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The Texas Governor's Cup is the trophy awarded to the winner of the football game between the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. The two teams meet in the pre-season in years they do not play in the regular season. The trophy really doesn't signify anything but bragging rights in the state of Texas. The Governors Cup history dates back to the days of the Houston Oilers. In 1991, after 13 straight games at Texas Stadium, the two teams went to a home-and-away format for the preseason. The two teams currently meet every fourth year in the regular season rotating home field advantage.[1][2]



In 1965, the AFL Houston Oilers and the NFL Dallas Cowboys both drafted Oklahoma tackle Ralph Neely. The Cowboys sued and won the services of Neely. [1] In return, the Oilers got three draft picks, some cash - and the chance to play the Cowboys for the first time. The agreement called for three exhibition games, beginning in 1967. So began the Governor's Cup series, a Texas tradition created by franchise free agency.[3]

When the Oilers left for Tennessee after the 1996 season the Governor's Cup was put away until the Houston Texans launched their inaugural campaign on September 8, 2002 against the Dallas Cowboys at Reliant Stadium. Rookie David Carr hooked up with tight end Billy Miller on the third play from scrimmage for a touchdown and shocked their intrastate rivals 19-10, becoming just the second expansion team ever to win their first regular season game.

Governor's Cup win/loss to 1996

Up to the 1996 season, the Dallas Cowboys had won 18 of 31 Governor's Cup meetings leaving the Houston Oilers with 13 Governor's Cup wins.[4]

Governor's Cup results since 2002

As of 2008, the series is 4-3, in favor of Dallas. 1-1 in regular season, 3-2 in pre-season. The 2009 preseason meeting in Houston was canceled due to a scheduling conflict involving the Cowboys new stadium in Arlington.[5]

Date Visiting team Home team Stadium Game notes
September 8, 2002 Dallas Cowboys 10 Houston Texans 19 Reliant Stadium Houston Texans first ever regular season game.
August 15, 2003 Houston Texans 6 Dallas Cowboys 34 Texas Stadium First preseason meeting between Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys.
August 14, 2004 Dallas Cowboys 0 Houston Texans 18 Reliant Stadium Preseason game.
August 15, 2005 Houston Texans 9 Dallas Cowboys 21 Texas Stadium Preseason game.
October 15, 2006 Houston Texans 6 Dallas Cowboys 34 Texas Stadium Regular season game.
August 25, 2007 Dallas Cowboys 16 Houston Texans 28 Reliant Stadium Preseason game.
August 22, 2008 Houston Texans 22 Dallas Cowboys 23 Texas Stadium Preseason game.
TBA, 2010 Dallas Cowboys 00 Houston Texans 00 Reliant Stadium Regular season game.

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