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'08: A season to remember...
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The '06 season....
|Blue 27, Grey 17
Everybody plays, veterans sit out, ball aired out in spring scrimmage
OOPS! There appeared to be no dropoff in Owl QB Driphus Jackson's bowl-game-winning form despite this one little faux pas in second quarter action (PTH photo)
HOUSTON (April 5) -- Rice coaches capped the Owls' spring practice sessions with a 'let's-have-fun' closing scrimmage which featured wide-open aerial action and a good portion of play time shared by newcomers.
Story to follow....
Blues prevail in spring game, 27-17
(RiceOwls.com -- April 5)
Hopes run high after Rice football scrimmage
(Houston Chronicle -- April 6)
Photos from the annual Blue-Grey matchup
(Houston Chronicle -- April 6)
Spring game SID video highlights
(RiceOwls.com-- April 6)
Signing Day press conference video....
Rice recruiting roundup
Rice bowl win helped nail down recruiting class with zero defections; most holes filled
HOUSTON (Feb. 5) -- When Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced his 2013 signing class to gathered scribes here Wednesday, the question immediately arose: how did the Owls late-season winning streak, and that bowl win over the Air Force Academy, affect recruiting?
A relaxed Rice head man immediately dead-panned his response: "Probably none," he said. "I think it was more just my personality."
After the yuks and guffaws died down, he quickly recovered himself, and, grinning from ear to ear, went on. "You know, obviously, that was huge for us. That was huge. To get on that roll there at the end, and to win that Bell Helicopter Bowl, that really was the concrete that kept this class together."
"What that win streak did, it kept them from wavering. There were a lot of
other Division One programs who were trying to get in on some of these young men. It's
amazing, not only when you go to a bowl game, but you win one, what that does for the
enthusiasm of your incoming class. So if you want the real truth -- that had nothing to do
with my personality. It was beating Air Force in that bowl game."
Owls land 17
Texans and a Canadian
Rice 33, Air Force 14
FORT WORTH (Dec. 30) -- When fans and bands of both teams gathered in Fort Worths Sundance Square for an outdoor pep rally Thursday night, a foggy mist had settled over the grey streets, and the thermometer was plummeting.
The Air Force cheerleading squad was dressed only in its skimpies, as if to send a message, and the Academy lad who took the mike emphasized it directly. "Now we get to play in Air Force weather," he said.
But when the orb rose Saturday morning, skies were clear and calm, and the sunlight broke beaming down as the temperature began its steady climb. It was, in the words of the immortal J. Fred Duckett, "a bee-yootiful day for out-door football."
That bit of climate change, it turned out, not only proved to be an omen, but also
aptly described the course of this game, one in which the Rice Owls pulled away in the end
after foundering early, uncharacteristically coughing up three lost fumbles in the first
half and losing veteran quarterback Taylor McHargue to a concussion, to boot.
of near disaster turned triumphant
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