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All the old stories about programs that moved from the G5 to the Power Five

2024 Houston Cougars National Signing Day Recap

Cougars land 22 transfers and 14 high school recruits in Willie Fritz’s inaugural year on staff.

Looking back at South Alabama head coach Major Applewhite’s tenure at Houston

The Jaguars announced the internal head coaching hire of Major Appelwhite. How did he perform at his last stop?

Louisiana QB Zeon Chriss announces transfer to Houston

Chriss threw for 1,222 yards and rushed for 492 in a breakout redshirt freshman season with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Willie Fritz officially introduced as Houston head coach at press conference

Fritz receives a warm welcome in Big 12 country after an 8-year stint at Tulane.

Houston hires Tulane’s Willie Fritz as its next head coach

Fritz leaves Tulane for the Big 12 after back-to-back AAC Championship Game appearances and a New Year’s Six victory.

Six coaching candidates who could replace Dana Holgorsen at Houston

Houston begins its first coaching search in five years after parting ways with Holgorsen. Who are the candidates?

Houston fires head coach Dana Holgorsen after five seasons

Holgorsen is out at Houston after compiling a 31-28 record in five seasons.

UCF upends Houston 27-13 to become only bowl eligible Big 12 newcomer

The Knights clinch bowl eligibility for the 8th-straight year as the most successful of the Big 12’s four additions.

2023 Week 13 Game Preview: UCF Knights @ Houston Cougars

UCF is aiming to become the only bowl eligible Big 12 newcomer from the AAC. Houston can spoil that.

Oklahoma State fires back from slow start to eliminate Houston from bowl eligibility, 43-30

Late second quarter collapse offsets snowballs for Houston as Cougars collect seventh loss of season.

2023 Week 12 Game Preview: Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Houston Cougars

On the fringe of bowl ineligibility, Houston hopes to become the second AAC newcomer to stun Oklahoma State.

2023 Week 11 Game Preview: Cincinnati Bearcats @ Houston Cougars

Two familiar AAC foes meet as Big 12 opponents for the first time.

Donovan Smith walk-off 2-point conversion lifts Houston over Baylor, 25-24, in OT

The Cougars gamble in OT to become the first newcomer to earn a legacy Big 12 road win.

2023 Week 10 Game Preview: Houston Cougars @ Baylor Bears

The Cougars and Bears meet for the first time since 1995, equally desperate to remain on track for bowl eligibility.

Houston takes step backward in abysmal 41-0 defeat at Kansas State

The Cougars are shut out for the first time since 2000 in their first-ever trip to Manhattan, KS.

2023 Week 9 Game Preview: Houston Cougars @ Kansas State Wildcats

Last week, Houston looked capable of beating anybody in the Big 12. Does that translate in Manhattan, KS?

Three takeaways from Houston’s 31-24 down-to-the-wire loss to Texas

The Cougars nearly knock off the No. 8 team in the country in a game highlighted by a controversial finish.

Heartbreak in Houston: Cougars take Texas to wire, fall inches short, 31-24

Cougars storm back from 21-0 deficit, but never go in front against the #8 team in the country.

2023 Week 8 Game Preview: Texas Longhorns @ Houston Cougars

It’s a one-time Big 12 meeting between the Cougars and Longhorns in H-Town.

Hail Mary in Houston: Stephon Johnson’s miracle grab propels Cougars to first Big 12 win

Stephon Johnson hauls in a 49-yard Hail Mary on the final play as Houston stuns West Virginia, 41-39.

2023 Week 7 Game Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers @ Houston Cougars

Dana Holgorsen faces his former program in a Thursday night Big 12 matchup in Houston.

Houston remains in search of Big 12 win after 49-28 defensive meltdown at Texas Tech

Cougars’ inability to record first half stop dooms them as they lose their sixth-straight to the Red Raiders.

2023 Week 5 Game Preview: Houston Cougars @ Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Cougars aim to get revenge on the Red Raiders after heartbreaking losses in 2021 and 2022. This time, as a Big 12 member.

True freshman Parker Jenkins shines as Houston flies past Sam Houston, 38-7

Parker Jenkins contributes 105 rushing yards and a hat trick of touchdowns in his first career start.

2023 Week 4 Game Preview: Sam Houston Bearkats @ Houston Cougars

Dana Holgorsen and the Cougars look for a bounce-back against the FBS newcomer Bearkats.

TCU spoils Houston’s first-ever Big 12 matchup in 36-13 decision

The Horned Frogs hold the Cougars offense out of the end zone completely in the first Big 12 matchup of 2023.

2023 Week 3 Game Preview: TCU Horned Frogs @ Houston Cougars

Houston plays and hosts its first conference game since departing from the AAC. A team with CFP experience waits on the other side.

Rice stuns Houston in 43-41 double overtime thriller to win first Bayou Bucket since 2010

The Owls stave off a Houston rally to pull off the signature win of the Mike Bloomgren era.

2023 Week 2 Bayou Bucket Game Preview: Houston Cougars @ Rice Owls

The Cougars have claimed the Bayou Bucket in seven straight meetings, but a hungry Rice eyes its first since 2010.

How former ECU cornerback Malik Fleming found his perfect fit at Houston

The All-AAC cornerback hand-picked the Cougars after lining up on the other sideline in 2021 and 2022.

Fleming’s playmaking launches Big 12 era for Houston with 17-14 win over UTSA

The former ECU cornerback picked off consecutive passes and shined on special teams in his Houston debut.

Houston unveils Oilers-inspired uniforms for UTSA opener

The Cougars break out a never-before-seen powder blue jersey for their first game boasting Big 12 status.