadium, 11/10/62......A squeaker against a Hurricane team that would lead the nation in
passing for the next four years, in no small measure to the pass catch duo of Jerry Rhome to Howard
Twilley. Jerry Rhome would return to the UH campus in 2012 to help Case Keenum prepare for his NFL
tryouts. UH wins this one 35-31.
- Louisville, Louisville, Ky., 11/24/62.....Played on the rodeo grounds of the Kentucky State Fair, the game
turned into a slugfest, literally, with both benches emptying for the fisticuffs. The fight was a draw. UH
won the game 27-25.
- Cincinnati, Rice Stadium, 12/1/62.....An afternoon off West Main. The Cougars would score 42 points
against the Cincy Bearcats. Demaree Jones would block a punt in the first half. The ball would bounce into
the hands of this writer who would run 50 yards for a touchdown, gaining this writer the game ball. Jones
would not speak to this writer until later in December.
- Miami of Ohio, The Tangerine Bowl, 12/22/62.......We won, 49-21.
( Read the game summary in the .pdf document )
NOTE: - Coach Yeoman goes on to win 160 games in his 24 year career at the University of Houston.
- Three players of the 1962 UH Football team were drafted by the NFL.
( Write-up courtesy of Clem Beard, letterman on the 1962 UH Football Team )