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Rice's 2011 season -- game by game

SMU 27, Rice 24
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Last-minute heroics fall just short as big defensive, special team plays not enough to offset deficit on offense -- but it was that close
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Jordan Taylor leaps to grab a Nick Fanuzzi pass  to get the Owls within 27-24 and set up last moment heroic play, including successful onside kick, that almost, just about, but not quite, pulled off a miraculous comeback win (PTH photo)

It seemed just for the season to end like this
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 26)
Rice rally falls short in loss to SMU
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 26)
DB says program headed in right direction
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 26)
SMU defeats Rice in last regular season game
(SMU Daily Campus -- Nov. 26)
June Jones talks after SMU's win over Rice
(Fox Sports -- Nov. 26)
SMU runs past Rice, awaits bowl bid
(Washington Post/AP -- Nov. 26)
SMU gave Rice multiple chances to win
(Dallas SB Nation -- Nov. 26)
Converted SMU nose guard runs for 115 yards
(Sacramento Bee/The Sports Network -- Nov. 26)
Credit Rice with never giving up
(Dallas Morning News -- Nov. 26)


Win over SMU would close out season on a high note

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DALLAS (Nov. 25) – Leaving aside the issue of whether a Rice victory over SMU would mark a successful improvement over last year’s 4-8 campaign, or simply muddy the waters further as to the Institute’s football future, one is constrained to speculate on what might provide a winning combination for the Owls in Saturday’s season-ender on the Hilltop.

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The early, 11:00 a.m. start time hasn’t proven to be particularly kind to the Owls over the years, but the main problem for them has been winning on the road the past few seasons. Discounting the Owls’ 10-3, 2008 campaign, the Flock’s last league road win was way back in November, 2007, right here at SMU, a 43-42 nailbiter won on a last-second Rice field goal.

SMU’s fans, media pushers and coach June Jones like to preach of a Mustang resurgence, and indeed the record would appear to reflect the same, at least to a degree.

Last season, the Mustangs won the C-USA western division crown before falling to Central Florida in the league championship game. Their consolation prize was a berth in the locally-held Armed Forces Bowl in which the Ponies fell to Army, 16-14, thus ending the season at 7-7.
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drive-by-drive Owl scoring highlights

(Highlights of scoring drives, plus big

defensive plays)
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Rice 19, Tulane 7
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Tyler Smith saved the day for the Rice offense in what was otherwise a very lackluster outing, amassing 145 yards in 25 carries and two TDs; here he pulls away, literally, from would-be Tulane tackler during game-clinching touchdown drive (PTH photo)

TSmith, Boz provide just enough offense; defense holds ground, as Owls up season home record to 4-1

HOUSTON (Sept. 19) – It’s nothing less than appropriate to view Rice’s 19-7 victory over Tulane this Senior Day through the looking glass of an optimist.

With the wind gusting and swirling and making mischief for both teams’ passing games, it was senior Rice running back Tyler Smith who hoisted the mail bag for the Owls and provided the offensive spark that got them in or near the end zone enough times to cruise to a non-nail-biting win.

And with Tulane’s apparent conclusion that they had the superior athletes in order to win by going right straight at the Owls on both sides of the ball, the Rice defense stood tall and continuously repulsed what the Green Wave threw at them, rendering bowling-ball running back Orleans Darkwa largely ineffective and putting enough pressure on Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin to keep him off balance for most of the game..

Too, one mustn't fail to mention prominently the efforts of Chris Boswell, Rice’s sophomore Mr. Ice Man place-kicker, who boomed two laser-shot field goals of 51 and 54 yards, both into the roiling wind, making the margin of victory a bit more comfortable.

Nevertheless, although we all know that there are lies, damned lies and statistics, today's stat sheet must give pause to even the most pollyanna of Owl fans.
Continues...                    Box score, statistics....

SMU game still meaningful to Owls
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 26)
Rice's Smiths redefine commitment to family
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 26)
Mustangs to take field against Owls, say farewell to seniors
(SMU Daily Campus -- Nov. 25)
Rice, SMU to battle for Mayor's Cup
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 25)
Final pursuit perfect for Owls' Tyler Smith
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 25)
Rice, winless on road, has nothing to lose
(Pony Stampede -- Nov. 25)
Owls could surprise Mustangs
(Fox Sports Southwest -- Nov. 24)
Rice has chance to even league record
(Mustang Stampede -- Nov. 24)
Owls, Mustangs tangle for Mayor's Cup
(Kansas City Star/The Sports Network -- Nov. 23)
This year, Owls went through the motions
(SportsChatPlace.com -- Nov. 23)
SMU has worst turnover margin in the country
(Pony Stampede -- Nov. 23$)
SMU wants to finish strong
(Dallas Morning News -- Nov. 23$)
Owls say no bowl, no problem
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 21)
Owls, Mustangs to meet for 88th time
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 21)
'It's exciting to win on Senior Day'
(RiceOwls.com -- Nov. 21)
This wasn't the season the Owls hoped it would be
(Houston Press -- Nov. 21)
Zach Line out for season with injury
(PonyStampede.com -- Nov. 21)
Boz named C-USA special teams player of week
(ESPN.com -- Nov. 21)
Defense plays better, but Green Wave falls to Rice
(New Orleans Times-Picayune -- Nov. 20)
Seniors win final game at HRS
(Owl Sports Watch -- Nov. 20)
Rice downs Tulane 19-7 on senior day
(Cypress Times -- Nov. 20)
Owls lose yardage battle, but win game
(USA Today/The Sports Network --  Nov. 20)
Owlvision postgame video clips
(RiceOwls.com -- Nov. 19)
Smith carries Rice past Tulane in his last home game
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 19)
Seniors spotlighted in Rice win over Tulane
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> --  Nov. 19)
Tulane falls short at Rice, 19-7
(New Orleans Times-Picayune -- Nov. 19)
Smith, Boswell power Rice to win over Tulane
(YourHoustonNews.com -- Nov. 19)
Smith leads Rice past Tulane, 19-7
(ABC13.com/AP -- Nov. 19)
Boswell connects on 54-, 51-yarders for Rice
(Sacramento Bee/The Sports Network)

Owls aim toward salvaging season, starting with win over Green Wave
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HOUSTON (Nov. 17) – Saturday is Senior Day at Rice Stadium, when the Rice Owls take on the Tulane Green Wave in the penultimate game of the season for both teams, and, as neither of them are in the running for a bowl berth, each will be looking for a big win to propel them into the postseason on a high note.

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As a crop of 25 Owl seniors suit up for the final home game of their careers, it will be difficult for these erudite lads to avoid thoughts of what- might-have-been. All but a couple of them were either a freshman or a redshirt freshman during the 2008 season, a ten-win campaign which, as for now, stands as the high-water mark for Rice football on-field success in the past 50 years.

Alas, it’s been a time of wandering in the desert in the intervening years, and once again the Owls are looking to salvage a halfway decent season out of the 2011 campaign by taking their last two games, starting Saturday against the 2-9 Green Wave.

It is a Tulane team that started the season 2-and -1, but one which has lost its last eight, the most recent being a 73-17 slaughter at the hands of the Houston Cougars last Thursday in the Benzi Dome.
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Northwestern 28, Rice 6
Owls uncompetitive in yet another routine road loss
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Scott Solomon was his usual reliable self, and was able to nab the Owls' only sack on Northwestern QB Dan Persa for the day (Mackenzie McCluer photo)

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Not to belabor the point, but the gradual, but seemingly inevitable, descent continues.

After staging an offensive field day in a 41-37 win the week before, the Rice Owl offensive unit fell flat as a pancake against the Northwestern Wildcat defense Saturday. Meanwhile, the Flock defensive unit appeared game but outmanned, allowing ‘Cat senior quarterback Dan Persa a career day passing.

The result: a deceptively innocuous 28-6 win posted on the scoreboard for the Wildcats – but it really wasn’t all that close.

After hanging with NU for the first ten minutes of the game, the Owls pretty much disappeared on both sides of the ball. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald had an answer for why the Wildcats weren’t necessarily putting the hammer down from the onset.
Continues....                  Box score, statistics....

Leach says he's not serious about Tulane job
(New Orleans Times-Picayune -- Nov. 17)
Free tutorials available in Section 307
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 17)
Owls lose to Northwestern, not going to bowl
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 17)
Owls close out home slate against Tulane
(Kansas City Star/The Sports Network -- Nov. 16)
Wave try to snap eight-game losing streak
(Austin American Statesman/AP -- Nov. 16)
Owls again miss out on bowl eligibility
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 15)
Junior LB Trent Mackey quarterbacks Tulane defense
(Tulane Hullaballoo -- Nov. 14)
Seniors feeling brunt of a disappointing Rice season
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> --  Nov. 14)
Tulane hopes to break losing streak
(Tulane Hullaballoo -- Nov. 14)
Owls aim to slow down Tulane's Darkwa
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 14)
Callahan frosh NCAA picks leader
(YourHoustonNews.com -- Nov. 14)
Despite team's record, Griffin deserves praise
(Tulane Hullaballoo -- Nov. 14)
Jeremy Ebert puts name with Northwestern's best
(Chicago
Sun-Times -- Nov. 13)
Rice-Northwestern video highlights
(Big Ten Network -- Nov. 13)
Owls struggled on both sides of the football
(USA Today/The Sports Network -- Nov. 13)
Persa's 4 TD passes lead NU to 28-6 win over RIce
(The Daily Northwestern -- Nov. 13)
Rice out of bowl chase with loss to Northwestern
(Houston Chronicle <JD> --  Nov. 12)
'We couldn't get a drive going all day'
(Washington Post -- Nov. 12)
Rice trick play averts NU shutout
(ESPN.com -- Nov. 12)

Rice rolled by Northwestern
(Fox Sports Houston -- Nov. 12)
There was no denying the Wildcats on Saturday
(Chicago Tribune -- Nov. 12)
Northwestern stomps Rice; 1 win away from bowl eligibility
(Chicago Sun-Times -- Nov. 12)
Persa, Ebert have big days in 28-6 NU romp
(SB Nation -- Nov. 12)
Persa-to-Ebert 90-yard TD helps Northwestern beat Rice
(Associated Press -- Nov. 12)
Northwestern's turnaround near completion
(ESPN.com -- Nov.12)
NU defense stifles Owls in season-best performance
(NUWildcats.com -- Nov. 12)
Boswell's kicks go the distance for Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 12)

Though 1,200 miles apart, Rice-NU in many ways a neighborhood tiff
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EVANSTON, Ill. (Nov. 10) – Google the terms "Rice vs. Northwestern," and instead of link after link to football stories, the first thing one encounters is link after link to earnest message board discussions – "which is the better school, Rice or Northwestern? I got admitted to both; which should I attend?"

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Indeed, though the Big 10 school is larger in undergraduate enrollment by a factor of nearly three to one, the schools have many similarities and attract much the same kind of applicant. NU has edged out Rice in the U.S. News national rankings the past few times out, but for many years before that the edge was held on South Main.

The two institutions have something else much in common, and that is a very spotty historical record on the football field. Rice had the more storied early football success, while NU’s only bowl appearance in history, prior to 1996, was the ‘49 Rose Bowl.

But then came the Gary Barnett Renaissance, when the Wildcats stormed to a 10-2 record during the 1995 season and finally made it back to Pasadena. Since then, NU has won three Big Ten championships or co-championships and has rendered itself bowl-eligible in seven out of the last eight seasons.
Continues....            Northwestern message boards...

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drive-by-drive Owl scoring highlights

(Highlights of all seven scoring drives, plus big defensive plays mixed in)
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Rice 41, UTEP 37
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Andre Gautreaux, Randy Kitchens help Vance McDonald celebrate his third-quarter touchdown reception to put Owls ahead, 27-24 (PTH photo)
Led by Fanuzzi's 400-yard passing onslaught, Owls refuse to let game get away from them, win in thriller

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Klein Kubiak comes down with huge fourth-quarter catch (Mark Anderson photo)

HOUSTON (Nov. 5) – The Rice Owls won the paper war against the UTEP Miners quite convincingly here on this sun-dappled Homecoming Day.

The Owl offense had its third-highest output of all time, garnering 671 yards and outgaining their opponent by almost 300. Rice out first-downed UTEP, 30-14. The Owls converted 13 of 20 third down attempts. They suffered zero turnovers. Penalties were minimal. Time of possession was no contest.


And yet, the Feathered Flock needed every one of those yards, downs and minutes of possession to stave off a UTEP team that appeared so charmed as to be able, almost, but not quite, to steal a victory from the Owls.

As the third quarter clock wound down, Rice held an overwhelming statistical advantage, and yet, amazingly, trailed on the scoreboard, 31-27. That was mainly because of two, long touchdown bombs from UTEP’s Nick Lamaison to his wideout Mike Edwards, plus a chip shot TD drive set up by a 70-yard Vernon Frazier kickoff return.

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Justin Allen blasts in low to the ground to sack UTEP QB Lamaison in key early defensive play (Mark Anderson photo)

It's pick your poison for Owls
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> --  Nov. 11)
Rice, NU can both boast of perfect passing games
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 11)
NU looks to avoid letdown
(Austin American- Statesman/AP -- Nov. 11)
Football roundtable:  Rice
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Persa toughs out injuries
(Columbus, IN, Republic -- Nov. 11)
Beating midlevel C-USA team not easy as it sounds
(WNUR Radio -- Nov. 11)
Rice isn't good; this shouldn't be hard
(Off-tackle Empire -- Nov. 11)
Spurned by Stanford, Colter earns respect at NU
(Chicago Sun-Times -- Nov. 11)
Fanuzzi has career day; Rice takes down UTEP
(Rice Thresher -- Nov. 11)
Persa 'poster guy for our program'
(Chicago Tribune -- Nov. 10)
Cat backers have t-shirt message for Huskers
(OpposingView.com -- Nov. 10)
Fanuzzi was fantastic last week for Rice

(Kansas City Star/The Sports Network -- Nov. 9)
Cats looking for third straight win
(Chicago SB Nation -- Nov. 9)
Fitz responds to play theft claim
(Badger Nation -- Nov. 9)
Fitz at Mon press conference talks about Owls
(NUWildcats -- Nov. 8)
Fanuzzi delivers top performance
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 8)
No overconfidence for Northwestern
(Chicago Daily Herald -- Nov. 8)
Persa plans to play against Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 8)
Personnel shuffling doesn't slow Wildcats
(ESPN.com -- Nov. 8)
NU said to have stolen Nebraska sideline signals
(ESPN Big 10 Blog -- Nov. 8)
Colter doing it all for NU
(Chicago Tribune -- Nov. 8)
Dan Persa expected to play this week
(ESPN Chicago -- Nov. 7)
Fanuzzi named league offensive player of week
(CUSA.com -- Nov. 7)
NU players have moved on to Rice
(Lake the Posts -- Nov. 7)
Fitzgerald: 'I just felt it was time to go for the win'
(ESPN Big 10 blog -- Nov. 7)
Owls have now won last eight November home games
(Houston Press -- Nov. 7)
This week:   Rice at Northwestern
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 6)
Owls erupt, pull away from UTEP
(Owl Sports Watch -- Nov. 6)
Kolter, Wildcats finally put it all together
(Detroit Free Press -- Nov. 6)
Dan Persa has shoulder injury, questionable
(Chicago Sun-Times -- Nov. 6)
Kolter doing it all for NU
(South Bend Tribune -- Nov. 6)
Owls keep bowl chances alive with win over UTEP

(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 5)
Rice offense puts up career numbers against Miners
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 5)
Rice helmet stickers:  offense rolls
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 5)
Steamed Price 'disgusted' Miners can't win in Houston
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 5)
Video highlights:  Rice 41, UTEP 37
(Fox Sports -- Nov. 5)
Fanuzzi throws for career-high 405, three TDs in Owl win
(The Sports Network -- Nov. 5)
Fanuzzi sizzles as Owls end three-game losing streak
(Washington Post/AP -- Nov. 5)
Rice defeats UTEP in Homecoming thriller
(YourHoustonNews.com  -- Nov. 5)
UTEP loses at Rice for third consecutive time
(The Prospector -- Nov. 5)
Whoa, slow down Rice; what's the hurry?
(KTSM News Channel 9 -- Nov. 5)

Owls, Miners both looking for consistent play as key
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HOUSTON (Nov. 3) – Run the numbers, and the compar- isons disfavor the Rice Owls. UTEP led the University of Houston most of the way in an early-season game in El Paso before falling, 49-42, in the end, with a chance to tie as the clock ran out.

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Meanwhile, we all know what happened to the Owls at Jeppesen Stadium a week ago today.

Saturday, again in El Paso, the Miners fostered a stout defensive effort to play the Eastern-Division-leading USM Golden Eagles off their feet before fading in the stretch and losing by 18 after giving up a couple of late touchdowns. That was the same Southern Miss team that doubled up the Owls, 48-24, in Hattiesburg a few weeks ago.

But pardon the Owls and their fans if they don’t buckle at the knees over the thought of taking on Los Mineros at Rice Stadium Saturday before what indubitably will be a small, but supportive Homecoming crowd.
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(And absolutely no Case Keenum TD passes)
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Houston 73, Rice 34
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Tyler Smith crosses goal at the end of his record-breaking 97-yard touchdown run in third quarter against UH (PTH photo)

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Rice's Tolu Akinwumi draws bead on loose football; he wound up with the wet pigskin, and three plays later, Owls scored to take a 10-7 first-quarter lead (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 28) – Now, at least, we know what it would have taken for the Rice Owls to have defeated the Houston Cougars on the grass of Robertson Stadium Thursday night.

Noah’s Flood.

The rains came down, and then they abated. They started again, and then they stopped. All the while, a nearly four-hours-long football game was being staged before 30,000-plus Coog fans for whom the event was strictly fair weather.

And the bizarre thing about it was, at least by our count, when the rain was coming down at an intensity greater than a drizzle, the Owls outscored their cross-town rivals, 31-24. When the rain stopped, and in so doing removed a figurative thorn from Achilles’ Heel, the wizened old magician Case Keenum was unstoppable, outgunning the Flock 49-3, all seven touchdowns coming by way of the air, most of them long bombs against single man-to-man ‘coverage.’

The record-breaking, sixth-year Houston signal caller sure didn’t like playing in that thunderstorm that started to crash down early in the first quarter, though. And neither, apparently, did the U of H defense.
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Ed. note: We will not be linking to stories posted by the El Paso Times, which is part of a media group contracted with Righthaven, LLC, a law firm which mines the internet for alleged copyright infringements by small-time bloggers and web sites; then files peremptory lawsuits.

'Wild Owl' breaks out of offense's cage
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 5)
This game a virtual 'must' for Miner bowl hopes
(MinerRush.com -- Nov. 4)
Coogs send Owls back to pre-school
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 4)
Did Coogs run it up on Owls?
(Houston Press -- Nov. 3)
Miners want to keep bowl momentum building
(KHOU.com/AP -- Nov. 3)
Injuries taking toll on Rice offense
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 3)
Tall Owl receivers try to cut down on 'MA's
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 3)
Former Rice long snapper Pontbriand excels in NFL
(Your Houston News -- Nov. 3)
Inconsistency byword for Owl, Miner offense, defense
(Kansas City Star/TSN -- Nov. 2)
Price says he has permit to shoot Owls
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 2)
Owls are running out of chances
(Owl Sports Watch -- Nov. 2)
Miners looking for rare win against Owls
(The Prospector --  Nov. 1)
Recent Rice-UTEP meetings have been mostlyh cliff-hangers
(Houston Chronicle <JD> --  Nov. 1)
Price on Rice: 'They're very well-coached'
(UTEPMiners.com -- Nov. 1)
Loss puts Rice in familiar position
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 31)
A Case of awesomeness (sic)
(The Daily Cougar -- Oct. 31)
McGuffie will visit docs about sprained ankle
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 31)
DB:   Edge goes to Fanuzzi at QB
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 31)
Boswell among Groza Award's stars of the week
(RiceOwls.com -- Oct. 31)
Owls' Jayson Carter lets heart make up for size
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 29)
Where does latest loss rank among worst in Bailiff era?
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 28)
Keenum:   'I hate rain games; this is terrible'
(San Francisco Chronicle/AP -- Oct. 28)
With that defensive set, Rice was asking for it
(Fox Sports Houston -- Oct. 28)
Owls will be seeking to regain self-respect
(Houston Press -- Oct. 28)
Tyler Smith's career performance wasted in loss to Houston
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 28)
Owls execute, just can't keep up with Cougars
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 28)
No. 18 Houston's Keenum has 9 TD passes, breaks record
(Washington Post/AP -- Oct. 28)
The greatest gunslinger of them all?
(ESPN.com -- Oct. 28)
RIce needs 4-0 from here on out for bowl
(YourHoustonNews.com -- Oct. 28)
Coogs erase all that Rice work
(Houston CultureMap --  Oct. 28)
Records galore in this year's Bucket game
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 28)
Rice offense can't keep up with Houston

(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 27)
Keenum breaks record in UH rout of Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 27)
Cougars, Owls meet again, but for how much longer?
(Fox Sports Houston -- Oct. 27)

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'We've got to be physical'

Owls will need fast start to survive Coog attack

HOUSTON (Oct. 26) – When the 2-5 Rice Owls line up against the undefeated Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium Thursday evening, to a man, they’ll be fully aware of just how tough a task they’ll be facing.

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Against the Owls, the number-18-ranked Cougars will be looking to go 8-0, which would match their best shot out of the starting gates in school history.

The stars have aligned perfectly for the Coogs all season. On the road, they appear to be just another team; yet they always seem to find a way to win. They’ve played but three road games so far – against mighty North Texas, Lousiana Tech, and UTEP.

Against UNT, they trailed in the first half before extending their lead late. At Louisiana Tech, they staged a simply amazing comeback to win in the final seconds, 35-34 after trailing 34-7 late in the third quarter. And in El Paso, they trailed most of the game before prevailing 49-42.
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scoring highlights

(Plus big defensive plays and the

three early turnovers)
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Tulsa 38, Rice 20
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Paul Porras set a career high with 15 tackles against Tulsa (PTH photo)
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Vance McDonald drags a Tulsa defender for extra yardage (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 23) – Well, first question has to be: who was that damned doctor who cleared Taylor McHargue to play Saturday night, anyway?

Just before kickoff, we asked TMac where he was and he said, "Lesotho." Asked him what year it was and he said, "1634." When he came off the field after the first interception, we asked him who he was trying to hit and he said, "Sammy the Owl. Durn it. Missed him."

Of course we kid, but when things go downhill so fast as they did when the Rice Owls teed it up against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Saturday evening, laughter is the best medicine. Pretty much the only medicine.

Obviously despite being cleared to play after suffering what the docs termed "concussion-like symptoms" late in the Marshall game the week before, Taylor McHargue was engaged in an out-of-body experience as he started in this debacle, in which three, immediate turnovers – two picks and a fumble – resulted in 17 quick Tulsa points, a deficit that the Owls chased manfully and determinedly the rest of the evening, although eventually falling, 38-20.
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Rice tries to tag UH, claim Bucket
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 27)
Keenum, Houston simultaneously climbing ladders
(Fox Sports -- Oct. 27)
High-octane Cougars try to stay perfect
(Washington Post/AP -- Oct. 27)
UH averaging more points in first half than Rice in games
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 27)
Last November looks less and less like design
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 27)
Rice hoping to keep up with fast-paced Cougars
(Woodlands Online -- Oct. 27)
'You never know what's going to happen'
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 26)
Memorable moments from Bucket rivalry
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 26)
Bucket game faces uncertain future if UH leaves C-USA
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 26)
Sumlin uses video to push UH to perfect season
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 26)
Rice earns high marks in annual grad rates report
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 25)
Bucket game carries great meaning for UH, Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 25)
TMac's problems at QB all psychological
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 25)
Bailiff keeping ID of starting QB a secret
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 25)
If you thought the Bayou Bucket was odd...
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 25)
Coogs look to match best start in school history
(CBSSports.com -- Oct. 25)
Rice-Houston an underrated matchup
(BleacherReport.com -- Oct. 25)
'I eat at Buffalo Wild Wings'
(Fox Sports Houston -- Oct. 25)
Dillard: 'We think we could have done more'
(Your Houston News -- Oct. 25)
A look at the past five Bayou Bucket games
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 24)
'They said they wanted to see our second quarterback'
(Houston Press -- Oct. 24)
UH outscoring foe 175-31 in last three home games
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 24)
Turnovers waste defensive effort
(Owl Sports Watch -- Oct. 23)
TU shows UT the GJ it lost
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 23)
That was Tulsa's fifth straight over Owls
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 23)
There was only so much Nick Fanuzzi could do

(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 22)
Early miscues lead to 38-20 loss to Tulsa
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 22)
Tulsa hangs on after fast start
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 22)
Kinne, Carter lead Hurricane over Rice
(Fox23.com -- Oct. 22)
Tulsa controls tempo in win over Rice
(NewsOn6.com -- Oct. 22)
Tulsa's ugly helmets boggle the eye, mind
(LostLettermen.com -- Oct. 22)
Tulsa gets third straight win as Rice falls
(Washington Post/AP -- Oct. 22)
Rice quickly fell behind 17-0 and never recovered
(YourHoustonNews.com -- Oct. 22)

Tulsa time....

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Sammy the Owl shows dismay as his team's lead unravels in the final minutes at Marshall (Marcus Constantino photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 19) – The first thing to bear in mind about the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the Rice Owls' home opponent this week, is that Todd Graham is no longer at the coaching helm.

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With the former Tulsa mentor's move to the University of Pittsburgh this season, a lot of the steam has been taken out of the late spat between certain supporters of the two schools. But that's largely beside the point.

Todd Graham was uniformly successful against the Owls, leading Tulsa to four straight wins, only one of them being halfway close. Excepting Rice's 10-win, 2008 season as an outlier (in which Graham's team earned a 63-28 blowout win over the Owls), the Flock's trend arrow has been steadily pointing downward ever since Graham's 2006, single-year tenure as the Rice coach.  Meanwhile, Tulsa's, under Graham's tutelage, was trending steadily up and up – that is, until he and Penni hit the road once again.

Going into this game, though, the two teams appear to be on more or less an even plane. Tulsa is 3-3, with blowout losses incurred against three Top 10 teams -- No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 Boise State and No. 9 Oklahoma State -- in the first four weeks of the season . And their three wins were against three teams that Rice very likely would have gone 3-0 against, as well – North Texas, Tulane and UAB.
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Determined second-half rally fails to win the day as early ill-preparedness, sloppy play yield unwarranted deficit; late fumble, injury allow Marshall back in the door

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Scott Solomon pulls down MU quarterback Graham during third quarter of Rice-Marshall game (Marcus Constantino photo)

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (Oct. 16) – It would have been easy enough to chalk up Rice's painful, 24-20 loss here Saturday to a single play, that being the strip of the football out of the hands of the Owls' Sam McGuffie by Marshall's all-everything defender Vinnie Curry.

It would have been obvious, as well, to ascribe the Flock's inability to overcome the late deficit with a score of their own due to a day-ending slap on the side of the helmet to Owl quarterback Taylor McHargue, who, alternating with Wild Owl Turner Petersen, brought back Rice from a 14-0 deficit to a 20-17 lead.

But mistakes are made, and injuries happen, and this Rice loss, its 14th out of its last 15 games on the road, had its genesis in events occurring much earlier in the game, and well before the kickoff, for that matter.

The Owls came out sloppy on offense and ill-prepared on defense, as the one-dimensional Herd quarterback, first-time starter A. J. Graham, befuddled the Rice defenders with the same simple running play over and over again, garnering 94 yards rushing in the first half as the West Virginians stormed out to a 14-0 early lead.
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Passing game get a big boost from Eagle Lake's Hull
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 22)
Rice opens divisional play against Tulsa
(Bleacher Report -- Oct. 22)
Tulsa seniors look to create their own legacy
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 22)
Don't let that Tulsa record fool you
(Houston Press -- Oct. 22)
Upholding a Kubiak family tradition
(RiceOwls.com -- Oct. 21)
New details on stadium upgrade plans
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 21)
Five things:  Rice-Tulsa
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 21)
Adversity is strengthening Tulsa
(Inside Tulsa Sports -- Oct. 21)
Tulsa 118th out of 120 in pass defense
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 20)
Tulsa hopes for another streak to close season
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 20)
Tulsa might not need any luck to defeat Owls
(NewsOn6.com -- Oct. 20)
Sources:   Rice plans $40 million stadium renovation
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 19)
Owls might be undefeated at home, but that should change
(Kansas City Star/The Sports Network -- Oct. 19)
Fourth-quarter meltdowns haunt Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 19)
Tulsa vulnerable in vertical passing game
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 19)
Tulsa's Sears becoming threat at WR
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 19)
Touchdown Club to host Bayou Bucket breakfast
(RiceOwls.com -- Oct. 18)

Travis Bradshaw feature
(RiceOwls.com -- Oct. 18)
TMac, Jam, Kitchens all cleared to play -- TMac with gloves
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 18)
McHargue cleared to play after concussion-like symptoms
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 18)
This weesk:  Tula at Rice
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 17)
Rice weighs all QB options -- including a freshman
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 17)
Inability to close out wins haunting Owls
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 17)
Turnovers still an issue for Hurricane
(Tulsa World -- Oct. 17)
MK's Rice midseason report card
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 17)
Rice gives one away
(Owl Sports Watch -- Oct. 16)
Ground game, defense lifts Herd to win
(Huntington Herald-Dispatch -- Oct. 16)
Curry's emotional week ends with a win
(WV Gazette -- Oct. 16)

Herd comeback beats Rice
(Beckley Register-Herald -- Oct. 16)
This Rice team is not great, but not Memphis bad
(WV Gazette -- Oct.16)
MU's Curry played with heavy heart
(Beckley Register-Herald -- Oct. 16)
Herd holds off Rice, 24-20
(Parkersburg News and Sentinel -- Oct. 16)
Curry's strength shines through
(Huntington Herald-Dispatch -- Oct. 16)
McGuffie's fumble proves costly for Rice in loss
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 15)
Two field goals in the red zone; 2-of-12 3rd down conversions
(ESPN.com -- Oct. 15)
Rice just needed to hold onto the football
(WV Metro News -- Oct. 15)
Marshall comeback beats Rice on Homecoming
(WSAZ.com -- Oct. 15)
Rice-Marshall live updates from Huntington

(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 15)

Owls attempt to break road hex at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Oct. 13) -- The Rice Owls, winners of exactly one out of their last 14 road games, travel to the hollers of West Virginia this weekend in an attempt to break a vicious circle that has dogged them since the beginning of the 2009 season.

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Whether this is a good place to cut the knot  of road loss after road loss is an open question. Huntington is perhaps the least accessible of all the Owls’ road destinations, what with at least one changeover flight to Charleston, WV, and then a 70 mile trip down the interstate. The Owls lost here in their only previous sojourn, that being a 2007 visit by a Chase Clement and James Casey-paced team.

But matters appear to be a bit in a state of flux surrounding the Marshall eleven. First off, it seems there’s a quarterback controversy brewing in Huntington. Quarterback Rakeem Cato, who started the first six games of the season, will step aside in favor of redshirt sophomore A.J. Graham, MU head coach Doc Holliday announced Tuesday.

"We've got certain standards and expectations that we expect every player to live up to and if they don't they sit and watch with me and the other guys play," Coach Holliday told local news media. "A.J. will start Saturday."
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(Plus big defensive plays)
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Marshall week
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Rice 28, Memphis 6
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Rice DL Jared Williams secures interception and shifts into high gear en route to 48-yard TD return which broke the game open in the third quarter, putting Owls up, 21-3 (PTH photo)
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Owls get first league win as defense dominates, offense shows signs of life


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Rice DL was in Memphis quarterback's grill all day (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 9) – If it were not an outright righting of the ship, at least it was a hard tack in the right direction.

The Rice defense returned to a state of full consciousness, while the offense managed to show an occasional, albeit arhythmic, pulse, as the Owls methodically ground down an already hamburger-meat Memphis team, 28-6, before 14,179 fans at Rice Stadium here Saturday.

The somewhat injury-depleted Owl defenders returned to the form they showed the first two games of the season in a narrow loss to Texas and a thrilling win over Purdue, holding the Tiger offensive attack to nary a touchdown, the first time an Owl team has accomplished that feat since a season-opening 38-0 defeat over Nevada-Las Vegas in, let’s see, when was that.... 1995.

Seems like only yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Rice offensive game, while exhibiting some of the alarming tendencies shown in their last two blowout losses, managed to cobble together three touchdown drives before letting the air out of the tires with a 28-3 lead late in the third quarter.
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Rice shooting for .500 mark
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 15)
Special teams the key for Rice
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 15)
Herd tries to bounce back against Owls
(Parkersburg News and Sentinel -- Oct. 15)
Marshall needs to get offense in gear
(Charleston Gazette -- Oct. 15)
(Insert tired cliche headline here)
(Bluefield Daily Telegraph -- Oct. 15)
Brown makes hits for the Herd
(Huntington Herald-Dispatch -- Oct. 15)
Solly: 'I turn on a switch and I can't really turn it off'
(Huntington Herald-Dispatch -- Oct. 14)
Six Owls earn mid-season honors
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 14)
Herd's schedule was rough; Rice's rougher
(Beckley Register-Herald -- Oct. 14)
Depth paying dividends for Owls
(West Virginia Gazette -- Oct. 13)
Herd and Owls in similar positions
(West Virginia Metro News -- Oct. 13)
Owls, Herd both trying to keep pace
(Austin American-Statesman/AP -- Oct. 13)
Not long ago, Rice won 10 games
(Huntington Herald-Dispatch -- Oct. 13)
Owls striving to learn to win on the road
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 12)
Marshall to give soph Graham his shot at QB
(Beckley Register-Herald -- Oct. 12)
A.J. handed the keys
(West Virginia Gazette -- Oct. 12)
Can't accuse Rice of playing watered-down schedule
(West Virginia Gazette -- Oct. 11)
Like Herd, Owls have one of league's top DEs
(Beckley Register-Herald -- Oct. 11)
DB pleased with progress on defense
(West U. Examiner -- Oct. 11)
Owl DL putting hurt on opponents
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 10)
Six games down, six to go
(Huntington Herald-Dispatch -- Oct. 10)
From here, MU won't face super defenses
(Charleston Gazette -- Oct. 10)
Rice offense must improve
(YourHoustonNews.com -- Oct. 10)
Owls stumble to victory
(Houston Press -- Oct. 10)
Defense provides spark in win over Memphis
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 9)
Memphis serves cure for Rice blues
(Owl Sports Watch -- Oct. 9)
Williams sparks Rice to big win over Memphis

(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 8)
Defense powers Rice past Memphis
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 8)
Rice hands Memphis 15th straight league loss
(Memphis Commercial Appeal -- Oct. 8)
Rice rolls past Memphis, 28-6
(Newsday/AP -- Oct. 8)

Owl 'D' doesn't allow TD for first time since '95
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 8)
McHargue, Peterson pace Owls to easy win over Memphis
(USA Today/The Sports Network -- Oct. 8)
Rice defense stifles Memphis in 28-6 victory
(West University Examiner -- Oct. 8)
Descent continues as Tigers manhandled in Houston
(Memphis Flyer -- Oct. 8)
Backs against the wall?
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Fresh from two bad road losses, Owls return to friendly confines hoping to make statement against a 1-4 Memphis team

HOUSTON (Oct. 6) – The Rice Owls' 11:30 a.m. Saturday tilt with the visiting Memphis Tigers may not necessarily be of the "must- win" variety. Instead, not to put any pressure on the guys or anything, but this one has to be chalked up as more of a "must-not- lose-and-if-you-do- just-keep-walkin’" kind of game.

The Tigers come to Rice Stadium with a 1-4 record, 0-1 in conference play, but they've won all of two games total in this season and the last under head coach Larry Porter.

Memphis enters the game on a 14-game C-USA losing streak. The Tigers’ last conference win was 35-20 over UTEP on Oct. 10, 2009.  Without belaboring the issue, it may be fairly said that their statistical results are much closer to the bottom of the heap than to the top.

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Be that as it may, they come into the game with at least something in the way of momentum, despite last week's narrow, 38-31 loss to Middle Tennessee State. And yes, that's the same Middle Tennessee State that took the Purdue Boilermakers to the last second in a two-point loss on the road at West Lafayette.

Memphis roared out to a 17-0 lead before the Blue Raiders came from behind in the fourth quarter, scoring three late Tds to eke out the win. The Tigers seemingly had a win in the palms of their hands, but let it slip away.
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Bryce Callahan makes a move as he emerges with his one of two interceptions against USM (Bobbie McDuffie photo)

Rice seizes third-quarter lead with 96-yard TD fumble return, but then roof caves in as Owls fall back on old habits, vulnerabilities

HATTIESBURG (Oct. 1) – The University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles gave the Rice Owls tools enough to plant a victory garden here Saturday, but when chips were down, the Owls regressed to the mean. The result: a demoralizing 48-24 loss at M. M. Rogers Stadium Saturday night that’ll have Owl fans, and one would expect coaches and players, scratching their heads long into the night.

Early on, the Rice defense showed newfound opportunism in turning two forced fumble recoveries into touchdown returns, plus nabbing two interceptions by Bryce Callahan that would’a, could’a, should’a added to Southern Miss misery – but didn’t.

In the end, it was the same old Owls; that same frustrating Rice team that continues to lose demonstrated talent down a worm-hole somewhere, or something. It was the same disappointing game plan that failed to take advantage of the opponent’s vulnerabilities, failed to anticipate obvious schemes that were be employed against the Owls, and, once implemented with great success by the opponent, failed to make mid-course corrections to neutralize them.

Still, chalking up this loss to ineptitude or lack of preparation is insufficient to explain the entire circumstances.
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This time around, Owls worst in rushing defense
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 8)
Tigers hope Rhodes' return can help ground game
(Memphis Commercial Appeal -- Oct. 8)
Rice-Memphis: MK's 5 things to watch
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 7)
School days students ready for Rice-UM matchup
(YourHoustonNews.com -- Oct. 7)
Owls outplayed in second half; USM doubles up Rice
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 7)
Owls heavy favorite in league home opener
(Austin American-Statesman -- Oct. 7)
Memphis receiver targets first-down markers
(Memphis Commercial Appeal -- Oct. 6)
Porter needs to pull out every motivational trick
(Memphis Flyer -- Oct. 5)
Rice, Memphis both looking for first league win
(Kansas City Star /The Sports Network -- Oct. 5)
Tigers showed improvement in narrow loss to MTSU
(GoTigersGo.com -- Oct. 5)

Turnovers bouncing way of Memphis defense
(Memphis Commercial Appeal -- Oct. 5)

Porter: 'We were ready to play this game'
(The Daily Helmsman -- Oct. 4)
Rice looking ahead to Memphis
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 4)
Owls turn eye toward shoring up OL
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 4)
Rice-Southern Miss video highlights
(Fox Sports Houston -- Oct. 4)
Fans fed up with Tiger football
(MyFoxMemphis -- Oct. 3)
Rice hopes to maintain Memphis league losing streak
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 3)
Coach Porter looks ahead to Rice game
(MyFoxMemphis.com -- Oct. 3)
Tigers showed life in loss to MTSU
(MemphisFlyer.com -- Oct. 3)
Rhodes back at practice for Memphsi
(Memphis Commercial Appeal -- Oct. 3)
Owls' self-destruction comes in many forms
(Houston Press -- Oct. 3)
Half good not good enough
(Owl Sports Watch -- Oct. 2)
Eagles overcome mistakes, roll late
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Oct. 2)
Rice falls on the road at USM
(Cypress Times -- Oct. 2)

Eagles own this one as USM sets yardage record
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 2)
USM wanted to run the ball, and did
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 2)
Southern Miss takes over in third quarter
(Macon Telegraph -- Oct. 2)
Defense was zoned in on McGuffie
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 2)
Hot and cold Davis ends up on fire
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 2)
Wheaton's return one of many big USM plays
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Oct. 2)
Rice falters in second half as Southern Miss rolls
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 1)
USM kept chewing up big gains on ground
(ESPN/AP -- Oct. 1)
Third-quarter scoring flurry keys USM victory
(Biloxi Sun-Herald  -- Oct. 1)
    
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HOUSTON (Sept.29) – The Rice Owls travel to downtown greater metropolitan Hattiesburg Saturday for their conference opener against the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (6:30 p.m.; CSS).

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Rice stands 1-and-2 thus far against a rugged nonconference slate featuring one Big 10 and two Big 12 foes, and it could be argued fairly that the Owls, thus far, have held serve, their having narrowly defeated Purdue at home while losing handily to Texas and Baylor – both teams nationally ranked -- on the road.

But the ultimate in holding serve would be to emerge from this Southern Miss game with a 2-2 record, 1-and-0 in conference. A win Saturday would position the Owls well for a successful run through their C-USA schedule.

The Eagles are on something of a hot streak, having defeated the University of Virginia on the road last Saturday,. 30-24, to extend their record to 3-1 on the season. And Eagle sensibilities are still smarting over the fact that USM is 0-and-2 lifetime against the Owls, having lost 45-40 in a shootout against Chase Clement & Co. at Rice Stadium in 2008, while the year before coughing up the pill seven times in a 31-29 upset loss to the Owls at home.   That was David Bailiff's first win as head man for the Owls.
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Soph RB Turner Petersen gets it in high gear
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Rice sophomore running back Turner Petersen, here shown crossing the goal after a breakaway 36-yard TD run against Tulane last season, has gone to the head of the class among the Owls' classy stable of running backs.  Against Baylor last week he led all Owl rushers with 51 yards, averaging 7.3 yard per carry.  Here is our video of his Monday press luncheon interview (PTH photo)

Baylor 56, Rice 31

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Owl receiver Vance McDonald led the team with 5 catches on the night; here he leaves a dreadlocked Baylor tackler in his dust (MA photo)

WACO (Sept. 24) – Things were looking up as the Rice Owls forced a punt on Baylor’s first possession here Saturday, and then immediately commenced to pushing the ball down the field.

But a dropped pass or two was all it took to stall the Owls’ drive, and Chris Boswell’s 55-yard field goal attempt, though it had plenty of distance, appeared to graze the upright as it fell just wide left.

That’s when the walls caved in for Rice, because that’s when Robert Griffin III got good and cranked up for the Baylor Bears.

At the end of the day, the Heisman-hopeful quarterback had thrown five touchdown passes and added another one on the ground as the homestanding Bruins coasted to a 56-31 victory over the Owls after having taken a 28-0 lead one play deep into the second quarter.
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Five things:  Rice at Southern Miss
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 1)
McHargue coming of age with Rice offense
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 1)
Bailiff returns to site of his first win at Rice
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 1)
Close to a must-win for Eagles today
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 1)
Owls, Eagles have similar goals
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Oct. 1)
Southern Miss looks to end skid against Rice
(Huntsville Times -- Oct. 1)
Rice hits road in hopes of win over USM
(SB Nation Houston -- Oct. 1)
Baylor runs Owls out of Waco
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 30)
The defensive back who plays cello
(KHOU-TV -- Sept. 30)
Eagle challenge:  Improve ground game
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 30)
Golden Eagles seek first win versus Rice
(USM Student Printz -- Sept. 29)
RB Petersen succeeds in latest role for Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 29)
Bolden's health key to USM offensive awakening
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Sept. 29)

'The main thing for the D line is to get pressure'
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 29)
Improved play at corner gives USM a boost
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 29)
USM needs to play well against Rice
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 29)
New defensive scheme helping out USM
(Birmingham News al.com  -- Sept. 28)
Owl offense has shown improvement each week
(Kansas City Star/The Sports Network -- Sept. 28)
Golden Eagles must find way to reduce penalties
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 28)

New Mexico youth makes Owls his team
(Cypress Times -- Sept.28)

USM receiver Balentine blossoms
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 28)

C-USA considers merging with MWC to get BCS bid
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 27)
USM tackles leader Willliams likely out for season
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 27)
Coach Bailiff's Tuesday morning radio interview
(1560theGame.com -- Sept. 27)
Golden Eagles want to steam Rice
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Sept. 27)
5 things we learned from the Virginia victory
(USM Student Printz -- Sept. 27)
Passing game to thank for big road win
(Gulflive.com -- Sept. 27)
Don't downplay USM win over Virginia
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 27)
Fedora saw a lot to like in road win
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 27)
Griffin dazzles against overmatched Owls
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Sept. 26)
Air show key for USM against Rice
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 26)
Fedora:  'They're going to come in here feeling pretty good'
(USMEagles.com -- Sept. 26)
Bears didn't need any help Saturday night
(Owl Sports Watch -- Sept. 26)
How will Bret Favre do as TV analyst?
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 26)
Big plays boost Eagles to upset victory
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 25)
Three-and-out to start second half didn't help a bit
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Sept. 25)
Griffin, Baylor too much for Rice

(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 25)
Baylor romps as Griffin keeps throwing strikes
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Sept. 25)
Amazing numbers keep piling up for Griffin
(Killeen Daily Herald -- Sept. 25)
Griffin again shines in old Southwest showdown
(The Baylor Lariat -- Sept. 25)
Baylor races past Rice
(Cypress Times -- Sept. 25)
Owls score flurry of  late points,  but can't stop Griffin
(Your Houston News -- Sept. 25)
Griffin throws Baylor past Rice
(Los Angeles Times/The Sports Network -- Sept. 24)
Griffin: 13 touchdowns, 12 incompletions -- on the season
(ESPN/AP -- Sept. 24)
Owls couldn't slow Griffin, nor match his production
(Associated Press -- Sept. 24)
Another insane performance by Griffin
(CBSSports.com -- Sept. 24)
Is Robert Griffin the Big 12's best player?
(ESPN.com -- Sept. 24)

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Owls renew one of Southwest's oldest rivalries as they try to slow down Heisman candidate Griffin

HOUSTON (Sept. 22) – When the Rice Owls downed the defending Sugar Bowl Champion Baylor Bears, 20-0, at Rice Stadium that November afternoon in 1957, it marked, already then, the 38th time that those two teams had gotten together to tangle on the football field.

Rice's win clinched a league championship for the Owls in ’57, and along with it, an automatic berth in the Cotton Bowl against Navy.

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In this, Rice’s 100th season of annual football wars, the old rivals meet again for the 79th time Saturday at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, and in this year’s version of the 17th-ranked Bears, the Owls look to be facing one of the more talented groups of Baylor boys than they’ve seen in many a season.

In fact it could be argued reasonably that there have only been a couple or three Baylor teams of comparable ability to come down the pike in the 50-plus years since that 1957 tussle.
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'Uncharacteristic' linebacker
Latest Owl defensive hero
shows true grit, having
made long journey home


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Senior Rice linebacker Justin Allen:  'I wanted to be a Rice Owl from the beginning' (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 20) – "Do you have a couple of hours?"

Rice senior linebacker Justin Allen had just been asked to describe the circuitous journey he took in his college football career, beginning as a schoolboy in the Central Texas town of Leander, venturing all the way to a place called Moscow to play division one football at the University of Idaho, and then, after a couple of years’ success there, finding himself amid what must be considered his natural domain, that of our Institute on South Main Street.

The thing is, it seems, he wanted to be a Rice Owl all along.

And he had ample antecedents to warrant such a decision. His grandfather, Frank Allen was a two year letterman for the Owls in 1949 and 1950 – a couple of the finest teams ever to don the blue and gray. The 1949 Owls won the Southwest Conference championship and the 1950 Cotton Bowl with a 10-1 record – which subsequently led to the move from old Rice Field, capacity 37,000, to the then brand spanking new, 72,000-seat Rice Stadium.
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scoring highlights

(Plus big defensive plays)
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Rice 24, Purdue 22

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Two evenly-matched teams duke it out,  as highlights, mistakes on both sides keep it close; game boils down to last second FG try blocked by Owls' Justin Allen for the win

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Rice DE Scott Solomon puts the heat on his Purdue blocker (Mark Anderson photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 11) -- To everyone in the stands at Rice Stadium Saturday -- and we do mean everyone -- it appeared the Rice Owls' goose was cooked.

Down 24-22 as the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Purdue Boilermakers were lining up for what appeared to be a chip shot field goal, something their All-American placekicker, Carson Wiggs, could nail in his sleep.

"I'm sure everyone in the stadium thought it was over," Owl linebacker Justin Allen said afterwards. But he and his teammates had something else in mind. First, they exorted the crowd in the home west stands but their flapping arms appeared to raise barely a murmur. Face it, this game was over, although it frankly never should have come to that point.

Rice had executed two textbook touchdown drives to sandwich the halftime break, moved the ball late, overcome horrible field position throughout the game, and kept the Boilermakers out of the end zone the entire second half.

But they also missed a sure pick-six, fumbled away a third-and-one deep in Purdue territory, and executed a tepid set of called plays late in the game which appeared designed much more to try to avoid losing than to wrest this game away from their opponents. 
Continues...    Box score, statistics....

McHargue still growing as Rice faces Baylor
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Sept. 24)
Linebackers Allen, Nwosu lead way for 1-1 Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 24)
Bear defense will try to build on first shutout since '95
(Washington Post/AP -- Sept. 24)
Griffin, Baylor bring challenges to Rice
(Woodlandsonline.com -- Sept. 24)
Bears to battle Rice
(BearsIllustrated.com -- Sept. 24)
Baylor plays Rice, another non-marquee draw
(The Daily Oklahoman -- Sept. 24)
An old Southwest Conference rivalry dusted off
(Macon Telegraph/The Sports Network -- Sept. 22)
Rice at Baylor:  what you need to know
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 22)
It will be a wild one in Waco
(Fox Sports Southwest -- Sept. 22)
RG on board with Banowsky game plan
(MyFoxHouston.com <MB> -- Sept. 21)
Owls have big defensive test against Baylor
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Sept. 21)
Frazier, Kubiak carve own paths with Owls
(Tomball News -- Sept. 21)
No. 17 Bears set sights on Owls
(Los Angeles Times/The Sports Network -- Sept. 21)
Owl LB Briggs close to returning
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Sept. 21)
Baylor defense making big strides in new year
(The Baylor Lariat -- Sept. 21)
Rice draws task to try and contain Baylor's Griffin

(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 20)
Griffin will try and bolster Heisman campaign
(CBSSports.com -- Sept. 20)
Lightning stopped game, but not Bears
(The Baylor Lariat -- Sept. 20)
Griffin creating Heisman buzz in Waco
(WFAA Sports -- Sept. 20)
Grifffin back of all trades
(BaylorBears.com/Sports Illustrated -- Sept. 20)
Rice travels this week to No. 17 Baylor
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 19)
'They're just a tough, intelligent, scrappy team'
(BaylorBears.com -- Sept. 19)
Owls knocked off a no. 8 Baylor team as 20-point dog in '91
(YouTube video)
Bears face old SWC rival Rice
(BaylorFans.com -- Sept. 19)
Rain adds joy to, cuts minutes from, Baylor-SFA game
(The Baylor Lariat -- Sept. 18)
Baylor climbs to 17th in AP poll
(BaylorBears.com -- Sept. 18)
Pur-don't! Owls block last-second FG to win
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 15)
Rice delivers kick in gut to Boilermakers
(Chicago Sun-Times -- Sept. 13)
Reversal of fortune:  Boilermakers fall at Rice
(GackSports.com -- Sept. 13)
One arm through a tiny crack in the Purdue line
(OldGoldFreePress.com -- Sept. 13)
Owls go for the drama and come out with win
(Houston Press -- Sept. 12)
Purdue coach's optimism remanis after loss
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 12)
Purdue athletics site faces difficulties with fan responses
(Purdue Exponent -- Sept. 12)
Father, son enjoy Rice football experience
(River Oaks Examiner -- Sept. 12)
Rice gets big-time ESPN love
(Houston CultureMap.com -- Sept. 12)
Victory could signal beginning of big things
(West U. Examiner -- Sept. 12)
Maegle never sniffed Top Plays -- Justin Allen did
(HoustonCultureMap.com -- Sept. 11)
A miracle is what they got
(Owl Sports Watch -- Sept. 11)
Rice breaks BCS skid with 24-22 win over Purdue
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Sept. 10)
Rice blocks last-second field goal to upset Purdue
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)
Hope defends questionable calls
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 11)
Grading the Boilermakers
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 11)
'We should be jumping up and down and hugging'

(Herald-Bulletin.com -- Sept. 10)
One frankly Bailiff didn't deserve
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette -- Sept. 10)
Purdue proving to be own worst enemy
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 10)
Rice blocks field goal to beat Purdue
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 10)
Owls hold on to top Purdue
(USA Today -- Sept. 10)
CBS video of blocked field goal attempt
(CBS College Sports/You Tube -- Sept. 10)
Blocked field goal attempt -- view from the student section
(YouTube video -- Sept. 10)
Purdue-Rice video recap
(CBS Sports -- Sept. 10)
An absolutely demoralizing loss on all levels
(HammerandRails.com -- Sept. 10)

There are really bad losses, and then...
(Indianapolis Star -- Sept. 11)
Purdue post-game interview video
(PurdueBoilermakers.com/YouTube -- Sept. 10)
Bad taste in the mouth and loss due to missed opportunity
(Purdue Exponent -- Sept. 10)
Purdue coach opted to play it safe
(Purdue Exponent -- Sept. 10)
Blocked FG was all Owls needed
(SB Nation -- Sept. 10)

Video of MOB complete halftime show at UT....
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Rice home opener on tap
Owls, Boilermakers both in dire need of win to augment bowl hopes
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HOUSTON (Sept. 8) – Let’s not belabor the point, but just a whole heck of a lot is riding upon the outcome of the Rice Owls’ Saturday home opener against the Purdue Boilermakers.

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What with Rice’s being the only Division 1 team in the land to have scheduled all of its non-conference games against BCS automatic-qualifier schools – and opponents Baylor, Northwestern and this week’s foe not exactly slated to experience off-years this season – at least one win against the non-league AQs would appear to be imperative, in order for the Owls to have a realistic chance to get to a bowl game in 2011.

Prognosticators say the Owls’ best opportunity  for that win is coming up at 2:30 this Saturday afternoon, as the Flock tees up against the Boilermakers under glaringly clear skies and the thermometer expected to read in the upper 90s.

After losing its last six games of the 2010 campaign, Purdue opened at home with a narrow, 27-24, escape over Sun Belt entrant Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders aren’t exactly chopped liver, though, having been to bowl games in the past two seasons (GoDaddy.com in ‘10; New Orleans Bowl in ‘09 with a 10-3 season record and a league championship.)
Continues...            Purdue message board links....
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Owls hang in for better than a half, but miscues, sloppy play eventually allow Texas to run away
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FRUSTRATION AMID A SEA OF ORANGE -- Rookie Rice assistant coach Adrian Mayes reflects the frustration felt by so many of those wearing tiny dots of blue amid the sea of orange at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday evening (Mark Anderson photo)


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Rice's Randy Kitchens leaps in attempt to haul in fade pattern on third and goal -- close, but no cigar (Mark Anderson photo)

AUSTIN (Sept. 4) -- Five minutes deep into the third quarter Saturday night, the Rice Owls were driving, looking at a first and goal from the Texas eight yard line while facing only a 13-6 deficit.

At the point, anyone paying the remotest attention among the 101,000 fans in attendance at DKR Memorial Stadium at the season opener both teams could have admitted that the score easily might, in fact ought, have been reversed.

For it was simply the presence of bone-head errors, one after another, which had prevented the Owls from converting crisp drives into touchdowns instead of three pointers, while allowing Texas to escape from cliffhanger movie scenes more than once.

As painful as it is to recount, the litany of miscues is part of the record of the game.  A few key ones:

–After the Owls’ first play from scrimmage netted eight yards to the Texas 40 on a quick pass from Taylor McHargue to Tyler Smith, the ensuing snap sails two feet over the head of TMac, who was forced to smother the ball for a 14-yard loss, effectively killing a promising potential drive.

–Moments later, it’s first and ten at the Texas 42 and the Owls are driving after Charles Ross set them up with a 43-yard kickoff return. After the first down play, an Owl lineman is called for a silly personal foul and the Owls are looking at second and 25. Drive over.
Continues....   UT video highlights....      Box score....

Personal touch lured Eddington to Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)
Nwosu, Allen not resting on solid game against Texas
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Sept. 10)

13 years later, Boilers, Owls finish 2-game series

(Indianapolis Star -- Sept. 10)
Purdue will be feeling the heat in Houston
(Chicago Sun-Times -- Sept. 10)
Former Purdue commitment in Rice backfield
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 10)
Rice needs win against Purdue to avoid 0-2 start
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 9)
Purdue players say they can stand the Houston heat
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 9)
Rice tries to end BCS skid in home opener
(Chicago Tribune/AP -- Sept. 9)
Purdue at Rice:  the return game
(Indianapolis Star -- Sept. 9)
Rice seeks win number one Saturday
(Houston Press -- Sept. 9)
Opportunities squandered, Owls fall
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 8)
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'He's been running the same defense forever'
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 8)

How will the Rice band mock Purdue?
(Indianapolis Star -- Sept. 8)
Purdue defense strives for improvement
Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 8)

Siller hopes to help Purdue bully past Rice
(Fort Wayne News-Sentinel -- Sept. 8)Boilermakers
How  the Boilermakers can dismantle the Owls
(The Bleacher Report -- Sept. 8)

Great opportunity for Boilers to build confidence
(ESPN -- Sept. 8)

Purdue-Rice first clash since '98
(Kansas City Star/The Sports Network -- Sept. 7)
Five Purdue-Rice early storylines
(Indianapolis Star -- Sept. 7)
Rice game a must-win if Boilers are to bowl
(HammerandRails.com -- Sept. 7)
Boilers to stay hot in Houston
(Purdue Exponent -- Sept. 7)
Marve could be added to Purdue's Rice mix
(Lafayette Journal and Courier -- Sept. 7)
Purdue not playing Rice by accident
(Fort Wayne News-Sentinel -- Sept. 6)
Boilers head out to Houston in first road trip
(PurdueBoilermakers.com -- Sept. 6)
Boilermakers proved they could finish game in the fourth
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Sept. 6)
Last Purdue-Rice was Brees' coming-out party
(Purdue Exponent -- Sept. 6)
Purdue not worried about style points yet
(Fort Wayne News-Sentinel -- Sept. 5)
Longhorns still have plenty of question marks
(The Daily Texan -- Sept. 5)
Purdue shines as opportunity to win for Owls
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Sept. 5)
Breaking down the good, bad, ugly:  Purdue-MTSU
(Bleacher Report -- Sept. 5)
Purdue coaches see room for improvement
(BoilerStation.com -- Sept. 5)
TerBush looks to improve against Rice
(Purdue Exponent -- Sept. 5)
MOB takes shot at A&M, Perry
(Fox Sports Southwest -- Sept. 5)
Observations from Rice-UT game
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 4)
40 years of having fun
(Your Houston News -- Sept. 4)
Self-inflicted wounds prove lethal
(Owl Sports Watch -- Sept. 4)
Horns click on trick plays
(Horns Nation/ESPN -- Sept. 4)
UT shows offensive twists in 34-9 win over RIce

(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 4)
Longhorns wear down feisty Rice
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 4)
Rice's loss abetted by missed opportunities
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 4)
Longhorns finish strong in opener
(SB Nation -- Sept. 4)
Owls fail to take advantage in loss to Longhorns
(Fox Sports Houston <MK>  -- Sept. 4)
"Wasn't a dominating win, but we're just looking for win"
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Sept. 4)
Owls can't hold off Texas surge
(Cypress Times -- Sept. 4)
Not dominating, but still a win for Texas
(Horns Nation -- Sept. 4)
Freshmen make statement for Longhorns
(Horns Naton/ESPN -- Sept. 4)

Owl eyes on Texas
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Rice kicks off season against familiar foe

HOUSTON (Sept. 1) – Well, here we go again. The Rice Owls, victims in 41 of their last 42 tilts with the University of Texas, gamely travel to Austin Saturday for their 2011 season opener against a typically talented, but uncharacteristically question- mark-filled Longhorn team.

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With kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m., and the temperature on the field of Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium at that point likely not to exceed, oh, 101 or 102 degrees, history alone tells us that this will be nothing but another steamy walk in the pasture for Bevo.

Surely both the Rolex and white oxford cloth-clad frats and the the Kmart t-shirt-garbed pickup truck alumni alike should be able safely to repair to their respective watering holes for a cooling-off session by, say, midway in the third quarter.

Or will they?
Continues....   Rice 2011 off-season page (spring, Signing Day, fall)....

Secondary becomes primary focus for Owls
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 3)
Fresh season, fresh start for Texas
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 3)
Longhorns have been rebuilt; now show it
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Sept. 3)
Owls find themselves in role reversal
(Owl Sports Watch -- Sept. 2)
Things you won't see Saturday night
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 2)
Horns' new beginning:  out with old, in with new
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 2)
Mack Brown opens new Network era
(SB Nation -- Sept. 2)
Three Owls Horns will have to watch
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 2)
Five questions for Horns vs. Rice
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 2)
What if Owls had their own TV network?

(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Sept. 2)
Special teams, defense key for Owls
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Sept. 2)
Texas hopes to start rebound against Owls
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Sept. 2)
Texas - Rice:  Breaking down the matchups
(Bleacher Report -- Sept. 2)
What you need to know before the opener
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 1)
Anything less than bowl game will be upsetting
(Rice Thresher -- Sept. 1)
Why Texas will cover the spread
(Bleacher Report -- Sept. 1)
Rice's McHargue wants to pick up where he left off

(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 1)
Texas vs. Rice:  Meet the opponent
(Burnt Orange Nation -- Sept. 1)
Fans wonder whether Gilbert has the right stuff
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 1)
Rice may not be the usual pushover
(Austin American Statesman -- Sept. 1)
Gideon looking to close career on good note
(The Daily Texan -- Sept. 1)
Can Rice ever achieve small-school success?
(Austin American Statesman -- Aug. 31)
Owls will challenge before UT athleticism wins out
(Barking Carnival -- Aug. 31)
Rice plays a uniquely tough non-conference schedule
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 31)
New position, coordinator but Okafor means to wreak havoc
(The Daily Texasn -- Aug. 31)
ESPN Rice-Texas pregame review
(ESPN.com -- Aug. 31)
Coogs, Owls hope to soar to the top
(Houston Press -- Aug. 31)
MK gives his game-by-game take on the season
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> --  Aug. 30)
Texas' season of redemption is finally here
(BleacherReport.com -- Aug. 30)
McGuffie finds comfort zone
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Aug. 30)
McGuff's confidence at all-time high
(College Football Fantasy Insider -- Aug. 30)
Seniors, depth boost Owls'  hope for season
(The Woodlands Online -- Aug. 29)

TMac ready for second start against Texas
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 29)
DB:  Taking questions, taking calls
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Aug. 29)
Owls, DB school Rice foreign students in the game
(Rice University Video)
Mystery Horns about to be revealed
(Austin American Statesman -- Aug. 28)
Injuries, losses aren't worrying Bailiff, Owls
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 27)
TCook gets nothing but net from upper deck
(Klein Kubiak Twitter Video)

Owls looking for the right formula
(Los Angeles Times -- Aug. 24)

Applewhite: 'We're just trying to create competition'
(Austin American-Statesman -- Aug. 22)
Owls counting days til showdown in Austin
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 22)

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SMU postgame press briefing
11smupgvideodbsnap1tn12.jpg (20184 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'When we got the onside kick, we thought we were going to go out and get this win, and we just fell a little short; the defense kept us in that game'
11smupgvideonickfsnap3tn12.jpg (20806 bytes)Nick Fanuzzi
'Our defense and special teams did a great job all game long; they were keeping us in the game; we just came up a couple yards short'
11smupgvideoscottssnap3tn12.jpg (21433 bytes)Scott Solomon
'I'm just glad I was part of this team; I was inspired by them; the whole team did play for the right reasons; that's what I appreciate the most'
SMU week
press luncheon
11smuweekdbsnap2tn12.jpg (22039 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'We've got to play solid in all phases. We have to protect the quarterback better this week than we did last week against Tulane'
11smuweeksollysnap3tn12.jpg (21585 bytes)Scott Solomon
'We're going to have to prepare just like we would any other game, and try to be 1-0. We can't let the emotions and everything get in the way'
11smuweektylerssnap2tn12.jpg (19755 bytes)Tyler Smith
'We have a lot of depth at the running back position. We had a good rotation among the running backs until injury plagued us'
Tulane post- game briefing
11tulanepgtsmithsnap2tn12.jpg (23172 bytes)Tyler Smith
'It was all down to trusting what we were coached to do. Pushing through it and going out to play all day, and win our one on ones... we pushed through it and came out with a win'
11tulanepgdbsnap2tn12.jpg (24091 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'It was really exciting to see this football team win with seniors on Senior Day... For their last home game, it gave them a lot of motivation for when we got on the road and go play SMU'
11tulanepgsollysnap2tn12.jpg (24426 bytes)Scott Solomon
'It's amazing to have the seniors make those plays. It's a lot of fun to have those days, especially on a day like this. Its good to end it like this'
11tulanepgbozsnap3tn12.jpg (23157 bytes)Chris Boswell
'I'm just happy to help out my team whenever they call my name. Whenever they yell score I'm going out there and trying to get points...'
Tulane week press luncheon
111tulanewkdbsnap1tn12.jpg (25022 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'We played extremely, extremely hard. Obviously, you want to go up there and get a win but I was pleased with how our young men played. The one thing they've never done is quit'
111tulanewkxwebbsnap3tn12.jpg (21899 bytes)Xavier Webb
'We're a very aggressive defense. That leaves one-on-one situations. If that one person doesn't make play, then it opens up for a big play for the offense'
111tulanewkjhickssnap1tn12.jpg (24078 bytes)Jake Hicks
'It hurts to lose a chance at a bowl game. But I think we've reached a level of maturity on this football team to where we can handle those kind of setbacks and still go out and win'
Northwestern week press luncheon
11nuweekdbsnap4tn.jpg (23781 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'Northwestern will be a challenge for us in Big 10 country. We understand (Dan) Persa may be hurt but the other young man (Kain Colter) is a fabulous athlete'
11nuweekjgsnap3tn12.jpg (24943 bytes)John Gioffre
'You got to try and beat the guy who's lined up against you, that's the biggest thing. We've shown that we can hang with those big football teams and high-powered offenses'
UTEP postgame press briefing
11uteppgdsnap2tn1.jpg (27979 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'The different changes the offensive staff was throwing at them kept them off balance.  Some of the mis- matches in man that we've been looking for, we got today'
11uteppgnickfsnap3tn1.jpg (25058 bytes)Nick Fanuzzi
'Great win for us. We were just very confident that that if we executed what we needed to do we could come out with a win, and that's exactly what we did today'
UTEP week press luncheon
11utepwkdbsnap2tn1.jpg (23189 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'We still have to get everybody on the same page every snap. We have these smart guys and we have to make that a strength that we are doing everything together'
11utepwktpetesnap4snap2.jpg (23769 bytes)Turner Petersen
'I think 170+ yards on the ground and even more in the air, a huge game, is definitely something that hasn't been seen yet'
11utepwkmsmithsnap5tn1.jpg (23057 bytes)Michael Smith
'Understanding that our goals are still out there for us to achieve. Four more wins and we have that six-win mark, that bowl game mark that we want'
U of H postgame
11uhpgdbsnap4tn1.jpg (19565 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'It is disheartening to lose a game, but it also means we need to be strong upfront. We did a good job early, but we were getting good pressure that we couldn't maintain'
11uhpgtsmithsnap3tn1.jpg (16682 bytes)Tyler Smith
'Hopefully we can carry the Wild Owl out throughout the rest of the season'
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11uhpgjallensnap2tn1.jpg (19103 bytes)Justin Allen
'Keenum knows the offense like the back of his hand – I think he's, what, 28 now? I hope he'd know their offense by now. And he runs it great'
U of H week press luncheon
11tulsadbsnap1[1].jpg (21416 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'Houston is an incredible football team. Offensively, everyone knows what Keenum can do and Bryce Bell. I can promise you when they played tag when they played `tag, you're it,' they were never `it.'
11tulsajgsnap2[1].jpg (22758 bytes)John Gioffre
'Cross town rivalry, my senior year, it's pretty big for me. I know a lot of people over there. I've got a lot of friends, I know a lot of the team, but then again, when is a game not big?'
11uhwkdavonallensnap3[1].jpg (21555 bytes)Davon Allen
'We face adversity every day. I think that's another thing we have to tackle and just look at and be able to keep our priorities in order, and be able to get the best outcome we can'
Tulsa postgame press briefing
11tulsapgdbsnap1tn12.jpg (21795 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'That's a tough way to start; but we hung in there...I've got to get these kids in the right spots; we've got to make a quick turnaround'
11tulsapgnickfsnap5xtn12.jpg (23350 bytes)Nick Fanuzzi
'Nobody likes losing these games, but this definitely gives us some momentum to take into next week; it's just a matter of getting together and playing as a team'
11tulsapgpaulpsnap2tn12.jpg (22540 bytes)Paul Porras
'We're definitely moving in the right direction on defense; if we buckle down and study the film we should do well'
Tulsa week press luncheon
11tulsawkdbsnap5tn12.jpg (22294 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'It's never just one play. You look at that game and the oppor- tunities we had throughout the game to score some points and make some stops, I was really proud of our team's effort'
11tulsawktpetesnap6tn12.jpg (22636 bytes)Turner Petersen
'Everybody just wants to make that play, get that first down, get the ball down the field, get one more touchdown. We really need to focus on settling down'
11tulsawkjallensnap5tn12.jpg (22381 bytes)Justin Allen
'We have six games we can all look forward to and play our best and still accomplish all our goals that we set at the beginning of the season'
Marshall week press luncheon
11marshallwkdbtn12.jpg (21062 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'I thought offensively we still have to do a better job protecting. We have to do a better job of opening seams in the lane... we have to get it to where we can establish the run'
11marshallwklukew4tn12.jpg (21607 bytes)Luke Willson
'It was frustrating at times Saturday...but after watching the film I know that it's a lot of things that are really fixable, and that we're really close to exploding in that breakout game''
11marshallwkscotts5tn12.jpg (21724 bytes)Scott Solomon
'We've got to keep up the confidence ... because confident players are play- makers, and the more confident you are, the more plays you make'
Memphis postgame interviews
11umpgdbsnap6tn12.jpg (23661 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'They bent a couple of times, but didn't break even after a turn- over  ... Offensively, we've still got to figure out a way to get into more of a rhythm. We have a lot of talent over there'
11umpgjaredwsnap6tn12.jpg (21676 bytes)Jared Williams
'It felt great to be in the end zone again with your team all around you. As coach said, it was a big momentum builder for the team coming into the second half'
11umpgtylersmithsnap7tn12.jpg (23546 bytes)Tyler Smith
'I really need to work on my leadership, being consisent... we have a lot of seniors; we know we have the talent.  It all comes down to that core leadership'
Memphis week press luncheon
11memphiswkdbsnap2tn12.jpg (21852 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'I didn't have them ready to play. Offensively, we were not in rhythm from start to finish. I thought defensively the first half we played very average'
11memphiswkjhickssnap3tn12.jpg (23166 bytes)Jake Hicks
'The thing that really hurt more than getting stalled out in those first drives was having those turnovers right after the defense had the takeaway. That is a big part of the o-line'
11memphiswkxwebbsnap3tn12.jpg (21817 bytes)Xavier Webb
'You just have to continue to work hard. You have to try to learn from your mistakes week after week. You have to find ways to focus better and find ways to get off the field'
USM week press luncheon
11usmwkdbsnap4xtn12.jpg (23450 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'Look at what Baylor has been able to do offensively to TCU and Stephen F. Austin ... TCU is still a pretty good defense. I think we have a pretty good defense'
11usmwkjgioffresnap2tn12.jpg (25012 bytes)John Gioffre
'That was a fist-fight...
They are a physical team. We played them last year, just a battle in the trenches. A lot of that was just trying to play to that level. You can't get pushed around out there'
11usmwktpetersonsnap7tn12.jpg (23323 bytes)Turner Petersen
'I think the running game is definitely coming along. It is definitely something we wish to improve on. It's just a matter of time before we are clicking on all cylinders'
Baylor week press luncheon
11baylorwkdbsnap3tn12.jpg (23359 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'Phil Bennett has given them a lot of stability, defensively... (RG3) is one of the few players who can give ground to gain ground; one of the most exciting players I've ever been around'
11baylorwkrkitchenssnap4tn12.jpg (23500 bytes)Randy Kitchens
'The receiving corps is a group that's willing to do what is asked... we're looking forward to unleashing it all'
11baylorwkjallensnap1tn12.jpg (23802 bytes)Justin Allen
'We're going to take a look at the TCU tape; we run the same type of defense... now we know what we can do, what we're capable of'
Purdue postgame  interviews
11purduepgjallensnap2tn12.jpg (21179 bytes)Justin Allen
'I saw it was a little more open than it should have been...I just took advantage ... I'm sure everyone in the stadium thought it was over, but that's not the way we play'
11purduepgdbsnap2tn12.jpg (33860 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'The defense gave up a field goal in the second half and there was a safety. That was it. That says volumes about how hard our defensive coaches worked...''
11purduettmacsnap1tn12.jpg (36032 bytes)Taylor McHargue
'My stomach was up in my throat because it shouldn't have been that close. We had done some things to ourselves offensively that we have to eliminate'
11purduepgsollysnap3tn12.jpg (27521 bytes)Scott Solomon
'When it came down to that field goal and we were, 'hey we are going to block this.' Sure enough that's what happened'
Purdue week press briefing
11purduewkpcdbsnap1tn.jpg (27290 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'A lot to take from this one. A lot to build on. We are a good football team. We are looking forward to eliminating the mistakes we made this week...'
11purduewkpckmsnap1tn.jpg (26678 bytes)Kyle Martens
'Obviously we were disappointed; it was a tough loss for us... going into two-a-days, we just knew we were going to win'
11purduewkcbossnap1tn.jpg (24690 bytes)Chris Boswell
'My high school coach sent me some tape... I went back to my same motions; you can see a difference'
More Media Day videos
2011mediadayrkitchenssnap3tn1.jpg (18226 bytes)Randy Kitchens
'It's time to do it; the expectation is to win this year'
2011mediadaycjammersnap5tn1.jpg (19647 bytes)Chris Jammer
'Coach Thurmond hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a player'
11mediadaymikes1tn12a.jpg (18308 bytes)Michael Smith
'Texas makes you want to play harder... a lot of mental preparation goes into that game'
11mediadayjgioffre4tn12a.jpg (21480 bytes)John Gioffre
'This is going to be - in my opinion -- the strongest, fastest, fiercest Rice Owl team that we've seen in a long time'
Day One DB comments
11augdbdayonetn12.jpg (19631 bytes)Coach Bailifflook.gif (907 bytes)
'We've got three solid corners; we just need to make sure we've got other bodies there who can cover'
Media Day videos
11mediadaytbrad3tn12.jpg (19501 bytes)Travis Bradshaw
'During spring, the way the corners played was exciting... those big points we gave up last year still sit in the back of our minds'
11mediadaytmactn12.jpg (19006 bytes)Taylor McHargue
'If I take care of the ball, this offense can go a long way... they're all capable of being the guy for us'
11mediadaydb2tn12.jpg (22029 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'These two a days will be a war to determine what our team's personality will be... we've got a lot of guys who can make this season special'
11mediadaysam1tn12.jpg (18486 bytes)Sam McGuffie
'This year I've trained myself so that I can line up wherever...I know the plays, and I'm ready mentally'

 

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