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Houston Cougars Bowls

Location: Houston, Texas ▪ Colors: Scarlet & White with Navy Trim
Stadium: Robertson Stadium (cap. 32,000)
Record*: 66 Years, 384-326-15, .540 W-L% (Major School)
*W-L-T adjusted to 384-326-14 by NCAA.

Conferences: American, CUSA, SWC, MVC and Ind
Conference Champion: 10 Times
Bowls: 21 Bowls, 9-11-1, .452 W-L% (Major Bowls)

Ranked in AP Poll: 10 Times (Preseason), 13 Times (Final), 174 Weeks (Total)

22 Bowls

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Rk Year Date Day Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1 2013 Jan 4, 2014 Sat BBVA Compass Bowl Vanderbilt 41 Houston 24 BBVA Compass Bowl - Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
2 2011 Jan 2, 2012 Mon Ticket City Bowl Houston 30 Penn State 14 Ticket City Bowl (Dallas, TX)
3 2009 Dec 31, 2009 Thu Armed Forces Bowl Air Force 47 Houston 20 Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX)
4 2008 Dec 31, 2008 Wed Armed Forces Bowl Houston 34 Air Force 28 Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX)
5 2007 Dec 28, 2007 Fri Texas Bowl Texas Christian 20 Houston 13 Texas Bowl (Houston, TX)
6 2006 Dec 29, 2006 Fri Liberty Bowl South Carolina 44 Houston 36 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
7 2005 Dec 23, 2005 Fri Fort Worth Bowl Kansas 42 Houston 13 Fort Worth Bowl (Fort Worth, TX)
8 2003 Dec 25, 2003 Thu Hawaii Bowl Hawaii 54 Houston 48 Hawaii Bowl (Honolulu, HI)
9 1996 Dec 27, 1996 Fri Liberty Bowl Syracuse 30 Houston 17 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
10 1988 Dec 25, 1988 Sun Aloha Bowl Washington State 24 Houston 22 Aloha Bowl (Honolulu, HI)
11 1984 Jan 1, 1985 Tue Cotton Bowl Boston College 45 Houston 28 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
12 1981 Dec 26, 1981 Sat Sun Bowl Oklahoma 40 Houston 14 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
13 1980 Dec 14, 1980 Sun Garden State Bowl Houston 35 Navy 0 Garden State Bowl (East Rutherford, NJ)
14 1979 Jan 1, 1980 Tue Cotton Bowl Houston 17 Nebraska 14 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
15 1978 Jan 1, 1979 Mon Cotton Bowl Notre Dame 35 Houston 34 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
16 1976 Jan 1, 1977 Sat Cotton Bowl Houston 30 Maryland 21 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
17 1974 Dec 23, 1974 Mon Bluebonnet Bowl North Carolina State 31 Houston 31 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
18 1973 Dec 29, 1973 Sat Bluebonnet Bowl Houston 47 Tulane 7 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
19 1971 Dec 31, 1971 Fri Bluebonnet Bowl Colorado 29 Houston 17 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
20 1969 Dec 31, 1969 Wed Bluebonnet Bowl Houston 36 Auburn 7 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
Rk Year Date Day Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
21 1962 Dec 22, 1962 Sat Tangerine Bowl Houston 49 Miami (OH) 21 Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, FL)
22 1951 Jan 1, 1952 Tue Salad Bowl Houston 26 Dayton 21 Salad Bowl (Phoenix, AZ)