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Rice freshman running back Juma Otoviano breaks free for 80-yard touchdown run while his OL, Uzoma Osuji, who threw key block to pave the way, can't help but breaking out into big grin (Rice Sports Information)

HOUSTON (Nov. 24) – Funny, isn’t it, how life sometimes can turn on a dime.

The Rice Owls were only hours away from their winter of discontent, assuming, after today, they’d have lost 12 straight games, 21 consecutive league contests, and, well, you know the  rest.

A season-ending loss to Old Dominion and the resultant extension of that loss skein would have heightened doubts about the overall course of the football program, dampened recruiting efforts, and further elevated the sense of ennui already prevalent among even the most die-hard of Owl fans.

But here we are, a few ticks of the clock later, and lordy, the damned sun has suddenly come up.

Realistically, Rice’s 27-13 win over ODU doesn’t erase any of the strategic inconsistencies and the talent gap demonstrated in this season's  disappointing campaign. It doesn’t lessen the amount of toil the Owl coaching staff and squad will need to put in during the next few months, the holes that need to be plugged, the roles that need to be filled.

But talk about an attitude-adjuster!

“It helps our coaches understand why we’re staying the course, and why we’re doing the things that we are; the way that we know works to win,” a relieved Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren said postgame. "It gives them the understanding that it does work; that we just have to keep doing it; we have to keep doing it better and better.”

Those of you out there with your hands raised; you wish to object, no? Granted, this single win over an eight-loss team is hardly conclusive to the proposition that Rice coaching’s “pound the rock, run the clock” philosophy is one that will take the Institute Boys to the next level.

However....
To be continued....         Box score, statistics....

The latest....
Otoviano rushes for 224 as Rice downs Old Dominion
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 25)

Owls soar over Old Dominion for first C-USA win
(The Roost -- Nov. 24)

Rice caps season with win over Old Dominion
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 24)

Rice-ODU video highlights
(WatchStadium.com -- Nov. 24)

O
toviano breaks loose for two long TDs; Owls top ODU, 27-13
(Washington Post/AP -- Nov. 24)

ODU falls to Rice; loses eight games for first time in history
(Virginian-Pilot -- Nov. 24)
ODU finishes season with loss to team that dropped 11 straight
(Daily Press -- Nov. 24)
Frosh send seniors out victorious
(RiceOwls.com --  Nov.l 24)


One more shot at a league win...


LSU 42, Rice 10



Austin Walter gets hard-earned third-quarter yardage down the sideline aginst LSU (PTH photo)


Rice's D'Angelo Ellis duels with enemy DB  Terrence Alexander --  is that a piece of blue jersey the LSU corner is grabbing? Nahhh....D'Angelo led Owl receivers on the day with three receptions for 66 yards (PTH photo)

BATON ROUGE (Nov. 18) – OK. So we’re not nearly as good as LSU. That much is clear. We knew that going in. In fact, so are about 120 other Division One football programs out there. Then what are the takeaways from this little experience in the land of gumbo-and-boudin?

Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren was hardly sanguine, in fact could almost be described as upbeat, in his post-game comments after his Owls bowed to the Bayou Bengals by a 42-10 count at Tiger Stadium here Saturday night..

“If we could have done a few things early I thought we might have been able to take this team into deep water,” he avowed. “At some point, we will get over that hump, we will take teams into the fourth quarter.”

‘Effort-wise, absolutely no quit in them. Absolute fight. We’ve just got to play better....I’m still jealous of these kids; they’ve gotten the opportunity to come out and play in front of that environment today.”
Continues....       Box score, statistics....


Prudy Calderon makes his own path at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 20)
Coach Bloom talks about finishing strong
(The Roost -- Nov. 21)
Star RB redshirt to sit for ODU's last two games
(Daily Press -- Nov. 20)
Owls open as ten-point 'dog to Old Dominion
(Sports Chat Place -- Nov. 19)
ODU loading up on JUCOs
(Virginian Pilot -- Nov. 19)
Rice-LSU field level sights, sounds, scores
(Tiger TV -- Nov. 18)
Why playing the blue bloods matters
(The Roost -- Nov. 18)
Burrow, LSU open up offense in win over Rice
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Nov. 18)
Orgeron discusses LSU defeat of Rice
(Tiger Details -- Nov. 18)
Rice falls at No. 10 LSU. 42-10
(RiceOwls.com -- Nov. 18)
LSU shuts down struggling Rice
(Tiger Details -- Nov.. 18)
Orgeron: "Run the ball. Play-action pass. Deep passes"
(Salamanca Press -- Nov. 18)

Tigers boil Rice, but Owls escape with the spread
(Baton Rouge Advocate -- Nov. 17)
Owls hang in ring with LSU, but Tigers coast to win
(The Roost -- Nov. 17)
Total yardage 552 to 198 tells tale
(LSUSports --,Nov. 17)
Burrow, LSU open up offense in win over Rice
(Associated Press -- Nov. 17)
Tigers did things that won't fly against A&M next week
(Saturday Blitz -- Nov. 17)

Together again....



HOUSTON (Nov. 15) – What does a one-and-ten team do when it’s faced with traveling into a hostile territory, a packed house, facing the number seven team in the nation, with not just a hell of a lot good having gone down for them thus far in the season?

Well, just maybe that one-and-ten team goes into the contest with heads held high, relaxed but keyed up and ready, and takes to the gridiron and has itself some fun. This is a game for the young, after all.

The Rice Owls – yep, they’re that one-and-ten team -- face the seventh-ranked LSU Tigers, amid the unfriendly confines of Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, locally known as Death Valley, with a 6:30 PM kickoff on Saturday night (ESPN-U).

Continues....


LATech 28, Rice 13


Owls' Austin Walter breaks free from LATech defender after pass reception; races 69 yards for TD to put Owls up, 10-7, third quarter (PTH photo)


D'Angelo Ellis gets Owls out of the shadow of their end zone with  with a nifty pass-and-run, third quarter (David Speed Elder photo)

RUSTON, La. (Nov. 11) -- The Rice Owls showed brief flashes of what yet might come to pass in the not-too-distant future, in a 28-13 loss to Louisiana Tech here on a cold, dank November Saturday night.

Despite the loss, there were bright spots for the Owls on both sides of the ball, as they were in the thick of the fight through midway in the fourth quarter, when a promising drive stalled and the Institute had to settle for three, bringing the score to 21-13.

It looked as if the Boys of South Main might cut the Tech lead to four at that point, but instead, the Bulldogs quickly put some distance between the two teams when, keyed by a 44-yard pass play on a post route, quarterback J’Mar Smith to his frosh reeiver Wayne Toussaint, they managed to tack on another TD to put the game out of reach.

“I think LA Tech is a talented, well-coached team,” a resolute Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren said postgame. “For us to take them into deep water and bring it to within one score in the fourth quarter was huge."
Continues....      Game stats....


What's Rice worth?  Another SEC rent-a-win
(Baton Rouge Advocate -- Nov. 16)
Amazing Jack Fox earns Ray Guy recognition
(The Roost -- Nov. 16)
LSU's  77-0 runup against Owls left fans screaming, "more, more, more"
(NOLA.com -- Nov. 16)
Tiger defense pickin' and grinnin' a la Deliverance
(Baton Rouge Advocate -- Nov. 16)
Rice has faced LSU 56 times over the years
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 16)
Retooling the offense, practice notes
(The Roost -- Nov. 15)

LSU hosts Rice in last home game
(WRUF.com -- Nov. 14)

Playin' nice: Rice, Ft. Underdog Dynasty
(And the Valley Shook -- Nov. 14)
Ten stats entering Owls' game with LSU
(The Roost -- Nov. 14)
No. 7 LSU looking for improved offense against ice
(UPI/The Sports Xchange -- Nov. 14)
LSU offense has lost its identity
(WWLtv.com -- Nov. 14)
It's been another long, long year for Rice
(Baton Rouge Advocate -- Nov. 13)
Why does Rice play LSU? For chance at upset
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 13) link fixed
Why not us?  Toughest task of season ahead
(The Roost -- Nov. 13)
Rice to get highest payout in Orgeron era
(NOLA.com -- Nov. 13)

Rice, LSU Tigers hook up
(Sports Chat Place -- Nov. 13)
Orgeron proud of seniors who'll suit up for last home game
(KSLA.com --  Nov. 13)
Two LSU starters out; identity crisis; redshirts
(Scout.com -- Nov. 13)
Did you forget that Mike the Tiger is Keto?
(And the Valley Shook -- Nov. 13)
How many more QBs can Owls play?
The Roost -- Nov. 12)

LATech offense remains inconsistent
(Monroe News-Star -- Nov. 11)
Prudy Calderon shines bright in loss
(The Roost -- Nov. 11)
Video of Austin Walter's 69-yard TD pass-and-run
(ESPN.com -- Nov.l11)
Rice skid reaches 10 games with loss to Louisiana Tech
(Houston Chronicle/AP --  Nov. 11)
Louisiana Tech pulls away in win over Rice

(Fox Sports/AP -- Nov. 10)
Owl four-quarter effort falls short
(The Roost -- Nov. 10)
Holtz won't give Rice credit; win was all about LATech's ugly play
(MyArkLaMiss.com -- Nov. 10)
Tech too much for Owls in long run
(KTAL.com -- Nov. 10)
LATech falters early, gets going late
(KTBS.com -- Nov. 10)

Rice-LATech video highlights
(The Stadium -- Nov. 10)






HOUSTON (Nov. 8) – As perhaps a bit of a prelude to the Rice Owls’ Nov. 17 Date in Death Valley with LSU, the South Main Boys travel upstate to the metropolis of Ruston, Louisiana, to take on the Lousiana Tech Bulldogs Saturday, kickoff 6:00 pm.

The ‘Dogs are only 26.5 point favorites in this one, which makes one wonder how wide the line will be for next week’s game. Anyway, in this contest, there are at least a few circumstances breaking in the Flock’s favor. Not a lot, but a few.
Continues...

UTEP 34, Rice 26


Rice's Juma Otoviano surges for yardage during Rice's second-half comeback effort against UTEP (David Speed Elder photo)


Aaron Cephus uses his length to haul in a second consecutive 2-point-scoring reception to bring Owls within one score of tying game against UTEP (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Nov. 4) – On the first play from scrimmage in Saturday’s game between the Rice Owls and a formerly-winless UTEP team, Miner quarterback Kai Locksley lofted a perfect spiral to his receiver Warren Redix as he streaked down the sideline in front of the Rice bench.

The little-used receiver caught the ball in full stride and thus wrought a 42-yard gain, putting the Miners in business at the Rice 33 yard line.

It was a blow from which the homestanding contingent never recovered, surrendering a lead that stretched as wide as 34-3 late in the third quarter, so that a furious 23-point second-half comeback surge was doomed to fall short.

Continues....

Rice football hits rock bottom
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 8)
Shawn Stankavage gets second shot at QB for Rice
(Houston Chroncle --  Nov. 8

LATech hopes to bounce back after tough Miss State loss
(Sports Chat Place -- Nov. 7)
Austin Trammell blueprint for Rice moving forward
(The Roost -- Nov. 7)
Rice hands UTEP its first win since 2016
(The Rice thresher -- Nov. 7)
What's caused LA Tech's offense to regress?
(Monroe News-Star -- Nov. 7)
Coach Bloom:  frosh play will yield dividends
(The Roost -- Nov. 6)
LA Tech excited to head back into conference play
(KTBS.com -- Nov. 6)
A day at the worst football game in the nation
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 6)
Report Stankavage will start at LaTech
(The Roost -- Nov. 6)
Rice's Walter brothers building a strong legacy again
(Click2Houston --  Nov. 6)
Kansas fires Beatty, former Rice assistant
(Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette -- Nov. 5)
Rice secondary problems aren't games old -- they're years old

(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 4)
For Mike Bloomgren rebuilding is hard, but hope remains
(The Roost -- Nov. 4)
Miners avoid setting record for Texas team's longest losing streak
(Texas Football -- Nov. 4)
Rice's skid reaches nine with loss to UTEP

(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 3)
Rally falls short  as Owls drop Homecoming game to UTEP
(The Roost -- Nov. 3)
Mike Bloomgren, Rice hit rock bottom with loss to UTEP
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 3)

The UTEP dought is over
(KVIA.com -- Nov. 3)

UTEP beats Rice by achieving number of firsts
(El Paso Times -- Nov. 3)

UTEP por fin gana
(El Diariao de Juarez -- Nov. 3
Rice  UTEP early photos
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 3)
UTEP ends 20-game skid with over Rice
(Fox Sports/AP -- Nev. 3)
UTEP vs. Rice video highlights
(MSN.com -- Nov. 3)


Enough of this sh*tuff...






Austin Trammell picks up yards after catch with broken field run  at UNT; the reliable sophomore had 10 receptions for 94 yards on the day  (PTH photo)


True freshman quarterback Wiley Green romps across goal for his first career touchdown while back judge eyeballs scrum looking for Owl unnecessary roughness -- gotta be some in there somewhere (PTH photo)

DENTON (Oct. 27) – The Rice Owls played a more experienced, veteran North Texas team right off their feet for exactly 44 minutes and 56 seconds of this football game here Saturday.

But a combination of youth, deficit in athleticism, and -- let’s be blunt about it -- a series of highly questionable judgment calls against an aroused group of young men from South Main, combined to produce a misleading 41-17 final score in a contest which was tied as of five seconds to go in the third quarter.

This one stands to be the most frustrating loss in a most frustrating season for the Owls, for the game produced yet another Player at the quarterback spot, along with a number of other Players who got their first chances, really, to be one.

And if the defense had not been kept on the field repeatedly by fourth-down-negating personal foul calls of various varieties, we’re not saying the Owls would have won.

But they might have. And they would have been in a much better position to carry the fight to the bitter end.

Continues....

Both Rice, UTEP desperate for win as they rebuild
(El Paso Times -- Nov. 2)
Rice keys to victory over UTEP
(The Roost -- Nov. 2)
Rice will host key recruits at Homecoming game
(The Roost -- Nov. 2)
Rice encouraged by recent play despite losses
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 1)
Owls prep for Homecomng versus UTEP
(The Roost -- Nov. 1)
Rice doesn't have an offense or a defense
(WinnersandWhiners.com -- Oct. 31)
Look for Miners to get a win on Saturday
(Sports Illustrated -- Oct. 31)
Players in trenches are starting to gel
(The Roost -- Oct. 31)
Will UTEP football join dubious club of futility?
(Hero Sports -- Oct. 31)
'He's just trampling Cleveland Browns'

PIttsburgh Post-Gazette -- Oct. 31)

Wiley, JT, Parker Towns, Otoviano all in line for QB snaps
(The Roost -- Oct. 30)
Something must give as Rice, UTEP pit losing streaks
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 30)
'It's a huge game for our program and we're working as such'
(The Roost -- Oct. 30)
Forget Bama-LSU; the Bottom Ten game of the year is upon us
(ESPN.com -- Oct. 30)
Against the wall, UTEP turns to third-string QB
(El Paso Times -- Oct. 30)
Charting Wiley Green's first start
(SWC Roundup -- Oct. 29)
Can UTEP break the losing streak?
(El Paso Times -- Oct. 29)
Rice made UNT pay for fumbles
(Mean Green 24/7 -- Oct. 29)
Crucial drive seized momentum in UNT win over Rice
(Mean Green 24/7 -- Oct. 29)

Owls need to turn three-quarters into whole
(The Roost -- Oct. 28)

Rice - UNT video highlights
(Stadium Sports -- Oct. 27)
Rice gives UNT wakeup call before Mean Green pull away
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Oct. 27)
Rough fourth quarter spoils Owl strong start
(The Roost -- Oct. 27)
Rice falls to North Texas to remain winless in league play
(Houston Chronicle/with AP pix --  Oct. 27)
Fine, Torrey lead North Texas past Rice
(Click2Houston -- Oct. 27)
Torrey sparks Mean Green, 41-17
(Mean Green Sports -- Oct. 27)
Rice freshmen getting their chance to build for future
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 26)

Owls hope to catch Mean Green napping





Evan Marshman has arisen from the primordial ooze to emerge as a Rice team leader.  Unfortunately, he's injured (PTH photo)
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HOUSTON (Oct. 23) – At the end of the middle third of the last century, a time known only to a scant few of the viewers of this page, yours truly went out for Rice freshman basketball, failing to make the team, but nailing down the manager’s spot as a guy who could step in and scrimmage in a five-on-five if any of the squad went down.


The coach was an odd, Cepacol-chewing ex-marine by the name of Bo Brickels. Bo had a strict nomenclatura for his athletes, and he labeled, treated, and addressed each of them accordingly.

Members of his teams were either a “Plumber,” a “Player,” or a “Super.”

Continues...

FIU 36, Rice 17



Redshirt frosh QB Evan Marshman breaks free for touchdown to give Owls 7-0 first-quarter lead over FIU (David Speed Elder photo)


George Nyakwol makes solid hit to prevent FIU first down (David Speed Elder photo)

MIAMI (Oct. 21) – In the waning moments of the third quarter, with his Owls down but still battling with a division-leading FIU team, Rice QB Evan Marshman found a gap, headed for the pylon and scored from 22 yards out to cut the lead to 26-17 and arouse hopes for an upset victory.

But when the freshman signal caller arose from the din and ran off the field to greet his celebrating teammates, his left hand was left dangling from his side. An injury it was, the verdict unknown, but speculation centered around the little finger of his (non-throwing) hand.

In the event, he didn’t take the field for the remainder of the game, and the Institute Boys were left to press on without him, having found a definite spark of ignition in his field generalship the first three quarters of the contest.
Continues....



UNT resets for Rice, rest of season after tough loss
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Oct. 26)
True freshman to start for Rice at QB against UNT
(Housotn Chronicle -- Oct. 26)
Rice frosh getting chance to build for future
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 26)
Rice keys to victory over North Texas
(The Roost -- Oct. 26)
Mean Green look to serve Rice at Homecoming
(North Texas Daily --  Oct. 25)
Elijah Green defense's unsung hero
(The Roost -- Oct. 25)
Fine could become all-time leading passer for UNT Saturday
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 25)
Owls will open 2019 season at West Point
(Schedules.com -- Oct. 25)
UNT will get back on track with win over Rice
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Oct. 25)

Freshmen getting more chances at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 24)
UNT will look to counce back from loss to UAB
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Oct. 24)

Mean Green rushed for just 64 yards against UAB
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Oct. 24
New QB, same result as Rice falls to FIU
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 24)
Owls on pace to improve passing stats amid QB shuffle
(The Roost -- Oc. 24)
Coach Bloom looks ahead to North Texas
(The Roost -- Oct. 23)
Wiley Green to start at QB against UNT
(The Roost -- Oct. 22)

Rice falls at FIU, 36-17
(RiceOwls.com -- Oct. 21)

Owls show early promise under Marshman, but stagnate in second half
(Texas Football -- Oct. 20)
Owls show progress in road loss to FIU
(The Roost -- Oct. 20)
FIU pulls away from Rice late
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 20)
Morgan leads FIU to win over Rice
(Fox Sports/AP -- Oct. 20)
Rice-FIU video highlights
(MSN.com -- Oct. 20)
James Morgan leads FIU over Rice
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Oct. 20)
Former Crosby star chasing records at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 20)




A catch here...


...a TFL there; add it all up and it amounts to 42-0 shutout loss. Gotta get better     (David Speed Elder photos)


Rice to take on East-leading FIU
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 18)
Flashback:  Offensive woes continue for Rice in loss to FIU
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 23, 2017)
Owls blown out in shutout loss
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 17)

Rice offense sputters on ground, in air
(Sports Chat Place -- Oct. 15)
Urgency, focus for Owls, FIU
(The Roost -- Oct. 15)
Rice returns to practice with plenty to work on
(The Roost -- Oct. 15)

UAB walkon emerges as unlikely hero
(AL.com -- Oct. 14)
Rice shut out by UAB, extend losing streak to six
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 14)
Execution woes continue to plague Owls
(The Roost -- Oct. 14)
Offense keeps leaving defense out to dry
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 14)
Owls shut out for first time since 2000
(The Roost -- Oct. 13)
UAB dominates Rice on road
(WBRC.com -- Oct. 13)
UAB plays best game of season in win over Rice
(AL.com -- Oct. 13)
Erdely leads UAB to shutout over Rice
(Fox Sports/AP -- Oct. 13)

Owls will try and corral Blazers....


Coach Bloom:  "It's on me...."
UTSA 20, Rice 3



Ever-reliable Austin Walter pulls down fourth-down pass from Shawn Stankavage to keep third-quarter drive alive (David Speed Elder photo)


Owl defensive train teams up to down UTSA ball carrier (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 8) – The inductive reasoning derivable from transitive game-score analysis misleads much more than it informs. But the scores of three football games affecting our South Main bunch, lined up side-by-side, lead to some inevitable conclusions.

Saturday, UTSA held Rice without a touchdown in a game that ended in a 20-3 loss for the Owls. Meanwhile, in Winston-Salem, NC, sixth-ranked Clemson punished a Wake Forest team 63-3. That same Wake team one week early knocked out the Rice Owls, 56-24; and this, after surging to a 42-3 halftime lead.

Continues....


Rice keeps spirits up despite losing streak
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 9)

UAB seeks to improve on 4-1 record
(Sports Chat Place -- Oct. 9)
Owls face tough test against Blazers
(The Roost -- Oct. 9)

Rice must recapture early season offensive success
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 8)
Owl defense looks to build upon promising showing
(The Roost - Oct. 8)

Offense stalls as Owls drop home contest to UTSA
(The Roost -- Oct. 6)

UTSA defense dominates in win over Rice
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 7)
Rice falls to UTSA for fifth consecutive loss
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 7)
Bloomgren says loss is 'on me', vows to get better
(The Roost -- Oct. 7)
Daniels, defense help UTSA beat Rice
(Fox Sports/AP -- Oct. 7)
UTSA causes four turnovers en route to third straight win
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 7)
Roadrunner defense was llights out all game
(Texas Football -- Oct. 7)
UTSA-Rice video lowlights
(Stadium.com -- Oct. 7)
UTSA converted three turnovers to 17 points
(RiceOwls.com -- Oct. 7)



HOUSTON (Oct. 3) – Admit it. The Rice Owls are right about where we expected them to be going into the month of October, based on pre-season expectations and prognostications.

Sure, we’d harbored more than a faint hope that the Owls could steal a win against Southern Miss or Hawaii – both on the road – but otherwise, we’d pretty much penciled in the games against UH and Wake in the “L” column.

We’ve been buoyed by better-than-expected performances in Hawaii and at home against the two UHs, but then let down by a team which showed up flat on the road against Southern Miss and Wake Forest.
Continues....

Wake Forest 56, Rice 24




Austin Walter breaks free in romp of 38 yards to set up first Owl touchdown (PTH photo)


Big Rice WR Aaron Cephus hauls in fourth-quarter TD for Owls (PTH photo)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Sept. 30) – Just over ten minutes into Saturday’s game between our Rice Owls and the homestanding Wake Forst Demon Deacons, the visitors had spotted the home team to a 21-0 lead, while during the same interval having compiled zero first downs and eight yards of total offense.

At that point, did it kind of look as if it was going to turn out to be a long afternoon for the Boys of the Institute? Guess you could say that, yes.

For the second straight week, the Owls started slowly, generating little snap and crackle on offense and lacking much of a killer instinct on defense. Meanwhile, the Deacons, fresh off a stinging 56-27 home loss to Notre Dame last week, came out ready to do business. And do business, they did.

The primary negotiator in this session was a quietly spectacular Deacon wide receiver and deep back by the name of Greg Dortch.
Continues....   Complete Rice-Wake Forest game stats....


Austin Walter leads nation in all-purpose yards
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 5)
Keys to victory over UTSA
(The Roost -- Oct. 5)
'Evening for Rice's Honor' Raises $300 G's

(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 5)
Roadrunners travel to Rice Saturday
(GoUTSA.com -- Oct. 5)
Rice freshmen earning chance to start on defense
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 5)
Rice aims to show improvement against UTSA
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 5)
UTSA feeling excitement in the air
(Inside Roadrunner Sports -- Oct. 5)

UCLA grad transfer revitalizing fullback position for Owls
(The Roost -- Oct. 3)
Owls blown out by Wake Forest
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 2)
UTSA's Strong seeing improvement after rough start

(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 2)
Bloomgren evaluates early season results
(The Roost -- Oct. 2)

Coach Bloom stays confident in Owls
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 2)

Deacons did exactly what they needed to do
(Winston-Salem Journal -- Oct. 1)
No depth chart changes, but...
(The Roost -- Oct. 1)
UTSA's special teams unit is elite
(LastWordOnCollegeFootball -- Oct. 1)

Lots of positives in win over Rice
(Old North Banter -- Oct. 1)
Rice has turned giving up points into an art form
(Sports Chat Place -- Oct. 1)

We have this guy on our team named Greg Dortch
(Blogger So Dear -- Oct. 1)

Owls will look to rebound next week at home
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 30)
Austin Walter gives Owl offense reason for hope
(The Roost -- Sept. 30)
Rice-Wake Forest video lowlights
(ACC Digital Network -- Sept. 30)

All in all, win over Rice big step forward for Deacs
(Demon Deacon Digest -- Sept. 30)
Defense improves, giving cause for celebration
(Winston-Salem Journal -- Sept. 30)

Demon Deacons take care of business at home against Owls
(Blogger So Dear -- Sept. 29)
Both sides of ball struggle as Owls fall
(The Roost -- Sept. 29)
Halftime deficit sets tone in Rice's 56-24 loss to Wake
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 29)
Dortch has four TD catches as Deacons rout Rice
(Bradenton Herald/AP -- Sept. 29)
Dortch's four touchdowns highlight Wake's blowout win
(Winston-Salem Journal -- Sept. 29)
Wake ends two-game losing streak in big way
(Spectrum News Charlotte -- Sept. 29)
Change alone not a reason to be satisfied
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 29)



WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Sept. 28) – In a half-way rational world, two institutions such as Rice and Wake Forest would be expected to line up on even terms on the athletic field, and go toe-to-toe in their game coming up here Saturday (2:30 CDT).

Similar academic philosophies, commonly small enrollments, generally equivalent aspirations, if not out out-and-out scholastic peerage, at least in the same echelon – one could hardly expect any more evenly-situated athletic opponents.

But here we are, on the eve of tomorrow’s kickoff between the Owls and the Demon Deacons (huh?) in Winston-Salem, and the contest is being described by local scribes, and assumed by local hoi-polloi, as a virtual week off for the local contingent.
Continues....

Southern Miss 40, Rice 22


Austin Walter threads sideline after catch to put Owls in scoring position, second quarter (David Speed Elder photo)


Myles Adams, Houston Robert flock to drop USM QB Abraham  for loss -- would that there'd have been more of these (David Speed Elder photo)

HATTIESBURG (Sept. 23) – Well, it wasn’t the end of the world, but it certainly was more than a minor chug hole on the Rice Owls’ road back to respectability.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles manhandled the visitors from on South Main with a disturbing air of routine here Saturday, coming out on top by a 40-22 score in a game the Owls were never really in, beyond the first half.

For a just glimmer, though, midway in the second quarter, it looked as if the Owls, despite a sluggish start, might be ready to take over the game.

Continues....


A word or two on Rice-Wake Forest
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 28)
Three keys to Rice victory over Wake Forest
(The Roost -- Sept. 28)
Wake Forest takes on Rice coming off a loss
(Winston-Salem Journal -- Sept. 28)
Deacons focused inward as Rice comes to town
(ACCXtra -- Sept. 28)
Wake looks to get back on track against Rice
(Fox Sports/AP -- Sept. 28)
Owls aren't exactly an offensive powerhouse
(Blogger So Dear -- Sept. 27)
WF rushed for 259 yards against Notre Dame
(Winston-Salem Journal -- Sept. 27)
Owls face internal test against Wake Forest
(The Roost -- Sept. 26)
Owls struggle in C-USA opener
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 26)
With Rice, Wake can finally breathe a sigh of relief
(Blogger So Dear -- Sept. 26)
Wake Forest leaders stress calm after two losses
(Winston-Salem  Journal -- Sept. 26)
Wake Forest focus is on improving defense
(Old North Banter -- Sept. 26)
Owls to focus on themselves
(The Roost -- Sept. 25)
Schantz named Campbell Trophy semifinalist
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 25)
Wake's 2 wins haven't been all that impressive
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 25)
Owls are ready to make some changes
(The Roost -- Sept. 25)
Rice competing, but can't put it all together
(Winners and Whiners -- Sept. 25)
Some depth chart shuffle on part of WF
(Blogger So Dear -- Sept. 25)
How Deacons' defense will operate without a coordinator
(The Mountaineer -- Sept. 25)
WF coach Clawson previews Rice (presser video)
(Deacons Illustrated -- Sept. 25)
Dortch the obvious go-to guy on third down for Wake
(Winston-Salem Journal -- Sept. 24)
For stretches in Saturday USM game, the Owls looked like the team they used to be
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 24)
What we learned in Wake's 56-27 loss to Notre Dame
(24/7 Sports -- Sept. 24)
Big-time faux pas by Wake field goal kicker
(Deadspin.com -- Sept. 24)
Wake Forest changes defensive coordinators after 2-2 start
(WRAL.com -- Sept. 24)
Shepherd School pregame function on road before WF game
(The Shepherd School of Music -- Sept. 24)
Owls must pick up pieces from USM loss, move on
(The Roost -- Sept. 23)
Here's what we learned from USM's thrashing of Rice
(The Sun-Herald -- Sept. 23)
Southern Miss topples Rice in conference opener
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Sept. 23)
Rice-Southern Miss video highlights
(Stadium.com -- Sept. 23)
Southern Miss passing game gets rolling in win over Rice
(The Sun-Herald -- Sept. 23)
Southern Miss offense lights up Rice
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 23)
Southern Miss defeats Rice in C-USA opener
(WTOK.com  --  Sept. 23)
Abraham tosses 4 TDs as Southern Miss tops Rice
(WTVA.coim -- Sept. 23)
Golden Eagles grab 40-22 win over Rice
(The Student Printz -- Sept. 23)
Southern Miss rolls to 40-22 victory
(Click2Houston/AP -- Sept. 23)
Owls fall short on the road against Southern Miss
(The Roost -- Sept. 22)





HOUSTON (Sept. 18) – Hope arises, if not thrives, three games into the Mike Bloomgren era on South Main.

The Rice Owls, losers of two out of their first three contests on the season, nonetheless have shown precision, cohesiveness and a general sense of, call it teamliness, that – can we say it? Has been missing except in the most fleeting of moments over the past decade.

The results of those first three outings say: We ain’t dead yet. Far from it.

Continues....

Hawaii 43, Rice 29


Emmanuel Esukpe turns in end zone after 51-yard TD run (Rice Sports Information)



Rice senior kicker Jack Fox nailes field goal in Rice-Hawaii action (Rice Sports Information)

How the SEC destroyed Southern Miss -- and could kill football
(Black and Gold Review)
How Rice's new tuition program helps athletics
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 21)
Rice-Southern Miss preview
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 21)
Rice-USM should be a match of weaknesses
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 21)
Three questions USM needs answered against Rice
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 20)
USM rushing attack to look even more new vs. Rice
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 20)
Ellerbee back at 100 per cent, ready for Southern Miss

(The Roost -- Sept. 20)
B
oth Rice, USM come in to game rested

(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 19)
'Supe, Schantz earn shout-outs from Coach Bloom
(The Roost -- Sept. 19)
Triple-threat Austin Walter rushes into record books
(The Rice Thresher --  Sept. 19)
Big gainers plaguing Rice defense as C-USA play begins

(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 18)
Rice football unsc{R}ipted -- Episode 2
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 18)
Bye week came at right time for Owls
(The Roost -- Sept. 18)

USM senior RB quits team, seeks to invoke new transfer rule
(The Sun-Herald -- Sept. 18)
Explain benefits, drawbacks to unplanned bye week
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 17)
Hopson on reinstated QB: 'It's going to be up to him'
(The Sun Herald -- Sept. 17)
USM reinstates QB Griggs just in time for league game with Rice

(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 15)
Early-season grades for special teams entering bye week
(The Roost -- Sept. 13)
A season in Bloom(gren) -- the next step toward a winning football culture
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 12)
Stankavage settles in as Rice's starting QB
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 12)
Early-season grades for defense entering bye week
(The Roost -- Sept. 12)
USM-AppState won't be played Saturday
(Southern Miss Athletics -- Sept. 12)
Former Rice QB:  revenue games humiliating for smaller schools
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Sept. 12)
USM deals with small school size, low sports revenues
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
Southern Miss addresses fixes in running game
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 11)
Montrose bridge lights get lit for Coog football
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 11)

Another week, another closer-than-expected loss
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 11)
Early-season grades for offense entering bye week
(The Roost -- Sept. 11)

Owls' 1-2 record betrays quality of play
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)
Defense won its battle against Hawaii
(The Roost -- Sept. 9)
Rice showed Hawaii that games aren't played on paper
(SB Nation -- Sept. 9)

Rice kept pressure on right until the end
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser -- Sept. 9)
Rice falls 43-29 at Hawaii
(Riceowls.com -- Sept. 9)
Cole McDonald carries Hawaii past Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 9)
Hawaii fends off Rice's rally
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser -- Sept. 9)
Warriors hold off Rice,win third straight
(KTTV Island News -- Sept. 9)
McDonald throws for four TD passes
(KTTV Island News video -- Sept. 9)
Warriors hold off late comeback  bid
(Hawaii News Now -- Sept. 9)
Rolovich: 'We weren't executing at a high level'
(Ka Leo -- Spet. 9)
Hawaii postgame press conference video
(Hawaii Star-Advertiser -- Sept. 9)
Late score boosts Hawaii win margin
(USA Today/AP -- Sept. 9)
Rice's goal is to trend up
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 7)






HOUSTON (Sept. 6) – Wheels are down for the Rice football team in Honolulu today, and the first item on the agenda for Owl head man Mike Bloomgren is to take his charges on a respectful tour of Pearl Harbor, which we’ve all grown up learning was the site of the most dastardly sneak attack on the sovereignty of the United States in its now 250-odd-year history.

Come Friday morning, the South Main boys will get to take the launch out and stand and watch the oil slowly ooze from the sunken hull of the U.S.S. Arizona, and be moved.

Next on the menu for the Owls, however, will be strictly business. And in that respect, they well might take a cue from their brief digression into history, and come up with a sneak attack of their own that will surprise and shock the presently high-strutting Hawaii (formerly Rainbow-) Warriors.

Continues...

UH 45, Rice 27




Rice running back Emmanuel Esukpa sets sail on a 52 yard run that set up early Owl go-ahead TD (David Speed Elder photo)


Austin Trammell hauls in a Shawn Stankavage pass for first-down yaradage to keep early Rice drive alive (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 2) – When the Rice Owls surged to a 27-17 lead midway in the third quarter of their game with the University of Houston Saturday, one already could have declared the day a successful one for the Boys of the Institute.

A near-30-point underdog, given zero chance to be competitive against its high-octane cross-town rival, Rice had worked the playbook of the new head Owl Mike Bloomgren strictly by-the-book, if not to perfection, establishing a credible passing attack to augment its already- established running game, forcing three-and-outs on defense and refusing to allow their opponent to turn field position advantages into touchdowns.

In truth, the score quite easily could have been more one-sided in favor of Rice at that point in the game. At the very least, nothing about that ten-point Rice bulge could have been considered flukish.

Continues....


Rolovich has brought back air attack to Hawaii
(The Roost -- Sept. 6)
Warriors face Owls for first time since 2014
(Ka Leo Sports Video -- Sept. 6)
Rice holds 5-2 all-time edge vs. Hawaii
(WarriorSports.com -- Sept. 6)
Hawaii offense worth losing sleep to watch
(SB Nation -- Sept. 5)
What will Rice offense look like against Hawaii?
(The Roost -- Sept. 5)
Hawaii gets votes in both polls
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 5)
A definite step forward for the Owls
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 5)
Warriors continue homestand against Rice
(WarriorSports.com -- Sept. 4)
Rice will see sights in Hawaii but focus is on game
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 4)
Warriors looking to make musubi out of Rice
(SB Nation -- Sept. 4)
Rice hoping its brains and brawn will matter
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser -- Sept. 4)
Coach Bloom says team headed in right direction
(The Roost -- Sept. 4)
Warriors play role of heavy favorite vs. struggling Owl program
(Warrior Sports Network)
Hawaii's McDonald league Player of Week for Navy effort
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser -- Sept. 4)
Rice puts up a fight in Bayou Bucket game
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 3)
How Rice's 2018 foes fared this weekend
(Houston Chroncle --  Sept. 3)
Hawaii just could be 6-0 heading into October
(24/7 Sports -- Sept. 3)
McDonald throws for 6 TDs as Hawaii outscores Navy
(Honolulu Advertiser -- Sept. 2)
This week in C-USA; looking ahead to week two
(The Roost -- Sept. 2)
Owl receiving corps impresses vs. Houston
(The Roost -- Sept. 2)
Rice gains confidence from strong start against Houston
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 1)
Houston takes Bucket after hard-fought battle with Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 1)
Cougars rally to retain Bucket
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 1)

Future success resides in ability to recruit to key spots
(Nightowl -- Sept.. 1)
Owls show promise in loss to Cougars

(The Roost -- Sept. 1)
Stankavage: 'Nobody can hang his head'
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 1)
Cougars were lucky things didn't get out of hand in first half
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 1)
Rice-UH video highlights
(CBS Sports -- Sept. 1)
King rallies Houston to win over Rice
(Washington Post -- Sept. 1)
Coogs hold on to bucket with comeback win
(CW39 Houston -- Sept. 1)
It's tough to watch Coogs struggle against a team like Rice
(Underdog Dyasty/
Joe Broback -- Sept. 1)
Houston gets scare from Rice before offense starts rolling
(Texas Football -- Sept. 1)
Redshirt Baker ready for challenge of containing Oliver
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 1)

H-Town turnover?


HOUSTON (Aug. 30) – The new-look Rice Owls face one of their most daunting tests of the season as they take on the cross-town rival University of Houston Cougars at Rice Stadium in an 11:00 a.m. kickoff Saturday.

There’s hardly a soul on either the Owl side or the Coog side of South Main Street who gives the Owls much of a chance to compete against the Coogs, with their high-octane, up-tempo offense and their defense led by the most decorated and celebrated defender in the land in defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

To hear it told, the Owls ought just as well to roll over and play dead, like so many pill bugs, against the vaunted defensive thrust of Oliver, who already has one Outland Trophy under his belt and is bucking for a second one, not to mention the number one spot in this year’s upcoming NFL draft.

Continues....
X
Rice 31, Prairie View 28



UP AND OVER -- In first-quarter action, Austin Trammell vaults Prairie View defender en route to 23-yard pass-and-run (David Speed Elder photo)


ON HIS WAY -- Emmauel Esukpa picks up 34 of his 173 yards on the night, just steps out of bounds en route to apparent TD -- but he scored on the next play (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Aug. 26) – What’s perhaps more remarkable about Rice’s last-gasp, comeback win over Prairie View Saturday was not the means of achieving victory but rather the very fact that the Owls were able to avoid defeat.

Down 28-19 with under 12 left in the game despite scoring on their first four possessions in the first half, the Owls just burred their necks, bit their lips, and put an exhibition of determination that Rice fans have not seen very much of in the past decade, using big plays on defense to wrest control of the game and score on a touchdown, a safety, and a last-second, 23-yard Jack Fox field goal to provide the final 31-28 measure of triumph..

The game began with a display of offensive power by the Owls which gave heart to the most pessimistic of their supporters. But that shortly was followed by a second- and third-quarter defensive swoon that reminded local die-hards of the same old same-old deficiencies that have befuddled Institute defenders for what seems like decades.

In the end, the team’s true grit won out out – and that’s a pretty decent stepping-stone from which to start the Owls' latest attempt at resurgence.

Continues....

UH to unveil fast-paced offense against Rice
(Houston Chronicle --  Aug. 31)
UH, Rice talking about extending series
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 31)

Rice doesn't have anyone to throw the ball to
(Houston Sportsmap -- Aug. 30)
Oliver finds himself in the Clowney zone
(Bleacher Report -- aug. 30)

New Rice line ready for its Oliver test
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 30)
Unscripted Episode 1:  Rice-Prairie View
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 30)
Three keys to victory over Houston
(The Roost -- Aug. 30)
Expect a ton of rotation in UH backfield
(Cougar Digest -- Aug. 30)

Behind enemy lines:  previewing the Bayou Bucket
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 29)

Houston-Rice rivalry is one with many wrinkles
(The Daily Cougar -- Aug. 29)

Is Major Applewhite on the hot seat?
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 29)
Rice has upped its marketing game noticeably
(Stand cheer drink more beer -- Aug. 25/podcast)
Up-tempo offense in store for Cougars
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 20)

Underdog Rice warns UH not to expect a football patsy
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 29)
Casey:  'Rice was great to me...this week is business'
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 29)
J.T. Ibe earns starting nod for Muschamp's SC team
(The Big Spur -- Aug. 29)
Rice players aren't backing down from UH challenge
(The Roost -- Aug. 28)

Rice's opening win can't be understated
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 28)
Owls 3-TD 'dog in upcoming match with UH
(Sports Chat Place -- Aug. 27)
Owls, Cougars kick off Saturday in late-morning start
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
Owls don't have weapons to win shootout
(Winners and Whiners -- Aug. 27)
Applewhite eschews depth chart before UH opener
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
Hawaii impressive in season opener
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 27)
Despite lackluster performance, Rice win important
(Texas Sports Nation -- Aug. 27)
Owls put Intellectual Brutality culture to test
(The Roost -- Aug. 26)
Rice-PV game photos
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 26)
Rice has long way to go to get back to competitiveness
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 26)

Rice-PVAMU game experience (video)
(YouTube/marshw13 -- Aug. 26)
Bloomgren era begins with wild victory
(Rice Thresher -- Aug. 26)
Owls put intellectual brutality culture to the test
The Roost -- Aug. 26)

Rice opens season with comeback win over Prairie View
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 25)
Fox and Friends give Bloomgren successful debut
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 25)
Bloomgren era opens with back-and-forth win over Prairie View
(The Roost -- Aug. 25)
Esupka runs for 173 yards in Rice win over Prairie View
(AP/Fox Sports -- Aug. 25)

Owls looked Stanford-esque at times but needed fourth-quarter comback to pull off win
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 25)
Video highlights: 4th quarter field goal boosts Owls
(MSN.com -- Aug. 25)

Prairie View loses heartbreaker to Rice
(HBCU Sports -- Aug. 25)

Can't stop giggling on camera-work on game-winning field goal
(SB Nation -- Aug. 25)
ESPN getting roasted for camera work at Rice-PV game
(The Spun -- Aug. 25)

Game on....




HOUSTON (Aug. 22) – The Mike Bloomgren era begins amid enthusiasm among diverse quarters as the Rice Owls open their 2018 season’s dance card with the Prairie View A&M Panthers, a 6:00 p.m. kickoff at Rice Stadium Saturday.

But along with the almost universal exclamations of good feelings out South Main way comes an underlying wave of anxiety, albeit a bit stifled,  among the nearest and dearest of Owl fans, who are as if whistling in the dark as kickoff looms.

Those loyalists can’t help but remember the inaugural effort of the previous administration, when, 11 long, painful years ago, a newly-implemented Rice coaching staff laid a huge egg in a 16-14 loss to Nicholls State, a middling Division IAA (now, “FCS”) entrant.

Prairie View is likewise a second-rung program, but it’s a crew that’s recently demonstrated that it can put points on the board, whether in victory or defeat.

Much has been made of the downright uncompetitive nature of Rice’s 1-11 team last year. One oft-repeated meme had it that “they were like if you just picked up 11 guys out grilling brats and drinking beers in the parking lot, and gave ‘em uniforms.”
Continues....
Flashback:  That close! Second-quarter frenzy not enough as upset chances slip away from Owls in 31-30 loss to UH (2006)


Rice kicks off Bloomgren era against Prairie View
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 24)
QB position still a mystery
(The Roost -- Aug. 23)

Rice versus Prairie View:  Three things to know
(The Roost -- Aug. 23)
Kiffin: 'Way better than people think it is'
(Dallas Morning News -- Aug. 23)

The making of Rice football coach Mike Bloomgren
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 23)
Rice should be expected to prevail over PV
(Athlon Sports -- Aug. 23)
Can Panthers challenge Owls on Rice's home turf?
(The Roost)
Rice receiving corps greater than sum of its parts
(The Roost -- Aug. 22)

Bloomgren aims for fresh start
(Rice Thresher -- Aug. 22)
Owls want to start out physical against Prairie View
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 21)
Coach Bloom talks about QB situation going into opener
(Click2Houston -- Aug. 21)

'It's a process; we know it -- but we're taking steps'
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 20)
New coach hopes to keep PV's momentum going
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 20)

Rice-PV:  Owls have nowhere to go but up
(Sports Chat Place -- Aug. 19)

B-Doug:  'We've come a long way'
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 19)

Douglas-Dotson heads into 2018 as leader among DBs
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 19)


                                                                                 (David Speed Elder photo)



Battles for position on the Rice depth chart grew ever more intense as Saturday's scrimmage played out (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Aug. 11) -- Pads were a 'poppin' on the floor of Rice Stadium Saturday evening as full scrimmage number two unfolded before a small but enthusiastic Owlfest crowd.  Lightning in the area put off the on-field action for over an hour, and the delay and the wet-ish weather held down attendance, but Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren said his staff had achieved the necessary level of progress by way of the evening's scrimmage reps.

"We're less fluid than we were," the Rice Head Man said aftewards.  "Right now we've got a couple of battles stilll going on, and I think the films will be huge in determining things."

He added that Sunday's team meetings will convey to the players where they stand on the depth chart and what they need to do the move up.

With the Owls' home opener against Prairie View looming a week from this coming Saturday, it's time to sharpen the hoe.  On the 18th, the Rice staff will hold a mock game -- but check in with the  football staff before showing up.

Coach Bloom on Saturday's scrimmage results
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 11)
Rice beginning to narrow down position battles
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 12)



HOUSTON (Aug. 5) – The first thing to be noticed upon entering Patterson Center at lunchtime Saturday was the Bill of Fare.

No empty calories here. Like the rest of what’s going on within, it’s all business. Lean meats. Grilled vegetables. Lots of fresh fruit. Refined carbohyrates kept to an absolute minimum. Sauces, sparely used, pretty much sugar-and fat-free. The traditional post-prandial ice cream treats? Not to be seen.

Call it the Stanfordization of Rice Football, or call it something else. In any case it’s Something Different – which aptly labels so many other routines, requisites and activities going on within the hallowed halls of Historic Rice Stadium these Dog Days of August.

Here, still a full week before the rest of the student body enter The Hedges to start the upcoming semester, new cookbooks, new recipes, new regimens are awash. For the time being, it, like the gorilla’s kitten, is “All Ball.” No classes, no orientation sessions, no distractions.

"I started off the team meeting this morning saying it was all ball, all day for the next week," new Rice Head Man Mike Bloomgren said this weekend. "They have nothing else on their plates and have all the time in the world to come over here and get with this awesome coaching staff. I want to make sure we are masters of our scheme."

On tap Monday is the first scrimmage of the season, one calculated to separate sheep from goats, or, more specifically, the “go” team from the scout team.

"Tomorrow we have a scrimmage and that's going to move the depth chart up and down," Coach Bloom added. "It's all on them to determine which way they want to go. That's the really cool thing about it being a meritocracy.

"We'll be scrimmaging again next Saturday and the graded work from this week is going to decide who is going to be on the varsity and who is going to move to the scout team nine days from now.”

By the way, don’t plan on dropping by HRS to watch a few scrimmage reps – they’re closed to the hoi polloi. Rice coaches quite reasonably are keeping brand new schemes close to the vest in anticipation of the Sept. 25th “Week Zero” home opener with Prairie View.

At Saturday’s press briefing, Rice defensive coordinator Brian Smith was coy. “The biggest question I probably get is what we’re going to be, a 3-4, 4-3, 4-2-5,” Coach Smith allowed, responding to a questioner. “One thing I can tell you is we’re going to  be aggressive.”

In other words: If you wanna know what we’re gonna do, go buy yourself a ticket.

--PTH

Fall drills under way...

Rice pre-camp depth chart...

Three potential sleepers to watch for Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 16)
Zach takes us on video tour of Patterson
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 16)
Former Owl OL eager to shore up position at UT
(24/7Sports.com -- Aug. 16)
Tight ends play critical role in Rice offense
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 16)
Baylor headed to Rice Stadium in September 2019
(Footballschedules.com -- Aug. 13)
Second scrimmage fall camp photos
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 13)

Rice beginning to narrow down position battles
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 12)

Coach Bloom on Saturday's scrimmage results
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 11)
Bayou Bucket trophy to get makeover
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 10)

Coach Bloom's update on Glaesmann's move to TE
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 10)
Passion for public service guides Gabe Baker
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 10)
Coach Bloom likes flexibility new redshirt rule brings
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 8)
C-USA coachs talk anonymously about league foes
(Athlon Sports -- Aug. 8)

Bloomgren, Owls just three weeks from opener
(Click2Houston.com -- Aug. 4)
Austin twins tote mail with Ellerbe, Esukpa on sideline
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 7)
Jaeger Bull leads youthful tight ends
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 7)
Rice faces Qs at QB for second straight year
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 6)
Prairie View looks to continue success under new coach
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 2)

This week for Owls, it's all ball, all week
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 5)

Football training camp:  what we know
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 5)
Rice staff eager to put new culture into action on field
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 4)
Scott Vestal tasked with enlarged role at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 4)
Pierce readily assumes leadership role
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 3)
Three players trying to step up, lead Rice turnaround
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 1)
''Intellectual Brutality' the value behind Stanford Football's success
(TheStack.com)
Schantz relishes second chance at senior season
(RiceOwls.com -- July 29)

Rice QB competition set to be friendly affair
(Houston Chronicle -- July 28)

Excitement runs high as practice begins
(RiceOwls.com -- July 27)

Practice Day One (photo gallery)
(RiceOwls.com -- July 28)
Rice C-USA Media Day video
(ESPN3.com -- July 19)

Rice transfer brings size, knowledge to CSU secondary

(Fort Collins Reporter -Herald -- July 30)

Rice by far Wake's second-easiest opponent of season
(BloggerSoDear -- July 30)
New strength coach hopes to provide Owls a lift
(Houston Chronicle -- July 25)

It will take time to turn things around on South Main
Houston Chronicle -- July 23)
Ten Owls opponents need to look out for
(Houston Chronicle -- July 24)
Rice mining Dallas area to bolster recruiting class
(Houston Chronicle -- July 3)
Owls add three transfers
(Houston Chronicle --  June 25)

Bloom: 'Thank God we're not where we used to be'
(Athlon Sports -- June 21)
Peter Godber adjusts to life in the CFL
(Houston Chronicle -- June 15)
Coach Bloom wants to duplicate Stanford success
(Austin American-Statesman -- May 16)
It's going to be a long year for rookie Rice head coach
(Athlon Sports --  July 6)
Rice football retools with renewed energy
(Houston Chronicle -- April 13)
Can Rice become the Stanford of C-USA football?
(SB Nation -- Feb. 21)
If Rice is patient, Bloomgren could work out
(SB Nation/And the Valley Shook --  May 30)

At Rice, the new guy can fix this
(CollegeFootballNews.com -- May 22)
Lance Armstrong's son to walk on at Rice
(The Spun -- April 12)
Bloomgren will need time to implement his changes
(Orlando Sentinel -- April 21)
What are reasonable expectations for RIce?
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 15)

Spring Game: Blue 27, Gray 24 


Rice running back Aston Walter gets around corner for yardage late in Saturday's spring game (PTH photo)

Tyner, Esupka lead Blue to Spring Game win
(RiceOwls.com -- April 21)
Offense gains upper hand in Rice spring football game
(Houston Chronicle -- April 21)

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ODU postgame
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Coach Bloomgren
'For recruiting it's going to be a big boost, because the reality is today we had a bunch of seniors playing their last game'
Juma Otoviano 
Credit to my offensive linemen and everybody who was blocking in front of me... They made some creases and I was able to get through them’
George Nyakwol 
‘We knew if we just kept fighting, we’d eventually get the win...everybody was out there making plays and just having fun. I think this game was our best effort’
ODU week
Coach Bloomgren, Jack Fox, Zach Aber- crumbia
LSU ostgame
Coach Bloomgren
No quit in them. Absolute fight. We’ve just got to play better....I’m still jealous of these kids; they’ve gotten the opportunity to come out and play in front of that environment today’
Astin Walter
'I feel like, when we look back on this film, we'll see that everybody can do more -- and that's our expectation, to get better every single week'
Jack Fox
'Obviously it wasn't enough, but I'm really proud of the way our special teams unit played.  Haden Tobola's 51-yard field goal on this stage is just amazing'
LSU week
Coach Bloomgren
'What I love from our team is the effort I saw them play with. The way they went out and tried to do the things we're asking them to do by being physical'
Astin Walter
''What are you going to do with that opportunity? Are you going to be able to tell your kids one day,'I went into Death Valley; I made the most of it; I gave it all I got'?'
Prudy Calderon
'It's a tough, ranked opponent, with some great talent.  I like it;I  think our guys are up to the challenge. We can see how we stand against a nationally ranked opponent'
LATech postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'LA Tech is a talented, well-coached team. For us to take them into deep water and bring it to within one score in the fourth quarter was huge'
Shawn Stankavage
'We didn't execute like the way we practiced all week.  It's hard to win a game when you turn the ball over three times at the quarter- back position'
Prudy Calderon
'We've been creating more turnovers recently and that's been a focus.  We just need to keep up that energy for a whole sixty minutes'
UTEP postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'They started the game with a big play. From that point on, it was like all the wind went out of our sails.  It's so ridiculous... we should be able to go on to the next play'
Austin Trammell
'There's still that spark there.  The guys still want it.  And we're going to fight to the very end...Personally I wanted thiis one really bad.  It's hard.'
Wiley Green
'Execution-wise, the coaches prepared us pretty well.  We've got to keep believing in them and keep trying to run their schemes as best we can. We just have to execute better'
UTEP week
Coach Bloomgren
'We've got to learn how to finish games; it's really simple.  We played well enought to win for 47 minutes, but that's not how long a football game is'
Wiley Green
'Receivers on the outside were making plays the whole game; Aaron Cephus, Austin Trammell having had a career day; those are guys who can do that every week'
George Nyakwol
'Coach Smith always says, we don't need the offense to win the game; the defense should be able to do that on our own'
UNT postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'We're going to look at the film and think this is a step forward. The collapsed in the fourth is something that we’ve got to continue to address'
Anthony Ekpe
“The defensive coaches put the idea into our heads – just do everything we can, 100 per cent.”
Wiley Green
“I’m really proud of these guys; I’m really proud of the way they played.  We’ve just got to find a way to finish the game in the fourth quarter”
UNT week
Coach Bloomgren
'I felt like our offense needed to come out and show our football team that they had a pulse...they did that; so those are the small things, progress, that we are seeing'
FIU postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'First half, played a lot of young guys, a lot of true frexshmen who got their true frist experience playing college football'
Austin Trammell
'We started fast; we did what we wanted to do coming out; we've just got to finish;  we've got to lessen lthe mistakes and keep fighting'
Prudy Calderon
'I saw the defense running to the ball a lot; we were practicing what we've been preaching'
UAB postgame
Coach Bloomgren
“Very tough feeling walking off our home field against a conference opponent ... that we should be on a level playing field with"
UAB week
Coach Bloomgren
'We played well enough to win in two out of three phases.  But  we are not a good enough football team to turn the ball over four times and win'
Austin Walter
'It's tough when you look at your record and it's not what you want it to be, but you've got to just keep your head up'
Brandon Douglas- Dotson
'When everybody is doing their one-eleventh, doing their jobs, this is what happens'
UTSA postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'It’s not about what our offensive fcoaches did. It’s me. I’ve got to work hard and get it fixed. Because I never thought we would peform that way offensively'
Justin Bickham
'It was disappointing for the whole team.  THe defense as a unit played very well, but obviously that didn't get it done.  This is a team game"
Shawn Stankavage
'It's the same thing week in and week out.  We didn't execute.  We've just got to fix it during the week so those mistakes don't show up on Saturday'
UTSA week
Coach Bloomgren
'Against good football teams, you can't put yourself in a hole like that and expect to come out and win. I can't explain to you why we started slow.'
Giovanni Gentosi
'It's been awesome to be more involved in the offense than I was at UCLA.Our offense is very relliant on the fullback..I've played more here than my time at UCLA''
Dylan Silcox
'I'm a smaller guy for an inside linebacker; so I've just had to l play fast, and learn the scheme, seeing the game from a line- backers standpoint'
Wake Forest postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'I challenged our kids at halftime to play for each other; to continue to fight, and I think they did that...we've got a really good plan for what we can do this week'
Zach Aber- crumbia
'We challenged ourselves at the beginning of the week to go out and just work...we laid an egg out th
ere,but we still had guys at halftime with that fire in their eyes'
Austin Walter
'Doesn't matter who you're playing against; you have to come out and execute.  I feel our offense didn't do that today.  We did things that coaching can't control'
Wake Forest week
Coach Bloomgren
'As I watched the tape, I was probably more disappointed because for the first time, it didn't feel like progress.  I've addressed that with the team and I think they saw it as well...'
Zach Aber- crumbia
'Everybody can play better.  You have to fix yourself first.  When you point at someone else, you've got three fingers pointing back at you'
Shawn Stankavage
'There's a different mentaility in the locker room; not a lack of confidence as people might assume, but more of a 'let's get this thing right'
Southern Miss postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'Southern Miss outplayed us tonight; they did a better job of winning their one-on-ones than we did; you've got to take your hat off to them'
Houston Robert
'We knew they would throw multiple looks at us-; it's what their offense is.  Coaches talk about consistency; that's something we weren't able to do tonight'
Austin Trammell
The bottom line is that we've got to come off the ball; it's time to refocus, regroup, and get back to who we are as a football team''
Rice-Southern Miss week
Coach Bloomgren
‘It starts with the progress of our quarterback. Shawn's doing some really good things, getting us into the right play’
Jaeger Bull
‘There’s an increased sense of urgency on the team now that conference is starting. This is when we really get to seea where we are, what we’ve been working for’
Rice-Hawaii week
Coach Bloomgren
'As disappointed as we all were, we had to flush it prett quickly.  W'ere treating it as a short week preparing for Hawaii with our trip eing two daqys from now'
Graysen Schantz
'I'm excited this week, getting a chance to return to Hawaii, to take advantag ef this opportunity... it didn't work out last week but we learned from it'
Austin Trammell
'What this week is all about is to stay focused, and make sure that we have the right mindset to go into this game'
Rice-UH
postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'Exactly what we thought it would be...They made more plays than we did... we played our butts off. We played well for about two and a half... we're going to keep improving'
 
Shawn Stankavage

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ink they did well at halftime making adjustments;  they knew what we wanted to do, and started making adjustments on first and second down..'
Aaron Cephus
'We came in at halftime; everybody pumped up, expecting to win, like we did before the game; in the fourth quarter'
Dylan Silcox
'We saw some good things in the first half -- the offense was scoring; the defense was stopping; it was fun... just gave up too many big plays'
Rice-UH week
Coach Bloomgren
'I'm pleased with how we finished; but we need to be more focused .  The best teams I've been a plart of have had their best jump form game one to game two'
Emmanuel Esukpa
'Even with the 173 yards, I'm in the lab; I'm watching film, trying to see how I can come out with more, next week'
Roe Wilkins
'We've seen pretty much their whole offensive line; they were impressive last year but we know we've gotten better this year.  We're ready to take it up' 
Rice-Prairie View
postgame
Coach Bloomgren
'It shows we are doing things that we talk about. But we're going to watch this film and realize all the corrections we have to make'
Shawn Stankavage
'Honestly, it felt good at the beginning; towards the end it started to fall off -- but we won-- as an offense, we did well enough to win'
Jack Fox
'With the punts inside the 10 and 5, you just have to keep really lucky, and I think luck was on our side tonight.  And Coach Lembo called a really good game'
Emanuel Esupka
'There were some runs that I wish I couldve had back, but it's a good start, and hopefully its gets better down the road'
Austin Walter
''As soon as that first touchdown, it was like,"We're here."But football is four quarters.You have to respect all your opponents"
Rice-Prairie View week
Coach Bloomgren
'There's not a group of coaches or players I'd rather enter this game with...the reality is we're really just building something really cool here'
Sam Pierce
'That first drive we want to come out and show people we're an aggressive team, a physical team..to set the tone for the game, for the rest of the season'
Zach Aber- crumbia
'The distractions are out of the way, and I feel we're ready to attack the season... all the guys have bought in; they're itching to get on the field'
Jack Fox
'I think we've had a really good fall camp across the board, and especially on special teams; we're really excited to finally get to play'
Media Day press briefings, interviews
Graysen Schantz
'We have different type packages; we'll mix in some DBs, even linebackerswe; we want to keep it basic; we want to keep the parts interchangeable'
Brandon Douglas-Dotson
'As corners we're going to be out on that island at all times; we're going to be aggressive'; we're going to have to be technique- sound'
Jack Fox
'We're so lucky to be with Coach Lembo; he's an amazing coach and an amazing guy. He's detail-oriented; that helps the whole team'
Roe Wilkins
'We've got a whole D line of elite athletes, and we're really excited to see what our collective experience can do'
Zach Aber- crumbia
'I feel a lot more comfortable with this defense; I feel I'm able to do my job a lot better-- that's my whole goal for the season'
Martin Nwa kamma
'When it comes to leadership, you've just got to know your personnel -- just like a coach; every single guy is different'
Coach Smith
'We're going to be aggressive; we're going to be attacking; we're going to stop the run on first and second down, get after the quarterback on third down'
Coach Bloomgren
'From the first time I stood up here, I talked about the importance of hiring a great coaching staff.  We've done that"
Coach Lembo
'For many people, they think of special teams in terms of a punt or a kickoff.  I think of it in terms of  player develop- ment and program development'
Coach Mack
'One that that's tried and true is, physicality wins football games; controlling the clock wins football games; and running the football wins football games'
Spring game
postgamers
Coach
Bloomgren

"'Supe in my mind is made for an offense like this, and the twins have been unbelievable, making play after play"
Emmanuel Esukpa
"In thinking of my fatique, I'm thinking of how much I've gotten done; I'm thinking of plays and reps"
Jackson Tyner
"I like being able to get out of a bad play, to go to  a play that's more suitable for the down and distance; I like not being stuck in a bad play'
George
Nyakwol

"I really just base my game on my instincts; reading my keys, reacting to the ball without hesitation'
Intro presser
highlights
Coach Bloomgren
'I wanted to work with world class students, and world class athletes, and there are very few places where you can do it. So when I say I earmarked Rice, I literally did'
Joe Karlgaard
'We had several candidates who could do this job and told us they would take it and run with it.  But one rose about the rest. He  is an extraordinary fit for this university'
Crowd scenes
Patterson Center crowd takes in first view, hearing of new Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren
Blain Padgett
'We knew we had to come in here and be the more physical team; we needed to come in and have fun -- and that's what we did'
Blain Padgett
'Inside, things happen a lot faster...I'm going to take advantage of being quicker than a lot of those guys on the inside'

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