Houston–Tulsa football rivalry

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Houston–Tulsa football rivalry
Houston Cougars primary logo.svg
Houston
Tulsa Golden Hurricane logo.svg
Tulsa
First meeting December 2, 1950
Tulsa 28, Houston 21
Latest meeting October 4, 2018
Houston 41, Tulsa 26
Statistics
Meetings total 43
All-time series Houston leads, 24–19
Largest victory Houston, 100–6 (1968)
Longest win streak Houston, 5 (1968–73)
Current win streak Houston, 1 (2018–present)

The Houston–Tulsa football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the University of Houston Cougars.[1] Houston currently leads the series 24-19.

Series history[edit]

Since 2014, both schools have been members of the American Athletic Conference. They previously competed together in Conference USA from 2005−12 and the Missouri Valley Conference from 1951–59, as well as playing regularly while Houston was independent (1960–75). The rivalry was particularly heated during the Conference USA period, when the two teams dominated the C-USA West Division.[2][3] Tulsa won the division title in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2012, while Houston won in 2006, 2009, and 2011. SMU in 2010 was the only other team to win the title during this period.

An infamous game in the rivalry occurred on November 23, 1968, when Tulsa traveled to the Astrodome despite the fact that most of the team, including 15 of 22 starters, was sick with the flu. Houston, which already boasted the nation's top scoring offense coming into the game, proceeded to win 100–6 after scoring 76 unanswered points in the second half.[4][5] As of 2017, Houston remains the most recent NCAA Division I team to score 100 points in a game.

Tulsa is Houston's most played opponent in football, while Houston is Tulsa's third-most played active opponent.

Game results[edit]

Houston victoriesTulsa victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1950 Houston, TX Tulsa 28–21
2 1951 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 46–27
3 1952 Houston, TX Houston 33–7
4 1953 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 23–21
5 1954 Houston, TX Houston 20–7
6 1955 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 17–14
7 1956 Houston, TX Houston 14–0
8 1957 Tulsa, OK Houston 13–7
9 1958 Houston, TX Tulsa 25–20
10 1959 Tulsa, OK Houston 22–13
11 1960 Houston, TX Tulsa 26–16
12 1961 Tulsa, OK Houston 14–2
13 1962 Houston, TX Houston 35–31
14 1963 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 22–21
15 1964 Houston, TX Tulsa 31–23
16 1965 Houston, TX Tulsa 14–0
17 1966 Houston, TX Houston 73–14
18 1967 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 22–13
19 1968 Houston, TX #11 Houston 100–6
20 1969 Tulsa, OK Houston 47–14
21 1970 Houston, TX Houston 21–9
22 1972 Tulsa, OK Houston 21–0
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
23 1973 Houston, TX #14 Houston 35–16
24 1974 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 30–14
25 1975 Houston, TX Houston 42–30
26 1985 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 31–24
27 1986 Houston, TX Tulsa 24–14
28 1988 Houston, TX Houston 82–28
29 1992 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 28–25
30 1993 Houston, TX Tulsa 38–24
31 2005 Tulsa, OK Houston 30–23
32 2006 Houston, TX Houston 27–10
33 2007 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 56–7
34 2008 Houston, TX Houston 70–30
35 2009 Tulsa, OK #13 Houston 46–45
36 2010 Houston, TX Tulsa 28–25
37 2011 Tulsa, OK #8 Houston 48–16
38 2012 Houston, TX Tulsa 41–7
39 2014 Houston, TX Houston 38–28
40 2015 Tulsa, OK Houston 38–24
41 2016 Houston, TX #13 Houston 38–31
42 2017 Tulsa, OK Tulsa 45–17
43 2018 Houston, TX Houston 41–26
Series: Houston leads 24–19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Athletic Conference - Game Preview: Houston, Tulsa Renew American's Most-Played Rivalry". theamerican.org.
  2. ^ Murphy, Michael (November 9, 2007). "UH, Tulsa meet with West football title on line". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Bailey, Eric (November 12, 2010). "In lopsided rivalry, Houston needs a reason to hate TU". Tulsa World. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  4. ^ McDonald, Mark (September 8, 1985). "17 Years Later, Tulsa Fans Still Feel Houston Ran Up Score In 100-6 Loss". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Gatlin was strumming triple-digit tune 45 years ago in Century City". Fox Sports. November 21, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2017.