1969 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl

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1969 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
1234 Total
Auburn 0700 7
Houston 79614 36
DateDecember 31, 1969
LocationHouston, Texas
MVPHB Jim Strong (Houston)
United States TV coverage
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
 < 1968  1970

The 1969 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl was a college football bowl game that featured the Houston Cougars and the Auburn Tigers.


After two losses to Florida and Oklahoma State, the Cougars won eight straight games, including a perfect 5–0 record in the Astrodome, in their first bowl game since 1962. The Tigers finished third in the Southeastern Conference, after losses to #17 Tennessee and #9 LSU. This was their second straight bowl game.

Game summary[edit]

Auburn's Terry Beasly fumbled the opening kickoff and Houston safety Nick Holm recovered to set up a Houston opportunity three minutes into the game. Quarterback Gary Mullins scored on a touchdown plunge to make it 7–0. After Auburn punted the ball, Houston drove 70 yards in 14 plays, culminating with a Carlos Lopez 27-yard field goal to make it 10–0 in the beginning of the second quarter. After another Auburn punt, the Cougars scored again, highlighted by a 74-yard run by Jim Strong on first-and-10 at Houston's 16 to the Auburn 10. He scored on a touchdown plunge soon after. Auburn’s Mickey Zofko completed a 36-yard halfback option pass to Connie Frederick to make it 16–7 with 3:36 in the half. An 8- play, 71-yard drive was culminated by a Ted Heiskell touchdown run to make it 22–7 in the third quarter. With 11:48 remaining in the game, Houston scored again on a 12 yard touchdown run by Strong. With :35 seconds left, Rusty Clark threw a touchdown pass to Tommy Mozisek to make the final score 36–7. Jim Strong rushed for 184 yards on 32 carries. [1]


Houston finished with a #12 ranking in the final AP Poll. The Cougars returned to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl two years later. The next bowl game for Auburn was also two years later, in the Gator Bowl.


Statistics Houston Auburn
First Downs 25 14
Rushing Yards 376 25
Passing Yards 140 188
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Total Offense 516 189
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 6-63 4-26
Punts-Average 2-42.5 6-39.8


  1. ^ "History: Bowl Recaps". 2010 Houston Cougars Football Media Almanac (PDF). Houston, Texas: University of Houston Department of Athletics. 2010. p. 87. Retrieved December 25, 2015.