1971 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
1234 Total
Colorado 71606 29
Houston 14030 17
DateDecember 31, 1971
LocationHouston, Texas
United States TV coverage
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
 < 1970  1972

The 1971 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl was a college football bowl game that featured the Colorado Buffaloes and the Houston.


Colorado finished third in the Big Eight Conference. This their fourth bowl game appearance in five seasons and their first Bluebonnet Bowl since 1967. As for the Cougars, this was their second Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in three seasons.

Game summary

Robert Newhouse had 35 carries for 168 yards for Houston. Charlie Davis had 202 yards on 37 carries for Colorado.[1]

Scoring summary


The Buffaloes finished third in the final AP Poll. They went to three more bowl games in the decade, including an Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl appearance in 1975. The Cougars (who finished 17th in the final poll) returned to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in 1973, en route to four more bowls in the decade.


Statistics Houston Colorado
First downs 19 24
Rushing yards 219 333
Passing yards 173 62
Total offense 392 398
Passing (C–A–I) 11–25–1 7–17–1
Fumbles–lost 2–2 4–0
Penalties–yards 2–47 7–52
Punts–average 2–37.5 3–32.0


  1. ^ "History: Bowl Recaps". 2010 Houston Cougars Football Media Almanac (PDF). Houston, Texas: University of Houston Department of Athletics. 2010. p. 87. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 14, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2015.