July 22, 2014
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Football program mourns the loss of former Cougar great Robert Newhouse, who passed away Tuesday evening in Rochester, Minn.
“We are very saddened to hear of the untimely passing of one of our own, Robert Newhouse,” said Houston head coach Tony Levine. “An accomplished and talented member of the Houston Football family on the field, he is also an example to our current student-athletes on how to live life off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Robert’s wife, Nancy, and their four children.”
Houston’s single-season rushing record holder with 1,757 yards in 1971, Newhouse lettered three at Houston from 1969-1971, serving as team captain and earning second-team All-America honors for the 1971 Bluebonnet Bowl team.
In addition to his single-season rushing record, Newhouse holds Houston records for 100-yard games in a season (10) and career (16), consecutive 100-yard games in a season (7) and a career (8), and 200-yard games in a career (4). Newhouse ranks fourth all-time at Houston with 2,961 career rushing yards.
For his play at Houston, Newhouse was inducted in the school’s Athletics Hall of Honor in 1977.
Following his collegiate career, Newhouse was drafted in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys where he would play from 1972-1983, leading the Cowboys in rushing with 930 yards in 1975. Newhouse retired after the 1983 season as the franchise's fourth-leading rusher with 4,784 yards