Oklahoma and Houston will play each other for the fourth time in college football history to start off their 2019 seasons. While the Sooners hold the 2-1 all-time edge, Houston was victorious in their most recent meeting in 2016.
Here is what you need to know about each prior matchup between Oklahoma and Houston.
All-time series results were compiled from Winsipedia’s database.
Oklahoma vs. Houston: All-time series history and scores
Oklahoma and Houston first met in the 1981 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. After a long hiatus, the two programs played again in 2004 and 2016. The chart below highlights some key all-time series numbers from their first three games.
The Sooners outscored the Coogs 103-27 in their first two head-to-head meetings before Houston won a 33-23 shocker in 2016. That latest meeting was the first of the series to be played at Houston.
Here are all the results from each Oklahoma-Houston matchup heading into the 2019 season opener.
|Sept. 3, 2016||Houston, 33-23||Houston, Texas|
|Sept. 11, 2004||Oklahoma, 63-13||Norman, Okla.|
|Dec. 26, 1981||Oklahoma, 40-14 (Sun Bowl)||El Paso, Texas|
Oklahoma vs. Houston: Notable games in series history
Sept. 3, 2016: Brandon Wilson’s 109-yard TD return sparks Coogs’ upset over. No. 3 OU | Box score
This top 15 matchup to kick off the 2016 college football season will be remembered for Houston cornerback Brandon Wilson’s electrifying touchdown to give the Cougars a 26-17 lead in the third quarter. Wilson sprinted from the back line of one end zone all the way across the field to the other end zone on a missed 54-yard field goal attempt by Oklahoma. In the record books, it went as a 100-yard touchdown return. But unofficially, Wilson navigated a full 109 yards after making a reaching grab on his toes at the very back of the end zone to start the game-swinging play. Houston, No. 15 at the time, defeated the third-ranked Sooners 33-23 for its third-ever win over a top-3 team.
Sept. 11, 2004: Oklahoma steamrolls Houston behind Jason White’s performance | Box score
Oklahoma quarterback Jason White, the 2003 Heisman winner, was 14-of-18 with 257 yards and two touchdowns in less than three full quarters of action in a 63-13 blowout win. The Sooners went on a 63-0 run after a Cougars opening drive touchdown. Backing up White’s abbreviated outing was Antonio Perkins, who tied a then-NCAA record with his eighth career punt return touchdown. Perkins’ mark now sits in a tie for second on the all-time FBS punt return TD list.
Dec. 26, 1981: Sooners score 30 in fourth quarter to take Sun Bowl victory | Recap
A low-scoring battle quickly turned into an Oklahoma rout in the final quarter of a 40-14 Sooners’ Sun Bowl win in 1981. Oklahoma led 10-7 heading into the final quarter before outscoring the Cougars 30-7 the rest of the way. Oklahoma quarterback Darrell Shepard was named the bowl game’s MVP with 107 rushing yards and a pair of touchdown runs. Shepard only attempted five passes on the day, finishing 1-of-5 for -2 passing yards.
Oklahoma vs. Houston: How to watch the 2019 season opener
Oklahoma and Houston will play in Norman, Oklahoma on Sunday, Sept. 1 during the opening weekend of college football. Oklahoma enters as the No. 4 team in the preseason AP poll; Houston starts the year unranked. Below is more tune-in information for Sunday’s game.
DATE: Sunday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET | Live stats
LOCATION: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
TV INFO: ABC