The University of Houston Cougars will face the Texas Tech University Red Raiders Labor Day Weekend 2021. This will be the eighth Texas Kickoff event at NRG Stadium and the game will be aired on ESPN. This will be their first meeting since September of 2018 when the Raiders beat the Cougars, 63-49.
General Manager of Lone Star Sports & Entertainment David Fletcher said, “With this year’s event unfortunately cancelled, we are incredibly excited to announce the 2021 matchup between two longtime Texas rivals in the University of Houston and Texas Tech University. We look forward to continuing the tradition in 2021 of hosting another premier early season college football game at NRG Stadium.”
This game will open the Cougars 2021 season.
In a statement from University of Houston’s Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said, “The Texas Kickoff is one of the highlights of the opening weekend of the college football season and we’re always proud to participate in this great event.
Our fans have provided tremendous support each time our program has played inside NRG Stadium. We’re grateful for ESPN Events and Lone Star Sports and Entertainment presenting us with a great opportunity to compete against another in-state program like Texas Tech.”
The date and time of the event is still pending.
This will mark the 33rd matchup for the respective Universities with Houston leading the all-time series, 18-13-1. The very first game took place on October 6, 1951 resulting in a Cougar victory 6-0.