The University of Houston Cougars played their first football game in their brand new stadium last night.
TDECU Stadium – the Texas Dow Employee’s Credit Union bought the naming rights – replaces the old Robertson Stadium where I marched as a member of the Hamilton Junior High Band back in the 50s. Robertson was okay for junior high games, but was not much of a college stadium even then. It was an embarrassment compared to Rice Stadium a few miles west.
It would be nice to report that the Coogs christened their new digs with a win. Unfortunately, the UTSA Roadrunners, who have only had a football team since 2011, beat the home town team 27-7. Total yardage was almost even, but the Roadrunners intercepted four passes and recovered two Cougar fumbles.
UH finished with minus-26 yards rushing on 23 attempts. Most of the fans had already left when Ryan Jackson avoided a total shutout with a 2-yard scoring run with only 1:04 left on the clock.