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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1997 - Athletics. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/6374/show/6270.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1997 - Athletics. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/6374/show/6270

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Title Houstonian 1997
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
Inscription The digitization and presentation of this yearbook was made possible by a gift from Ms. Lisa Burns in honor or her service as Houstonian editor.
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Title Athletics
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Head coach Kim Helton contests a call in the cougars' 42-1 4 loss to a powerful North Carolina squad. Helton certainly silenced any critics by leading his original crop of recruits to the Liberty Bowl. Photo By: Edmond Vahedi After posting a combined 4-28-1 record in three seasons as head football coach, Kim Helton finally had the opportunity to coach his first mature crop of recruits. The team responded by surging to a 7-4 record, Conference USA title, and Liberty Bowl appearance. ith a 2-9 record in 1995 and only four wins in three years, most believed there was nowhere for the Houston Cougars to go but up. They were right. After the season ended with seven Cougar victories, a Conference USA Co-Championship and an invitation to the Liberty Bowl, that seemed like the understatement of the century. Led by senior quarterback Chuck Clements and a pair of running backs — senior Antowain Smith and freshman sensation Ketric Sanford — the Cougars' high-powered offense was more than most teams could handle. After a 4-4 start, the Cougars knocked off Tulane, Southern Miss, and Louisville to win the league title. The Cougars won two of their first three games, which included wins over Pittsburgh and Sam Houston State and a nail- biting 34-35 loss to Louisiana State. After a loss to Southern California, the Cougars won two in a row for the first time since Sweet Success 1991 with wins over Southwest Louisiana and Memphis. Houston dropped their next two to Cincinnati and North Carolina, but they finished the season with three straight wins. The fact that Clements threw for 21 touchdowns and over 2,400 yards in 1996 was no surprise; Clements had long been a good player on a bad team. This past year, Clements led the league in total offense. Smith was an afterthought for many after a mediocre 1995 season, but 14 rushing touchdowns and 1,455 all-purpose yards in the 1996 season won him C -USA Offensive Player of the Year accolades. Houstons only conference loss of the season came against Cincinnati when Smith had no carries due to an ankle injury. He played many great games, but perhaps his best was when then-No. 20 Southern Miss, came to town with the league title on the line. Smith ran rampant over the Golden Eagles for 231 yards and a Houston-record five rushing touchdowns and six total to give the Cougars the inside track on the championship with a 56-49 overtime win. Sanford got the Cougars on the right foot in a 38-7 annihilation of Lousiville to win the championship trophy. (Continued on page 253) 234 Athletics