Couldn’t sleep last night, so found this and watched the whole game. I was a junior at the time and was on the field for this game. I have not seen this game since I watched it live in person.
A&M had owned us in the 1980s. The “Wrecking Crew” defense was one of the few defenses that could stop the Run & Shoot. There was over 1000 yards of offense. A&M had 555 yards and lost.
This is one of my top 5 most satisfying wins in my Coog history.
Observations in no particular order:
- Klingler had one of the most beautiful long balls I have ever seen. Man could he throw fast, far, and he made it look effortless.
- Both teams were playing lights out, and this was one hard hitting game. Both teams were competing at a high level.
- A&M raced out to a 17-0, and then 24-7 lead and it looked like we were going to be blown out, but the kids hunkered down and kept competing.
- Klingler had virtually no time. A&M’s blitzing and pass rush was absolutely relentless. Klingler got clobbered many times during the game but was tough as nails and always bounced back. His ability to make plays even with the pass rush literally in his face and inches away still amazes me to this day.
- For you youngbloods who may not know… A&M had utter disdain for us and thought we were far beneath them.
- Chuck Weatherspoon was the difference maker in this game. Without him, we don’t come close to winning.
- Speaking of “Spooooooon”… all these years, and having gone to school at the same time as him, it never registered with me that he was only about 5’6". He was such a monster he seemed larger than life in my mind.
- I appreciate the Astrodome for its place in the Houston lexicon, and I loved going as a little kid to Astro’s games… but the 'Dome was a sterile, cavernous, impersonal and terrible place to watch a college football game. It wasn’t ours, and the seating allotments were terrible and spread out, made cohesiveness and feeling part of your own team nearly impossible. Some may have more fond memories, but I am so glad we left there. I remember being heckled by concession workers in our supposed home stadium, and the gift shops full of UT gear.
- We were absolutely loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. Every part of the offense on that team was stellar. The receiving core was EIGHT deep of immense talent.
- Oddly enough, the R&S was known as the hurry up offense of its day, but watching this game… teams played a lot slower than today in terms of lining up and getting the play off, and the stats in numbers of plays proves it. Even though we were no huddle we still took a ton of time to line up and get the play call in.
- You can definitely see how the R&S has influenced today’s game. And you can also see how a good deal of it has gone by the wayside and is – dare I say – now antiquated.
- I went to high school and graduated with Roman Anderson, who frankly virtually never missed anything in college. He still holds NCAA kicking records to this day.
- A&M out-gained us but committed 7 turnovers.
- Dig the retro unis (sans the blue) - would love to see the true skinny UH logo come back.
- Left the dome proud as I could be and still to this day have the field pass hanging on my wall.