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Rice 44, UTEP 24

Owls storm to 34-3 first-half lead; coast to win in second

Austin Walter rumbles for yardage as Rice OL does its job (David Speed Elder photo)

Rice handles UTEP for second straight win
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Nov. 19)
First-half onslaught leads Rice to win
(Underdog Dynasty -- Nov. 19)
UTEP falls hard to Rice
(El Paso Times -- Nov. 19)
Tyner leads Rice to second straight win
(Yahoo Sports/AP -- Nov. 19)
UTEP drops huge loss at Rice
(The Prospector -- Nov. 19)
Rice runs over UTEP 44-24
(Miner Rush -- Nov. 19)
UTEP falls at Rice
(El Paso Herald-Post -- Nov. 19)

Rice 22, UNC Charlotte 21

Down 21-0, Owls morph into leatherheads throwback, storm back to overwhelm Charlotte, likely kill bowl hopes for locals, league loss skein is thereby broken

KEY GRIP --  Veteran Owl receiver Zach Wright snags pass and rumbles for 19 key yards and a first down en route to Rice's game-winning touchdown against UNCC Saturday (David Speed Elder photo)

FINALLY, A CAUSE CELEBRE' -- Owl young 'uns finally get a chance to celebrate on sideline as clock ticks down in Rice's stirring comeback win over UNC Charlotte (PTH photo)

CHARLOTTE, NC (Nov. 12) --When UNC-Charlotte defensive back Terrance Winchester picked off an overthrown Rice sideline pass and scooted untouched 41 yards into the end zone to put his homestanding 49ers up, 21-0, midway in the second quarter of Saturday’s game, the contest had all the makings of yet another sixty-something-to-something-teen blowout, the likes of which Owl players, coaches and fans have become so achingly familiar in recent campaigns.

But then it happened – a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma," to ascribe the event in Churchillian terms.

Was it a time warp? A worm hole? Perhaps the metamorphosis was accomplished by means of Rice-developed nano-tubes. But whatever it was, the Institute Boys took the field for the ensuing kickoff a group of men transformed.
Continues....          Box score, statistics....

Thanks to Rice's football seniors
( -- Nov. 18)
Rice defense trending up, UTEP's not
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 17)
2-8 Owls square off against 3-7 Miners
(Sports Chat Place -- Nov. 17
UTEP rushing ace Jones to pace Miner effort
(Campus Insiders -- Nov. 17)
Rice optimistic after big victory
(El Paso Times -- Nov. 17)
Owls quarterback leads charge
(El Paso Times -- Nov. 17)
Win against Charlotte energized Owls
(Miner Rush -- Nov. 16)
Rally Owls come back from 21-0 deficit
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 15)
Miners travel to Houston to face Rice Saturday
(El Paso Proud -- Nov. 15)
UTEP responds to loss with good practice
(El Paso Times -- Nov. 15)
Early 21-0 lead squandered, 49ers damage bowl hopes
(Gaston Gazette -- Nov. 12)
An incredible comeback by the Rice Owls
(Campus Insiders video recap -- Nov. 12)
Stehling accounts for three TDs; Rice defeats Charlotte
(Yahoo Sports/AP -- Nov. 12)
Owls rally for 22-21 road victory
( -- Nov. 12)
Stehling rallies Rice from 21-point deficit
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 12)

49ers fail to finish; lose to Rice  after coughing up 21-point lead
(CharlotteObserver --Nov.12)
Owls rally for 22-21 win over Charlotte
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov.12)
Charlotte blows 21-point lead in loss to Rice
(Upstate Journal -- Nov. 12)

Florida Atlantic 42, Rice 25

Rice malaise worsens as 1-7 FAU has its way with Owl defense while offense sputters, coughs up early lead

Nahshon Ellerbe goes airborne to vault Rice into short-lived 14-14 tie in second quarter; it was the redshirt freshman's first career touchdown (David Speed Elder photo)

David Bailiff deserves another season at Rice
(Houston Chronicle/Brian T. Smith -- Nov. 10)
Luke Turner passing on the lessons learned
( -- Nov. 11)
Road game at Charlotte gives young Rice QBs chance to shine
(Houston Chronicle/AC -- Nov. 11)
Charlotte returns to Jerry Richardson Stadium to host Rice
(Niner Times -- Nov. 11)
Winchester leaves mark on Charlotte football
(Charlotte Observer -- Nov. 11)

Breaking down Rice vs. Charlotte
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 10)
Rice-Charlotte game preview
Football drops to 1-8 with loss to FAU
(The Rice Thresher --  Nov. 8)
49ers fighting for bowl eligibility
(Charlotte Observer -- Nov. 8)
Numerous injuries not a great situation for Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 7)
Rice can close out season by playing spoiler
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Nov. 7)
Boz tries another Rabona onsides kick
(YouTube -- Nov. 7)
Frosh, FAU set records in 42-25 win over Rice
(Fox Sports/AP -- Nov. 5)
FAU breaks long losing streak, defeats Rice 42-25
(St. Petersblog -- Nov. 5)
Owls remain without a win in conference play
(Houston Chronicle <AC> --  Nov. 5)
Partridge changes QBs, gets FAU offense going
(Underdog Dynasty -- Nov. 5)
FAU ends seven-game losing sreak
(Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Nov. 5)
Rice in line for worst season since 2009
(Houston Chronicle <AC> --  Nov. 5)
FAU picks up first win since opening day
(FAU University Press -- Nov. 5)
FAU takes Owl Bowl III
( -- Nov. 5)

Louisiana Tech 61, Rice 16

Owl spot Tech 4-touchdown first-quarter
lead; from there, results were academic

BOUGHT THE FAKE -- Owl redshirt freshman Jackson Tyner picks up his first career touchdown as he scores untouched in fourth-quarter action against Louisiana Tech (David Speed Elder photo)

RUSTON, La. (Oct. 30) – Well, at least the good news is that ... wait, there is no good news.

Saturday night’s 61-16 road loss at the hands of Louisiana Tech was just more of the same-old same-old. Unimaginative play-calling, tepid quarterback play, the inabilityto contain an opponent’s mobile, agile, hostile quarterback, a non-existent pass rush, a secondary incapable of covering the deep ball – it was all there, just like you’ve seen it before, Saturday after Saturday.

There is a caveat, however, to such blanket condemnation – if it is a condemnation.

This Owl team this night was particularly hampered by a lingering bout of stomach virus....
(To be continued....)      Box score, statistics....

Florida Atlantic travels to Rice in battle of 1-7 teams
(Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Nov. 4)
Florida Atlantic visits Rice in matchup of 1-7 teams
(Houston Chronicle <AC> --  Nov. 4)
FAU coming in off worst home loss in history
(Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Nov. 4)
FAU defense is getting message, not making play
(Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Nov. 4)
Penalties have not been issue for FAU
(Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Nov. 3)
FAU looks to capitalize on big-play-prone Rice defense
(Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Nov. 2)
FAU good team to play if looking to break streak
(FAU University Press -- Nov. 2)
Stomach virus still spreading among Rice football team
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct.31)
FAU's Partridge feels job is secure
(Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Oct. 31)
Rice AD says Big 12 push a positive experience
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 27)
Rice AD:  No rash decision on Coach Bailiff
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 27)
Tech lambasts Rice on record-setting night
(Shreveport Times -- Oct. 29)
Higgins explodes, Louisiana Tech cruises past Rice
(Fox Sports/AP --  Oct. 29)
Area colleges:  LaTech routs Rice; HBU snaps skid
(Houston CHronicle -- Oct. 29)
La Tech cruises to fifth straight win
(Monroe News-Star --  Oct. 29)

Rice 65, Prairie View 44

Rice offense races to second-quarter lead too big for defense to squander in second half; losing streak over and done with

THAT'S ONE -- Connor Cella lays block to spring J. T. Granato for his first career touchdown to put Owls up 42-7 in second quarter of Saturday Homecoming game with Prairie View (Davd Speed Elder photo)

CONTINUITY -- Rice head coach David Bailiff congratulates Rice Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Donald Bowers (L), Ray Alborn and David Houser during timeout in Saturday's game (PTH photo)

LA Tech returns home to face Rice
( -- Oct. 28)
Rice tries to keep momentum gong at LA Tech
(Houston Chronicle <AC> --  Oct. 28)
Will blowout trend continue?
(Shreveport Times -- Oct. 28)
What is going on with Rice's program?
(Monroe News-Stsar -- Oct. 28)
This one should be easy win for LA Tech
( -- Oct. 28)
Stomach virus spreading among Rice players, coaches
(Houston  Chronicle -- Oct. 25)
Owls get a win, but is it enough to save season?
(Houston Press -- Oct. 24)
Owls have had nothing go their way in '16
(Sports Chat Place -- Oct. 24)
Big 12 expansion decision Rice's worst-case scenario
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 24)
Rice nabs first win of 2016 season, handles Prairie View
(Houston Chronicle <AC> --  Oct. 23)
Owls light up scoreboard to get into win column
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 23)
Stehling's career day leads to Homecoming haul
( --  Oct. 23)
Video peep inside Owls' winning locker room
( -- Oct. 23)
Screen shot of Chronicle print edition game story
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 23)
Tyler Stehling's career day stakes Owls to first win of season
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Oct. 22)
Stehling throws for 407 yards, five TDs in Rice's first win
(AP College Football -- Oct. 22)
'We got to sing our song we do when we win'
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 22)
Ninety-Seven Years  of Rice Homecomings
( Pool --  Homecoming Timeline)

HOUSTON (Oct. 21) – The Rice Owls take on the Prairie View A&M Panthers in Saturday’s annual Homecoming game for the Institute at Rice Stadium, kicking off at 2:30 p.m.

This may be the only game in history where a sole remaining winless entrant in NCAA Division One enters a contest as a 25-point favorite. That’s the deal, as the Owls, at 0-6 on the season thus far, are the only 2016 FBS-level team with a goose-egg to the left of its name, while the FCS-level SWAC school meanwhile has gone 4-2 thus far in the season.

So why the apparent disparity? Computers say so. Seems one of PV’s two losses came at the hands of the Texas Aggies, in a 67-0 walkover in College Station in early September.


UTSA 14, Rice 13

Rice rides defensive effort but sputtering offense, special team lapses add up to yet another loss

NAILED IT -- Rice running back Samuel Stewart stretches to reach the pylon resulting in second-half score that coulda', woulda', shoulda' provided margin of victory over UTSA (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 16) -- As the clock ticked down late in the fourth quarter of Rice's game with UT-San Antonio Saturday, the Owls, down 14-13 but on the move, found themselves with first down and ten at their opponent's 31 yard line.

They'd begun this penultimate possession with five minutes left in the game, back at their own five yard line, just having turned away the Roadrunner offense on fourth and goal from the two when Tabari McGaskey dropped running back Jalen Rhodes in the backfield.

From there, the Owls moved the ball adroitly, picking up four first downs in surging down field mostly via the air, Owl quarterback Tyler Stehling connecting with Connor Cella and Samuel Stewart twice for plus-ten-yard completions.

Continues....        Box score, statistics....

For both Rice, Prairie View, a chance to make a statement
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Oct. 21)
Owls still looking for win no. 1
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 21)
On stat page, Prairie View has the edge
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 21)
Panthers look for another road win, this time at Rice
(Sports Chat Place -- Oct. 18)
Here's one the Owls should win
( -- Oct. 18)
Football still winless after loss to UTSA
(The Rice Thresher --  Oct. 17)
Winless Rice could make change on special teams
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Oct. 17)
A few day-after thoughts about Rice victory
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 16)
Rice football loses game in most Rice way possible
( -- Oct.16)

Mistakes, missed opportunities cost winless Rice win
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 15)

UTSA beats Rice, gives Coach Wilson first road win
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 15))
UTSA holds on to beat Rice
( -- Oct. 15)
Missed field goal allows UTSA to spoil Rice's bid
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 15)
UTSA narrowly escapes Rice, 14-13
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 15)
Wilson never worried about Rice getting last FG attempt
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 15)
Rice lineman accidentally clobbers teammate on last play attempt
(SB Nation -- Oct. 15)

HOUSTON (Oct. 13) – The UT-San Antonio Roadrunners will meep-meep their way into Rice Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff Saturday in the attempt to build upon an impressive 55-32 home win over Southern Miss last week. Yeah. That Southern Miss.

If rookie Coach Frank Wilson brings in the same squad that so readily vanquished the Southern Mississipians, well, there’ll hardly be any use teeing this one up. We’ll be looking at a walkover for the visitors.

Ah, but it’s not so simple as that.

When the Super Bowl first came to Rice Stadium, and Houston
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 2)

Southern Miss 44, Rice 28

Rice takes second-quarter lead, down by one score at half, but USM wins going away, winds up setting own all-time total yardage record

UP AND OVER -- A rejuvenated Samuel Stewart takes short pass and tumbles into the end zone from seven yards out to give Owls a short-lived 7-3 lead early in second quarter of Southern Miss game (Bobbie McDuffie photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 1) -- OK, admittedly, we did not make the trip to Hattiesburg. Why should we have? I mean, Hattiesburg? Been there, done that.

Seems the Rice Owls sort of came up with a ‘been there, done that’ effort themselves this benighted evening, playing hard, starting out strong, taking an early lead, and then succumbing to the same old bugaboos that have been bugging them for what, the past ten years or so? Maybe 15?

It was a succession of “Number 28's”, as Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens threw for a school-record 591 yards, 292 of them to brother Allenzae Staggers,  four long touchdown bombs being stitched together to the delight of the hometown crowd, as the the Southern Miss Golden Eagles flew past the Rice Owls 44-28, in a game which saw the homestanding bunch set yet another school total offense mark
Box score, statistics....

UTSA aims to build on recent surge by visiting old nemesis
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 14)
What if Andrew Luck had gone to Rice?
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 14)
Owls 'refreshed' and 'refocused' going into UTSA contest
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 14)
Bryce Callahan, potential breakout star
(Inside the Pylon -- Oct. 14)
David Bailiff's Owls continue to struggle
( -- Oct. 13)
Dillard questionalble for UTSA
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 12)
ice fighting through key injuries, looking for first win
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Oct. 10)

TM doesn't like MOB's Baylor show...that pretty much seals it
(Texas Monthly -- Oct. 10)
Roadrunners hoping to take surging offense on road

(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 10)
Quick thoughts afer UTSA victory over USM
(San Antonio Express-News --  Oct. 10)
Rice working to get out of losing rut
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Oct. 5)
Owls are 0-5, and getting worse
(Fox Sports -- Oct. 4)
Eagles never considered passing late against Rice
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 4)
After football's brutal start, it's time for Bailiff to go
(Rice Thresher -- Oct. 4)
Lyons putting exclamation point on strong Rice career
(Rice Thresher -- Oct. 4)

UNT video dissection of win over Rice
(North Texas Football -- Oct. 3)
Mullens, Southern Miss shatter records, Rice in 44-28 win
(Yahoo Sports/AP -- Oct. 1)
Rice falls to 0-5 after losing to Southern Miss
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 1)

Big plays doom Owls
( -- Oct. 1)
Southern Miss has record-setting night in win over Rice
(WJTV-12 -- Oct. 1)
Southern Miss really, really likes to play Rice
(Vicksburg Post -- Oct. 1)
USM puts up staggering numbers against Rice
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Oct. 1)
Rice was...well, Rice
(The Forgotten Five -- Oct. 1)
Southern Miss rolls up 702 yards in win
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 1)
Golden Eagle defense comes up big in win
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 1)
Southern Miss soars past Rice
(WDAM-TV -- Oct. 1)
Mullens, Staggers soar in Southern Miss win
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 1)
Southern Miss pulls away from Rice
(Hub City Spokes -- Oct. 1)
Offensive air raid trounces Rice
(The Student Printz -- Oct. 1)
Mullens, Southern Miss shatter records and Rice
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Oct. 1)
'He got into one-on-one situations and made them pay'
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Oct. 1)

HOUSTON (Sept. 29) -- The Rice Owls are off to Hattiesburg for a road contest against 3- 1 Southern Mississippi, perhaps resolute in the effort to wrest their first win of the season, but with all the stats and circumstances pretty much stacked against them in the event.

It was in 2007, David Bailiff’s first year at the Rice football helm, that the Owls first scratched the winning column in Hattiesburg after an 0-4 start. So there’s historical precedent for a repeat of Coach Bailiff’s first win ever at Rice.

However.... that time, USM gifted the Owls with seven turnovers in the game, Chase Clement was at quarterback and beginning to feel firm footing beneath him, and there was a guy named James Casey lining up and making plays all over the field for his Owl team.

North Texas 42, Rice 35 (2OT)

Rice's Darik Dillard scores fourth-quarter TD to set up two-point play that sent game to overtime (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 24) -- That giant sucking sound you heard echoing from within the confines of Rice Stadium Saturday evening was the desperate din of a season going down, down, down the drain.

The Rice Owls surged to a 17-0 first-quarter lead against a University of North Texas team that was as green as the numbers on their jerseys, only to fall victim to an oft-repeated routine: no lack of effort throughout; strong start, adjustment failure, eventual breakdown in execution.

The resulting 42-35 double-overtime loss virtually assures the Owls of their second consecutive bowl-game-less losing season, at a time when Rice's gridiron future may well hinge on the maintenance of a modicum of competitiveness among the also-rans of the college football world.

A quick show of many of you would like to be standing in Rice AD Joe Karlgaard's shoes right now?
Continues....           Box score, statistics....

Seven reasons why Rice could upset Southern Miss
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 30)
Struggling Rice looks to turn around season at Southern Miss
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 30)
Preview:  Rice at Southern Miss
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 30)
USM aims to keep ball rolling vs. Rice
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 30)
Southern Miss gets set to take on Rice
(WDAM-TV -- Sept. 30)
Struggling Rice takes on difficult task at Southern Miss
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Sept. 30)
Way Owls lost to UNT had to leave bad taste in mouth
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 30)
Owls haven't slowed anybody down this season
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 29)
Rice strength of schedule big factor in loss skein
(Hattiesburg American -- Sept. 29)
USM's Ito Smith 'like a coach's dream'
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 29)
Hopson: 'I don't ever worry about Mullens'
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 28)
Rice has played everybody tough
(Hub City Spokes -- Sept. 28)
Dillard named Campbell Trophy semi-finalist
( -- Sept. 28)

Rice trying to make sense of 0-4 start, begin turnaround
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 27)
Football loses heartbreaker in double overtime
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 27)
USM passing  game should break through against Rice
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Sept. 27)
Southern Miss readies for Rice
(WDAM-TV -- Sept. 27)
Owls don't have a lot of confidence right now
(Campus Insiders -- Sept. 27)
Southern Miss might be done rebuilding
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 27)
Dawson wants more from his USM offense
(Biloxi Sun-Herald --  Sept. 27)
Rice-North Texas video highllights
( --  Sept. 26)

UNT shows newfound grit in comeback against Rice
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 26)
Southern Miss still in search of complete game
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Sept. 26)
Rice, UNT needed double OT to see who was less bad
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 26)
Miles out at LSU
(USA Today -- Sept. 25)
Mean Green dumps Rice in overtime thriller
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 25)
FIU reportedly fires coach Ron Turner
(CBS Sports -- Sept. 25)
North Texas escapes Rice with double-overtime win
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Sept. 25)
North Texas mounts comeback to take down Rice
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 25)
Owl rally falls short in second overtime
( -- Sept. 25)
This win was huge for the Mean Green
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 25)
Potential turning point turns into 0-4 hole
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 25)
Giving ball to Wilson pays off
(Denton Record-CHronicle -- Sept. 25)
UNT win a landmark moment in Littrell's new tenure
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 25)
Shocker:  Buffalo comes back to beat Army in OT
(CBS Sports/AP -- Sept. 25)
UNT defense overcomes slow start
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 25)
UNT sneaks by Rice in 2 OT, 42-35
( --  Sept. 24)
UNT caps ferocious rally with double-OT win
(North Texas Daily -- Sept. 24)

HOUSTON (Sept. 22) -- One thing's perfectly clear about Saturday's 5 p.m. tilt at Rice Stadium between the homestanding Owls and the visitors from North Texas. They don't do ties in college football anymore; there's going to be a winner, and there's going to be a loser.

While the Owls are winless in three tries -- as all of us who keep track of the grid Bottom 10 and Bottom 25 columns know -- the Mean Green are 1-2, but with their lone win coming against FCS entrant Bethune-Cookman.

Each side will be pretty much desperate for a victory -- the players, their fans, and, lord knows, certainly the respective coaches of each team.

Baylor deserved what it got in Rice's halftime show
(Ft. Worth Star-Telegram/Gil LeBreton -- Sept. 17)
Admin's response to MOB performance deeply disappointing
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 18)

Baylor still doesn't get it
(Houston Press/John Royal -- Sept. 20)

Baylor 38, Rice 10

Late in second quarter, with Owlls down 21-10, senior Rice running back Darik Dillard bursts through Baylor line with the distant goal line firmly in sight.... (David Speed Elder photo)

TURNING POINT  -- But after storming for 53 yards, the virtually always sure-handed Dillard is separated from the football by Baylor defender; so instead of getting back into thick of game, Owls were left knocking on the door (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 17) – With the second-quarter clock winding down below two minutes, the Rice Owls had battled Baylor to a virtual standstill for a half, but nevertheless were facing a 21-10 deficit.

For the Owl offense, mired deep in its own territory, there was time remaining only to go for broke, perhaps a long bomb down the sideline or a maybe a quick pick across the middle.

Instead, senior running back Darik Dillard took the inside handoff, popped into the line, shifted his feet, and suddenly found himself looking at daylight.

Consistency what Owls need to best UNT
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 23)
Rice playing below, UNT playing above average
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 23)
UNT's Wheeler feeling heat after hit vs. Florida
(Denton Record-Chronicle --Sept. 23)
In weak league, UNT may exceed expectations
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 23)
MOB performance not an excuse for complacency
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 22)
Rice athletics weakness could be expansion asset
(The Daily Campus -- Sept. 22)
Two protests of rape culture mark college football Satuday
( -- Sept. 22)
Flashback:  Rice downs UNT 38-24 in 2015 league opener
( -- Sept. 22
Owls have only four red-zone appearances in three games
(Houston Cronicle -- Sept. 22)
Prediction:  UNT will end road losing streak at Rice
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 22)
True freshman Mason Fine taking reins as UNT quarterback
(North Texas Daily -- Sept. 22)
Is it time to start worrying about UNT's offense?
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 21)
Owls could be better than its record indicates
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Sept. 21)
Rice band stepped over the line on a sensitive topic
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Sept. 21)
Rice band has history of poking the Bear (and other Mascots)
The Texas Tribune -- Sept. 20)
'Baylor did not invite Oakman on field or into locker room'
(Baylor Lariat -- Sept. 20)
Baylor game sets 10-year student attendance record
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 20)
Rice:  Your show wasn't funny
(Baylor Lariat -- Sept. 20)
North Texas should edge Rice
(Campus Insiders -- Sept. 20)
Mehringer P5 Coordinator before old enough to run for president
( --  Sept. 20)
Owls put on decent show for Friday night national TV
(YouTube / game archived -- Sept. 20)
After hot start on defense, Rice falls
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 20)
MOB calls out Baylor sexual assault scandal amid national attention
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 19)
North Texas gained 53 total yards in loss to Florida
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 19)

Owls hope first pick of year evinces flood of turnovers
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 19)
Sorry not sorry? Rice offers explanation
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 19)

Rice admin caves to PC; apologizes on behalf of MOB
(The Washington Post -- Sept. 18)
Baylor studenathaletes jump own kicker on sideline after misses
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 18)
Full video of Rice halftime show vs. Baylor
(YouTube/tikimoof -- Sept. 18)
See it: Rice band mocks Baylor Title IX scandal  
(New York Daily News -- Sept. 18)
Video highlights:  Baylor vs. Rice
(YouTube/Baylor Jeneric -- Sept. 18)

Rice Admin expresses 'regret' over MOB Title IX reference
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 17)
Rice band mocks Baylor sexual assault scandal
(Texas Tribune -- Sept. 17)
Rice mocks Baylor rape culture with classy halftime show
(New York Magazine -- Sept. 17)
Rice band trolls Baylor with apparent 'Title IX' formation
(Washington Post -- Sept. 17)
Baylor pulls away from Rice with 24 unanswered points
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 17)

Russell throws for 3 TDs as No. 19 Baylor defeats Rice
(USA Today -- Sept. 17)
Baylor bettors angry at Grobe; mixed reactions to MOB
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 17)
No. 21 Baylor takes down Rice in Owls' home opener
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 17)
Rice band mocks Baylor for Title IX lawsuits
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 17)
Rice band mocks Baylor for sexual assault cases
(Sports Day -- Sept. 17)
Rice should not have provided such a challenge
(College Football News -- Sept. 17)
Baylor pulls away in second half
(Our Daily Bears <'Prayers'?> -- Sept. 17)
Baylor doesn't inspire much confidence in win over Rice
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 17)

Briles sighting in BU audience
( -- Sept. 17)
Bears overcome another slow start to beat Rice
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Sept. 17)

Owls still looking for first win, this time at home against overwhelming favorite Baylor

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HOUSTON (Sept. 15) -- The Rice Owls, still looking for their first victory in the young season after two road losses, take on the Baylor Bears Friday night at Rice Stadium (7:00 p.m.) in a game in which prognosticators are giving the South Main contingent little chance to be competitive.

Conventional wisdom has it that the 2-0 Bears of the Big 12 Conference ought have only to roll the ball out onto the turf, and then hang around for sixty minutes of play -- one of college football's most prolific scoring machines against a Rice team that, well, suffice it to say that the nation's football scribes have accorded it less respect than Rodney Dangerfield.

Do the Owls truly deserve such ignominy? Within two thorough road defeats at the hands of Western Kentucky and a resurgent Army team, Rice showed less-than-impressive statistics, nothing remarkeable in the way of outstanding individual play, and a minium of resilience which would serve to refute that notion.

Army 31, Rice 14

Cadets, Owls both run true to form as Army rolls with precision while Rice errs, stumbles

GREAT START -- Things looked great for the Owls against Army at the onset, as Connor Cella hauled in short pass from Tyler Stehling on the dead run and hoofed it 64 yards to paydirt to give Rice a short-lived 7-0 lead (David Speed Elder photo)

--  Rice DE Graysen Schantz is thoroughly disgusted with the outcome against Army Saturday, as made evident by his metal-melting glare at the Michie Stadium scoreboard immediately postgame (PTH photo)

WEST POINT, NY (Sept. 11) – Rice fans who made the trek up to the storied campus at West Point for the Owls’ game with Army Saturday were treated to a solid display of football prowess, with precise execution, pinpoint passing, a smothering defense, and a thoroughly developed game plan.

Unfortunately, all of those characteristics were exhibited by constituents of  the United States Military Academy, whose Black Knight gridders rolled over the visitors from South Main 31-14, thereby commencing the season with two straight wins for the first time since their 1996 campaign.

The contest conversely left the Owls at 0-and-2 on the young season, with Baylor coming up next, but what was worse than the prospect of digging a deep hole to begin the season was the utter lack of cohesion exhibited by the visitors. The Owls played like a team that had lost its compass, flashlight and road map, with miles and miles of bumpy road dead ahead.

Continues....       Box score, statistics....

Baylor in road test against desperate team
( -- Sept. 15)
Rice has little margin for error against No. 21 Baylor
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 15)
On paper, doesn't look to be a contest
(Athlon Sports -- Sept. 15)
First ranked opponent to visit Rice Stadium in 19 years
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 15)
Grobe: 'We are not going on vacation'
(CBS-DFW/AP -- Sept. 15)
Bears still flying high despite tumultous off-season
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 15)
Rice will hope to bend but not break
(Dallas Morning News -- Sept. 15)
Vance Mac nabs TD pass for 49ers
( -- Sept. 14)
Lack of offensive production a problem for Rice
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Sept. 13)
Bears a big favorite over Owls
(Our Daily Bears -- Sept. 13)
Grobe to Bears:  Don't take Rice for granted
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Sept. 13)
Army LB King honors 9/11 with inspired play
(Today's U -- Sept. 13)
Baylor preparing for first road game of year
( -- Sept. 13)
Horrible:  Army CB Jackson killed in post-game car wreck
(USA Today -- Sept. 12)
DB on Baylor: 'We just need to worry about us'
( -- Sept. 12)
Watch Austin Walter's 37-yard TD dash
(#FearTheTalons -- Sept. 12)
Army remains undefeated; takes down Rice
( -- Sept. 11)
Army wins...again
( -- Sept. 11)
Video highlights of Army's win over Rice
(GoArmyWestPoint -- Sept. 11)
Five takeaways from the Owls' loss to Army
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)
Rice falls to 0-2 after 31-14 loss at Army
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Sept. 10)
Davidson scores 3 TDs, Army bests Rice 31-14
(KHOU-TV; Associated Press -- Sept. 10)
Rice struck early, but couldn't sustain lead
( -- Sept. 10)
Army starts season 2-0 for first time in 20 years
(USA Today -- Sept. 10)
Run game, defense, clock management add up to Army win
( -- Sept. 10)
Army mule leaves opinion on field, delays game
(Sports Illustrated -- Sept. 10)
USMA Supe: postgame prayer issue raises 'valid concerns'
(Washington Post -- Sept. 10)

Both Rice, Army in major need of win to keep season's goals intact

HOUSTON (Sept. 8) – One week into the season, and it’s already fish-or-cut-bait time.

The Rice Owls travel to the hallowed grounds of West Point to take on the Black Knights of Army Saturday in a noon (11 a.m. Central) kickoff. And the Cadets are coming in on a high, last Friday having leveled the Temple Owls 28-13 in Philadelphia despite having entered the game as a heavy underdog.

The Block T Owls earned their Week One favorite’s role by winning ten games last year and playing their way into the American Athletic Conference Championship game.

Western Kentucky 46, Rice 14
Mistake-prone Owls can't handle WKU's precision bombing attack

THAT'S ONE -- Rice quarterback Tyler Stehling scores on  scramble to rack up his first career rushing touchdown from 22 yards out, one of few Rice offensive bright spots on the night (PTH photo)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (Sept. 2) -- It was an achingly familiar pattern.

Incipient drives stalled by inexplicable penalties, a breakdown in execution on both sides of the ball, and the usual deer-in-the-headlights approach to deep pass coverage – in all, an oft-observed recipe for failure was dished up for the scattering of Rice fans in the stands who dared to make the weeknight trek to the Bluegrass State to watch the Owls fall to WKU, 46-14.

Granted, this was a superior football team in Western Kentucky, winners of 12 games, league champions, and a Top-25 finisher last season. This time around, the Hilltoppers were true to their form chart, as WKU quarterback Mike White, a transfer who’d started 13 games for South Florida, played like the thoroughbred he apparently is, picking apart the Rice secondary for 517 yards passing on 25-of-31 completions in three quarters of play.
Continues....      Box score, statistics...

Army pulls post-game video after complaints over prayer
(ESPN -- Sept. 9)
Charge: post-game prayer violated "religious freedom"
(Huffington Post -- Sept. 9)
Jordan Asbury part of 'slotback by committee' crew
(GoBlackKnights -- Sept. 8)
Rice has won last four, but this should be different
( -- Sept. 8)
A Rice football player can solve a Rubik's Cube in seconds.  Behind his back
(Washington Post -- Sept. 7)
Army looking for revenge against Rice
( -- Sept. 7)
Owls crushed by WKU on opening night
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 6)
Rice came out flat against WKU; Army should cover
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 6)
Rice an also-ran in Big 12 beauty contest
( -- Sept. 6)
Army center Bryce Holland, the man in the middle
( --  Sept. 6)
Army has opportunity to start season 2-0
( -- Sept. 6)
Monken:  Emotion helps, but Army needs to execute
( -- Sept. 6)
Army delivers Owls punch to gut
( -- Sept. 6)
Rice does not belong among giants of the Big 12
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 5)
DB: 'I saw a lot of good that we can build on'
( -- Sept. 5)
After win at Temple, Army is off and running
(College Football Insider -- Sept. 4)
A look back at Army's win at Rice, 1958
(GoArmyWestPoint -- Sept. 4)
Highlights of Rice's win last year over Army
(GoArmyWestPoint -- Sept. 4)

Army racks up 329 yards rushing to down Temple, 28-13
(Army Times -- Sept. 3)
WKU player hit by 'stray bullet' at night club after Rice win
(The Comeback -- Sept. 3)
Jordan Taylor wowing them in Denver, makes roster
(Mile High Report -- Sept. 2)

Rice drops opener at WKU 46-14
( -- Sept. 2)
Might be new season, but it's still the same old Rice team
(Houston Press -- Sept. 2)
WKU routs visiting Rice in season-opener
(Louisvillle Courier-Journal --  Sept. 2)
Western Kentucky passing game too much for Rice
(WLKY-TV Sports -- Sept. 2)
Western Kentucky crushes Rice, 46-14
(CBS Sports -- Sept. 2)
Wright, Norris recap WKU's season-opening win
(Kentucky News -- Sept. 2)
Western Kentucky flies past Rice in opener
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 2)
WKU needs work on pregame entrance
(Sacramento Bee -- Sept. 2)
Rice miscues prove costly in loss to WKU
(Bowling Green Daily News -- Sept.1)
Owls open season with sloppy loss to Western Kentucky
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 1)
Tyler Stehling scores first career TD from 22 yards out
(@RiceFootball -- Sept. 1)
Jowan Davis with the first Owl points of 2016
(@RiceFootball -- Sept. 1)
Hilltopper offense didn't miss a beat
(CN|2 Sports -- Sept. 1)
Jeff Brohm on WKU's win over Rice
(Bowling Green Daily News -- Sept. 1)

HOUSTON (Aug. 31) – As the Rice Owls prepare for Thursday’s season-opening road tilt at Western Kentucky, a quick quiz.....

When was the last time Rice football won a season opener?

Answer: 2008. Eight years ago. Not even in the championship season of 2013 did the Owls replicate their feat of a Chase Clement-led 56-27 victory over SMU at Rice Stadium in 2008 while the nation’s economy was on its way straight into the tank.

Since the Owls dropped a 14-10 home opener against Division Ten Nichols State in 2007 in David Bailiff’s inaugural game as Rice head coach, that makes the Owls 1-8 in season openers under Coach Bailiff’s administration. Of course, a lot of that was because the season openers almost uniformly were body bag games on the road against the big cheater-bullies of college football.

Glory days:  the way we were

Before Houston pro sports, all eyes were on Rice
(Houston Chronicle/Brent Zwerneman -- Aug. 25)

Lowdown and lager...

Rice offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek talks about the increased size and enhanced skill set of his linemen as Defensive Coordinator Chris Thurmond listens in; the entire coaching staff each had a chance to render a brief rundown of their position players at Wednesday evening's Football Preview held for Rice fans and alumni at the St. Arnold Brewery; photos to follow (PTH photo)

Optimism as to on-field prospects mirrored by gratifying results in the business office, Rice officials reported Wednesday at St. Arnold's

HOUSTON (Aug. 24) – Rice Athletic Director Joe Karlgaard and Head Football Coach David Bailiff shared the emcee duties at Wednesday evening’s annual Rice Football Reception at St. Arnold’s Brewery.

A slightly smaller than usual crowd – about 125 were in attendance – belied the real progress that it seems has been going down at the Rice Athletics business office.

According to AD Karlgaard, football season ticket sales thus far this season have hit a high for recent years. “I can’t tell you yet exactly how many season tickets we’ve sold,” Joe K. told the studio audience. “But I do know that, since I first got here in 2013, in any given year we’ve haven’t sold as many season tickets for football, baseball and basketball, combined, as we’ve sold for football only thus far this season."

Fifth-year senior quarterback Tyler Stehling has fulfilled expectations during August drills and is secure in his position as starting quarterback going into the season opener (Rice SID photo)

HOUSTON (Aug. 21) – The Rice Owls closed out their August training camp regimen this weekend in anticipation of a return to school- day scheduling with the commencement of fall classes on Monday.

Camp was broken amid a uniform spirit of optimism, and with a sense that several key weaknesses emanating from last year's disappointing 5-7 campaign have been addressed during the (semi) two-a-days of August -- if not completely. It's a palpable sensation, said the usually sanguine running back, Jowan Davis.

"I like the feeling we have this year," the Sealy senior noted. "It's so much different than last year. Even when we are not at practice, everybody is together, laughing and joking around. We had some of that last year, but this year feels like everybody is on the same page. It's not just one group that is leading. You see a lot of the younger guys coaching each other up."


'Everybody starts undefeated'

Owl veterans have their say looking to fall drills

Rice senior linebacker Alex Lyons, the only Owl named as a pre-season first-team all-conference selection, converses with media members in the new  Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center auditorium on Thursday, in antcipation of upcoming fall drills (David Speed Elder photo)

Countdown clock strikes zero as Owls face WKU
(@RiceFootball -- Sept. 1)
Rice hopes to match new attitude with upset
(Houston Chronicle <AC> --  Sept. 1)

WKU defense returns wealth of experience despite only 4 starters
(Louisville Courier-Journal -- Aug. 31)
Report:  Rice makes initial Big 12 pare-down
(Houston Chroniclde -- Aug. 31)
Road game at WKU unique challenge for opener
(Houston Chronicle <AC> --  Aug. 31)
Balance at heart of Hilltoppers' explosive offense
(Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer -- Aug. 31)
New WKU QB White expected to throw less than Doughty
(WKU Herald -- Aug. 31)
Rice will provide crucial challenge
(College Heights Herald -- Aug. 31)

Hmm...looks like Tom Wolfe surfed here
(The Daily Beast -- Aug. 30)
Perfect way to close out last practice
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 30)
Owls typically underperform on Thursday games
(Sports Chat Place -- Aug. 30)
Owls lean on senior leaders as season kicks off
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 30)
Rice announces new food service partnership
( -- Aug. 30)
ACL injury ends Bickham's season
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 29)
Winning streak on line for Hilltoppers
(WBKO Sports Insider -- Aug. 29)
Owls go through paces under the lights Sunday
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 28)
Early Saturday workout as Owls gear up for Thursday clash
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 27)
Jordan Taylor a bright spot in Broncos camp
(Mile High Report -- Aug. 25)
Nate Griffin's Friday interview of Coach Bailiff
(NateandCreight/SBNation1560 radio -- Aug. 25)
Vance Mac seeks long-awaited consistency
(ESPN -- Aug. 25)
WKU opens as 16.5 fave over Owls
(Sports Chat Place -- Aug. 25)
Sendejo shows hard work, perserverence pay off in NFL
(Fox News Latino -- Aug. 25)
International Student Football Clinic draws new Owl fans
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 24)
Brian Womac ready to fulfill team goals
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 24)
Darik Dillard has eyes on football -- and outer space
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 24)

Owls fend off weather, get through workout
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 24)
Owls pitch American football to international students
(Newsroom America -- Aug. 24)

OK, who're the Rice alums responsible for producing this nincompoop cultist?
(Good Bull Hunting (sic) -- Aug. 24)
WKU aims to defend title; build on dream season
(Orlando Sentinel -- Aug. 24)

Football preview set for Aug. 24 at the brewery
( -- Aug. 23)
Wright, Lyons named team captains
(@RiceFootball --  Aug. 23)

Owls enter new season in new home
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 23)
Fall drills over, Rice approaching for WKU
(Bowling Green Daily News -- Aug. 23)
Covington adjusting to DE position
(CBS Houston -- Aug. 22)
Darik Dillard had a cool internship this summer
(KHOU-TV11 -- Aug. 21)

Bounce-back year might be Rice's pre-season slogan
(San Antonio Express-News -- Aug. 21)
Army football camp concludes with scrimmage
(Pointer View -- Aug. 19)
Cadet QB Bradshaw back at camp after reports he'd left
(Army Times -- Aug. 19)
Brohm upping intensity of WKU preseason practice
(CN/2 -- Aug. 19)
Army's Bradshaw back at practice
( -- Aug. 19)
Brohm:  WKU keying on Rice every day
( -- Aug. 18)
Will Army be bowl eligible this season?
(CBS Sports -- Aug. 18)
Even without Doughty, WKU aims to maintain success
(Charlotte Observer -- Aug. 18)
Owls make progress after second scrimmage
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Aug. 18
Training camp snapshots: second scrimmage
( -- Aug. 18)
Team reviews rules changes at Thursday scrimmage
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 18)
Recapping Scrimmage II, video highlights
( -- Aug. 18)
Football preview set for Aug. 24 at St. Arnold's
( -- Aug. 18)
Former Rice star Covington determined to improve
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 18)
USM still top dog in C-USA West
(CBS Local -- Aug. 18)
'You know that you're one play away from going in'
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 17)
Owls are determined to go bowling again
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Aug. 17)
Hmmm....Institute presents to Big 12, after all
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Aug. 16)
If Big 12 wants academic powerhouse, how about Rice?
(Dallas Morning News -- Aug. 16)
Sign up for new, improved OwlVision
( -- Aug. 15)

New QB settles in, freshmen impress
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Aug. 14)
Rice football FanFest photo gallery
( -- Aug. 14)
DB says talented freshmen forcing his hand
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Aug. 13)
Wright, Long pace receivers at first scrimmage
( -- Aug. 13)

JT Granato to Trevor Long closes out the scoring
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 13)
Video recap of Rice's first fall scrimmage
( -- Aug. 13)
Owls look to forget 2015 and return to winning ways
(Houston Press -- Aug. 12)
Pollard:  'The adrenaline is always pumping'
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 11)
Owls slog it out on first of scheduled two-a-days
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 10)
Rice preps for season opener at Western Kentucky
(KPRC TV2 Houston -- August 9)
Owls practice in full pads, humidity
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 9)
Karaoke machine slated to make its return
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 8)
Day 3 drills focus, naturally, on fundamentals
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 6)
'After three bowl games, I honestly think we got complacent'
( -- Aug. 6)
What to expect from Rice quarterback Tyler Stehling
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 6)
'I really feel fortunate to be in this position' - Stehling
( -- Aug. 5)
Owls in shorts, helmets on grass Day 2
(@RiceFootball -- Aug. 6)
USA Today has Rice ranked ranked 3rd in division, 64th overall
(USA Today -- Aug. 5)

New facility adds to Rice's comfort level re realignment
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- Aug. 4)
DB:  Few drops, otherwise good to go on Day One
( -- Aug. 4)
Fifth-year seniors get first look at Patterson
( -- Aug. 4)
Full DB Media Day press briefing video
( Aug. 4)
Even Rice made the Top 100
(Texas Monthly -- Aug. 3)
Rice earns seat at dinner party of the college gods
(Paper City -- Aug. 3)
New Rice SC:  'We challenge them in different ways'
( -- Aug. 3)
Rice goes one-home-two-away on schedule with LSU
( -- Aug. 2)

Coming up:  Moving Day
Football Facility nears completion

Rice Associate Athletic Director Ryan Bucher walks local media through the 98 per cent completed Brian Patterson End Zone Facility, scheduled to open concurrently with Fall drills (PTH photo)
End Zone Facility Video Tour, Part One... 
End Zone Facility Video Tour, Part Two...

Introducing Adam Coleman, the
new Chronicle Rice Beat reporter

Native Houstonian and Texas Tech grad Adam Coleman has been designated full-time Rice beat reporter by the Houston Chronicle and is now on the job.  We spoke with Adam after Friday's EZF press tour. Here's Adam's take on his new beat  (PTH photo, video)

JaCorey Shepherd feels good and ready
(CBS Philly -- July 31)
Rice looking for payback in road opener
(Bowling Green Daily News -- July 30)
Take a tour inside Rice's new athletic facility
(Houston Chronicle <AC> -- July 29)
Scroll for raw videos of Rice EZF tour
(Adam Coleman / @RiceChron -- July 29)
Jordan Taylor impresses at Broncos camp
( -- July 29)
Looking at C-USA contenders for possible re-allignment
(Murfreesboro Daily News-Journal -- July 29)
2016 Rice schedule is perfect for night Owls
( -- July 28)
Bailiff happy to be back at Rice
(San Antonio Express-News -- July 26)
DB looks to rebound in tenth season at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- July 26)
Hard-working Dillard now at NASA
(San Antonio Express-News -- July 25)
Darik Dillard continues to amaze
(Houston Chronicle -- July 25)
Experienced Rice squad hopes to return to post-season
(Sports Chat Place -- July 21)
Rice has best 2017 recruiting class in C-USA
(Underdog Dynasty -- July 5)
Rice leads nation in athlete graduation success
( -- April 13)

Blue 30, Gray 17

PADS 'A POPPIN' --  Austin Walter breaks for big yardage in action during Friday night's spring game (David Speed Elder photo)

Owls showcase up-tempo offense in spring game
(Houston Chronicle -- April 9)
Blue defeats Gray in annual spring game
( -- April 9)

Opener moves to Sept. 1
( -- April 8)

Owls announce 2016 honor jerseys
( -- April 7)
Okam named DL coach
( -- March 29)

Rice adds games against Houston
(Houston Chronicle -- March 22)l
Can Owls bounce back from 2015 disappointment?
(SB Nation -- Feb. 11)
Rice is the hardest job in Conference USA
(Underdog Dynasty -- April 4)

New line coach calls KU assignment 'dream job'
( -- April 4)
Owls hold second spring scrimmage
( -- March 24)
Owls hold initial spring scrum
( -- March 18)
Spring football review:  defense
( -- March 12)
Spring football review: offense
( -- March 11)

2016 Signing Day
Rice Football Signing Day Central....

The unblinking eye of the video cam focused on Rice football's crop of new sign-
ees, as Head Coach David Bailiff and assistants faced media Wednesday at the R-Room (PTH photo)

Bailiff sees Rice's recruiting glass as half full

(Houston Chronicle --  Feb. 3)
DB says staff fended off numerous enemy flip attempts

( -- Feb. 3)

One recruiting service rates Rice 125th, 14th in C-USA
(24/7 Sports -- Feb. 3)
Rice adds 18 on National Signing Day
(KHOU-TV -- Feb. 3)

Rice Athletics promotes student attendance
(The Rice Thresher -- Feb. 3)
No more Mr. Rice Guy -- Casey all in at U of H
(Houston Chronicle -- Jan. 26)
Flashback:  Rice gets commit after sending letter to his cat
(Bleacher Report -- Jan. 28)
Stanford poaches Segina -- as if they needed him
( -- Jan. 28)
Rice recruit, nixed by academic standards, lands with UNT
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Feb. 3)

 Latest headlines...
 Last update: 08/03/17 04:21 PM

This week's scoreboard....

UTEP postgame
Coach Bailiff
Emmanuel Ellerbee
Jackson Tyner
UNCC postgame
Coach Bailiff
Zach Wright
Tyler Stehling
Emmanuel Ellerbee
UNCC week
Coach Bailiff
Destri White
Cory Klingler
FAU postgame
Coach Bailiff(video patch cable shorted out; waiting for replacement from Amazon)
Alex Lyons
Kylen Granson
LaTech postgame
Coach Bailiff
'They didn't give up; they continued to play hard... we had a tremendous learning curve lining up against a team like LA Tech'
Austin Walter
'If you take a look at this game, there's not a lot of diference between us and LA Tech; those guys wanted it; they executed; they had fun'
Cole Thomas
'They're a great team; they have a good coach, and they out-executed us tonight; it wasn't that we had a bad game plan, we just didn't execute as we should have'
LaTech week
Coach Patterson
Emmanuel Ellerbee
Calvin Anderson
Prairie View postgame
Coach Bailiff
Emmanuel Ellerbee
Tyler Stehling
Temi Alaka
Prairie View week
Coach Bailiff
“We lost in a very hard- fought ballgame. I’m really proud of how hard our football team played. ... the improvement that we made defensively was really good'
Connor Cella
'We had an 11 play drive and a 10 play drive that we didn't get any points out of.  We've got to get in the end zone'
Carl Thompson
'That was the best game we've played and we've been getting better every week.  But we lost.  We all have to go out and do our one-eleventh'
UTSA postgame
Coach Bailiff
 'You know, you really are heartbroken for that football team over  in the locker room; they tried so hard; they fought'
Tabari McGaskey
'We were able to make unbelievable stops in the fourth quarter to give our offense another chance to score. It's a tough loss but we can learn a lot as a team'
Tyler Stehling
'I have to be more consistent throwing the deep balls. "I have to be better. It's tough to come out of this one with a loss. We have to work on finishing drives'
UTSA week
Coach Bailiff
'We’re still a young football team playing mostly sophomores, but that’s why we get better with every rep. We’re not winning, but I think they can see the improvement'
Alex Lyons
'We saw the adversity, and how we started the year we were freshman, and how we turned things around; you just need to keep your nose down and work hard'
Samuel Stewart
'We let our bodies heal; we got in the training room...the big thing was that we didn't take the week off completely; that we got better'
USM postgame
Coach Bailiff, Sam Stewart 
'May have been the greatest effort of the long as we keep playing this hard, we're going to be in great shape'
USM week
Coach Bailiff
‘I’ve got to do a better job coaching; the assistants have got to do a better job coaching; the players have to do a better job executing; we’re all in this together.'
Zach Wright
I can’t even tell you how frustrating it is, after Saturday taking a loss like that. You ask anybody on this team, and nobody would have said we’re 0 and 4 to start the season'
Preston Gordon
‘Right now I think there’s nothing really that he coaches can do; it’s more on the players.  we’ve each just got to trust each other, and do our jobs.
UNT postgame
Coach Bailiff
‘Two big turnovers,  too many mistakes on defense – eight penalties; they seem to occur every time we pick up a positive play'
Darik Dillard
'That’s what happened to us in the second quarter - three turnovers.  Probably the underlying element in this entire game was failure to keep focus; we were inconsistent'
Tyler Stehling
‘We gave momentum to North Texas with those three turnovers. You just can’t have that. We’ve just got to stay together; we can’t be pointing fingers at anybody'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
‘We’ve got to put together four consistent quarters,  Just because we punched somebody in the mouth first doesn’t mean they’re not going to retaliate'
UNT week
Coach Bailiff
'This is an important game ...our players are playing extremely hard. They’re very coachable; they’re doing everything that we’ve asked'
Trey Martin
'Sprinkling Nate in was a good mixer for emotion for our team; that got us going and Nate fueled the fire... the offensive line as a unit had a pretty sollid game rushing the ball'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'Most of my success comes from the defensive line being able to  keep blockers from touching me; that allows me to hunt'
Coach Bailiff
'We're 0-3, but all our  goals are still intact; I told our players if we keep having that type of effort, keep growing those young ones up, we'll be in great shape'
J. T. Blasingame
'This was our best game defensively; it was a testament to the way we practiced this week; we practice really hard; we've just got to keep that up'
Darik Dillard
'Communicating with our offensive line, I told them that I was just going to trust them; with their being able to get the second-level blocks, we're able to make the plus-yardage'
Nate German
'I was a little tight there on a couple of throws, but it felt good to be back at quarterback... we've got to be able to build upon what we've established tonight'
Army postgame
Coach Bailiff
'There's time when you've got to make plays; you've got to get off the blocks and do something physical...'
Connor Cella
'Army's a good team; they came to play; we didn't... we didn't have a good week of practice, and you could see it...'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'They just played better than we did today; they were the more disciplined team'
WKU postgame
Coach Bailiff
“They played hard, but when you don’t play with the fundamentals and techniques that you work on in practice, things happen to you.”
Tyler Sterling
'We did some good things, but we've got to be more consistent; we weren't consistent at all'
J T Blasin-game
'We lost eye discipline; we didn't tackle... we need to go back and look at film, make a lot of corrections'
WKU week
Coach Bailiff
'We’ve had a great camp and we look forward to getting on the airplane and opening up with a conference game. It’s unique, but it’s one where we’ve got to show up'
Graysen Schantz
'We have a saying on defense -- just do your job.  It all comes down to fundamentals. That's what wins ball games'
Peter Godber
'Last year they came in here and beat us pretty badly.  That's a big motivator for us. The OL was really young last year.... they've got a lot of outstanding defensive players back; we're excited for the challenge'
C-USA 2016 kickoff coverage

(Rice begins at 1:14:40)
Spring game
postgame videos
Tyler Stehling
'My first four years didn't go exactly the way I wanted them to, but I got a big promotion; it's an opportunity...'
Coach Bailiff
'Tremendous effort tonight...we held out some guys, didn't let them play, made it hard sometiem to flow, but really I thought it pretty clean'

'We just want to win each day; we forget about yesterday; we're not worried about tomorrow... the competition at practice has been tremdous'
Signing Day videos
Coach Bailiff
'We identified a talen- ted group who continued to improve during their senior years, but held firm on their commitment to become Owls despite offers from a number of schools as this process wound down'
Coach Lynch
'Quarterback Sam Glaesman, from Waco Midway, is a guy that really is a good athlete for the quarterback position; he can make things off schedule; he can make things happen when the play breaks down'
Coach Patterson
'With the package and the type of competition we face, speed is of the essence.  Our corners live on an island; they've got to be sure they take away the first read'