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Rice Owls football
2014 Rice Owls football team
Rice University Athletic Mark.svg
First season1912
Athletic directorJoe Karlgaard
Head coachDavid Bailiff
7th year, 39–47  (.453)
Home stadiumRice Stadium
Year built1950
Stadium capacity47,000
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationHouston, Texas, USA
LeagueNCAA Division I FBS
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest
Past conferencesSouthwest
(1915-1995)
WAC
(1996-2004)
All-time record428–548–32 (.440)
Postseason bowl record6–4 (.600)
Conference titles8 (1934, 1937, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1957, 1994, 2013)
Division titles2 (2008, 2013)
Consensus All-Americans6
Colors

Blue and Gray

          
Fight songRice Fight
MascotSammy the Owl
Marching bandMarching Owl Band
Websitewww.riceowls.com
 
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Rice Owls football
2014 Rice Owls football team
Rice University Athletic Mark.svg
First season1912
Athletic directorJoe Karlgaard
Head coachDavid Bailiff
7th year, 39–47  (.453)
Home stadiumRice Stadium
Year built1950
Stadium capacity47,000
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationHouston, Texas, USA
LeagueNCAA Division I FBS
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest
Past conferencesSouthwest
(1915-1995)
WAC
(1996-2004)
All-time record428–548–32 (.440)
Postseason bowl record6–4 (.600)
Conference titles8 (1934, 1937, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1957, 1994, 2013)
Division titles2 (2008, 2013)
Consensus All-Americans6
Colors

Blue and Gray

          
Fight songRice Fight
MascotSammy the Owl
Marching bandMarching Owl Band
Websitewww.riceowls.com

The Rice Owls football team represents Rice University in NCAA Division I college football. The Owls have competed in Conference USA's Western Division since 2005. Rice Stadium, built in 1950, hosts the Owls' home football games.

Venue[edit]

Rice Stadium was built in 1950, and has been the home of Owls football ever since. It hosted the NFL Super Bowl on January 1974. It replaced the old Rice Field (now Rice Track/Soccer Stadium) to increase seating. Total seating capacity in the current stadium was reduced from 70,000 to 47,000 before the 2006 season. The endzone seating benches were removed and covered with tarps, and all of the wooden bleachers were replaced with new, metal seating benches in 2006, as well.

History[edit]

1954 Cotton Bowl Classic[edit]

The Owls played in the eighteenth Cotton Bowl Classic against the Crimson Tide of Alabama. The game featured one of the most famous plays in college football history[1] when Rice's Dickey Moegle (later Maegle) burst free on a sweep play, and on his way down the sideline, was tackled by Tommy Lewis, who had come off the Alabama sideline without his helmet to tackle Moegle. Referee Cliff Shaw saw Lewis come off the bench and gave the Owls the 95 yard touchdown. Rice would win the game 28-6, with the only Crimson Tide score coming from Lewis. The yardage added to Moegle's 265 yards rushing, a Cotton Bowl Classic record that would stand until Tony Temple's effort in 2008. This would be the Owls' last bowl win until the 2008 Texas Bowl, a win which also secured the Owls their first 10-win season since 1949.[2]

Kennedy Speech[edit]

Kennedy at Rice University - GPN-2000-001618

Rice Stadium also hosted a speech by John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1962. In it, he used the Rice football team to challenge America to send a man to the moon.

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.[3]

Coaching history[edit]

NameSeasonsOverallOverall %BowlsBowls %
David Bailiff2007–present30–4440.5%2–166.7%
Todd Graham20067–653.8%0–10.0%
Ken Hatfield1994–200555–78–141.0%----
Fred Goldsmith1989-9323–31–142.7%----
Jerry Berndt1986-886–27–018.2%----
Watson Brown1984-854–18–018.2%----
Ray Alborn1978-8313–53–019.7%----
Homer Rice1976-774–18–018.2%----
Al Conover1972-7514–28–234.1%----
Bill Peterson19713–7–131.8%----
Bo Hagan1967-7012–27–131.3%----
Jess Neely1940-66144–124–1053.6%3–3–050.0%
Jimmy Kitts1934-3933–29–453.0%1–0–0100.0%
Jack Meagher1929-3326–26–050.0%----
Claude Rothgeb19282–7–022.2%----
John Heisman1924-2714–18–344.3%----
John Anderson19181–5–121.4%----
Phillip Arbuckle1912-17,'19-2351–25–865.5%----

Conference Championships[edit]

Southwest Conference: 1934, 1937, 1946*, 1949, 1953*, 1957, 1994*

Conference USA: 2013

* shared

Rice Bowl Game History[edit]

Bowl Game HistoryResult
1938 Cotton Bowl ClassicW, Rice 28 Colorado 14
1947 Orange BowlW, Rice 8 Tennessee 0
1950 Cotton Bowl ClassicW, Rice 27 North Carolina 13
1954 Cotton Bowl ClassicW, Rice 28 Alabama 6
1958 Cotton Bowl ClassicL, Rice 7 Navy 20
1961 Sugar BowlL, Rice 6 Ole Miss 14
1961 Bluebonnet BowlL, Rice 7 Kansas 33
2006 New Orleans BowlL, Rice 17 Troy 41
2008 Texas BowlW, Rice 38 Western Michigan 14
2012 Armed Forces BowlW, Rice 33 Air Force 14
2013 Liberty BowlL, Rice 7 Mississippi State 44

All-time record vs. CUSA teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current CUSA opponents as of the start of the 2014 season:

OpponentWonLostTiedPercentageStreakFirstLast
Charlotte (joining in 2015)000---
Florida Atlantic1001.000Won 120132013
FIU000---
Louisiana Tech430.571Won 119652013
Marshall230.400Won 120072013
Middle Tennessee000---
North Texas220.500Lost 119882013
Old Dominion000---
Southern Miss310.750Won 120072012
UAB320.600Won 220052013
UTEP1160.647Won 319962013
UTSA2001.000Won 220122013
Western Kentucky000---
Totals28170.622

Rivalries[edit]

SMU[edit]

Rice and SMU had been in the same conference with each other from 1918 through 2012, and have played each other 90 times as of 2012 with SMU leading the series 48-41-1. The rivalry is due to the fact that Rice and SMU were two of four private schools in the old Southwest Conference (Baylor and TCU were the others). Rice and SMU were also the two smallest schools in the conference, were located in the two largest cities of any teams in the conference (Houston and Dallas, respectively), and have historically been considered the two best private universities in Texas.

Rice-SMU: All-Time Records
Games playedFirst meetingLast meetingRICE winRICE lossTiesWin %
90November 17, 1916 (Won 146–3)November 17, 2012 (Won 36–14) [1]4148145.5%

Houston[edit]

Rice participates in a crosstown rivalry with Houston. UH and Rice play annually for the Bayou Bucket, a weathered bucket found by former Rice guard Fred Curry at an antique shop. Curry had it designed into a trophy for $310. The two universities are separated by five miles in Houston. The Cougars lead the series 29-11.

Houston-Rice: All-Time Records
Games playedFirst meetingLast meetingRICE winRICE lossTiesWin %
34September 11, 1971 (lost 21–23)September 21, 2013 (lost 26–31) [2]1129027.5%
Rice and Texas play in 2006.

Texas[edit]

Rice and Texas have maintained a one-sided rivalry beginning in the early days of the Southwest Conference. Texas' 28 consecutive victories from 1966–1993 represents the sixth longest single-opponent winning streak in college football history. In 1994, in a nationally televised ESPN game, Rice scored a major upset win over Texas, but since then Texas has resumed series dominance. Despite the dissolution of the Southwest Conference, Texas and Rice still play on a "near annual" basis. Texas is a public university that enrolls 50,201 total students (5th largest in the US as of 2007) and over 37,000 undergraduates. Rice is a private university and enrolls 3,051 undergraduates.

Texas-Rice: All-Time Records
Games playedFirst meetingLast meetingRice winRice lossTiesWin %
103October 17, 1914 (lost 0–41)September 3, 2011 (lost 34–9)2171118.8%

Notable players[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

NamePositionYearsInductedNotes
Buddy DialEnd1956-19581993was his team’s co-captain, Most Valuable Player, and was consensus All-America
John HeismanCoach1892-19271954Inducted for his career as a coach at Oberlin, Akron, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson, Rice
Weldon HumbleGuard1941-1943, 19461961He was a consensus All- America choice. Like most athletes of his time, Weldon was required to suspend his career for military service during World War II.
Dick MaegleHalfback1952-19541979He was consensus All-America and academic All-America in 1954
Jess NeelyCoach1924-19661971Inducted for his career as a coach at Rhodes, Clemson, Rice
Bill WallaceHalfback1932, 1934-19351978Wallace was Rice's initial first team All-America selection
James "Froggy" WilliamsEnd1946-19491965a consensus All-American and was also selected to the Cotton Bowl’s All-Decade team for the 1950s
Tommy KramerQuarterback1972-19762012Senior Bowl MVP and 1976 George Martin Award winner

Pro Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Rice All-Americans[edit]

NamePositionAll-America
Bill WallaceB1934
H.J. NicholsG1944
Weldon HumbleG1946
Froggy WilliamsE1949
Joe WatsonC1949
Bill HowtonE1951
John HudsonT1953
Kosse JohnsonB1953
Dicky MaegleHB1954
King HillQB1957
Buddy DialE1958
Malcolm WalkerC1964
Tommy KramerQB1976
Steve KiddP1985
Trevor CobbHB1991;1992
Charles TorelloOG1997
Jarett DillardWR2006;2008
Kyle MartensP2010

Former Rice Players currently in The NFL[edit]

NamePositionDraft Round (Overall)Current TeamYears in the NFL
James CaseyFB5 (152)Eagles5
Phillip GainesCB3 (87)ChiefsR
Vance McDonaldTE2 (55)49ers2
Cheta OzougwuOLB7 (254)Saints3
Andrew SendejoSUDVikings3
Scott SolomonDE7th (211)Titans3
Luke WillsonTE5th (158)Seahawks2

Other former players[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

201420152016201720182019
at Notre Dameat Texasat Stanfordvs Stanfordat Wake Forestvs Baylor
at Texas A&Mat Baylorat Armyat Northwesternvs Northwesternvs Texas A&M
vs Hawaiivs Armyvs Baylorvs Armyat Hawaii
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dickey Moegle in the 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic. Article. Retrieved on December 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Associated Press (2008-12-30). "Rice rolls Western Michigan for first bowl win since '54". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  3. ^ http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/ricetalk.htm
  4. ^ "Rice Owls Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25.