Anyone want to hear about the pregame activities that went down before the Conference USA championship game? Forget about it, unless you want to hear about traffic tie-ups and a fruitless search for a parking space.
Clearly overwhelmed by the size of the SRO crowd — the largest in Robertson Stadium history — UH officials apparently decided to face the hordes without any wimpy stuff like having cops from HPD, or even UHPD, directing traffic.
The result, for me and lots of others, was finally giving up and parking at the lots on the farthest reaches of the campus. You saved the five-dollar charge but faced a hike long enough that checking out tailgates was out of the question by the time you reached the stadium grounds.
But that was the only downer (well, that and trying to escape after the game. Oh, and trying to buy a hot dog or drink at the overtaxed concession stands) of a night when the Coogs rocked their stadium, on a crisp, clear night, before a raucous crowd, defeating a worthy foe. UH's Kevin Kolb and Vincent Marshall had huge nights as they topped the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 34-20 to win the right to go to the Liberty Bowl.
You'll see the highlights on ESPN and read about them elsewhere, but here are some things that might not make the other wrap-ups:
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All in all, it was a terrific night for UH football. They may not be able to beat whatever SEC team they face in the Liberty Bowl, but on this beautiful December evening they were champs, and the heroes of a stadium full of a huge, shouting, high-energy crowd of fans. -- Richard Connelly