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To be clear, the avian kinship is as remote as the two university’s respective histories, perspectives and positions in the national educational firmament, as these Owls are named after a rather slight, indifferent burrowing fellow which populates the sand dunes along the Florida Atlantic shore and the FAU campus – this, compared to the lofty parentage of Rice’s Great Owl of Athena.

But don’t let the little guy fool you – he’s known to take on snakes, iguanas and other creatures several times his size, and come out on top, and digesting a meal.


WKU 49, Rice 10

Rice runing back Luke Turner bulls across for the Owls' only touchdown of the game in loss to Western Kentucky (David Speed Elder photo)

Rice-FAU outlook, features....
Is Rice really the most disappointing team in C-USA?
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 8)
For Rice, bowl bid hangs in the balance
(SB Nation -- Oct. 8)
'He's not just running around doing his own thing'
( -- Oct. 8)
Owls will need their starter when Rice comes to town
(University Press -- Oct. 7)
FAU QB Johnson said ready for Rice
(University Press -- Oct. 7)
What's wrong with Driphus Jackson?
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 7)
Rice's problems start with decimated DL
(Palm Beach Post -- Oct. 7)
It'll be an all-Owls battle in Boca
( -- Oct. 7)
Owls embarrassed by WKU, give new meaning to ineptitude
(Houston Press -- Oct. 6)

Despite setback, Owls still aiming to reach some preseason goals
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Oct. 6)
Owls know the math on 2-3 starts
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Oct. 6)
FAU coach discusses Rice challenges
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Oct. 6)
Gordon impressive on Rice defensive line
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Oct. 6)
Boz isn't concerned about his NFL debut on Monday Night Football
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Oct. 6)

Laying wood to Rice qualifies as WKU statement win
( -- Oct. 6)
FAU's Solomon growing into playmaker
(FAU Owls Access -- Oct. 6)
Stewart was bright spot for struggling Owl offense
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 6)
Rice battered on both sides of ball in loss to Western Kentucky
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Oct. 4)
WKU's aerial attack rolls past RIce
(Houston Chronicle  <SK> -- Oct. 3)
WKU clobbers Rice with precision passing
( -- Oct. 3)
Rice-WKU photo gallery
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 3)

WKU turns road test at Rice into sound 49-10 win

(Bowling Green Daily News -- Oct. 3)
Doughty dominates with four TD tosses in win
(Lexington Herald-Leader -- Oct. 3)
WKU with commanding 49-10 over Rice
(WKU Herald -- Oct. 3)
WKU cornerback Wonderful Terry after win at Rice
(Bowling Green Daily News -- Oct. 3)
WBKO fries Rice in road rout
( -- Oct. 3)
'Hey, can we play harder and tougher than (Rice)? And smarter?'
( -- Oct. 3)

HOUSTON (Oct. 1) – Admit it.

Admit that, disregarding all the aiming high, the unrealistic expectations, the hopes against hope,  you full well expected your Rice Owls, going into the month of October and the meat of the league schedule, would do so sporting – at best, and holding serve -- a two-win, two-loss record.

Anything better than that would’ve required a win over Texas, a team the Owls have beaten exactly once in the last 50 years.

Flashback:  Joyce would be saying this, too, about the Baylor game...
Baylor 70, Rice 17

GAMER -- Redshirt freshman Austin Walter embarks on 73-yard kickoff return that set up Owls' first TD to bring Rice briefly within 14-10, first quarter (David Speed Elder photo)

WACO (Sept. 27) -- A game of inches, this one wasn't.

But a game to make even the most loyal fan contemplate the abyss, wonder out loud just how far we've come, where we are and where are we headed, this one was -- even though it perhaps it may wind up meaning little once the season is played out.

To be sure, Rice's 70-17 defeat at the hands of the Baylor Bears here Saturday doesn't count any more on the loss side of the ledger as a one-point nail-biter would've. But as the Baylor first unit scored virtually at will agains the Owl defense, the result was not pretty to watch.
Continues....                Box score, statistics.....        

Rice-WKU previews....
Breaking down Rice vs. WKU defenses
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Oct. 1)
'I think our guys are locked in, ready to go'
( -- Oct. 1)
Owls can also put points on board
( -- Oct. 1)
Scouting report: Rice set to host Western Kentucky
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 30)
Western Kentucky's thoughts on playing Rice
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 30)
Rice happy to be home as it faces 'explosive' WKU
(Bowling Green Daily News -- Sept. 30)
DB says Rice flushing memories of Baylor game
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 30)
Rice faces another high-power offense in WKU
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 29)
Owls happy to be back home
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept.  29)
WKU defense has major question marks
(Sports Chat Ploace --  Sept. 29)
Bulked-up Austin Walter turning into playmaker
(Houston Chronicle  -- Sept. 28)
Being solid in road games motivating WKU at Rice
(Bowling Green Daily News -- Sept. 28)
Tops roll into October looking to sustain momentum
( -- Sept. 28)
WKU played 'angry' in latest  win
(Louisville Courier-Journal -- Sept. 28)
Doughty doing Doughty things again
( -- Sept. 28)
WKU takes show on the road to Rice
(Bowling Green Daily News  -- Sept. 27)

Rice-Baylor video highlights
( -- Sept. 27)
Russell throws for 6 TDs as Baylor overwhelms Rice
( -- Sept. 26)
More of the same as Baylor rolls Rice
( -- Sept. 26)
Baylor made Driphus' life miserable all day long
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 26)
Bears clean up their act in victory over Owls
(Waco Tribune-Herald --Sept. 26)
Bears put together 'complete' performance
Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 26)
Briles, Baylor defense regain their edge
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 26)
'Baylor is just an incredible offensive machine'
(The Baylor Lariat -- Sept. 26)
It was the defense that made this day so exceptional
(Our Daily Bears -- Sept. 26)

HOUSTON (Sept. 24) – Drayton McLane, the former Houston Astros owner and major benefactor of Baylor University’s new football Taj Mahal bearing his name, a few years back delivered an address at the annual Rice Associates dinner.

“I’m especially proud to be giving this speech," he said, "because I feel that Rice and Baylor are two institutions that are, in so many respects, so much alike.”

What Mr. McLane thought was a friendly overture was met by an intense reaction by the gathered three hundred or so, mostly gray-haired, august and distinguished Rice major donors. Soft cries of “No...” rang out, along with whistles, sotto voce catcalls, and even a few boos.


Rice 38, North Texas 24

THE WRIGHT STUFF -- Zach Wright skies high in the end zone to put Rice up 14-10 over North Texas in second quarter; with this 30-yard TD pass Driphus Jackson regained his mojo and went on to lead Owls to 31 straight points, putting game out of reach for UNT  (David Speed Elder photo)

DENTON (Sept. 20) – For two quarters of play here Saturday, both the Rice offense and the Owl defense were just about as good as they could be, and their torrid 30-minute tear proved more than enough to put away the North Texas Eagles before 19,602 at Apogee Stadium.

Led by an animated and energized senior quarterback Driphus Jackson, the Feathered Flock ripped off 31 straight points after UNT had taken a brief, 7-3 lead during a shaky Owl first quarter.
Once he got going, Driphus’ go-to guy was his favorite receiver, Dennis Parks, who had eight receptions for the second straight week, but the passes completed by DJ – 29 of 39 for 373 yards, to be precise – were distributed to a total of 11 different receivers in all, a career high for the Cedar Hill senior.
Continues....            Box score, stats....

Rice-Baylor game features....
May take perfect game for Owls to pull upset
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 25)
DB mixes winning, staying true to his school
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 25)
Dual threat Rice QB gaining comfort, confidence each game
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Sept. 25)
Briles says not concerned about TCU's Patterson
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Sept. 25)
Baylor run game makes early splash
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Sept. 25)

Rice ball control game will challenge BU defense
(Dallas Morning News --Sept. 24)
Briles and company ready to get back to football
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 24)
Rice gets plenty of players involved in offense
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 24)
Baylor-Rice video preview
(Our Daily Bears -- Sept. 24)
Policies restrict MOB travel
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 23)
Running back bursts onto scene as freshman
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 23)
Owls win conference opener
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 23)

Stadium rising:  the story of Drayton's ball field, from start to finish
(Waco Tribune-Herald)
Rice, Baylor have gone in different directions
(Campus Insiders -- Sept. 23)
Jackson is the man who makes things go for Owls
(CBS Sports 24/7 -- Sept. 23)
So what does David Bailiff have to do with Briles, Patterson tiff?
(CBS Sports 24/7 -- Sept. 23)
They're a buncha smart fellas, and they can play
(Bear Truth --Sept. 23)
BU spygate?  Stoops upset about Bear assistant on Tulsa sideline
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 23)
Bears use bye week to address sloppy play, miscues
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Sept. 23)
Baylor's thoughts on playing Owls this week
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 22)
Owl offense riding high as Baylor looms
(Click2Houston -- Sept. 22)
Briles wants to get 'edge' back after Bears' struggles
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Sept. 22)

'Say, aren't you Dave Campbell?'

(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Sept. 22)
Baylor offense clicking, but defense a trainwreck
( -- Sept. 22)
BU offense in top 5 in both passing, rushing
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 22)
Bears get one more non-conference tuneup
( -- Sept. 22)
Baylor vs. Rice game notes
(KWTX Waco -- Sept. 22)
DB to his Owls:  Don't press
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 22)

DB confident after win over UNT
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 21)
Baylor riding 17-game home win streak
( -- Sept. 21)
Owls are looking for a major upset
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 21)
What was BU assistant doing on  OU sideline?
( -- Sept. 21)
Former Owl makes debut for Houston Texans
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 20)
Baylor TE Armstead dismissed from team
(Our Daily Bears -- Sept. 19)
DJ takes to the air to derail North Texas
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 19)
No repeat of 2013; Mean Green can't defend home turf
(Denton Record-Chronicle --  Sept. 19)
Owls learned from last week's five turnovers
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 19)
When it came to key plays, it was Jackson who made them
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 19)
Rice cruises to 38-24 win over North Texas
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 19)
Rice takes advantage of North Texas miscues
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Sept. 19)
Five quick thoughts on UNT's loss to Rice
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 19)
Jackson, Parks lead Rice to win at North Texas
( -- Sept. 19)
After slow first quarter, Rice rolls over UNT
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept.19)
Turnover ratio plagues Mean Green
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 19)
Football team loses 38-24 to Rice
(North Texas Daily -- Sept. 19)
Rice blows by North Texas, 38-24
Click2Houston/AP -- Sept. 19)

DENTON (Sept. 17) – Oh, great. Another “must-win” game for the other guys.

The Rice Owls hit the road for the second straight week Saturday as they travel to Denton to take on the University of North Texas Mean Green (1:30 p.m., Fox College Sports) in the initial league contest for both teams.

UNT’s most ardent supporters and various and sundry local scribes apparently are united in the belief that this game is virtually “do or die” for the north Metroplex contingent. Their rationale? They run down the upcoming schedule for Dan McCarney’s team, and it looks to them that, without a win over Rice, there’s no way the Eagles will garner a bowl-eligible six wins against this season’s foes, considered the de minimis standard for holding serve in any given season.


Texas 42, Rice 28

SAM NO SHAM -- Sam Stewart literally ran over Texas defenders all night; here he breaks free on 22-yard scoring jaunt that included a barrel roll over would-be tackler --  he added another 16-yard TD run that wound up on the ESPN highlight reel (PTH photo)

AUSTIN (Sept. 13) – They say statistics are for losers.
Okay, here’s one: take away Texas’ two touchdown passes in its 42-28 win over the Rice Owls Saturday, and the resulting net offensive yardage figure would have been a grand total of 176 – roughly as many as in the Longhorns’ embarrassing 38-3 loss to Notre Dame a week earlier.
Or check out these numbers: Rice led Texas in first downs, 30-11; in total offense, 462-277; in time of possession, 44:02 to 15:58; in third-down conversions, 14-of-21 to 3-of-8.
Ask any old football coach, and he’ll tell you those kind of numbers spell out a formula for winning football. Only this night, they didn’t.
Continues....         Box score, stats....

Rice-UNT week  links....
McCarney:  This could be Bailiff's best team
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 16)
Game could not have started off worse for Rice
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 16)
Staying course is best approach for mean Green
(Denton Record-Chronicle --  Sept. 15)

Deputy AD Rick Mello honored by Trustees

( -- Sept. 15)
DB not worried about lingering  effect of UT loss
(Houston Chronicle  <SK> --  Sept. 15)
DJ named to Allstate/AFCA Good Works team
( -- Sept. 15)
One overlooked positive:  UNT defense looked pretty good
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 15)
McCarney  says execution plagued offense at SMU
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 15)
Dead last in third-down defense, Horns seek solutions
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 15)
McCarney hopes for big crowd in home opener against Rice
(North Texas Daily -- Sept. 15)
McCarney: 'We have a 24-hour rule in our program'
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 14)
North Texas opener spoiled by SMU
( -- Sept. 14)
Dreams turn into nightmares against SMU
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 14)
McCarney expecting Mean Green program to bounce back
(Sports Illustrated -- Sept.6)
New DC brings needed 'crash' to North Texas
(Dallas Morning News -- Aug. 28)

12 turnovers all year in '14; 9 in two games thus far
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 14)
'We didn't feel like we were outmanned'
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 14)
UNT struggled to move chains against SMU
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 14)

Extensive Rice video highlights, the good stuff  
( -- Sept. 13)
Rice wins stat sheet in losing effort at Texas
( -- Sept. 13)
Rice-Texas video highlights  (from UT)
(Longhorn Network -- Sept. 13)

Sam Stewart hurdles over defender for touchdown
( -- Sept. 13)
Don't even think about suggesting this was just Rice
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 13)
Texas' glaring weaknesses show in win over Rice
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 13)
Rice simply ran straight up the middle
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 13)
Five takeaways from Texas' win over Rice
(Burnt Orange Nation -- Sept. 13)
Texas makes progress, but enough to beat Cal?
(BearTalk -- Sept. 13)
Rice miscues lead to loss to Texas
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 13)
First-play holding call takes starch out of Rice's start
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 13)
The DMN guide to coverage of Rice Athletics
(Parliament -- Sept. 13)

Breathing a little easier, Longhorn Nation?  You should
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 13
Heard gives Texas big lift in romp (sic) over Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 13)
All told, a successful night for Longhorns
(Burnt Orange Naton -- Sept. 13)
Texas won because this was Rice
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 13)
It was safe to say Texas needed this
(NBC Sports -- Sept. 13)
DB: 'We believe we had the better team'
(USA Today/AP -- Sept. 13)
Longhorns feel they can turn things around now
(The Daily Texan -- Sept. 13)

AUSTIN (Sept. 10) -- A mere week into Rice's season, already so much looks to have come down to this.

The Owls travel to Austin Saturday to renew their 102-year-old rivalry with the Texas Longhorns, and, People of Texas, this time, the game promises to present just a little more than the usual, one-sided recess tussle between Class Bully and Class Nerd.

Down on the Forty Acres this week, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth (how does one gnash one's teeth, anyway? And what's with the wailing?)

Such reaction-of-biblical-proportions was brought about by the Orangebloods' miserable performance last week against the Catholics in South Bend, where the Fighting Irish defense held the Horns to a mere 163 yards of total offense en route to a 38-3 slaughter of Bevo that wasn't as close as the score indicated.


Rice 56, Wagner College 16

IT'S ALL ABOUT BLOCKING AND TACKLING -- Even on the North Pole; that's Lance Wright, a redshirt freshman from North Pole, Alaska, sealing the corner with a key block to allow Darik Dillard to head for the pylon (PTH photo)

Everybody got into the act, as second  backup QB Nate German took over in fourth quarter, promptly raised eyebrows with 66-yard TD run (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 6) – The Rice Owls recorded a lopsided victory over an outmanned Wagner College Seahawk team at Rice Stadium Saturday, racking up eight touchdowns en route to a 56-16 win that, while not flawless, was right out of the textbook.

How’s that so? Try jumping out to an immediate 14-0 lead with a pair of long drives sandwiched around a defensive three-and-out stuffing. Or maybe go with perfect third down efficiency, with the South Main Crew going 9-of-9 on third down conversions, picking up 103 yards of offense in the process, en route to a 35-3 halftime lead. Compare that to the opponent’s 2-for-12 effort on third down tries.

Or consider the Owls’ 338-to-117 edge in total yardage at the halftime break. Add in four touchdowns in four trips to the red zone. Top it off with a third-string quarterback coming in to mop up late, and immediately reeling off a 66-yard touchdown run.

Continues....           Box score, stats....
Rice-Texas week....

Prediction:  Texas 38, Rice 10
(Burnt Orange Nation -- Sept. 12)
Prediction:  Rice 24, Texas 21
(Athlon Sports -- Sept. 12)

When Rice beat Texas:  Oct. 16, 1994
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 11)
You've got to be willing to take the hits
( -- Sept. 11)
Rice band takes Austin, 1917 (Rice 13, Texas 0)
(Rice History Corner -- Sept. 11)
This goes way beyond a normal Horns-Owls game
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 11)
UT clarifies band ticket policy
(San Antonio Express-News -- Sept. 11)
Led by QB Jackson, Rice looking to run over Longhorns
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 11)
Does Rice really have a chance to upset Longhorns?
( -- Sept. 11)
Texas vs. Rice:  Matchups that matter
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 11)
Longhorns facing more urgency than ever
(San Antonio Express-News -- Sept. 11)
As Texas faces Rice, questions face Longhorns
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 11)
Texas fans expect change in home opener
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 11)
Is Rice game a 'must' win for Horns?  You betcha
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 11)

Owls vs. Longhorns:  the view from Austin

(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 11)
What to expect from the Longhorns new play caller
(Bleacher Report -- Sept. 11)
Strong shakes up Longhorn offense before Rice
(1080KRLD/AP -- Sept.  11)
Five things Horns need to fix before Rice game
(CBS  Horns24/7 -- Sept. 11)
Rice shoots for the moon against UT this week
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)
Farrimond happy at Rice aftere growing up Horn fan
(Houston Chronicle <SK>  -- Sept. 10)
Ryan Pollard: 'Texas didn't want any of us'
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Sept. 10)
Football ready for matchup with Texas
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 10)
What needs to happen against Rice
(Sports Illustrated -- Sept. 10)
Football soars in opener
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 10)
Mack: Don't blame me for state of UT program
( -- Sept. 9)
Texas switches play-caller after one game
( -- Sept. 9)
Tale of the Tape:  Who has the the edge in Rice-Texas
(24/  -- Sept. 9)
Everything you wanted to know about the Rice Owls
(Hook' with Bevo -- Sept. 9)
Visit from Rice will be perfect antidote
( -- Sept. 9)
What's wrong with the Longhorn offense?
( -- Sept. 9)
Jonathan Gray needs to get more touches
(The Daily Texan -- Sept. 9)
Texas needs to hit reset button after ND meltdown
(The Daily Texan -- Sept. 9)
DB not expecting another sub-par effort against Texas
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 8)
Now, 53 years later, JFK still asks: 'Why does Rice play Texas?'
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 8)

It would take massive organizational failure for Texas to lose to Rice
(Bleacher Report -- Sept. 8)
Blowout loss puts Texas staff under 'evaluation process'
(Omaha World Herald -- Sept. 8)
DB wants DJ to show off fleet feet less often
(Houstonl Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 8)
Texas looks to rebound after Irish debacle
( -- The Sports Exchange -- Sept. 8)
Where's the restart button?
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 8)
Rice, now 1-0, faces Texas next 
(KPRC Click2Houston -- Sept. 8)
DB:  Would've been better for Owls if Texas had beaten ND
(Hoston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 7)
Rice first must-win game for Texas in Charlie Strong era
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 7)
'I'm never (bleeping) coming back here again'
(Columbus Dispatch -- Sept. 7)
Reue, Parks await anticipated return to duty
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 7)
Five takeaways from Rice-Wagner season opener
(Staten Island Advance -- Sept. 7)
Horns welcome Rice for Saturday home opener
( -- Sept. 7)
Coach Strong wants 'restart' after embarrassing loss to ND
( -- Sept. 7)
Vegas odds lowest in history of Rice-Texas series
( -- Sept. 7)
ND loss an embarrassing start for Texas
(Rant Sports -- Sept. 7)
Texas 'D' was decimated early and often by ND passing game
( -- Sept. 7)
Charlie Strong Monday press conference video
( -- Sept. 7)
David Bailiff weekly press conference
( -- Sept. 7)
So prove it, Charlie, quickly
(Austin American-Statesman -- Sept. 6)
Looking ahead to Texas' matchup with Rice
(Austin American Statesman Horns 24/7 -- Sept. 6)
It's been a Longhorns-friendly rivalry between these old foes
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 6)

Opening dominance:  breaking down the win over Wagner
(Examiner. com -- Sept. 6)
DJ: 'We played well...we've got to have a better second half'
( -- Sept. 6)
Houghtaling:  'I don't know if we helped outselves out'
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 5)
Owls start strong, refuse to let up on Wagner
(Houston Chronicle  <SK> -- Sept. 5)
Wagner suffers 56-16 loss to Rice in season opener
(Staten Island Advance -- Sept. 5)
Rice rolls over Wagner, 56-16
(CBS Sports/AP -- Sept. 5)
Owls steam past Seahawks with Jackson in control  
( -- Sept. 5)
Rice-Wagner quick photos
( -- Sept. 5)
Seahawks fall in season opener at FBS foe Rice
( -- Sept. 5)
Pummeling by Notre Dame reveals ugly reality for Longhorns
(Longhorns 24/7 -- Sept. 5)
The Man Behind the Mask:  Spencer Stanley
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 4)

Wagner starting QB Chris Andrews is pointing to this one, labeling it 'upset' (Wagner SID photo)
HOUSTON (Sept. 2) – Now the first thing is, all of you Owl fans out there who remember the Nicholls State game, raise your hands.

Turns out the Rice Owls open their 2015 campaign this Saturday against the first Football Championship Series foe (we used to call them 1AA) since a hundred games ago, in 2007, when, in David Bailiff’s first game as Rice head coach, the Owls fell to the little-known school from down on the Bayou Lafourche, 16-14, a most ignominious inaugural for the now veteran Rice helmsman.

That game still burns in the minds of the most devoted Institute supporters, and, believe it, David Bailiff hasn’t forgotten about the loss, either.

NEW YORK, NY (Aug. 29) – Nestled in the low hills of Staten Island overlooking the distant towers of Manhattan, Wagner College lies on a former 38-acre former country estate of 19th century shipping magnate Sir Edward Cunard, who used to watch his giant ocean liners enter New York Harbor from that vantage point.

Rice's home opponent Sept. 5 in the season opener, the small liberal arts school first saw the light of day in 1883 as a Lutheran seminary in Rochester, NY, some 200 miles away from the Metropolis. No, the school isn't named after the renowned but controversial German composer, but rather attained its enduring moniker in 1918 when when one John G. Wagner gave $12,000 to the school so that it could purchase a new campus -- which school fathers did, locating it on Grymes Hill in the Forgotten Borough.

SEPTEMBER 12 CIRCLED ON THE CALENDAR -- Rice's all-conference senior OL Andrew Reue is nursing leg injuries and the question now is whether he'll be cleared to play for the Texas game (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Aug. 16) – Nine days into their August training camp regimen, the Rice Owls scrimmaged on the Rice Stadium field turf here Saturday, and in so doing gave cause for at least restrained optimism to coaches, players, and the several dozen family and fans who had gathered in the morning heat to watch the proceedings.

"I liked the way the offense came out and executed," Rice head coach David Bailiff said afterwards. "And I liked the effort, the enthusiasm and just the personality that the defense played with."

That didn't mean the veteran Rice mentor, now in his ninth year as head coach on South Main, felt his charges were all ready for prime time – a few were; a lot weren't, he concluded.

froggy4.jpg (33043 bytes)THERE WAS A TIME...
A sampler of our history columns by the late Froggie Williams, one of Rice's all-time greats

Rice Spring Game

Owl defenders dominated play all evening as the Grays outpointed the Blues, 40-16, in Friday's Spring Game, the capper for Rice football's spring drills schedule (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (April 11) – Rice Owl football fans who were hoping for a gaze into a clear crystal ball might have left Rice Stadium somewhat frustrated here after Friday night’s Blue-Gray Game, as the events of the evening yielded up not a lot of tangible information regarding this team’s fall 2015 prospects.

Several proven big-play producers had been held out of spring drills entirely, starting with quarterback Driphus Jackson and continuing with three top receivers and a couple of big men.

Rice coaches shuffled players in and out as if to give every squadman a piece of the action and a chance to show his wares. The ‘game’ was another one of those strange amalgams where points were accumulated by the defense for stops, as well as the offense for stats and scoring.

Rice wide receiver Dennis Parks uses goal post as stand-in for a super-tall defensive back in preparations for Friday's annual Spring Game (Mark Anderson photo)
Signing Day 2015...

Summer Rice football news....

Five college games on tap in Houston this weekend
(Sports Radio 610 -- Sept. 4)
Mouchantaf completes long road back
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 4)
Rice boasts depth at running back
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 4)
Wagner rookie coach faces huge challenge in opener
(Yahoo Sports -- Sept. 4)
Owls open at home for first time since '12
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 4)
Owl title hopes begin with non-conference slate
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 4)
The last days of the late, lamented Southwest Conference
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 4)
Owl Cotton Bowl victory won the State of Texas Pikes Peak
(Huffington Post Sports -- Sept. 4)
Rice senior safety finally gets his chance to start
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 3)

At Rice, Owls keep focus on Wagner
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Sept. 3)
Wagner's opener at Rice a chance to play with the big guys
(Staten Island Advance -- Sept. 3)
Covington proving to be quick study for Texans
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 3)
Seahawks have game plan they hope shocks the world
(Staten Island Advance -- Sept. 2)
Todd Graham reflects on his time at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 2)
Rice vows to remain focused on Wagner, not Texas
( -- Sept. 1)
Wagner presents unique challenge
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 1)

New mobile app provides rewards for Rice fans
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 1)
Defense looks to rebuild in 2015 season
(The Rice Thresher  -- Sept. 1)

Owls look to be in hunt in Conference USA 
(KPRCClick2Houston -- Sept. 1)
Athletics exceeds fundraising record
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 1)
Are you ready for some Rice football? -- Sept. 1)
Enhanced stadium experience awaits Owl fans
(Atascocita Observer -- Sept. 1)
Ten things to know about the Rice Owls
(Staten Island Advance -- Aug. 31)
Another crop of international students gets taste of Owl ball 
( -- Aug. 31)
Rice continues to unveil stadium improvements
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 31)
Rice isn't looking past Wagner
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 31)
Freshman starters highlight Rice depth chart
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 31)
'Every year is like a first year'
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 31)

Beaty begins building plan at KU
(Lawrence Journal-World -- Aug. 29)
Wagner scrimmages, points toward season opener at Rice
( -- Aug. 29)
Bailiff weekly show to debut Sept. 9 on Root Sports SW
( -- Aug. 28)
Man behind the mask:  Connor Cella
(Houston  Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 28)
Rookie WR from Alaska keeps finding ways to get noticed
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 27)
'We are all Rice Owls'
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 27)
DB: 'It's not about being great; it's about being consistent'
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 27)
Owls look to make championship run
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 27)
Owls aim to be a post-season regular
(San Antonio Express-News -- Aug. 27)
Owls need health from DJ, leadership from Mooch
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 27)
Football, symbolism go hand in hand in Texas
(Fort Worth Staqr-Telegram -- Aug. 26)
Wounded warrior gives inspiring message to Wagner team
(Staten Island Advance -- Aug. 26)
Rice will cover COA for its athletes starting this year
(Houston Chronicle <SK> Aug. 25)
Twelve things you (probably) don't know about Luke Willson
( -- Aug. 25)
Wagner QB Andrews tries less variety in scrimmage
(Staten Island Advance -- Aug. 23)
School bells ringing, team settles down to in-season routine
(Houston Chronicle <SK>  --Aug. 23)
Training camp 2015 -- second scrimmage highlights
( -- Aug. 23)
Defense emphasis in second scrimmage; Reue off crutches
(Houston Chronicle <SK>  -- Aug. 22)
Man behind the mask:  Ross Winship
(Houston Chroncile <SK> -- Aug. 22)
Pot boiling again at Baylor
(Texas Monthly -- Aug. 20)
Is Rice -- or UTEP, for that matter -- ready for national spotlight?
(Texas Football -- Aug. 20)
Owl walkon Tobola gets scholarship from Waco C of C
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Aug. 20)
Mainah gets shot at Wagnah QB job
(Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel -- Aug. 20)
Rice's secret symbols, inside jokes and elaborate pranks
(Houston Chronicle -  Aug. 20)

Owls banged up; Reue out 4 weeks; DB concerned
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 19)
DJ named to Earl Campbell watch list
( -- Aug. 19)
2015 'Rice hype' video 
(Conference USA -- Aug. 18)
Rice game said a 'nice payday' for Wagner
(Deseret News -- Aug. 18)

Aston Walter moved from corner to receiver
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 18)
Christian experiences first NFL action
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 17)
A different kind of pro prospect helps revive Rice football
(USA Today -- Aug. 17)
Coaches table Rice's hidden prize possession
(USA Today -- Aug. 17)
Rice aims for fourth straight bowl game
(Houston Press -- Aug. 17)

Led by veteran coach, Rice has spice
(Austin American-Statesman -- Aug. 16)
Rice developing receiving targets for Driphus
( -- Aug. 16)
Owls spend day helping frosh move in
(fkywithus -- Aug. 16)

Scrimmage 1 video highlights, player, coach comments
( -- Aug. 15)
Driphus shines in Owls' first scrimmage
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 15)
JP interviews of Reue, Pollard, DJ, Coach Thurmond, post-scrimmage
(SoundCloud/RiceVoice -- Aug. 15)
Training Camp '15 first scrimmage photos
( -- Aug. 15)
Remembering Waco High football great Froggy Williams
(Waco Tribune -- Aug. 15)
Early departures left Rice DL less than loaded
( -- Aug. 14)
Karaoke night rears its head once again
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 14)
Rice football karaoke vines -- if you dare
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 14)
How Owls got me to conquer fear
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 14)

Linebackers, DBs come up big in Thursday drills
(Houston Chronicle <SK> --  Aug. 13)
'We treat each other more like brothers'
(Austin American-Statesman -- Aug. 12)

Continued heat wave may curb two-a-days
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 12)
Christian reading C. S. Lewis while impressing onfield at Texans camp
(Texas Monthly -- Aug. 12)

Owls changing learning curve with virtual reality
(Houston Press -- Aug. 11)
Veteran Wagner QB Gehring injured, out for season
(Staten Island Advance -- Aug. 11)
Wagner Seahawks 2015 football promotional video
Team slogs, slugs it out in first full-pads workout
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 11)
DB says impressed with Driphus and Tyler Stehling
( -- Aug. 11)
Snapshots from Day 5 full-pads drills
( -- Aug. 11)

Rice QB Jackson's patience pays off
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 10)
Receivers shine in Day 4 workouts
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 10)

Page ready to add final chapter in Wagner career
(Staten Island Advance -- Aug.10)
Covington gets his NFL shot with Texans
(Houston  Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 10)
DB talks about Owls in NFL camps
(KHOU Sports Extra -- Aug. 9)
Seahawks report for fall camp
( -- Aug. 9)

Owls look to continue bowl skein
( --Aug. 10)
'I think this year it's going to be a little bit more gritty...'
( video promo -- Aug. 9)
DB upbeat after Saturday drills
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 8)
Replay of Rice Media Day radio broadcast
( --Aug. 8 <1hr+>)
Cella, Hunt TE battle heats up early
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 7)
Wagner's Houghtaling on his team with BYU radio jocks
( -- Aug. 7)

Rice counting on returning Mooch to anchor d-line
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 7)
Last year's loss to ODU stirs up new mindset
(Houston Chroncile <SK> -- Aug. 6)
Rice looks to sustain, build on past efforts
(El Paso Times -- Aug. 5)
Q&A with Rice AD Joe Karlgaard
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- Aug. 5)
New UH OC Applewhite dumps on his time at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 5)
Undrafted Callahan on verge of making Bears' roster
( -- Aug. 7)
DJ on Unitas watch list
( -- Aug.4)
Owls Fan Fest set for Aug. 22
(The Potpourri/Tomball -- Aug. 4)
Single-game tix now on sale
( -- August 3)
Nothing like present for Texans' rookie Covington
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- August 2)
Broncs' "Sunshine" Taylor could prove bolt of lightning
( -- August 2)
Record year of fundraising boost to Rice athletics
(Houston Chronicle <SK> -- July 31)
Solly's a guy Browns fans just have to like
(Cleveland Plain Dealer -- August 2)
End zone facility photo update
( -- July 31)
Some of Vance McDonald's best football still ahead of him
(San Francisco Chronicle -- July 25)
Wagner spring scrimmage video highlights
( -- April 25)
Rice steps up big-time, signs on with virtual reality firm
(Fox 26 Sports/Mark Berman -- July 28)

Wagner slips to No. 4 in league preseason poll
(Staten Island Advance -- July 28)
Rice will be WKU first-tme opponent this season
Bowling Green Daily News -- July 27)

Rice has foundation to build on 3-year run of success
(Houston Chronicle -- July 22)
Rice Owls at Conference USA 2015 football media day
( -- July 22)
Gaines has opportunity to build on solid rookie season
(Chiefs Digest -- July 25)
Rice adds USC to 2022 schedule
(Houston Chronicle -- July 21)
Driphus nominated for AllState 'Good Works' team
( -- July 20)
Owls have enough weapons to make some noise
(Sports Chat Place -- July 20)
Owls predicted second in preseason media poll
(Your Houston News -- July 15)
Stable Rice, once a doormat, shouldn't slip much
( -- July 13)
Rice isn't quite a tune-up game
( -- July 13)
DCTF rates Owls sixth out of 12 Texas Div. 1 programs
(Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine -- July 11)
Owls will need major overhaul of 'D' line
(Underdog Dynasty -- July 9)
Rice women's football clinic slated for July 27
(Your Houston News -- July 8)
Rice announces 2015 Hall of Fame class
(West U. Examiner -- July 5)
Rice chases fourth consecutive bowl bid despite key losses
(Orlando Sentinel -- July 3)
1949 Rice star Froggie Williams dead at 87
(Houston Chronicle -- June 24)
Rice's Lyons, Reue named to Lombardi watch list
(Atascocita Observer -- July 18)
Owls sign six-year-old with leukemia to letter of intent
(College Spun -- April 9)
Owls to be exciting, glitchy, and pretty good -- again
(SB Nation -- March 27)
Rice conference schedule is manageable
( -- May 5)
Owl 'D' has questions to answer for 2015
(SB Nation -- April 22)

 Latest headlines...
 Last update: 10/09/15 12:01 AM

This week's scoreboard...

FAU week
Monday press luncheon

Coach Bailiff, Calvin Anderson, Preston Gordon
WKU postgame
Coach Bailiff, Andrew Reue
Baylor postgame

Coach Bailiff, Driphus Jackson, Alex Lyons
Baylor week
Monday press luncheon
Dennis Parks
'Our offense is starting to click.  I'm confident that any of our receivers or running backs can make a play... I feel we'll be an exciting offense from here on'
Coach Bailiff
'On our offensive line, Coach Vinklarek did a masterful job; we had two or three get injured and we had to do some mass substitutions; every man who came in stepped up'
V.J. Banks
'Definitely we've got to hit that film room this week, stay there, learn their tendencies... we recognize who the opponent is; we know they're fourth, fifth in the nation'
North Texas postgame
David Bailiff
We've already done something we couldn't accomplish in 2013, and that's come to Denton and get a win; any time you  play Dan McCarney's team you have to earn it for four quarters'
Driphus Jackson
'It's amazing to have a defense like they're producing right now. The numbers may not look great, but to get us back the ball, it's amazing '
Andrew Reue
'Young guys step up; old guys step up. The O-line is a team position, and it's nice to be in sync no matter who's in there'
Alex Lyons
'Definitely a lot of room for improvement.  We were caught off guard by their high tempo. Typically, North Texas doesn't play with a high-tempo offense'
UNT week
Monday press luncheon
David Bailiff
'It was really a strange game. It was one that we dominated at the line of scrimmage... We turned the ball over offensively, though, five times. You can't do that anywhere'
Ross Winship 
'This game was extremely important for the D line... we're exactly where we need to be right now, for the second game of the season'
Sam Stewart 
'The defender actually tried to chop right when I was getting to the end zone; that was the only way I was going to get in. It was all instinct...'
Rice-Texas postgame

Coach David Bailiff, Brian Womac, Driphus Jackson
Texas week Monday press luncheon
Luke Turner
'We were the better team coming in and I think we showed it. We're not used to starting  with oppo- nents of this kind... With A&M and UCLA, we're beaten up, but this time we're not'
Coach Bailiff
'Heading to Texas this week; it is hard to go into that environ- ment ...I know they struggled at Notre Dame, but they'll find their identity. We'll just try to be the best team we can be"
Zach Espinosa
'My brother played at Texas. No smack talk, but I know he's going to be at the game. He has a Rice shirt; I'm not sure which one he's going to wear...
Wagner postgame

'The way Driphus ran the ball in the first half, was just incred- ible...Same with Darik.  To score right before halftime, have 35 points on the board; that's good separation'

'We're supposed to protect the quarter- back.  We can't allow Driphus to take that many hits, especially this early in the season.  we need to keep our players healthy'
Driphus Jackson
'This was a good showing; we knocked a lot of the rust off; got a lot of young guys in...but we've got to have a better second half'
Zach Espinosa
'Good team win tonight; the defense played well.  That's just a credit to Coach Thurmond , the defensive staff; they put a good game plan together'
Wagner week Monday press luncheon
Driphus Jackson
'I was a bit of a baby my senior year in high school, even though I was considered a leader, but this maturation process has humbled me...'
Ryan Pollard
'Wagner's a good team, they have good players; we're excited to play them and see how we match up...we want to be a Top 25 team; we want to win the conference...'

Coach Bailiff
'One of the things that I’ve tried to do at Rice is to continue to learn about Rice, about the history and about the things that I can do a better job at each year with this football team'

Coach Bailiff on first scrimmage of season

Rice head coach David  Bailiff comments on his team's effort in the Owls' initial August  scrim- mage, held Saturday morning at Rice Stadium

'This is Rice football'

Rice Media Day--
Ross Winship

Rice Media Day-- Coach Bailiff

Rice head coach David Bailiff speaks to reporters at Thursday's Media Day luncheon (RME video)

C-USA Media Day

Coach Bailiff, Driphus Jackson, Stuart Mouchantaf talk about upcoming season