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7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011

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STAR.gif (898 bytes)Full pads workout pix...

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STAR.gif (898 bytes)Spring practice snapshots:  Day 1...

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STAR.gif (898 bytes)The 2010 season...

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Rice Owls 2011 off-season page
International Student Football Clinic at Rice Stadium....
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Orientation Week student sports rally video....

They also serve....
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Veteran Owl QB Nick Fanuzzi has stayed sharp in fall drills as he prepares for backup role to presumptive starter Taylor McHargue (Mark Anderson photo)
Bradshaw what makes us Rice fans

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Rice senior defensive back Travis Bradshaw is having his stellar career cut short  by a succession of injuries, including concussions, or so announced the Rice coaching staff Saturday.  Travis, who bears a 3.8 GPA in Chemical Engineering, will complete his days at Rice on the sidelines coaching up a talented group of young defensive backs (PTH photo)

J.J. puts on the afterburners
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Frosh wide receiver J. J. Walker has drawn attention with his speed and moves in the early days of training camp (Mark Anderson photo)

Media Day highjinks
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Rice senior DL John Gioffre shows off his 'do to Chronicle beat writer Joseph Duarte at Saturday's Media Day event at the "R" Room, which featured individual interview opps for a whole number of Owl players; extensive coverage, including interviews, will follow in the days to come (PTH photo)
Caravan hits town
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Rice head coach David Bailiff and Athletic Director Rick Greenspan, along with their respective staff members, greeted a couple hundred Owl fans at St. Arnold's Brewery Tuesday evening, the final whistle stop on a statewide "Coaches' Caravan" organized to pump up interest in the Owls' upcoming football campaign (PTH photo)

Owls, DB school Rice foreign students in the game
(Rice University Video)
Mystery Horns about to be revealed
(Austin American Statesman -- Aug. 28)
Injuries, losses aren't worrying Bailiff, Owls
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 27)
TCook gets nothing but net from upper deck
(Klein Kubiak Twitter Video)

Owls looking for the right formula
(Los Angeles Times -- Aug. 24)

McHargue poised for a breakout?
(College Fantasy Football Inside -- Aug. 24)

Rice has ingredients for bowl-berth season
(Sacramento Bee/The Sports Network -- Aug. 23)

Owls hope 16 as sweet for TMac as it was for Chase
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 23)

Applewhite: 'We're just trying to create competition'
(Austin American-Statesman -- Aug. 22)
A tough opening schedule for Centennial
(Houston Press -- Aug. 22)
Owls counting days til showdown in Austin
(The Rice Thresher -- Aug. 22)

QB McHargue leads potent Owls
(KHOU/AP -- . 22)Aug

Solomon renders sign of respect
(Owl Sports Watch -- Aug. 22)
Owls get creative with their Wildcat trio
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 22)
Thurmond tutors CBs toward 'in your face' style
(Owl Sports Watch -- Aug. 21)

Is this the year for defense?
(Owl Sports Watch -- Aug. 20)
Gilbert said to hold own on UT scrimmage
(Austin American-Statesman -- Aug. 20)
'That's how I loved to play the game'
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 19)
Tribute for injured Owl
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Aug. 19)

Can the secondary improve?
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Aug. 19

Solly wearing 35 to honor Bradshaw
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 19)

Kitchens hopes to shake injuries, shine
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 18)
Bailiff show moves to new location
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 18)
RG:   'We keep our antenna up'
(CSS Sports <NG> -- August 17)
Refugio's  Klare a hometown hero at Rice
(Corpus Christi Caller-Times -- Aug. 15)
Pass defense improvements start at the line
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 15)
Cowboys' Sendejo not taking camp for granted
(San Antonio Express -- Aug. 15)
What loss of safety Bradshaw means for Rice
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Aug. 14)
'An accumulation of years playing the game'
(Houston Chronicle (Aug. 14)
Offense struggles in Saturday scrimmage
(Parliament discussion thread -- Aug. 14)

How hot should seat be for DB?
(Houston Chronicle <JD> --  Aug. 13)

Redshirt linemen growth validating recruiting strategy
(Owl Sports Watch -- Aug. 13)
2011 pre-season camp Day Five photos
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 11)
McHargue earning valid comparisons to Clement
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 10)
Blue hair and mohawks: notes from Media Day
(Houston Press -- Aug. 10)
Freshman WRs Walker, Gibson turning heads
(Owl Sports Watch -- Aug. 9)
Monday morning workout photo gallery
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 9)
Owl RBs pick up right where they left off
(Owl Sports Watch -- Aug. 8)
Steamy Sunday morning: Fall camp, day two
(RiceOwls.com photo gallery -- Aug. 8)
Gioffre:  'It's like a swagger thing'
(YourRanchNews.com -- Aug. 8)
Senior-led Owls raising the bar
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug.8)
With 10 defensive starters back, Rice turns up heat
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 7)
Confident tone coming out of Rice Stadium
(WoodlandsOnline.com -- Aug 7)
Tight end trio shows plenty of promise
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 7)
Experience counts as Rice prepares for 2011
(BellaireNews.com -- Aug. 7)

Owls open camp with Saturday evening workout
(SportsPageMagazine.com -- Aug. 7)

Owls kick off training camp
(Houston Sports Examiner -- Aug. 7)

Camp preview:  5 things to watch
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Aug. 6)
Media Day photo gallery
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 6)
Owls enter August drills leaner and meaner
(Owl Sports Watch -- Aug. 6)
All eyes on Solomon going into season
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 5)
As camp opens, a look at the pre-season depth chart
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Aug. 5)
Numbers finally add up for Rice
(Memphis Commercial Appeal -- Aug. 5)
Owls poised to make a run
(Owl Sports Watch -- Aug. 4)
Experienced defense gives Owls enthusiasm
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 3)
Rice mulls option to upgrade facilities
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)

Rice No. 1 with happiest students
(Houston Examiner.com -- Aug. 1)
Owls are back, and ready to work
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Aug. 1; also league Media Day videos)
Rice DE Solomon eager to 'start hitting'
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 1)

Owls look to recapture recent success
(Huntington, WVa., Herald-Dispatch -- July 23)
Rice athletes top league academically for sixth straight year
(The Woodlands Online -- July 20)
McGuffie named to Doak Walker watch list
(Houston Sports Examiner -- July 16)

The usual heroes...
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SAM'S THE MAN -- Rice's Sam McGuffie hauls in one of his pair of impressive downfield sideline grabs, to join a familiar cast of offensive heroes in the Blue's 44-34 victory over the Gray in Saturday's annual Spring Game (Mark Anderson photo)

Spring Game 2011
Offense outpoints defense in contest featuring big plays by veterans, plus a few surprises


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Jeremy Eddington breaks into the clear and puts on the afterburners en route to 77-yard first-half TD run (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (April 9) – Never mind the byzantine scoring system that produced a 44-34 victory for the Rice Owl offense in Saturday afternoon’s spring game, the capper to a month’s worth of football drills.

What shone through splendidly on the stadium turf could be identified as a solid ray of  progress – continuity by demonstrated veterans, a squad relatively deep with new, unsung talent, and a program that’s made measurably positive steps, when compared to the same event, the same time a year ago.

Everyone from the most junior of schoolkid observers among the 500-plus attendees, to head coach David Bailiff, might have found something to be optimistic about in the overall effort.

"You look back to a year ago," the Rice head man said, "when you didn’t know who was your quarterback, your offensive line was, or who your defensive starters were. A lot of the starters were intact this year and they’ve been in the same system – some of them – for four years now. So it operates smoother; the young men understand the language and they understand the expectations."
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Eddington, Peterson impress at Rice spring scrimmage
(Houston Chronicle -- April 9)
DB pleased as spring drills come to a close
(KHOU-TV.com -- April 9)
McHargue shines in Rice's Blue-Gray game
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- April 9)

Scrimmage overdrive...
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Turner Peterson turns the corner amid heavy defensive pressure during Friday afternoon's scrimmage, as the Owls now head into their fourth and final week of spring drills (PTH photo)
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As coaching staffers looked on, the Rice big men wrestled in the trenches during Wednesday's drill, heading toward the Owls' second scrimmage of the spring, to be held Friday at 4:00 p.m. (PTH photo)
Aerial acrobatics

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Redshirt freshman Jordan Taylor, here going at the WR position, makes spectacular one-handed catch of downfield pass in Wednesday's workout action (MA photo)

Owl spring practice kicks off with spirited workout

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Charles Ross turns the corner after taking handoff from Taylor McHargue in 11-on-11 drills during Tuesday's opening workout of spring drills; the Owls went at it for the entire alloted two-hour period as drizzles held off until quitting time -- McHargue and his 'giraffe' receivers stood tall throughout (PTH photo)

Spring workout schedule announced...
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Spring Drills Commence Tuesday, March 8....
Signing Day 2011

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'One of the first things you look at is their feet -- and do they shave'
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Rice head coach David Bailiff announces his 2011 signees at Wednesday afternoon press conference (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Feb. 2) – It seems there is life after assistant coaches’ defections, after all.

David Bailiff and his Rice Owls’ coaching staff adeptly played a round of Texas Hold 'Em as they reeled in each and every one of their verbal pledges from their anticipated 2011 class of schoolboy stars, as announced on signing day today.

Though a goodly portion of this year’s class was initially recruited by the departed offensive coordinator David Beaty and the sayonara’ed defensive  guru Craig Naivar, each of those recruits made it clear they were attracted to Rice, the institution, and not any particular coaching personality, as they followed up their verbal pledges with letters of intent to come pursue their degrees and play a little ball on South Main.

"Nobody changed his mind last night," Coach Bailiff exulted, as he proclaimed this year's crop of 19 future Rice Men his best harvest in the five years since he's been on South Main.
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Rice guy finishes first for Winnepeg Blue Bombers
(Winnepeg Free Press -- March 16)
Bradshaw, Ozougwu share Martin Award
(Cypress Times -- March 15)
Conference USA 2011 preview
(The Bleacher Report -- March 14)

Rice agrees to home-and-home series with.....LaTech
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- March 10)
Can Owl offense build on last season's late success?
(Owl Sports Watch -- Mar. 8)
Spring in the air for Owls as drills begin
(Houston College Football Examiner -- March 8)
Rice spring drills:  five things to watch
(Houston Chronicle -- March 8)
Awards banquet to take place Mar. 13; Owl fans invited
(HoustonNewsNet --  Feb. 28)
Solly eager to make up for lost season
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Feb. 25)

Owls set with Boilermakers for 2011 home opener
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 11)

Rice signee Williams has two missions:  faith, football
(Austin American-Statesman -- Feb. 10)

Bailiff completes staff with three hires
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 10)

Former UH interim HC may join Owls
(MyFoxHouston -- Feb. 8)
Young Surrey athletes choose their futures
(SurreyNow.com -- Feb. 8)

Coaching staff taking shape
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 8)

Owls get new offensive coordinator
(MyFoxHouston -- Feb. 6)

Owls filled areas of need
(Houston Sports Examiner -- Feb. 5)
Covington goes to Rice
(PeaceArchNews -- Feb. 4)
Weather a factor, but Owls get their guys
(FoxSportsHouston <MK> -- Feb. 2)
Signing Day -- That's a wrap

(RiceOwls.com -- Feb. 2)
Rice bolsters offensive line, fills holes on D
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 2)
Many feel this could be most impactful class ever
(Owl Sports Watch -- Feb. 2)
Defensive staff gets help at corner position
(FoxSporsHouston <MK> -- Feb. 2)
Grover Covington's son to join Rice Owls
(Vancouver Sun -- Feb. 1)


This year, city of Houston belongs to the Rice Owls
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Whose Bucket??? OUR Bucket!!! 
John Gioffre leads his teammates in raucous celebration at midfield as Owls received Bayou Bucket trophy -- again -- after 34-31 win over UH Oct. 16 (PTH photo)
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Video clips of all four touchdown drives, including the entire 19-play drive, plus game-ending defensive stop

Rice 28, UAB 23
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Owl seniors bow out with a win as two late, long, time-consuming drives provide margin of victory; frosh Eddington scores winner
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The sensational Jeremy Eddington exhults as he crosses goal line untouched, the culmination of his 22-yard TD run that provided margin of victory for  Owls (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Nov. 28) -- It wasn't a bowl win; it wasn't a championship game, but it surely was an upbeat way to end a season.

After a mid-schedule swoon that had dedicated fans questioning the leadership and future direction of their football program, the Rice Owls finished off a closing, two-game win streak with a thrilling, immensely satisfying, 28-23 win over a solid UAB Blazer team here Saturday.

It took a 22-yard dash from, who else, super freshman Jeremy Eddington, to put the Owls in command with 44 seconds left in the game. Even then, the outcome remained in doubt, for the Blazer offense still had time for a handful of heaves downfield, any one of which might have spelled the undoing of the artillery-vulnerable Owls -- remember the Tulane game.

In fact, this time, on third and ten and with a dozen ticks left, UAB quarterback Bryan Ellis barely overthrew his deep receiver who'd separated from the Rice secondary, but a miss is as good as a mile, and, when on fourth down, next play, Chris Jones nailed Blazer receiver Patrick Hearn seven yards short of the first down marker, the comeback celebration could begin in earnest.
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Owls end season with a win streak
(Houston Press -- Nov. 29)
Blazers crumbled with game on the line
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 29)
Snapping up players like Eddington key for Owls
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 28)
Rice scores with 44 seconds left to beat UAB
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 28)
Rice ends season with dramatic win over UAB
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 28)
Owls finish 2010 strong with win
(Owl Sports Watch -- Nov. 28)
Disappointing season has predictable ending for UAB
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 28)

Now we'll see if Callaway gets another year
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 28)
Eddington scores twice to lead Rice over UAB
(Macon Telegraph/TSN -- Nov. 27)
Rice rallies in 4th to edge UAB
(Click2Houston.com/AP -- Nov. 27)
Diminished Rice offensive output good enough for win
(ESPN.com -- Nov. 27)
UAB played competitively, but couldn't hold on
(Blazer Sports Report -- Nov. 27)
Rice ekes out 28-23 win in final seconds
(SB Nation Houston -- Nov. 27)
Rice scores with 44 seconds left to beat UAB
(KHOU-TV11.com -- Nov. 27)

Fourth-quarter rally gives Rice win over UAB
(Birjmingham News/AP -- Nov. 27)

 

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(All nine scoring drives, play by play by play -- an offensive tour de force)
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Rice 62, East Carolina 38
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Owl offense a well-oiled machine as running game, passing attack both click against befuddled ECU defense; Eddington, McHargue, McDonald, McGuffie all shine in Rice rout
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Sensational freshman Jeremy Eddington scores the last of his four touchdowns on the day against ECU; this one was from one yard out; another went for 88 (Mark Anderson photo)

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Vance McDonald leaps high to snag TD pass from Taylor McHargue, putting Owls up 14-7 over ECU (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Nov. 21) -- Down from the heather-dappled Scottish Highlands they rode; their names were McHargue, McDonald, McGuffie and Eddington. Individually, they were brave lads, proud and strong. When finally they coalesced as if one, they became Clan Braveheart. And woe be to any invaders or usurpers who stood in their way.

As it was, this band of Scotsmen rode rough-shod over a scurvy gang of Pirates, robbing them of their own plunder and driving them back into the inhospitable sand spits of the Carolina shore.

When the battle was won, the result was carnage on the East Carolina side. A possible division crown, an upper tier bowl game, in all probability any bowl game at all, were all laid waste.

Aye, and the young Bravehearts insisted they had done only what they, themselves had expected.
Continues....    Video of Jeremy Eddington's 88-yard TD run....

Seniors leaving with fond memories
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 27)
Owls vs. Blazers:  Five things to watch
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 27)
Owls try to end season on winning note
(SBNation.com -- Nov. 27)
Eddington may provide biggest challenge
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 27)
UAB can't let Rice running game carve up defense
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 27)
Chase will be last Owl to play at Rosenblatt
(Omaha World Herald -- Nov. 26)
Last dance for DB's first class

(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 26)
UAB admin reviews mixed on Callaway
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 26)
Callaway:  'They have caught fire offensively'
(Alabama13.com -- Nov. 24)
Owls hope to go out in a 'Blazer' of glory
(Houston Press -- Nov. 25)
Rice, UAB both aim to finish with two straight wins
(Austin American Statesman/AP -- Nov. 24)
A senior season that never comes
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 24)
What are you thankful for, Rice fans?
(Houston Chronicle <JD> --Nov. 23)
Bradshaw second-team Academic All-America
(RiceOwls.com -- Nov. 23)
Blazers preparing for season finale at Rice
(BlazerSportsReport.com -- Nov. 23)
Playing the football blame game
(UAB Kaleidoscope -- Nov. 23)
McHargue makes good use of his time
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 23)
Blazers exult over 'Bones win
(Birmingham News -- Nov. 23)
This week:  UAB visits Rice
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Nov. 23)
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(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 22)

UAB to visit Rice after taking Memphis in 'battle for bones'
UABBlazers.com -- Nov. 22)
Owls plunder the Pirates
(Houston Press -- Nov. 22)
Rice erupts for huge win
(Rice Sports Watch -- Nov. 21)
Eddington runs for 4 TDs as Rice dominates
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Nov. 21).
ECU Coach Ruffin McNiel post-game press conference
(Bonesville.net -- Nov. 21)

Rice tops ECU in shootout
(Kinston Free Press -- Nov. 21)

Postgqame press briefing excerpts, game video highlights
(RiceOwls.com -- Nov. 20)
Rice offense runs wild in win over first-place ECU
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 20)
ECU has no answer for Owl offense
(WITN.com -- Nov. 20)
Rice offense sensational in rout of ECU
(WUSA.com/The Sports Network -- Nov. 20)
Eddington runs for four TD as Rice rolls
(NBCSports.com -- Nov. 20)
Everyting seemed to work for Rice on Saturday
(Greenville Reflector -- Nov. 20)
Eddington runs wild as Rice rolls East Carolina
(KHOU.TV -- Nov. 20)

Rice takes down ECU, 62-38
(SBNation. com -- Nov. 20

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Owls roar out to 3-TD first half lead, fall behind, come back for dramatic late win, belting Coogs all the way back to Tier 4
Owls own city bragging rights over U of H for second time in 3 years

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CATCH OF THE SEASON -- Vance McDonald cradles his prize, a check-off toss from Nick Fanuzzi for fourth-quarter TD which provided Owls with margin of victory (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Oct. 17) – The game of football, just like life its own self, often can turn on a dime.

And a dime’s-width was just about the difference between a true and an errant snap, the latter of which sent the Houston Cougars into throes of agony, and the Rice Owls into paroxysms of jubilation as the sun set on the turf of Rice Stadium here Saturday.

Down 34-31, driving and facing fourth and inches at the Rice 37 yard line with 90 seconds left in the game, UH quarterback David Piland committed his first and only freshman error of the game when he mishandled a slightly off-center exchange.

As the ball bounded on the turf surrounded by blue jerseys, with it down went the Cougars’ pipe dreams of national rankings, BCS conference affiilation, C-USA domination -- and, oh, by the way, how are those naming rights millions stacking up for that new, on-paper-only stadium you guys are supposed to be building?
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DB: UCF toughest opponent yet
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 23)
Bailiff worried about Central Florida defensive front
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 23)

Knight defense relying primarily on superior athletes
(Fox Sports Hosuton <MK> -- Oct. 23)

Owls fly down to Orlando for only second time ever
(UCFSports.com/Rivals -- Oct. 23)
After win over Houston, Rice has Central Florida's attention
(Florida Today -- Oct. 23)
O'Leary helps UCF from looking past lowly Rice
(The Ledger -- Oct. 23)
JD answers five questions about Rice
(Orlando Sentinel -- Oct. 22)

Rice walk-ons earning PT, making difference
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 22)
Playing smarter has made Nick better
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 22)

Owls can apply more payback this week against UCF
(Orlando Sentinel -- Oct. 22)
UCF hopes passing attack can take flight against Owls
(Orlando Sentinel -- Oct. 22)

UCF running back Weaver wound up in right place
(Orlando Sentinel -- Oct. 22)

UCF OC talks about QB situation
(Orlando Sentinel -- Oct. 22)

Owls earn dramatic win over UH
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 22)
Win provides student body with impetus to support team
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 22)
Owls receive mixed mid-term report card
(The Rice Thresher -- Oct. 22)

Owls will be shorthanded for Central Florida
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 21)
Victory over UCF would exceed last year's total
(Austin American Statesman -- Oct. 21)
UCF has defeated South Dakota, Buffalo, UAB, Marshall
(Houston Press -- Oct. 21)
RG: Stadium spruce-up a priority, though not necessarily end zone facility
(RiceOwls.com -- Oct. 20)
With upset over Houston, Rice not to be underestimated
(Central Florida Future -- Oct. 20)
Did UH not have a film of Rice running the wildcat?
(CougarsDen.com -- Oct. 20)

5 Owls earn mid-season all-league honors from one source
(Cypress Times -- Oct.  20)
UCF's focus:  'All we do is talk about Rice'
(FloridaToday.com -- Oct. 20)
UCF QB Calabrese out for season
(FloridayToday.com -- Oct. 20)

DB, players talk about win over UH, prep for UCF
(Orlando Sentinel -- Oct. 20)

2010 Bayou Bucket halftime show highlights
(MarshW13's YouTube channel)
Owls still basking in Bucket glory
(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 19)
UCF Rice week press conference video
(UCFSports.com <Rivals> -- Oct. 19)
Martens' mindset aids consistency
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 19)
'It's amazing what that beat-up old trophy represents'
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 19)

O'Leary favors using two quarterbacks
(Orlando Sentinel -- Oct. 19)

After step backward, what's next for Coogs?
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 19)

The Marching Owl Band at Rice Stadium
(Houston Press -- Oct. 18)
Martens picks up C-USA honors
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 18)

Upsets already playing role in C-USA
(Hattiesburg American -- Oct. 19)
Cougars left to pick up pieces after Bucket loss
(Fox Sports Houston -- Oct. 18)
Cy-Fair grad leads Owls in rushing
(Ultimate Cy-Fair -- Oct. 18)
Bradshaw leads Rice to victory over UH
(Ultimate Cy-Fiar -- Oct. 18)

Pink power propels Owls over Cougars
(Houston Press -- Oct. 18)
Defense a no-show for UH against Owls
(The Daily Cougar -- Oct. 18)

Coogs search for answers after loss to Owls
(The Daily Cougar -- Oct. 18)

UCF features rugged defense
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 18)

With season on brink, Owls finally have reason to celebrate
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 17)

Rice jostles Bayou Bucket away from Coogs
(Sports Page Magazine -- Oct. 17)
Owls get creative in Bucket win
(Owls Sports Watch -- Oct. 17)
For Coogs, more than one tear in Bucket
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 17)
Rice-UH first-half video highlights
(KHOU.com -- Oct. 17)
Helmet sticker to entire team for making good on payback talk
(Houston Chronicle <JD> -- Oct. 17)

UH aspirations as league contender kicked in Bucket
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct 16)
Piland's crucial fourth-down fumble and other pix
(Houston Chronicle -- Oct. 16)
McDonald's fourth-quarter catch proved to be difference
(Kansas City Star/The Sports Network -- Oct. 16)
History repeats as Owls bounce back
(RiceOwls.com -- Oct.16)
Cougars stumble late in loss to Rice
(The Daily Cougar -- Oct. 16)
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(Fox Sports Houston <MK> -- Oct. 16)

Rice shocks UH to claim Bucket victory
(KHOU.com -- Oct. 16)

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2011mediadayrkitchenssnap3tn1.jpg (18226 bytes)Randy Kitchens
'It's time to do it; the expectation is to win this year'
2011mediadaycjammersnap5tn1.jpg (19647 bytes)Chris Jammer
'Coach Thurmond hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a player'
11mediadaymikes1tn12a.jpg (18308 bytes)Michael Smith
'Texas makes you want to play harder... a lot of mental preparation goes into that game'
11mediadayjgioffre4tn12a.jpg (21480 bytes)John Gioffre
'This is going to be - in my opinion -- the strongest, fastest, fiercest Rice Owl team that we've seen in a long time'
Day One DB comments
11augdbdayonetn12.jpg (19631 bytes)Coach Bailifflook.gif (907 bytes)
'We've got three solid corners; we just need to make sure we've got other bodies there who can cover'
Media Day videos
11mediadaytbrad3tn12.jpg (19501 bytes)Travis Bradshaw
'During spring, the way the corners played was exciting... those big points we gave up last year still sit in the back of our minds'
11mediadaytmactn12.jpg (19006 bytes)Taylor McHargue
'If I take care of the ball, this offense can go a long way... they're all capable of being the guy for us'
11mediadaydb2tn12.jpg (22029 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'These two a days will be a war to determine what our team's personality will be... we've got a lot of guys who can make this season special'
11mediadaysam1tn12.jpg (18486 bytes)Sam McGuffie
'This year I've trained myself so that I can line up wherever...I know the plays, and I'm ready mentally'
Coaches' Caravan commentary
2011caravandb3a12.jpg (19494 bytes)Coach Bailiff Q&A
2011caravandriesbach4a12.jpg (18808 bytes)DC Chuck Driesbach
2011caravanocreagan4a12.jpg (19108 bytes)OC John Reagan
2011caravandb4a12.jpg (19713 bytes)Coach Bailiff
2011caravanrg2a12x.jpg (19151 bytes)Rick Greenspan
Spring game post-game
11springgamevidsamsnap5tn1.jpg (13348 bytes)Sam McGuffielook.gif (907 bytes)'This was kind of the cherry on the top for the spring...it was fun to get out and compete'
11springgamevidtcooksnap11tn1.jpg (14461 bytes)Taylor Cooknew.gif (908 bytes)'McHargue puts it right on the money, so if you stay within the offense, you're fine'
11springgamevidsnapsdb1tn1.jpg (15791 bytes)Coach Bailiff
‘A lot of questions that we didn’t have answered a year ago, we have an- swered now...we have a chance to be a good football team; we just have to keep working hard'
Week three interviews
11spring1apramsmithsnap4tn1.jpg (15087 bytes)Michael Smith
'Sometimes when everybody's healthy, we're five deep -- that helps a lot'
11spring1apratsmithsnap5tn1.jpg (15290 bytes)Tyler Smith
'We have a lot of talent; we have a lot of speed -- we try to spread the ball around as much as possible'
11spring30martmactn1.jpg (14683 bytes)Taylor McHargue
'The offense itself as a whole is still there; we're just building on it'
11spring30mardbtn1.jpg (15573 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'Last spring we knew Sam was good; but we didn't know who Jeremy Eddington was...'
Week two interviews
Coach Chris Thurmond
Coach John Reagan

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Corners 3 --
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2011 Spring Drills Day 1
7mar11solly2tn1.jpg (16969 bytes)Scott Solomon
'It just feels great to finally be back on the field'
2011 Signing Day videos
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Coach Bailiff -- briefing
Coach Bailiff -- Q&A
Rice-UAB postgame wavsymbol.jpg (726 bytes)
10uabpgdbsnap2tn.jpg (18760 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'To win the last two games, conference games, at home, it was fitting for this senior class, and it gives us a lot of hope for the future'
10uabpgtmacsnap3xtn.jpg (18303 bytes)Taylor McHargue
'We stuck with what we were doing -- and they were tired; we never lost confidence...'
10uabppjeddsnap2tn.jpg (17611 bytes)Jeremy Eddington
'I bounced it to the outside, and I had it in mymind as soon as I saw the end zone, nobody's going to tackle me'
10uabpgjhillsnap5tn.jpg (17644 bytes)Justin Hill
'It was just about playing for pride and going out a winner -- not just for ourselves, but for the future of the program'

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ecupgdb3tn1a.jpg (19129 bytes)Coach Bailiff
'Because of the attittude, and and effort and character of these young men we won out and won us a ball game...'
ecupgtmac3xtn1.jpg (18383 bytes)Taylor McHargue
'We knew all week long, just watching them on tape, that we could have a big day'
ecupgjedd6tn1.jpg (18600 bytes)Jeremy Eddington
'I was like,"If we run that play in the game, I'm gong to score" -- and we ran it just like in practice'
ecupgvance2xtn1.jpg (19574 bytes)Vance McDonald
'I hate that it's taken this long, but these last couple of weeks, we've had great play calling'
ecupgjohng2tn1.jpg (18062 bytes)John Gioffre
'When the offense is going their job like they were todayl, it gives us confidence and makes our job easier'
ecupgjsammc2tn1.jpg (18339 bytes)Sam McGuffie
'When you put up 639 yards total offense, like Coach Bailiff said, you're creating a monster -- and I can't disagree with that'

 

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