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xSpring 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
( -- April 21)
Offense gains upper hand in Rice spring football game
(Houston Chronicle -- April 21)

Rice Signing Day Central....   Full presser video....
 New Rice OC Jerry Mack interview....  New Rice DC Brian Smith

New Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren enthusiastically announces the balance of his 2018 recruiting class to gathered media on National Signing Day (David Speed Elder photo)

Rice 2018 commits list
(24-7 Sports -- Feb. 7)

Rice 2018 signee bios, individual video highlights
( -- Feb. 7)
Rice completes 2018 recruiting class
( -- Feb. 7)
Rice signees will get instant chance to play
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 7)
New Rice staff recruiting branches out beyond state lines
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 6)
Cedar Hill's Page commits to Rice
(Dallas Morning News -- Feb. 5)
Rice to land chunk of incoming talent from FW school
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 3)
Rice hires Pete Lembo away from Maryland for Associate HC
(Sports Illustrated -- Feb. 1)
Signing with Rice 'no brainer' for Opelousas' Pitre
(Daily Advertiser -- Feb. 1)
Rice recruits ready for National Signing Day
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 1)
Minnesota's 'Mr. Football' takes offer from Rice
(Twin Cities Pioneer Press -- Jan. 31)

Coach  Bloom: 'I can't wait to get started'

New Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren elaborates his vision for a resurgent program, putting the  Institute within a group of five elite universities with big time college football (PTH photo)   FULL PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO....

Rice 2018 commits list
(24/7 Sports -- Jan. 18)
Hope  turned to frustration, but all fell in place for Rice commit

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Jan. 18)
Arlington Martin 'hidden gem' commits to Rice
( -- Jan. 18)
Graduating Anderson generates big demand
(SEC Country -- Jan 18)
Rice highlights machine McGuffie makes Olympic bobsled team
(SB Nation -- Jan. 15)
Iona prep star commits to Rice
( -- Jan. 11)
Trevor puts Rice on map, again
(Houston Chronicle -- Jan. 9)
Trey Martin set for Tropical Bowl action
( -- Jan. 9)

Trevor Cobb selected for College Football HOF
(Houston Chronicle -am- Jan. 8)
Coach Bloom joins JK on latest podcast
( -- Jan. 8)
Here's how teams on Big 12's short list fared this season
( -- Jan. 5
New Rice DC brings aggressive approach
(Houston Cronicle -- Jan. 4)
Bloomgren a home-run hire for Rice
(FrogsOWar-- Jan. 2)
Stanford assistant joins Rice staff after Alamo Bowl
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 29)
Coach Bloom wants Owls to be next Stanford
( -- 124+ comments)

New Rice coach has recruiting work to do
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 23)
Rice begins rebuilding process by signing five players
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 20)
Dallas' Cole Garcia makes commitment official at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 20)
New Rice coach's goal:  keep commitments
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 19)
Where football fits at Rice between expectations, academics and finances
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 15)
Coach Bloom: 'I'm the dumbest guy in the room when I'm meeting with my players, and I love it'
(Football Scoop -- Feb 1, 2013)
Bloomgren will coordinate Stanford offense in Alamo Bowl
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Dec. 9)
Mack to leave NC Central for OC job at Rice
(News & Observer -- Dec. 8)
MH:  "We're going to freakin' practice' 
(Nate and Creight -- Dec. 8)
Rice hires Michigan assistant Brian Smith for DC job
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 8)
Michigan assistant Brian Smith leaving for Rice DC job
(Detroit Free Press -- Dec. 8)
Rice hires Michigan safeties coach as DC
( -- Dec. 8)
NCCU head coach Mack leaving Eagles for Owls
( -- Dec. 8)
Mike wants old-school, but high-tech, football
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 7
Bright star of black college football to join Bloomgren staff
(HBCU Gameday -- Dec. 7)
New Rice coach wants Owls to be next Stanford
(Houston Press -- Dec. 7)
Mike Bloomgren talks Rice, Stanford, intellectual brutality
( -- Dec. 7)
The Coach:  Jess Neely's last game
(Rice Athletics/KPRC-TV -- Sept. 6, 2013 -- from 1966 feature)

New Rice coach excited about students, football
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 6
D J Green named to league all-academic team
( -- Dec. 6)
Rice introduces new football coach Mike Bloomgren
(The Rice Thresher --  Dec. 6)
MH:  'I am excited and humbled'
(NBC Sports -- Dec. 6)
Rice hires Stanford assistant as head coach
( -- Dec. 6)
New Rice coach agrees to five-year contract
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 6)
Stanford OC/Associate Head Coach headed to Houston
(Rule of Tree -- Dec. 6)
Official:  Rice hires Stanford OC Mike Bloomgren
(Yahoo Sports -- Dec. 6)
New approach to strength & conditioning in offing
(The Rice Thresher -- Dec. 6)
Rice has a new leader in town
(Texas HS Football -- Dec. 6)
Rice confirms Bloomgren as head coach
(NBC Sports -- Dec. 6)
Ellerbee, Womac lead Rice all-league choices
( -- Dec. 5)

Full video of Joe Karlgaard Monday press conference...

On the hustings....

Rice to hire Stanford OC Mike Bloomgren as coach
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 5, 8:30 p.m.)
Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren and Rice were finalizing a deal on Tuesday for Bloomgren to become the Owls' new football coach. A news conference to unveil Bloomgren is scheduled for Wednesday.
Offensive coordinator headed for Rice
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Dec. 5, 7:31 pm PDT)
Rice to hire Stanford's Mike Bloomgren as new football coach
(Houston Chronicle -- December 5; updated 6:15 pm)
Rice reportedly picks Stanford's Bloomgren
(Houston Business Journal -- December 5, 2 pm)
Why Mike Bloomgren is a great fit for Rice
(Texas Football -- Dec. 5)
Rice football finalizing deal with Bloomgren
(The Rice Thresher -- Dec. 5)
Rice is finalizing hire of Stanford OC Bloomgren
(   - Dec. 5)
New Rice coach said not SC play-caller
(The State  -- Dec. 5)
Stanford OC Bloomgren the biggest techie in college football
( -- May 18, 2016)
Rice to hire Bloomgren as head coach
(Yahoo Sports -- December 5)
Why isn't Mike Bloomgren a head coach?
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Nov. 15)
Report Mike Bloomgren next Rice coach
(Football Scoop -- -- Dec. 5)

Will Muschamp on status of Kurt Roper
(SEC Country -- Dec. 3)

Roper to Rice gaining traction?
(The Big Spur/24/7 Sports -- Dec. 2)
Report: Roper interviews; name 'increasingly involved'
(The State -- Dec. 2)
Hiring football coach another step in JK's vision for Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Dec. 2)
Rundown on potential candidates for Rice HC job
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 29)
'For entertainment purposes only':  Sonny Cumbie
(Football Scoop --  Nov. 29)
A coach who's so far out there it may just be a good fit for Rice
(CBSHouston  -- Nov. 29)
Kurt Roper a perfect fit for Rice
(Red and Black Attack -- Nov. 29)
Rice begins search for new head coach
(Houston Press -- Nov. 28
Christian Covington lauds Coach Bailiff after DB's dismissal
(MSN Sports -- Nov. 28)
Rice AD chimes in after program randomly slighted on twitter
(Fanrag Sports Network -- Nov. 28)
Several coordinators said in forefront for Rice coaching job
(Football Scoop -- Nov. 28)
JK:  'We have high aspirations for our program'
( -- Nov. 27)

AD Karlgaard wants innovative, creative coach for program
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 27
David Bailiff dismissed as Rice football coach
( -- Nov. 27)
Rice parts ways with football coach David Bailiff
The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 27)
Rice fires David Bailiff after 11 seasons with team
(Houston Business Journal -- Nov. 27)

David Bailiff fired by Rice after 11 seasons on the job
( -- Nov. 27
Rice fires Bailiff after 1-11 season
( -- Nov. 27)
David Bailiff out at Rice, sources say
(Click2Houston -- Nov. 27)
Report Rice firing head coach David Bailiff
(Sports Illustrated -- Nov. 27)
Rice fires footbal coach David Bailiff
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 27)
Reports SC OC Kurt Roper strong candidate for Rice job
(24/7 Sports -- Nov. 27)
Roper in play for Rice job
(Columbia, SC, The State -- Nov. 27)
Why David Bailiff was fired, in a 90-second read
( -- Nov. 27)

Rice fires David Bailiff
(Underdog Dynasty -- Nov. 27)
David Bailiff to be fired after 11 seasons
(Dallas Morning News -- Nov. 27)

North Texas 30, Rice 14

Rice's Roe Wilkins contributed another strong defensive effort for the Owls; here he puts the quietus on UNT running back Nic Smith (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Nov. 25) – When Rice cornerback Brandon Douglas-Dotson made an emphatic opening statement for the Owls by stepping into a North Texas curl route, picking off the pass, and returning it 75 yards untouched for the touchdown giving the Feathered Flock an early 7-0 lead here Saturday, the message was clear: The home team defense had shown up ready to play.

Unfortunately, the Rice offensive unit was unable to reciprocate. In fact, the Owls were able to come up with nary a first down until midway into the second quarter, and that’s no way to win a football game.

So the Owls didn’t win one. They could’ve won one – North Texas came in making it clear they were ripe for the plucking. One could argue they even should’ve won this one. When the Rice defensive unit gives up a total of 23 points despite being on the field the better part of the game, in the league they’re playing, this cerebral bunch oughta be able to generate enough offense to come away with a win.

This isn’t the SEC we’re talking about here.

Box  score, statistics....

Owls mercifully get end to 1-11 season
(USA Today Sports/SSBNation -- Nov. 25)
Rice closes book on season of frustration
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 25)
With exit likely imminent, Bailiff leaves storied legacy at Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 25)
Owls fall to North Texas, 30-14
(Click2Houston -- Nov. 25)
Owls fall to North Texas to cap David Bailiff's worst season
(Houston Chronicle --  Nov. 25)
UNT beats Rice, extends win streak to five
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 25)
Owls had won Senior Day game in last nine seasons straight
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 25)
UNT defense bounced back in big way
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 25)
Running back Sam Stewart carted off after injury
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 25)
Smith's career day carries UNT into title game
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Nov. 25)
UNT overcomes early pick-six to cruise over Rice
(Mean Green Nation -- Nov. 25)
UNT outlasts Owls on Senior Day
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Nov. 25)
Ballard ready for one final Senior Day
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Nov. 24)

HOUSTON (Nov. 23) -- Before the University of North Texas eleven journeys to Boca Raton on Nov. 30 to tangle with FAU in the Conference USA championship game, they'll be making a brief detour by Rice Stadium for a minor skirmish with the homestanding Owls come noon Saturday.

Not a big deal. This UNT contingent clinched the league’s western division race a couple of weeks ago, then outpointed Army at home last week in a 52-49 track meet. The “Mean Green,” as they are called, is 8-3 on the season, have a world-beater quarterback, talented skill players and defenders, and a dynamic young coach who seems soon to be destined for the big time.

So the Owls, casualty-ridden as they are, in going through the motions to finish out a one-win season, ought likely to be a mere minor speed bump on the champ’s yellow brick road, right?


Old Dominion 24, Rice 21

Austin Walter snuffs defender allowing Nahshon Ellerbe to dive in for TD putting Owls withi 17-14 early in fourth quarter against Old Dominion (David Speed Elder photo)

Parker Hanusa gets a solo sack of ODU quarterback Williams in first-quarter action Saturday (David Speed Elder photo)

NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 18) – When Rice quarterback Miklo Smalls plunged into the end zone from three yards out to give his Owls a 21-17 edge over Old Dominion with 2:05 left to play here Saturday, this’n looked to be all but in the bag.

With that play, the burly freshman signal-caller completed his team's second consecutive time-consuming touchdown drive, one of 75 yards, the other 80, each consuming 10 plays. The Flock owned the clock, and they certainly had the momentum.

This was a game in which the beleaguered Owl defense had made stops; had risen to the occasion; and had, unlike in previous contests, acted downright stingy when backed up.

So it was that ODU needed a 7, not a 3, to pull it out. Seemed like time to crank up those engines on the team buses, 'cause this Owl contingent looked like it was coming home with a win. Finally
Continues....     Box score, statistics....

North Texas travels to Rice in regular season finale
(SBNation -- Nov. 24)
UNT will hammer Rice, roll into title game
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 24)
Nobody's really had much trouble with the Owls
(Mean Green Nation -- Nov. 24)
Littrell:  DB does 'unbelievable' job at Rice
(Denton REcord-Chronicle -- Nov. 24)
Rice more talented than record suggests
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 24)
UNT's Smith ready to step into spotlight
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 23)
Littrell:  UNT still has lot to play for vs. Rice
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 22)
UNT only 109th nationally against the run
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 22)
Rice game as anticlimactic as imaginable for UNT
(Denton Record-Chronicle-- Nov. 22)
Nineteen Owl seniors to suit up up last time vs. UNT
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 22)
Littrell too good to be at UNT for long
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 21)
Wilson out at least through league title game
(Denton Record-Chronicle -- Nov. 21)
DB reported aware of impending exit
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 21
UNT prepares for life without Wilson
(Denton Record-Chroncile -- Nov. 21)
ODU wins third straight after rallying past Rice
( -- Nov. 18)
ODU QB: winning drive felt 'just like practice"
(Virginian-Pilot -- Nov. 18)
Touchdown with 37 seconds left sends ODU past Rice
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Nov. 18)
Williams' TD run keeps ODU bowl hopes alive
(Daily Press -- Nov. 18)
Old Dominion rallies past Rice, 24-21
WDKU Neews 3 -- Nov. 18)
Williams' late score rallies ODU over Rice
(ODU Athletics -- Nov. 18)
Abercrumbia impacts with play , personality
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Nov. 17)
Emmanuel Ellerbee pursues strong finish to Owls' weak season
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 17))

HOUSTON (Nov. 16) – All hands on deck, as the Rice Owls come ashore this weekend in Norfolk, Virginia, home of the world’s largest naval base, the hub of U.S. naval operations in the North and South Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.

The Owls will have slightly less territory to cover in taking on the homestanding Old Dominion Monarchs, a relative PT boat among NCAA football dreadnoughts, but one with sufficient firepower to have humbled the Owls, 45-42, in the two teams’ first and only meeting three years ago in Houston.


Southern Mississippi 43, Rice 34

Rice's Austin Walter breaks for big yardage to spark Owl touchdown drive, second quarter against Southern Miss (PTH photo)

Rice running back Nahshon Ellerbe nabs one of his four touchdowns on the day with a 17-yard, third-quarter run that brought the Owls to within 29-27 against Southern Miss (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Nov. 12) – One turnover. Just one punt. Only a single, solitary key third-down-stop.

The Rice Owl defenders were as men dying of thirst in the desert, desperately crawling on all fours looking for a simple drink of water.

They didn’t find one.

On a day when the Rice offense suddenly seemed to discover itself against one of the stouter defensive units in Conference USA, the Owl defense, battered, beaten and bandaged as it was, surrendered 517 yards total offense to a Southern Mississippi team that, on the other hand, wasn’t at all one of the more prolific yardage-producers in the league.

In the event, Rice  failed to force a punt, failed to force a turnover, failed even to force one, single, desperately needed third- down stop when the game was on the line and the momentum lay with a suddenly relentless Rice offensive attack.

The result was yet another loss, the Owls’ eighth straight, this time spelled out in front of a handful of current students and an assemblage of at least several dozen alumni among the motley crowd present in Rice Stadium this Homecoming weekend.

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

Rice's struggles have David Bailiff's tenure at risk
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 14)
Rice fights, never dies; yet loses to Southern Miss
(Houston Press --  Nov. 13)
Offensive resurgence not enough as Owls fall to 1-9
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 12)
Owls drop Homecoming shootout
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Nov. 12)
Defense had few answers for Rice, but offense prevailed
( -- Nov. 12)
Walter thrives in variety of roles
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Nov. 11)

Rice falls; losing streak extends to eight
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 11)
Southern Miss survives Rice behind srong offensive showing
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Nov. 11)
USM hangs on for 43-34 win at Rice
( -- Nov. 11)
Griggs, Smith lead Southern Miss over Rice
(Sacramento Bee/AP -- Nov. 11)
TDs on five straight possessions fails to boost Owls
( --  Nov. 11)
USM's Smith joins elite company
(Hattiesburg American -- Nov. 11)
USM survives Rice, achieves bowl eligibility
(Hattiesburg American -- Nov. 11)

HOUSTON (Nov. 9) – Amid the halls of ivy bedecking the oak-strewn acreage of one of America’s most storied universities, Rice graduates young and old will gather this weekend in a quest for comfort within once-familiar surroundings.
A number of them will even gather at Historic Rice Stadium come Saturday, in hopes of a pleasant fall football afternoon, buoyed, one would hope, by a pre-game wine tasting, which, perhaps, ought to become a regular feature of Rice home gridiron tilts.

An extended vertical tasting might be advisable for alums planning to spend the day at Rice Stadium, for the bout on the card features a 1-8 Owl team against a 5-4 Southern Mississippi contingent still in the conference race and vying for bowl eligibility.

UAB 52, Rice 21

Rice linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee reaches for frosh UAB running back Spencer  Brown in Saturday's game in Birmingham (courtesy; Mark Almond photo)

Latest headlines:

Southern Miss up, down in league play
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov.9)
Defense let game get out of hand  at UAB
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 9)
Southern Miss looks to right itself against reeling Rice
(Hattiesburg American -- Nov. 8)
All about flowing locks and field goals for USM's Shaunfield
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Nov. 8)
See-saw at QB presents questions for Southern Miss
(Biloxi Sun-Herald -- Nov. 7)
Rice increasingly relying on young depth
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 7)
Desperate for win, Rice may already be looking to next season
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 7)
USM's Hopson:  Griggs will 'probably' start at Rice
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Nov. 6)
Short fields' were critical against Vols
(Hattiesburg American -- Nov. 6)

Stellar defense undermined in USM loss at Tennessee
(Jackson Clarion-Ledger -- Nov. 5)
Southern Miss must have short memory following loss at Tennessee
(Hattiesburg American -- Nov. 5)

Unlike every other game UAB has played this season, this one was over early
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 5)
In a season full of brutally bad performances by Rice, loss to UAB might have been the most embarrassing
( -- Nov. 5)
UAB vs. Rice - UAB video highlights 
(UAB Athletics -- Nov. 5)
Wilkins emerges in time of need
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Nov. 4)

UAB blows out Rice 52-21, becomes bowl-eligible
(WVTM13/AP -- Nov. 4)
How UAB throttled Rice for huge home win
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 4)
Rice-UAB video lowlights 
( -- Nov. 4)
UAB's Clark: 'Doesn't get much better than this'
(Blazers 24/7 -- Nov. 4)
Rice falls at UAB, 52-21
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Nov. 4)
Blazers back -- and bowl eligible
(Sports Illustrated -- Nov. 4)
Brown, Erdely pave the way for UAB
( -- Nov. 4)
Crushing setback same result as previous six
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 4)
UAB defense comes up big when needed
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 4)

HOUSTON (Nov. 2) – So it appears the next whistle stop for the Rice Owls in this thus-far benighted season lay in Birmingham, Alabama, against a team that wasn't even a team a year ago.

The Flock tries to break out of its six-game losing streak against the University of Alabama Birmingham, which this season renewed gridiron wars after taking a two-year vacation from major college football.

And the heck of it is that this bunch is undefeated,4-0, at home, and boasts a 5-and-3 won-loss record on the year. They are playing Saturday for bowl eligibility! The Owls, on the other hand, are playing for -- what do they call it again? "Playing for pride.

LA Tech 42, Rice 28

Rice WR Aaron Cephus streaks goalward after hauling in Sam Glaesman pass, scoring from 51 yards out to tie game at 28 with 1:03 left (David Speed Elder photo)

Kylen Granson makes circus catch of Sam Glaesmann pass for 41-yard gain (David Speed Elder photo)

Slumping Owls prep for UAB's unique success
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 3)
Rice looks to end loss streak, UAB eyes bowl bid
(Housotn Chronicle -- Nov. 3)
UAB Coach Clark given new five-year pact
(FoxSports -- Nov. 3)
UAB star frosh running for his people
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 3)
Rice to take on resurgent UAB in league game
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 2)
Ellerbee continues defensive dominance
(The Rice Thresher -- Nov. 1)
Owls aim for third in row over UAB
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 1)
Rice desperately looking to get out of funk
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 31)

Owls had shot, but couldn't execute in final four minutes
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 29)
Momentum clearly was on Owls' side
( -- Oct. 29)
Tech rallies late to cook up (sic) win over Rice
(Ruston Daily Leader -- Oct. 29)

Rice's comeback effort falls short against LA Tech
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 28)
Bulldogs dug deep to thwart Rice upset bid
(LA Tech Athletics -- Oct. 28)
LA Tech scores 14 points in final minute for win
(New York Daily News/AP -- Oct. 28)
'They played next man up'
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Oct. 28)
LA Tech snaps losing streak with win over Rice
(Monroe News-Star --  Oct. 28)
Rice's Emmanuel Ellerbee is fueled by doubt
( -- Oct. 27)

HOUSTON (Oct. 26)- The Rice Owls find themelves at home this weekend facing an opponent against whom competitiveness lingers only as a distant memory.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, of greater metropolitan Ruston, La., population 18,000, have defeated the Institute Boys in five out of their last six contests, and are aiming squarely for six out of seven.

This series has been pretty much “no contest” during the second decade of this century. Louisiana Tech has prevailed in five out of the last six games, including a 61-16 walkover last season in a game where the Owls trailed by 47-0 midway in the third quarter.

In 2015, the last time this matchup was held in Rice stadium, the Bulldogs took it, 42-17. The year before that, in Ruston, Tech was a scoring machine, piling up 76 points in a lopsided victory.

True, the 2013 contest was an anomaly, as the Owls, in their championship season, dusted off LATech 52-14 in Rice Stadium. But this matchup has failed to produce anything near resembling a nail-biter in recent years.


UTSA 20, Rice 7

OFF TO THE RACES -- Rice WR Aaron Cephus snags Sam Glaesmann pass and scoots 50 yards for the Owls' only score against UTSA (David Speed Elder photo)

YOU CAN'T DO THAT -- Owl running back Jordan Myers gers blatantly face- masked, but was it called?  Nahhhhh... (David Speed Elder photo)

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 22) – Some of the Rice Owls’ same old bugaboos reared their ugly heads at the Alamodome here Saturday night, as the visiting Institute Boys, despite no paucity of effort, wound up seeing themselves once again on the short end of things.

The University of Texas - San Antonio, a school that seven years ago had never even played a football game, humbled their scholarly, historically-storied opponent for the third year in a row, this time to the tune of a 20-7 score.

For the Owls, it was a clear case of, if you keep on doing to same old things over and over again, you’re gonna hafta expect the same old result. Over and over again.
        Box score, statistics....

LATech goes for 6 out of last 7 vs. Rice

(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 25)
Pair of Rice commits have huge outing in win
(College Football Recruiting -- Oct. 24)
Rice lost turnover battle, couldn't find scoreboard

(Sports Chat Place -- Oct. 24)
Giving up untimely miscues, Owls come up short
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 24)
LATech tuning out naysayers after two ugly league losses
(Monroe News-Star --  Oct. 24)
Boz converts all five FG attempts for Steelers vs. Cincy
( -- Oct. 23)
Mistakes plague Rice in loss to UTSA
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 22)
Despite Loss, defensive effort kept Rice in game
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 22)
Davenport, Sturm lead UTSA past Rice
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 22)

UTSA leads entire way to beat Rice, 20-7
(Washington Post/AP --  Oct. 22)
UTSA needed win; got one
(InsidRunnerSports -- Oct. 22)
Rice falls to UTSA in San Antonio, 20-7
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Oct. 22)
Make that three consecutive wins against Rice
(KENS-TV5 --  Oct. 22)
UTSA dominated Rice's offense for four quarters
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 22)
Rice-UTSA video lowlights 
( -- Oct. 22)

HOUSTON (Oct. 19) – So, will this be the weekend that the Rice Owls awake from their slumber and make a competitive showing against one of the more formidable of their Conference USA league foes?

Maybe. The offensive lineup appears to be as hale and hardy as it’s been since the UTEP game, the Institute Boys’ only win of the season so far.

The Rice coaching staff has announced that redshirt frosh Sam Glaesmann once again will get the starting nod at quarter, and his fellow walking wounded Sam Stewart is apparently back in fine fettle at the running back position.

It’s a combination that worked against UTEP, as the Owls ground out a relatively decisive 31-14 decision at the Sun Bowl in a game where Rice pounded the middle and controlled the game with their running attack.


Army 49,  Rice 12

The receiving of Aaron Cephus was one of few offensive bright spots on the evening for the Owls; here, he hauls in TD pass in fourth quarter (PTH photo)

Rice's Emanuel Esukpa breaks several tackles en route to 22-yard TD run against Army, third quarter (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 8) – The Army invaded Rice Stadium Saturday evening and left with a walkover victory that rivals the one they inflicted in Desert Storm.

In a game that was no contest by the time the end of the first quarter rolled around, the Rice Owls saw their hopes of a winning return to the friendly confines blindsided by a nightmarish sequence of six plays in three minutes as Black Knights turned four turnovers into 28 points on their way to a 49-12 victory before an announced crowd of 21, 766.

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

JK discusses state of Rice sports
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 18)
UTSA has edge over Rice in matchups
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 18)
Ellerbee making most of his senior season
(SportsFix 39 -- Oct. 18)
Amid losing streak, UTSA holds players-only meeting
(San AntonioExp ress-News -- Oct. 17)
Wave of injured Rice players returns to field
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 17)
UTSA coach defends play-calling in heartbreaking loss
(San Antonio Express-News -- Oct. 17)
Brian Womac takes pride in Rice
(Sportsfix 39 -- Oct. 16)
Jordan Meyers' versatility gives Rice someone to lean on
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 16)
Owls looking to snap four-game losing streak
(Sports Chat Place -- Oct. 16)
Former Vikings QB Tommy Kramer back for all the right reasons
(Minneapolis Star-Tribune -- Oct. 13)
What could've been good defensive effort turns disaster
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 8)
Video highlights of Army turnover fest at Rice
(GoArmyWestPoint -- Oct. 8)
First-quarter turnover nightmare derails Rice
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Oct. 8)
Army forces 6 Rice turnovers in 49-12 win
(USA Today/AP -- Oct.8)
Turnovers plague Rice in loss to Army
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 8)
Turnovers key in road victory at Rice
(GoArmyWestPoint -- Oct. 8)
Army romps to first road win of season
(Times Herald-Record -- Oct. 8

Rice-Army TV info: BE-IN (Dish 392, DirecTV 620, Comcast 726

HOUSTON (Oct. 5) -- The Rice Owls get what appears to be one last chance to right this season's ship of state this Saturday when they take on a familiar opponent in the Army Black Knights at Rice Stadium, kickoff at 5:30 p.m.

The Long Gray Line is only 2-4-1 against the Owls in a rivalry that goes back as far as 1958, but which has become practically an every-season thing in recent years. And a look at results the last few times these two scholarly elevens lined up against each other can provide a sobering perspective to denizens of the Feathered Flock.

Three years ago, Rice whipped Army 41-21 on a rainy day at West Point -- not even close. Year before last, on yet another rainy day, this time in Houston, the Owls bested Army 38-31 in a barn-burner that was decided on the last play of the game. Then last season, back up at The Point, Army took ample measure of the Owls, winning 31-14 in a game which steered the Flock onto the road leading to a 3-9 season.


Pitt 42, Rice 10

FAST ENOUGH TODAY -- Rice running back Austin Walter races past Pitt containment en route to a 70-yard touchdown pass-and-run that brought the Owls momentarily to within 28-10, third quarter (PTH photo)

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 1) – Early in Rice's game with the University of Pittsburgh Saturday, the Owls were defending on second down at midfield when Pitt quarterback Max Browne lofted a long, arcing throw into double coverage along the visitors' sideline.

The journeyman Pitt senior quarterback had been a somewhat surprise starter, as his passing acumen in the Panthers' first three games was, well, let's just say he threw more balls than strikes.

This toss seemed destined for calamity as well, as veteran senior Rice linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee had picked up the play and had Pitt receiver Chawntez Moss covered like a wet blanket. But at the last instant, Moss managed to get in a clever little push against the preseason Conference USA defensive player of the year.

Box score, statistics....

Army aims for bowl eligibility
(Underdog Dynasty -- Oct. 7)
Family bragging rights on line for Rice's Calvin Anderson
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 7)
Army, seeking first road win, travels to Rice
(Washington Post/AP -- Oct. 6)
Key for Rice defense against Army?  Stay in your lane
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 5)
Plenty of high hopes left for Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 3)
Monken: 'Weve had some real battles with those guys'
( -- Oct. 3)
Cadets say tough to win on road
( -- Oct. 3)

Lone Star State showdown on tap for Army
( -- Oct. 3)

Owls probably better than 1-4 record indicates
( -- Oct. 3)
Owl offense disappoints again in 42-10 loss
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 3)
Owls look to get back in win column vs. Army
(Sports Chat Place -- Oct. 2)
Austin Walter goes the distance against Pitt
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Oct. 2)
UTEP pulled an Army on Army
( -- Oct. 1)
Army can pass, too; 35-21 over UTEP
(Washington Post/AP -- Sept. 30)
Run-of-the-mill Rice no enigma
(Houston Press -- Sept. 30)
Browne's four TD passes spark Pitt in rout of Rice
(USA Today/AP -- Sept. 30)
Pitt has little trouble with Rice in 42-10 win
(Cardiac Hill/SB Nation -- Sept. 30
'That ain't good,' Narduzzi says of Pitt's rushing effort

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Sept. 30)
Pitt snaps three-game losing streak with 42-10 win
(Penn Live -- Sept. 30)
Pitt airs it out with Max Browne, routs Rice 42-10
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Sept. 30)
Max Browne shines, but Pitt humble after beating Rice
(TribLive -- Sept. 30)
Max Browne's 4 touchdowns spark Pittsburgh rout of Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 30)
Browne 'in rhythm all day' against Rice
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Sept. 30)
Browne had himself a day in lopsided win
(Cardiac Hill/SB Nation -- Sept. 30)
This time, the Panthers kept on scoring
(Cardiac Hill/SB Nation -- Sept. 30)
Pitt fries Rice, 42-10, snaps losing streak
(The Pitt News -- Sept. 30)
Jackson Tyner throws for career-high 222 yards
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Sept. 30)

(Program cover cartoon by John Churchill Chase, Rice vs. Pitt, Rice Stadium, November 13, 1951, the last time the Owls and the Panthers lined up against each other in football.  The final score?  Rice 21, Pitt 13, to make Sammy 2-0, lifetime against the Steeltown felines)

HOUSTON (Sept. 27) – The Rice Owls travel to the confluence of the Allegheny and the Monon- gahela Saturday to take on the homestanding University of Pittsburgh Panthers in an inter- sectional game that kicks off at noon Eastern, 11:00 a.m. central time.

Both teams are 1-3, both teams have played musical chairs with their quarterbacks, both teams have lost not-close games to strong foes on the road, both teams have a win against a G5 also-ran. So this one ought to rate as something of a toss-up, right?

Not so fast there. The sports gaming fellas rate the Owls as a three-touchdown underdog against the Panthers, no doubt in part because the Owls, thus far this still-young season, haven’t been able to reach the end zone with a Hurry Cane.


Florida International 13, Rice 7

CAN'T FAULT THE DEFENSE -- The Rice Owl defense was on the field for the better part of the game against FIU and played it tough, getting key stops and forcing a two fumbles and a pick, including this acrobatic interception of an Alex McGough pass by Travis Bickham, second quarter (David Speed Elder photo

HOUSTON (Sept. 24) – The table was set and the dinner bell had rung.

Despite ineffective play-calling and a mystifying lack of the kind of on-field execution displayed in a relatively easy win over a UTEP opponent of equal if not superior talent two weeks earlier, the Rice Owls had victory within their grasp against Florida International University with the clock ticking down at Rice Stadium Saturday night.

With 2:43 remaining in the game, and trailing by 13-7, the Owls faced first down and goal to go from the FIU nine yard line.

The issue might’a, could’a, should’a been decided mere seconds earlier when a young, inexperiened Rice receiver reeled in, then bobbled and dropped, a Jackson Tyner-thrown, perfectly-placed would-be 33-yard touchdown strike as he crossed the goal line.
Box score, statistics....

Pitt relishes chance to right ship vs. reeling Rice
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Sept. 30)
Rice, Pitt look to get offenses going in rare meeting
(Sharon Herald -- Sept.30)
Catch Owls, Pitt at 11 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports Southwest
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 29)
Rice, Pitt have plenty in common entering matchup
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 28)
Panthers' improvements could inspire victory
(The Pitt News -- Sept. 28)
Rice will bring a familiar look to Heinz Field
(Panther-Lair -- Sept. 28)
Narduzzi doesn't anticipate protests from Pitt players Saturday
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Sept. 28)
Pitt coach singles out Brian Womac as key Owl defender
(The Pitt News -- Sept. 28)
After four games, Rice sits near bottom in offensive stats
(KXLY Coeur d'Alene -- Sept. 28)
Four games in, Pitt QB situation still unresolved
(Cardiac Hill/SB Nation -- Sept. 27)
Time for a change: a three-step plan to improve Rice football
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 27)
Rice football must build a winning culture
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 27)
Potential game-winning drive falls short
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 27)
Improvement on defense gives rise to some optimism
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 27)
Pitt will try to snap 3-game losing streak
(69NewsAllentown -- Sept. 27)
Rice not a good team; Pitt big favorite
(Cardiac Hill/SB Nation -- Sept. 27)
RB Sam Stewart latest injury to plague Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 26)

Hopeful Rice turns attention to Pittsburgh
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 26)
Narduzzi's press conference leaves questions
(The Pitt News -- Sept. 26)
Let's be patient with Pat Narduzzi and Pitt football
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Sept. 26)
Narduzzi, Panthers not worried about only one ACC loss
( -- Sept. 26)
Narduzzi stops short of commiting to DiNucci
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Sept. 25)
Panthers' gutless play calling continues to disappoint
( -- Sept. 25)
QB situation still unclear for sputtering Pitt
(Fox Sports -- Sept. 25)
Pitt coach not seeing enough improvements in his QBs
(Timesonline -- Sept. 25)
Coach declines to name starter during Rice week press conference
( -- Sept. 25)
Pitt, GaTech coaches in PP'ing match after Panthers loss to Jackets
( -- Sept. 25)
Rice misses chance for redemption in loss to FIU
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 25)
Pitt has chance to regroup against Rice
( -- Sept. 25)
Goal-line stand gives Butch Davis his first league win at FIU
(Miami Herald -- Sept. 25)
Rice offense takes step backward in loss to FIU
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 25)
For non-adherents, Rice-Pitt will be painful to watch
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 25)
Rice offense ineffectual in loss to FIU
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 24)
Late rally falls short; FIU downs Rice, 13-7
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Sept. 23)
Offensive woes continue as FIU edges Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 23)
Borregales kicks FIU past Rice
(New York Daily News/AP -- Sept. 23)
Pitt thumped by Georgia Tech in ACC opener
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Sept. 23)
Trey Martin has played, learned on both sides of ball
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Sept. 22)

HOUSTON (Sept. 22) – Hate to have to say so, but this one stacks up pretty much as a “must” game coming up for the Rice Owls.

The august, venerable Institute goes against a comparative upstart in the college football world when they take on the Florida International University Panthers in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Rice Stadium, the first of five home stanzas that the Owls  are slated to sing this year.

University of Houston 38, Rice 3

WE SHOULDA' STOOD HOME -- Apropos of the evening's turn of events, Rice frosh quarterback Sam Glaesman coughs up the pill after scrambling for 14 yards and a first down; he also appeared to have been injured on the play (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 16) -- Rice committed three costly early turnovers as the Owls fell, 38-3, at Houston in the return of the Bayou Bucket Saturday at TDECU Stadium.

Rice was effective on defense at the onset.  But after the teams traded punts to open the game, the Houston offense began to click, driving down the field in eight plays for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Continues....                    Box score, statistics....

Wint, Williams comprise 1-2 punch for FIU
(Miami Herald -- Sept. 22)
Rice secondary hopes to bounce back against FIU
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 22)

Panthers face third straight game on the road
( -- Sept. 22)

Beschorner now calling plays at Rice
(Sioux City Journal -- Sept. 22)

FIU has offensive edge against Owls
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 22)
Can Butch Davis get FIU back on track?
(Miami Herald -- Aug. 29)

Andrew Sendejo:  watching like a hawk
( -- Sept. 21)

Owls to face LSU in Baton Rouge next November
( -- Sept. 21)
For Rice, this game is about redemption
( -- Sept. 21)
After Irma, FIU doesn't mind normal road trip
( -- Sept. 20)

As injuries hit Rice backfield, Nahshon Ellerbe steps up
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 20)
Bayou Bucket exposes growing gap between Rice, UH
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 20)
Injuries mounting for Rice, including QB Sam Glaesman
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 19)

Rice puts last week behind it, focuses on FIU
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept.19)
Trio of FIU players making mark in record book
(Miami Herald -- Sept. 19)
Football takes a beating in Bayou Bucket
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 18)
Cougars extend Bucket win streak to four
(Sealy News -- Sept. 18)
Third ward keeps Bayou Bucket
(The Venture -- Sept. 18)
Owls open as three-point fave over FIU
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 18)

Cougars devour Owls 38-3 in Bucket showdown
(The Houston Press -- Sept. 17)
Cougars dominate on both sides of ball in win over Owls
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 17)
Cheta Ozougwu has lasting memories of Bucket win
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Sept. 16)
Rice offense struggles in loss to UH
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)
UH beats Rice in emotional Bayou Bucket showdown

(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)

UH claims Bayou Bucket for fourth consecutive time
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)

Houston beats Rice 38-3, scoring all points in first half
(Fox Sports -- Sept. 16)
Houston runs away from Rice, 38-3
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 16)
When it comes to Houston stars, Oliver second to none
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)
Rice-UH video lowlights
(AmericaAhleticConf -- Sept. 16)
Houston, Rice hold pregame moment of silence for Harvey victims
(ESPN -- Sept. 16)

HOUSTON (Sept. 14) – So is a blowout loss in Game One to a big-name school on the road any indication of doom and gloom for the rest of the season?  Or is an impressive rebound win in Game Two any portention of impending success?

We checked, and the all-time record is, well, slightly instructive. The last time to the Owls got pummeled so badly in their season opener on the road was in 1996, when they lost 70-7 to none other than Ohio State, on the banks of the Olentangy. John Cooper really ran up the score that day. Jerk.

The next week, Rice came back home and knocked off Tulane, 21-14, with All-American running back Trevor Cobb, as a junior, racking up big yardage – as he did for the rest of the season.

There was still rough sledding from there, though, as the Owls next lost 34-7 at home to a tough Kansas State team, followed by a 45-17 thrashing at Air Force.

But after starting 1-3, the Feathered Flock went on a tear, winning six out of seven to finish 7-4, getting shut out of an expected Copper Bowl invitation only by a bit of last-minute skulduggery by the University of Utah. See, those days, there weren’t 70-odd bowl slots that had to be filled.

The moral of the story, if there is one, might be: don’t worry about the next game. Just get better, and let the season take care of itself.  There're plenty of bowl games to go around, these days.

And now, after a four-year hiatus, the boys from the ritzy side of South Main once again will take on their cross-town rival the University of Houston.

Flashback:  You never forget your first time....

Rice 31, UTEP 14

Rice QB Sam Glaesmann here fakes out UTEP defender en route to second quarter touchdown; the redshirt freshman showed solid game management and elusive running ability behind hard-blocking Rice offense (David Speed Elder photo)

Owl 'road graders' did their job and more on the Sun Bowl turf in Rice's 31-14 win over UTEP (David Speed Elder photo)

EL PASO (Sept. 10) – It perhaps fell short of a perfect effort, but it surely was a game to build on.

The Rice Owls took to the Sun Bowl turf Saturday and proceeded to dominate the homestanding UTEP Miners from the opening kickoff, out-playing, out-hitting, out-blocking, out-tackling, out-running and out-catching the local boys, who looked dazed and confused, wondering what had hit them, as the waning seconds ticked off.

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

UH owns nation's longest home winning streak
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 16)
After Harvey, college football breathes life back into Houston
(ESPN -- Sept. 16)
Cougars more than three-touchdown favorite
(Houston Press -- Sept. 15)

Pressure defense Rice's goal against UH
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 14)
Revisiting the Bayou Bucket rivalry's memorable games
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 14)
Joyce is back at it with the Hot Tamales
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Sept. 14)
Archived David Bailiff Radio Show from UH week
(Rice Athletics Communications --  Sept. 14)
Rice quarterback sees big hurdle in UH's Ed Oliver
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 13)

Rivalry renewed:  Bayou Bucket preview
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 13)
Bucket returns after 5 years, rivalry continues
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 13)
Casey:  'I'm 100 per cent loyal to UH'
( -- Sept. 13)
Familiar foe well-received by UH fans
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 13)
Cougars looking for a quick 2-0 start
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 13)
Applewhite era off to solid start
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 13)
Football runs wild in first win
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 13)
UH to wear 'Houston' patch on jerseys, tribute to storm victims
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 13)
Bayou Bucket trophy has interesting history
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 12)
Rice excited for return of Bayou Bucket game
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 12)
How will Houston fare against Rice?
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 12)
DB: 'We've got our hands full this week'
(Rice Sports Administration -- Sept. 12)
Bayou Bucket is all about bragging rights for UH, Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 11)
Rice first team in land to board plane, play game after 9-11
( -- Sept. 11)
Cougars win first game on road at Arizona
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 11)
How explosive will Owls be when Ed Oliver is on prowl?
(The Houston Press -- Sept. 11)

Rice shows expected improvement in win over UTEP
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)

Highlights, comments from Saturday's win over UTEP
(Rice Athletics Communication video -- Sept. 10)

Owls have cause for celebration after UTEP win
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Sept. 10)
Rice-UTEP photo gallery
(Rice Athletics Communicaitons -- Sept. 10)
Miners look lost after Rice debacle
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 10)

For Miners, beginning was bad, ending was worse
(El Paso Times -- Sept 10)
Early look at Houston's next opponent:  Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)
Miners must come together if they're going to build
(UTEP Miners Sports -- Sept. 9)

Glaesmann with 2 TDs helps Rice beat UTEP
(USA Today/AP -- Sept. 9)

UTEP fans not in forgiving mood after Rice flattens Miners
(KVIA7/Las Cruces-El Paso/with video -- Sept. 9)
Rice flies past floundering Miners
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 9)
Three plays that told story of UTEP loss to Rice
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 9)
Defense leads Rice over UTEP in first win of season
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Sept. 9)

Rice runs over UTEP, 31-14
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 9)
Owls pound UTEP in lackluster conference start for Miners
(Texas HS Coach -- Sept. 9)
Rice spoils UTEP conference opener
(El Paso Herald-Post -- Sept. 9)

Miners woes continue as Rice dominates
(El Paso Herald-Post -- Sept. 9)
Kugler:  'We got beat soundly in all phases'
(El Paso Herald-Post -- Sept. 9)
UTEP injuries add insult to loss
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 9)

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HOUSTON (Sept. 6) -- The Rice Owls get to pick on an outfit that's a little more their size when they meet the UTEP Miners at the Sun Bowl in El Paso Saturday, a 7 pm kickoff (CST). But they once again hit the road having barely gotten their feet settled on home turf after Hurricane Harvey forced an additional week-long hiatus in Fort Worth upon Rice's return from the Land Down Under for game one with Stanford.

Just how much focus the Owls were in position to place on the practice field this week remains an open question. A dozen or more of the Rice players were displaced from their residences on account of hurricane damage. That would seem to suggest that they, as any rational mortal being would, must concentrate on survival before they turn to on-the-the-field self actualization.

Stanford 62, Rice 7

Samuel Stewart paced Rice offensive effort with 71 yards rushing; the Owls' lone score came on 23-yard TD run by Austin Walter (Rice Athletics Communications)

HOUSTON (Aug. 27) – In retrospect – and granted, with benefit of hindsight – Rice’s 62-7 loss to Stanford in the now mercifully rear-view-mirrored Sidney Cup debacle raises a simple inescapable question: why?

International travel affording educational opportunity for the players, a decent paycheck for the business office, a chance to be showcased before not one football-loving nation, but two. All undeniable benefits.

But on the downside... Could it have been predicted that Stanford coach David Shaw would keep the pedal to the metal for an entire game given the opportunity to propel his Stanford team back into the national conversation?

Could it have been prognosticated that Rice would show such a shocking lack of preparedness from the game’s opening gun? Would one rightly have expected that ESPN announcers would react with the anticipated jocularity?

Was this a game simply to have been dismissed from the get-go as never having been even remotely attainable, to be written off as a mere class field trip with a paycheck tied to the end?

Or not?

Continues....      Box score, statistics....
Rice gets second chance for new start
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 8)
Glaesmann will start, Tyner to see snaps
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 8)

Football could serve as a welcome distraction
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 8)
UTEP tries to make a stand at home
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 8)
Rice gets reacquainted with Sun Bowl
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Sept. 8)

After record storm, Rice digs out, moves forward
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 7)
Both teams come in looking for answers
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 7)
Rice eyes bounceback after drubbing in opener
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 7)
David Bailiff radio show on demand, UTEP week
(Stretch Internet -- Sept. 7)
Rice players find flooded house, helping hands
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 6)
DB explains how Rice has dealt with unusual start to season
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 6)
Two teams looking for early-season positives square off
(Miner Rush -- Sept. 6)
12 Owl players lose everything during Harvey
(KTRK 13 Sports -- Sept. 5)
Rice football players pick up pieces after return to Houston
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 5)
Rice team came together to help those impacted by Harvey
(CBS Sports -- Sept. 5)
One area Miners can improve before facing Rice
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 5)

After rough opening week, Kugler, UTEP turn to Rice
(Texas HS Football -- Sept. 5)
Miners re-focus ahead of huge home game
(El Paso Proud -- Sept. 5)
Miners to battle Rice in football home opener
(El Paso Inc. -- Sept. 5)

UTEP hopes to set things right as Rice heads in
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 5)
Kugler: "They're sitting in the same boat as us"
( -- Sept. 4)

UTEP will be without defensive leader in first half Saturday
( -- Sept. 4)
UTEP opens as 3-point underdog
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 4)
Owls had no idea of what was to come
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 3)

What can UTEP do after blowout loss?
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 3)
No. 7 OU speeds past overmatched UTEP
(El Paso Times -- Sept. 2)
DB:  Owls'll be home Friday afternoon

(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 31)
Matiscik: 'Our house is done for'
(Fort Worth Star Telegram -- Aug. 31)

Owls find comforts of home in Fort Worth
(Ft. Worth Star-Telegram -- Aug. 30)
Harvey keeps Rice camped out on TCU campus
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 30)
DB talks about Fort Worth detour
(WBAP Radio -- Aug. 30)

Rice athletics on hold due to Harvey
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug.29
Patterson:  'People's lives are far more important'
(TCU DieHards -- Aug. 29)
DB: "We all want to be back in Houston. We just can't get there"
(U.S. News/AP -- Aug. 29)
Niners trade Vance Mac to Steelers
(Around the NFL -- Aug. 29)
After 5-year, $35M contract extension, Niners trade Mac
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 29)
Jordan Taylor to serve as Broncs' backup QB this week
(BroncosWire -- Aug. 29)
Patterson:  'No-brainer' to extend camp offer to Owls
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Aug. 28)
Owl football team staying in Fort Worth
(Dallas Morning News -- Aug. 29)
Hurricane forces Rice temporary relocate to TCU
(CBS Sports -- Aug. 28)
Long return trip made harder by Harvey
(Houston Press -- Aug. 28)
Rice football team to work out at TCU
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 28)
UTEP offers help, facilities to flooded-out Owls
(El Paso Times -- Aug. 28)
SMU, Baylor offered helped to Owl football as well
(Dallas Morning News -- Aug. 28)

DB: 'We're a better team than we showed today'
(NCAA Sports -- Aug. 27)
Hopes for memorable international debut end early
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Aug. 27)
Stanford exposes holes in Rice's defense
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
Stanford routs Rice 62-7 in game in Sydney
(Houston Chronicle/AP -- Aug. 27)
Stanford runs all over Rice to pick up big win in Australia
(NBC Sports -- Aug. 27)
Rice Owls hit by Stanford storm in Sydney Cup
(Sydney Morning Herald -- Aug. 27)
Rice gets crushed by Stanford
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 27)
With score, Austin Walter salutes his late father
(The Daily Telegraph  -- Aug. 27)
Stanford, ranked 14th, routs Rice
(San Jose Mercury News -- Aug. 27)
Stanford came out with strong showing in lopsided victory
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 27)
Love stars in No. 14 Stanford's win
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
It wasn't even close
(Stanford Die-Hards -- Aug. 27)
Owls' message for Houston Hurricane victims
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 26)
Opener against Stanford provides glimpse into program's future
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 26)

Stanford's Christian McCaffrey has de-matriculated, but the Cardinal return 16 other starters from last season for Owls' season-opener in Sydney (Rice Athletics Communications)
HOUSTON (Aug. 21) – OK, where is Kodiak Quick, now that we really need him?

As the Rice Owls, now safely ensconced on the other side of the world in Sydney, Australia, prepare for Saturday’s season-opening game there against Stanford, one wonders: what in the world have our scholars gotten themselves into? It’s an engaging trip; one they’ll always remember, but the immediate task at hand is majorly daunting.

The Institute Boys find themselves four-touchdown ‘dogs as they and their equally-scholarly opponent occupy all by their lonesomes the Saturday 9 pm (10 pm Eastern) broadcast slot; the game; which actually is slated to kick off at noon Sunday, Sydney time, will be carried on ESPN1.

The immediate game spotlight will focus on the teams’ respective quarterbacks. For starters, the Owls, it seems, have gotten themselves a brand new one.
Owls the underdogs but won't be giving up against Stanford
(Sydney Daily Herald -- Aug. 26)
Rice players check on status of Hurricane Harvey
(Washington Post -- Aug. 26)
Underdog Owls take on Cardinal at Allianz
(Brisbane Courier-Mail -- Aug. 26)
Major keys:  Stanford-Rice
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 26)
Stanford looks to start season with a bang
(The Stanford Daily -- Aug. 26)
Stanford defense will get early test
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 26)

College football comes back to Australia
(The Roar -- Aug. 26)
Stanford, Rice to showcase wild world of college football
(Sydney Daily Herald -- Aug. 25)
Rice looking to learn about its team against Stanford
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 25)
Owl players on Aussie "Late Show" 
(The Late Show video -- Aug. 25)
Hospitality done, it's nearly game time for Stanford-Rice
(USA Today -- Aug. 25)
DB on how Owls are handling news of Hurricane Harvey
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 25)
The business of bringing American college football to Sydney
(Financial Review -- Aug. 25)
Behind scenese of getting Stanford football 'Down Under'
(Palo Alto Online -- Aug. 25)
What Vegas, computers say about Stanford-Rice
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 25)
Cardinal head Down Under for seasoner opener
(Golden Gate Sports -- Aug. 25)
Stanford begins life without running back McCaffrey
(USA Today -- Aug;. 24)
Rice will attempt to stun Stanford
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 24)
Stanford enters post-McCaffrey era with big shoes to fill
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 24)
Jess Neely held 3-1 edge over Stanford
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 24)
Smart money takes Rice and points
(Bleacher Report -- Aug. 24)
McCaffrey not back, but Coach Shaw is
(Rule of Tree -- Aug. 24)
Keller Chryst's play to be key
(Saturday Blitz -- Aug. 24)
Stanford far from home in season opener
(San Jose Mercury News -- Aug. 24)
Full English greets Owls as breakfast fare
(Rice Sports Communications video -- Aug. 24)
Beehive of activity at Rice training site
(Rice Sports Communications video -- Aug. 24)
Key duo back for Stanford to take on Rice
(Sydney Morning Herald -- Aug. 23)
Behind enemy lines:  Previewing Stanford-Rice with The Rice Thresher
(The Stanford Daily -- Aug. 23)
Rice's new quarterback tries to stay relaxed
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 23)
Cardinal priorities:  see kangaroos, beat Rice
(Athlon Sports -- Aug. 23)
Work, play, more work for Owls
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 23)

Owls woke up Wednesday relaxed and ready to go
(Rice Athletics Communications -- Aug. 23)
Christian Covington doesn't want to let Texans defense down
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 22)

Behind enemy lines: Previewing Rice-Stanford with The Stanford Daily
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 22)
Owls out to prove last season was a fluke
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 22)
Shaw:  Replacing McCaffrey a team effort
(Fox Sports -- Aug. 22)
Stanford a big favorite in season opener
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 22)
Owls are getting down to business in Sydney
(Rice Athletics Communications video -- Aug. 22)

No such thing as 'too much football'
(Nine News Sydney video -- Aug. 22)
Rice, Stanford settle in sun-soaked Sydney
(Sydney Morning Herald -- Aug. 22)
No rest for jet-lagged Rice, straight to practice Down Under
(Fox Sports -- Aug. 22)
Owl team taking in sights in Australia
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 22)
Stanford's Bryce Love ready to rumble against Rice
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 22)
Stanford week David Bailiff radio show
(Rice IMG Sports Network audio -- Aug. 21)
Stanford one of the most stable programs in country
(Lindy's/The Sports Xchange -- Aug. 21)
Vegas has Cardinal a lofty 31-point favorite
(Lindy's/The Sports Xchange -- Aug. 21)
Rice's best-case scenario is being average
( -- Aug. 21)

Stars gone but Stanford set to roll on
(Lindy's/The Sports Xchange -- Aug. 21)
Stanford opens against Rice as huge favorite
(Sports Chat Place -- Aug. 21)
For Owl players, 24-7 dining buffets
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 21)
In Sydney, Rice-Stanford vies with "Fight of the Century"
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 21)
Stanford to field top-notch special teams again this season
(Stanford Daily -- Aug. 21)
Rice-Stanford game promises to be 'awful'
(Good Bull Hunting -- Aug. 21)
Stanford coach says game like bowl game for Cardinal
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 20)

Rice's Calvin Anderson needs less than 20 seconds to solve Rubik's Cube
(Sydney Daily Telegraph -- Aug. 20)

How Rice is preparing for trip to Australia
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 19)
Owls load up for trip Down Under
( video -- Aug. 19)
Australia journey like a bowl game for Bailiff's team
(Houston  Chronicle -- Aug. 19)
Stanford eager to open against Rice in Australia
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 19)
Sam Glaesman, Coach Beschorner on starting QB job
( video -- Aug. 19)
Glaesman elevated to Rice QB No. 1
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 18)
Granato already at practice at Mizzou State
(Springfield News-Leader --  Aug. 18)
The hole that's bigger than the one Christian McCaffery left
(San Jose Mercury-News -- Aug. 18)
Stanford gets 16 starters back in '17
(Maddux Sports -- Aug. 17)


Rice OC Billy Lynch takes his turn at the podium at Rice's Media Day (PTH photo)
David Bailiff Media Day video...
OC Billy Lynch Media Day video...
DC Brian Stewart Media Day video...
Assistant HC Darrell Patterson Media Day video...

HOUSTON (Aug. 3) – Coaches and players alike said things were looking up, as far as prospects for the coming season go – or so they annunciated at Thursday's annual Media Day Rice football confab held at the Patterson Center at Rice Stadium.

So the 64-dollar question is, are they staring at an 800-pound safe somebody is just tossed out of a ten-story window, hurtling right down at the heads of coach David Bailiff’s beleaguered flock?

Pick your avoirdupois. A Top-15 Stanford team looms in the season opener, in a game to be played in Sydney, Australia, 8,000 miles away from South Main. All four of the Owls’ nonconference bouts will be against teams who paid visits to bowl games last year. And the Western Division of Conference USA still features the same kind of offensive firepower that has always given the Owl defense fits every year, year in and year out, even in the 2013 championship season. Ouch.

But that’s putting the cart before the horse. What matters now, it seems,  is unity, camaraderie, spirit, hustle, determination. This Rice squad features all that kind of stuff, head coach David Bailiff said Thursday.

“The first five days of camp have been incredible,” he insisted. “The retention that these young men have and the job our strength staff did this summer; they are in great shape. We’re motoring through the days, motoring through the practice. We have extremely high expectations.”

Rice’s head man, now entering the eleventh year of his coaching reign, says this particular squad has turned out to be fun one to coach. “I really have enjoyed this football team. They have gone to work. They are an older bunch. There’s been great chemistry, there’s great effort and a lot of enthusiasm. The new coaches have really worked in well. More of the players are able to get in and get in extra film and work. There’s just a sense of enthusiasm with this football team and this coaching staff. We want to get back to our winning ways. I think we’re going to do that this year.”

Coach Bailiff, plus his offensive coordinator, Billy Lynch, his new DC, Brian Stewart, and long-time assistant head coach Darrell Patterson all spoke to press over lunch Thursday, after which time a number of veteran Owl players also turned up for interviews.

We’ll present videos of our interviews with all of those Owls, plus coaches’ videos, over the coming few days. Coverage of fall two-a-days will be limited: at least for once, lowering the curtain over Rice Stadium August activities makes just a whole lot of sense, with a new defensive set being installed featuring the three-man front, and a wide open battle for the the quarterback spot.


Stanford, Rice to kick off NCAA season Down Under
(Huffington Post -- Aug. 16)
C-USA season begins with some wacky road trips
(Washington Post -- Aug. 16)
US football returns Down Under for second straight year
(Gillette News-Record/AP -- Aug. 16)
Rice's Granato transferring to Missouri State
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 16)
Calderon the 'total package' for Rice
(Texas Red Zone Report -- Aug. 16)
Clement to be honored at 2017 Texas Bowl
(Best College Sports -- Aug. 16)
Report: Glaesman to start, Granato will transfer
(Houston Chronicle Rice twitter -- Aug. 15)
Owls pick up coping skills, info on Aussieland
( video -- Aug. 15)
College football's opening weekend owes us more
( -- Aug. 15)
Boring video of Stanford fan event with monotonous audio
(Stanford Bleacher Report -- Aug. 15)
Stanford prepping for game with Rice in Sydney
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 14)
A look back at Saturday's Fan Fest
( video -- Aug. 14)
Owls add Prairie View to 2018 schedule
( -- Aug. 13)
Second scrimmage video highlights
( video -- Aug. 13)
For Stanford this season, secondary depth is key
(San Jose Mercury-News -- Aug. 11)

1994 Longhorn season featured a certain, er, lowlight
(Austin American-Statesman -- Aug. 11)
Darik Dillard: 'I learned the power of surrender"
( blog -- Aug. 11)
Big Frank on Preston Gordon's potential for this season
( video -- Aug. 11)
V.J. Banks on fall camp thus far
( video -- Aug. 10)

Running backs coach Steward on Sam Stewart
( video -- Aug. 9)
Rice making changes to kick-start program
(El Paso Times -- Aug. 9)
'A lot of work done' at first fall scrimmage
( video -- Aug. 8)
Vikings settled at safety with Rice's Sendejo
(Bismark Tribune/AP -- Aug. 7)
Cole Thomas happy to answer to 'grandpa'
( video -- Aug. 7)
Rice season preview:  changing everything
(SWC Roundup -- Aug. 4)

DB details summer recruiting surge
( -- Aug. 3)
Six Aussie punters already have contacted Coach Bailiff
(CBS Sports -- Aug. 4)
DB picking brain of Sonny Dykes re Aussie trip
(Houston Press -- Aug. 4)
Rice still has open competition at quarterback
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
Rice transforming its defense
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
Owls hold Media Day before opener in Australia
(KPRC Houston -- Aug. 3)
Rice to start season healthier, but still adjusting to changes
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
'When Wayne wins a championship, every year we get a commitment'
( -- Aug. 1)
Rice has QB, defensive issues to resolve
(Bastrop Daily Enterprise -- July 29)
Rice fall camp gets underway before most NFL teams report
(Underdog Dynasty -- July 25)
Breaking down Rice's 3-4 defense
(SWC Roundup -- July 25)
Rice picked fifth in C-USA West
(Houston Chronicle -- July 25)
Stanford opens with what looks to be a really bad Rice team
(RuleofTree -- July 26)
Ultimately, does it really matter who starts aainst Rice?
(RuleofTree -- July 25)
Rice begins search for answers in program's earliest fall start
(Houston Chronicle -- July 25)
Rice preps for Stanford Down Under
(SWC Roundup -- July 24)
Coach Kubiak pays visit to Rice practice
(CBS Denver -- July 24)
Owls said Pitt's second-easiest opponent
(Athlon Sports -- July 24)
DB radio talk, focus on recruiting, social media
(SB Nation Radio -- July 21)
Ellerbee, Martin nab preseason league honors
(Houston Chronicle -- July 17)
Rice has long road back to winning ways
(Houston Chronicle -- July 17)
Owls said Stanford's easiest opponent
(Athlon Sports -- July 13)
102 years ago, it was Rice 6, LSU 0
(New Orleans Times-Picayune -- July 6)
New-look Owls will struggle to fly in 2017
( -- June 20)
Rice unexpectedly soaring to top of C-USA recruit rankings
(Underdog Dynasty -- June 17)


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Spring game

"'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'

"I really just base my game on my instincts; reading my keys, reacting to the ball without hesitation'
Intro presser
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
UNT postgame
Coach Bailiff
When you run an offense where you want to eat time, you have to have points at the end of those drivess, and we didn't do that'
Brandon Douglas-Dotson
'I said I’m going to sit on it, I’m going to jump it,  and I didn’t have to jump it that much'
Miklo Smalls
'It looked like the left side defensive backs were all flush to the right side of the field, so I decided to pull it down, I felt Robbie (Wells) in front of me'
UNT week
Coach Bailiff
'We’ve had some great seniors here. This will be emotion- al because it will get to be the last time they ever get to wear that blue Rice Owl jersey'
Peter Godber
'We're still thinking about North Texas from last year; they beat us in overtime; we're looking to get revenge on them and shock the world
Brian Womac
'The head man sets the tempo for the whole team; as he goes, the team goes.  He really takes care of us and cares about his players'
ODU postgame
Coach Bailiff
'For these guys to have worked as hard as they've worked, with our record... and all that they've done is try to get better'
Miklo Smalls
'I feel ready to play every week as if we are undefeated... we're disappointed in the record, but we can build for next year'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'The offense put us in the position to win the game.. we didn't execute the way we needed to; every- body played hard, bu twe had missed opportunities'
ODU week
Coach Bailiff
'You do the best you can do; you put these kids first. I'm sure we'll sit down at the end of hte season and we'll see, but I don't go to bed at night worrying about (my job) at all....'
Nahshon Ellerbe
'I narrowed it down to Baylor, Oklahoma State and Rice; none of those other schools really had everything I wanted - academically, the campus atmos- phere, the city of Houston'
Brandon Douglas-Dotson
'We're going to be working on our fundamentals, on our eye discipline, on keeping our eyes up when we tackle'
USM postgame
Nahshon Ellerbe
'The offensive line was getting a lot of movement up front which made it a lot easier to run the ball...Miklo was making good reads as well'
Houston Robert
'They were probably one of the most athletic teams we've faced all year... we've just got to get off the field on those third downs'
Coach Bailiff
'Was proud of the effortfor four quarters that they played with...we talked all week about how they've got to start faster'
USM week
Coach Bailiff
'Miklo was so good in high school; you know he keeps reverting back to those dynamic plays he made in high school - you can't do that in college'
Jack Fox
'The coaching staff did a great job of prioritizing the special teams at practice; I think that showed in the game this week; I thought the special teams played pretty well'
Aaron Cephus
'Obviously we're not happy with our performance Saturday; we're all in lab trying to figure out things we can do to get better'
UAB week
Coach Bailiff
'I thought, for the first time since the UTEP game, our offense executed. We were scoring points, especially in the second half when we had three drives'
Trey Martin
'It helped to see the offense score more points, but we want to try and come out on top in the 'W' column... we've got to find a way to finish the game'
Preston Gordon
'When we get into those type of games, we've got to find a way to  close them out and come out on top...getting our offense onto the field right now is the key'
LA Tech postgame
Coach Bailiff
Emmanuel Ellerbee
Sam Glaesmann
UTSA postgame
Coach Bailiff
'We as coaches have got to find a way, offensively, to score points, to eliminate the mistakes we're making-- we continue to have self-inflicted wounds'
Brian Womac
'The last sack was just a typical inside move; I love inside moves; it's no secret, you'll see that on tapes; with Graysen being out, there was something definitely off'
Sam Glaesmann
'I need to play better; I'm the one who touches the ball every play -- I was three for nine; that's unacceptable at the quarterback position'
Army postgame
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'Army does not have the same level of players that we have...but at the same time, the only way our players can be the greatest they can be is if we play up to our own level'
Coach Bailiff
'It was my decision to start Miklo, hoping we'd catch lightning in a bottle with him and he'd stimulate us, get us going offensively... we'll keep working with him'
Jordan Myers
'What you saw on the field was what our issue is our issue -- turnovers; three in the first quarter; that's unacceptable'
Army week
Zach Aber-crumbia
'When your'e playing a team like Army, you've just got to put yourself on the back burner, and do your one-eleventh'
Austin Walter
'This week, our focus is going to be on playing a full football game; that's the big thing around the locker room -- just finish'
Coach Bailiff
'We're still high energy, still excited about what we can get done this season... we did well on the run, but they max- protected on us'
Pitt postgame
Coach Bailiff
'On defense, we’re not getting off the field on third downs. That’s been our nemesis all year. We get them there, and then we can’t make the play'
Austin Walter
'What it looks like to everybody else, is that it’ll be coaching, but honestly, it’s not. It’s us not doing what we’re coached to do'
J.T. Ibe
'I think Pitt’s a good team,not to knock them or anytrhing, but I think we, physically and mentally, could have played with them better than what we showed'
Pitt week
Coach Bailiff
'We're heading to Pittsburgh. It’s going to be tough. They’re 1-3 right now but their losses have been to Penn State, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech...  they're  coached very well'
David Godber
'FIU was shooting the gaps, and sometimes they'd line up in a 4-4, which we really didn't see and communicate well (against)'
Travis Bickham
'Coach Stewart called a heck of a game; everything he was calling, we just went out and executed; I think it showed up on the field'
FIU postgame
Coach Bailiff
'On offense we've been absolutely anemic; we're going to get the coaches looking at what we're doing... defensively we played absolutely outstanding'
Brian Womac
'On defense we went out there and played hard; we really trust Coach Brian Stewart's game plan; I think he called a really great game'
Jackson Tyner
'Any time the defense holds a team to 13 points, you've got to go out and score two touchdowns... 7 points is pretty unacceptable'
FIU week
Brian Womac
'Our team responds well to adversity; so following adversity faced at UH, I'm looking forward to coming back to conference, seeing what we can do'
Jack Fox
'We're lucky that we've got some good leadership on this team, especially Trey Martin and Emmanuel Ellerbee; they've done a good job of keeping our spirits up'
Coach Bailiff
'You can't play good football teams and have turnovers, and we didn't have any takeaways defensively, and we've got to change that'
UH postgame
Coach Bailiff
'Last week at El Paso, we learned how to  play physical; how to play football with a chip on our shoulder; we didn't do that this week'
Austin Walter
'We have to do things to help the defense out;  we didn't execute; we let the team down.  I put that on me personally'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'They tempo'ed us; we can't let that happen; they wanted to see what they could get us in by spreading us out, to man up'
UH week
Trey Martin
"Everyone in the locker room's excited; for city bragging rights, playing against guys you played in high school, everyone's being from the same area..."
Graysen Schantz
"We bounced back; we played tough and resilient; we really had a point to prove. We're just carrying that momentum into the next week"
Coach Bailiff
“The Bayou Bucket is back. I’m thrilled that the game is back. I think it’s great for both universities. I think it’s great for the City of Houston"
UTEP postgame
Sam Glaesmann
'Coach Lynch just told me we had 49 rushes and 18 passes; if you can establish a running game like that, the passing will open up'
Coach Bailiff
'They were going to need to turn into men sooner than they'd had to; they had to learn to compartmentalize'
Nahshon Ellerbe
'We go in with the mindset of focusing on us; what we need to do to execute; they need to be nameless and faceless; it doesn't matter who we play'
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'
UTEP week
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Coach Bailiff
'They just had anxiety. The people of Houston who were here were living it... We have kids right now who are displaced '
Samuel Stewart
'That's not the football team we're trying to be this season.  We're going to make corrections; we're going to try and get better'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'We have guys who have been bunking up with others... losing a home is a very challenging thing'
Media Day highlights
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Trey Martin
I think the rushing attack will definitely improve; the competition's being at the highest level is something I definitely prefer'
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'
Cole Thomas
'Football's still football, but getting a new schme and just a lot of new energy has been a good experience"
Peter Godber
'This season, the offense is on us (OL) ...if we don't do well, the offense isn't going to do well. We've played together for two or three years now'
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'I think I've become better as a football player this year because I've been able to recognize things a lot faster and react'
J. T. Granato
 'I've been OK-- but no one wants to be average.  Every day is a chance to improve; every day is a chance to get better...'
Graysen Schantz
'Coach Stewart's brought in a lot of new energy; he's got us all pumped up about it...I wantto create turnovers; I want to get after the quarterback'
Calvin Anderson
'The good thing about our experiences is that we're evenly equipped to both pass block and run block'