1974 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
1234 Total
NC State 37714 31
Houston 03721 31
DateDecember 23, 1974
StadiumHouston Astrodome
LocationHouston, Texas
United States TV coverage
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
 < 1973  1975

The 1974 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 23, 1974 at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. It was the sixteenth edition of the Bluebonnet Bowl. The game matched the Houston Cougars against the NC State Wolfpack. It was the final contest of the 1974 NCAA Division I football season for both teams. The game ended in a 31–31 tie.


The game matched the Houston Cougars against the NC State Wolfpack of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game was the first bowl game featuring the Cougars and the Wolfpack, and was their third overall meeting. The two teams had met twice before, with each team winning one against the other, and the teams' previous meeting was in 1969, when the Cougars defeated the Wolfpack 34–13.[2]

NC State Wolfpack

See also: 1974 NC State Wolfpack football team

The NC State Wolfpack of the ACC entered the game ranked 13 in the AP Poll. During the regular season, they had compiled a 9–2 record, including a 4–2 record against conference opponents; they placed second in their conference standings. The game represented the Wolfpack's first appearance in the Bluebonnet Bowl.

Houston Cougars

See also: 1974 Houston Cougars football team

The conference-independent Cougars entered the game unranked in the AP Poll. Their regular-season record was 8–3. The game represented the Cougars' fourth appearance in the Bluebonnet Bowl; their previous appearance was in the 1973 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, in which they defeated the Tulane Green Wave 47–7.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Source: [1]


Statistics[1] NCSU HOU
First downs 20 25
Plays–yards 71–354 83–524
Rushes–yards 41–154 69–345
Passing yards 200 179
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 18–30–2 8–14–2


  1. ^ a b c "1974 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Recap". NC State Wolfpack. 23 December 1974. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  2. ^ "North Carolina State vs Houston, 1869-1974". Stassen.com. Retrieved 29 January 2014.