In part two of Stadium Journey's farewell to Robertson Stadium, we'll countdown the top ten sports moments in stadium history. Though Robertson is known today exclusively as the home of the University of Houston Cougar football squad, other teams have called the venue home since its inception in 1942 from area high school football teams, to the American Football League's (AFL) Houston Oilers, and Major League Soccer's (MLS) Houston Dynamo.
UH played its inaugural game on September 21, 1946 but wouldn't permanently commit to Robertson on a full-time basis until 1995. Joseph Duarte recently wrote a great piece in the Houston Chronicle highlighting the top UH football moments in Robertson. The Houston Oilers would use Robertson as their home field between 1960 and 1964 while also hosting and competing in two AFL Championship games in what was then known as Jeppesen Stadium. The Houston Dynamo also called Robertson home between 2006 and 2011. With so much history, it was difficult to limit the great moments to only ten so if one of your favorite moments were left out, tell us about it in a comment below.
#10 - 1983 NCAA Track & Field Championship
In 1983, Robertson Stadium hosted the 62nd annual men's and 2nd annual women's NCAA Track and Field Championships. Among other accomplishments, this meet is best known for the performance of Jackie Joyner who set a collegiate record for points in a meet, leading UCLA to the women's title.
#9 - November 5, 2006 - 2006 MLS Western Conference Final: Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids
In front of 23,000+, the Houston Dynamo would score three consecutive goals to overcome an early Colorado score en route to a victory and their first ever MLS Cup championship a week later.
#8 - December 12, 2011 - C-USA Championship: #6 Houston Cougars stunned by #24 USM Golden Eagles
After one of the greatest seasons in UH football history, the Cougars would return from a regular season clinching victory at Tulsa to take on #24 Southern Miss. In front of an overflow crowd, the Cougars would fall to the Golden Eagles in a nationally televised matchup featuring two ranked opponents.
#7 - January 1, 1964 - 1964 AFL All-Star Game
Jeppeson Stadium hosted the 1964 American Football League All-Star game in front of a crowd of 20,000+. The game featured league stars such as Lance Alworth, Jim Otto, Babe Parilli, and Cotton Davidson.
#6 - December 1, 2006 - UH Cougars Claim C-USA Championship
Though the 2011 Cougars would fall short of the Conference USA Championship against the Golden Eagles, five years before that UH's luck would be different. Head Coach Art Briles and quarterback Kevin Kolb would lead the Cougars to a 34-20 victory over USM.
#5 - September 26, 2009 - Houston Cougars top Big 12 member Texas Tech
Trailing Texas Tech late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Case Keenum would lead the Cougars on a 95 yard drive to defeat the Red Raiders just a week after having knocked off Oklahoma State to earn their second win in a row over Big XII opponents.
#4 - January 1, 1961 - Inaugural AFL Championship: Houston Oilers vs Los Angeles Chargers
In front of more than 32,000, the Houston Oilers would battle the Los Angeles Chargers in Jeppesen Stadium in the inaugural AFL Championship game. George Blanda would lead the hometown Oilers to the first ever AFL Championship defeating the Chargers 24-16.
#3 - November 18, 2007 - 2007 MLS Western Conference Final: Houston Dynamo vs KC Wizards
With over 30,000 in attendance, the Houston Dynamo dominated the KC Wizards behind goals from Jaqua and De Rosario on the way to their second straight MLS Cup championship.
#2 - November 10, 2011 - College GameDay: Houston Cougars vs SMU Mustangs
At number two is the day College GameDay rolled their bus and ESPN cameras into town to feature the highly touted matchup between the #11 Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs. Lee Corso became a little too excited when he dropped the f-bomb tossing an SMU helmet to the side and picking UH to win the game. UH would cruise past SMU in the second half 37-7 en route to a perfect regular season.
#1 - December 23, 1962 - 3rd AFL Championship: Houston Oilers vs Dallas Texans
Coming in at number one is the third AFL Championship game which still stands today as the most attended sports event in stadium history. Though the hometown Houston Oilers would fall 20-17 to the Dallas Texans, a stadium record crowd (which still stands today) of 37,981 were treated to a unique double-overtime championship even that featured pro-football stars like George Blanda and Len Dawson and Dallas head coach Hank Stram.