Rice Owls (Football)

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    November 24, 2014

    UH And Rice Survive The Weekend Weather And Prepare To Go Bowling

    TDECU Stadium was lifeless on Saturday morning. Perhaps it was the 11:00 kickoff (originally scheduled to kick-off at 2:00 and moved up by the threat of bad weather). Maybe it was the grey, dismal, overcast sky. Maybe it was the stadium that looked to be two-thirds empty. Maybe it was just that the ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    It's Perfect Football Weather This Weekend

    The weather's supposed to be wet and stormy this weekend. Just the perfect November weather for college football teams to slip and slide in the mud while dodging puddles on the field and scrambling to retain traction. Just the right conditions for the fans to travel to Rice Stadium and TDECU Stadium ... More >>

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    November 10, 2014

    The Owls Win Ugly, The Cougars Lose Ugly

    The Rice Owls earned a sixth straight win on Saturday afternoon. The 17-7 win over UTSA improved the team's record to 6-3 while giving the Owls a 10th straight homecoming game win. The victory also made the Owls bowl eligible for a third straight season, something that has never happened in Rice his ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Owls Defeat The Rainbow Warriors

    The Rice Owls offense looked to be sleeping most of Saturday night. There'd be a three-and-out and a punt. Then a three-and-out and a punt. And on, and on. The Owls had expected a tough contest from Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, and the offense expected that the Hawaii defense would throw out multiple bl ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Cougars Whip The Rebels While Rice Embarrassed By Old Dominion

    Morning football, evening football, there was plenty of college football for Houston-area fans on Saturday as Rice hosted Old Dominion in the morning and UH hosted UNLV that night. There were also plenty of seats available so that fans could come to the stadiums and watch the games, but those seats ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Aggies (And Kyle Field) Take Out Owls

    The story should be the Texas Aggies (3-0) defeating the Rice Owls (0-2) by a 38-10 score. It should be about the thrilling play of A&M quarterback Kenny Hill. The story could have been about the Owls trying for their first win against Texas A&M since 1980, or the first time ever that the Owls opene ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    These Aren't Your Father's Rice Owls

    The Rice Owls had one of those special seasons last year. A 10-4 record. A conference championship. A second straight bowl game. The defensive unit improved greatly. The offense found ways to score points, usually behind a pounding running game. That was 2013. Players graduate, assistant coaches tak ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Rice Basketball Hits The Reset Button, Starts Search for New Coach

    Ben Braun resigned as Rice's head basketball coach on Thursday morning. Braun was a good man, a good coach, who had previously taken Cal to five NCAA tournaments and who won a NIT. He's got 615 career wins, 12th best among active coaches, 41st all-time among all coaches. But he had just one winning ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Start Your Morning Off Right With This Video Of Rice Accepting A Liberty Bowl Bid

    To college football fans and media members, looking at the list of bowl games in early December each year, can be a rather impersonal exercise wherein we get lost in making snarky remarks about the sponsors or faux lamenting the lack of intrigue in several of the matchups. The truth of the matter i ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    It's Liberty Time For The Rice Owls

    The Rice Owls went out Saturday on a cold, dreary afternoon and demolished the Marshall Thundering Herd, capturing the Conference USA title with a 41-24. Rice stormed out to the lead, didn't let up on the gas, and controlled the action for the entire 60 minutes of the game. It was the best game the ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    It's Back To The Future As The Rice Owls Seek A Conference Title

    The Americans had yet to get into space the last time the Rice Owls football team won an outright conference championship. Ike had yet to warn the world of the menace of the military-industrial complex. JFK was just another senator. U.S. tourists could still travel to Cuba. The Astrodome was just a ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    And The Defenses Shall Lead Them As UH And Rice Go Bowling

    The Houston Cougars (8-4) and Rice Owls (9-3) won their football games this weekend on the backs of their defenses. While that's not the way past UH and Rice football teams won games, it's been how they did it this season. It's been strange to watch, and an entirely different experience, but it's al ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    A Few Houston Sports Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    Since it's Thanksgiving, here are a few things in the Houston sporting world for which I'm thankful. ANDRE JOHNSON Andre Johnson is without a doubt the greatest player in the history of the Houston Texans. He also has to go on the short list with Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea as the greatest play ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Rice Owls Demolish Louisiana Tech While Erasing Thoughts of Seasons Past

    The Rice Owls (7-3) stomped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-6) on Saturday night. Demolished them by a score of 52-14. The Owls were up 24-0 at the half, but showed no mercy, going for the kill like few Rice teams have done in recent years. But it was a maddening win, one of those wins that leaves e ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Owls Mine UTEP To Earn Bowl Eligibility

    The Rice Owls on Saturday went out and did to the UTEP Miners what other teams for years did to the Rice Owls. The Owls beat the crap out of UTEP, winning the game by a 45-7 score that was nowhere near as close as that score indicated. The Owls threw the football with the ease. The Owls ran the foot ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Is This The Weekend UH And Rice Clinch Bowl Spots?

    The Texans season might just about be over, but there are still several reasons to care about football in Houston. That is if you don't mind switching your attention to Saturday afternoons. Because with the college football season at the halfway mark, the Houston Cougars (5-1) and Rice Owls (5-2) ar ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    And The Defense Shall Lead Them: Rice Defeats FAU

    There's bad football. There's awful football. Then there's what the Rice Owls played on Saturday night. But here's the thing, as bad as the Rice Owls played on Saturday night, as bafflingly as some of the coaching decisions, as mind-numbingly stupid as some of the officiating, the Rice Owls still wo ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Is This the End of the Bayou Bucket? Rice and UH Playing For Possibly the Last Time

    The 2-0 Houston Cougars face the 1-1 Rice Owls at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow at Reliant Stadium. To the victor goes the Bayou Bucket, and the victor might get to hold onto the trophy for a long while because this is the last scheduled game of the series. Now that both teams are in different conferences, the ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Owls Get The Ugly Win, Shutdown Kansas

    The Rice football team that all Rice fans know and loathe showed up at Rice Stadium on Saturday night. In years past this would have meant a Rice lost. But luckily, the Owls were hosting the Kansas Jayhawks, and the Jayhawks are an awful football team. It was an ugly game, a largely boring game, pun ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Rice Seeks To De-Hawk The Jayhawks

    The Rice Owls played valiantly in losing to the Texas Aggies. But losing valiantly just doesn't cut it. Not anymore. The coaches want to win games. The players want to win games. What few fans there are want games won. And the brand new, just named Athletic Director wants the football team to play a ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    Aggies Demolish Owls As Johnny Manziel Returns From His Half Game Exile

    So the Rice Owls went up to Kyle Field and took on the Texas Aggies on Saturday. And of course it didn't go too well, with the Owls losing 52-31 before 86,686 Aggies. Just looking at the score you wouldn't know that the Owls led 14-7 after the first quarter and looked to be in control of the game, t ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    The Owls And Cougars Are Ready For Some Football

    Tonight's the start of a new college football season. The Houston Cougars hosting Southern at Reliant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. as the Coogs try to erase the horrors of last season by moving into a bright shiny new conference. But the media spotlight's about 90 minutes away in College Station where the t ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    It's College Football Quiz Time (for Houston and Texas)

    Another college football season kicks off this weekend. The national media focus, as always, is on Alabama, LSU, and the schools of the SEC. There's a bunch of interest just up in the road in College Station, with the Aggies being relevant to the world of college football for the first time since R. ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Optimistic Owls Aiming For Continued Success

    It's not going to be an easy start of the season for the Rice Owls, traveling to College Station and taking on Johnny Football and the Aggies. But then again, the Rice Owls don't take the easy way out when it comes to starting the football season. While it's a new season for the Owls, it's not nec ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Owls Soar Over Falcons and Triumph in Armed Forces Bowl

    It was strange watching the Rice Owls players celebrate on the field following their 33-14 Armed Forces Bowl win over Air Force on Saturday at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. Strange because the Owls were only 7-6 on the season and they were acting like they'd just won the mythical national championsh ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    The Owls Aim To Soar Into The New Year

    The minor bowl games are usually boring. These games often feature not-so-epic battles between two teams who finished sixth or seventh in their respective conferences and who usually don't even have a winning record. These games generally exist as nothing but programming for ESPN and in which the st ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas in Houston Sports Is...

    It's Christmas Eve, which means there are just a few hours left to submit your Christmas wish list to Santa Claus. I want to think that I've been good this year, and that Santa will get me everything that I want. So Santa, here's my list. I'll see you tonight. 15. Some of my fellow UH alums might d ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    What Does The Future Hold For The Rice Owls?

    It's been a so-so year for Rice sports. The baseball team didn't make it past the NCAA Regionals. The men's basketball team self-destructed. And at one point the football team was 1-5. But then in mid-October the football team took off, and they won five of their six games to finish the season at 6- ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Five Things Learned About Rice and UH Football This Season

    The college football season ended last week, and it's safe to say that the season didn't exactly go as Rice (6-6) and the University of Houston (5-7) wanted. For Rice, things went a bit better. For the Cougars, things went a lot worse. So here are five things we learned about the Owls and Cougars th ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    UH, Rice: Is College Football Season Over Yet?

    The Houston Cougars were destroyed on Thursday night. The Rice Owls blew a game they should have won on Saturday. The Owls loss is not surprising. The Cougars loss isn't really surprising, either, though the magnitude of the loss is. The Cougars (3-5) lost to the SMU Mustangs by a 72-42 score on Th ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    And Charles Sims Shall Lead The Cougars To Victory: UH Tops Rice For Bayou Bucket

    Maybe it was the weather outside of Reliant Stadium that had something to do with the sluggishness of Saturday's Bayou Bucket. The grayness. The wetness. The dreariness. Maybe all of that worked against a football game being played inside of a gigantic aircraft hanger before a crowd that didn't even ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Football Fans Beware: It's Bayou Bucket Time

    What did Houston-based college football fans do to deserve the torture being inflicted upon them this season? Why is that neither of the two major college football teams in the city can make a tackle? Or even look like they're interested in making a tackle? The Houston Cougars (0-3) and the Rice O ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Maybe The Cougars Should Just Forget About Playing Games In The Rose Bowl

    The Houston Cougars last started a season 0-3 in 2001. They also failed to win any games in 2001. But one would think that with both UAB and Tulane still on this season's schedule, the Cougars will at least win one game this season. But hoping and praying for wins against the likes of UAB and Tulane ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: The Year Just Past In Cougar Sports

    John RoyalCase Keenum was the Man of the Year for the Cougars​Yes, it's that time of year. That time of year when I take a look back at the year just past. On Friday, I looked back at the sports year for the Rice Owls. Today, let's take a look at the top 25 events, in no particular order, f ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    The Top Moments In 2011 Rice Owls Sports

    John RoyalRice's Anthony Rendon became a very rich baseball player this summer​It's that time of year. The time for end-of-year lists and bests of, etc. And I'm not immune to tossing off an easy post. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the Top 25 Events in Rice Ow ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Welcome To The Latest, Greatest Must Win Game For The Cougars

    ​The Cougars are one game short of regular-season perfection. One game short of the team's best win total. Ever. One game short of the Conference USA title game. A BCS Bowl is just over the horizon. Of course, the Cougars haven't played the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Tulsa's overall record ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Cougars and Mustangs, Orange and Sugar, BCS Comes Calling

    See pics from ESPN GameDay at UH in our slideshow. Maybe it was the stadium packed to the gills before kickoff. Maybe it was the excitement and energy of Senior Day. Maybe it was ESPN's Lee Corso letting loose with a profanity as he picked the Cougars to defeat SMU. Maybe it was the representati ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Coogs Should Beat SMU; Rice Should Top Tulane

    Hey kids, College GameDay is coming to town​The season has come to this. Two weeks for the Houston Cougars to continue with perfection and reach a goal set this summer. Two weeks for the Rice Owls to gain some redemption for a season gone very wrong. The Cougars acknowledged their possible ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Owls Defeat The Miners While The Cougars Remain Perfect

    ​If the Rice Owls only played football in November at home and against non-BCS conference schools, they'd be an unstoppable force. Like on Saturday when they played their most complete of the season in defeating UTEP 41-37. Unfortunately for the Owls (3-6, 2-4 in conference), they also have ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Did The Cougars Run Up The Score On Rice? Does It Really Matter?

    Photo by Fred TraskRun it up, says Case​I've got a friend who is just starting out as a sports agent. His sport is football. It appears that there's this pre-season list of college players that is put together by scouts that can be purchased by agents. And this list provides the pre-season ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Oh Yeah, And The Cougars Win Back The Bayou Bucket

    Photo by Aaron SprecherJust another record-breaking night for the Cougars.​Check out our slideshow of last night's rainy Bayou Bucket game. Houston's Tyron Carrier took the opening kickoff 100-yards for the touchdown to quickly put the Cougars up 7-0. Then the rain hit and the Rice Owls came ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    In Which The Cougars Deliver A Very Special Message

    The Cougars have a little message for Marshall​Here's a little hint for the Marshall Thundering Herd. If you're going to talk trash, make sure you can back it up. Like last week, when the Marshall defense kept talking about its intentions to knock Houston Cougars QB Case Keenum out of the ga ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    UH Strives for Perfection as Rice Struggles to Stay Close

    ​The Houston Cougars SID office sent the media an e-mail on Wednesday morning. An e-mail warning that Houston athletes are prohibited by NCAA rules from promoting outside media events and individual media outlets, including specific shows and stations. And this is the first time since I've b ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Cougars Near Perfection While Owls Stumble to Victory

    The Rice Owls hosted the Memphis Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The Houston Cougars hosted the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday night. It was a doubleheader of football action that saw the Houston Cougars play perhaps their best all-around football game since the Jack Pardee era while the Owls got ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Cougars, Owls, and Memories of Buddy Ryan

    One of the most memorable images for any Houston Oilers fan is of Buddy Ryan throwing a punch at Kevin Gilbride on the sidelines of a Sunday night football game. Ryan, the Oilers defensive coordinator, had been critical of offensive coordinator Gilbride's playcalling the entire season, and as the h ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    UH Preps for UTEP While Rice Takes on Southern Miss

    It's no secret that the Houston Cougars (4-0) have problems when it comes to playing the UTEP Miners (2-2). No matter how good the Coogs might be, or how bad the Miners might be, the game is a struggle. They've played eight times, and each team has won four times. The Coogs are 2-1 for the past thr ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    C-USA Considers Merger With Mountain West in Search of BCS Bid

    Could the blue turf of Boise State and other MWC schools align themselves with Rice, UH and C-USA?​In what seems both inspired and crazy, Conference USA, which includes University of Houston and Rice, is considering a football-only merger with the Mountain West Conference that would create a m ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    The Scrubs Get Major Playing Time As Coogs Glide To Easy Victory

    J.D., Turk, and the gang didn't get to play, but the rest of the Cougars bench got plenty of playing time​As the Cougars trotted off of the field after the first half on Saturday night, the question wasn't whether the Cougars would be in need of another second half comeback. That wasn't the q ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    This Weekend in College Football: The Coogs Should Get the Easy Win While The Owls Look to Lose Again

    The Pink Panther would probably provide tougher competition to UH than the Georgia State Panthers will​While the Rice Owls (1-1) struggle with the Baylor Bears this weekend, the Houston Cougars (3-0) will be struggling with themselves. It might seem that the Owls have the harder struggle, wha ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Owls Go for the Drama and Come Out with the Win

    Rice Owls deliver the perfect birthday gift.​So close yet so far away. Nobody beats Rice but Rice. There they go again. Playing not to lose instead of playing to win. Just a few of the thoughts going through the head of Rice Owls fans as the Purdue Boilermakers sent the kicking team out fo ... More >>

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