Houston Looking For First Bowl Win Since 1980 Against TCU

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HOUSTON -- Houston is in between coaches and dragging around a seven-game bowl losing streak.

Interim coach Chris Thurmond doesn't want his Cougars worrying
about any of that stuff heading into the Texas Bowl against TCU
tomorrow night.

The Cougars (8-4) of Conference USA haven't won a bowl game
since the 1980 Garden State Bowl. They lost their coach, Art
Briles, in late November when he left to replace Guy Morriss at

Kevin Sumlin was hired as Briles' permanent replacement two
weeks ago, but for now he's still Oklahoma's offensive

Thurmond, the secondary coach, is in charge.

TCU (7-5) is playing in this bowl for the second time in three
seasons after beating Iowa State in 2005 when it was known as the
Houston Bowl. It is the Horned Frogs ninth bowl appearance in the
last 10 years.

TCU coach Gary Patterson has several players from the Houston
area on his roster.