Participants in the 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl, Vanderbilt and Houston will play in the 2015 and 2021 seasons.
July 17, 2014
Nashville - Vanderbilt and Houston will play a home-and-home football series starting next season, both schools announced Thursday.
The Commodores and Cougars, participants in the 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, will square off on Oct. 10, 2015 at soon-to-open TDECU Stadium on the the University of Houston campus. The second meeting between the teams is scheduled Oct. 2, 2021 on campus in Nashville.
The only previous meeting between Vanderbilt and Houston came in the BBVA Compass Bowl when the Commodores answered a Cougar rally with 17 unanswered points to register a 41-24 victory.
"We are pleased to join the University of Houston in making this scheduling announcement," Vanderbilt Director of Athletics David Williams II said. "We know from the excitement of the BBVA Compass Bowl that this should be a very competitive series. It will allows the Commodores to play on the road in front of one of Vanderbilt's largest alumni bases. The team experienced tremendous alumni support on our last visit to Houston (at Rice in 2009)."
The Commodores will announce its complete 2015 non-conference schedule later this year.
The Commodores, under the direction of first-year head coach Derek Mason, are coming off consecutive 9-4 campaigns for the first time in program history. The squad opens the 2014 season by hosting American Athletic Conference member Temple on Thursday, Aug. 28.
Under head coach Tony Levine, the Cougars were 8-5 overall last year, including 5-3 in the American Athletic Conference (AAC).
2014 Vanderbilt Season Tickets
Season tickets starting at $161 are available for Vanderbilt's impressive eight-game home schedule. Besides Temple, the Commodores host Southeastern Conference opponents Ole Miss on Sept. 6 downtown in LP Field, South Carolina on Sept. 20, Florida on Nov. 8 and Tennessee on Nov. 29. Other non-conference home games include UMass on Sept. 13, Charleston Southern on Oct. 11 and Old Dominion on Nov. 1.
Fans interested in purchasing Vanderbilt Football season tickets can contact the Commodore Ticket Sales department in McGugin Center on campus, phone (615) 322-4653 or click here.
Tickets for the north endzone hillside are $161, with south endzone tickets starting at $181. Sideline tickets at $351 for adults, $199 for youth, and $281 for Vanderbilt employees. A family plan (2 adult and 2 youth - 17 years & under) is available for $524.