_A near capacity crowd of 62,000 made the trip to Rice Stadium for the game. Tickets were in such demand that Rice sent out a press release imploring fans to leave early to avoid the rush. It being Houston in the early fall, a hurricane was closing in on the city. _
_Peterson welcomed the storm. The former Florida State coach told reporters, "some of our best games at Florida State were played in those conditions (wind and rain). The storm in question Hurrican Fern, fortunately, or unfortunately if you were Peterson, bypassed Houston and made landfall further down the southern Texas coast. The storm missed a direct hit, but rain fell throughout the evening. _
Bill Yeoman’s Cougars came into the game as a two-touchdown favorite. His Cougars, after all, led the nation in total offense for five consecutive seasons.