- First UC running back to top the 1,000-yard mark in single season rushing.
- Gained 1,197 yards as a junior in 1969, topping the UC single season rushing mark.
- With the arrival of future pro Reggie Harrison, Cowan was moved to flanker for his senior season and was the team's second-leading receiver.
- Topped the 2,000-yard mark in career rushing, concluding his career as UC's all-time leading rusher with 2,033 yards.
- UC Athletic Hall of Fame 2001.