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It's Coog Week

Rice 33, Louisiana 21



Owls managed to vault over errors with superlative overall performance in big win over Louisiana (David Speed Elder photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 18) – It’s well worthwhile to take a look at the stat sheet when considering the implications of Rice’s 33-21 win over the University of Louisiana – Lafayette here Saturday evening.

Even a recounting of Owl miscues underscores  an inevitable conclusion:  this South Main bunch just laid the wood to University of Louisiana's 15-game win streak, heretofore the longest extant in NCAA Division 1. The Ragin Cajuns just got the hell beat out of them...
Continues....                      Box score, statistics.....

Icy whites for Bayou Bucket Classic
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 23)
Programs seem to be headed in opposite directions
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 23)
Two closest FBS campuses vie for Bayou Bucket
(Underdog Dynasty --  Sept. 23)
UH game week practice notes
(The Roost) -- Sept. 22)
Week three Coach Bloom press conference
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 22)

Owls want to get out of Coogs' shadow
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 21)
Before NFL goal, Enechukwu wants to be Rice change agent
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 21)
Owls put end to CFB's longest winning streak
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 21)
UH at 'pivotal point'  heading into Bucket Week
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 21)
Rodrigo, Stahle, others honored at first Rice Black athletes celebration
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 20)
Crosstown rivalty makes sense to keep
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 20)
After 50 years, Rice Black student-athletes reflect
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 20)
Houston week press conference notes
(The Roost -- Sept. 20)
For UH, Bucket clash becomes pivotal game
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 20)
After marquee win, now UH up for Owls
(The Roost -- Sept. 20)
Early look at Owls - UH matchup
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 20)
Parish growing into UH defensive cornerstone
(The Daily Cougar -- Sept. 20)
Rice-UH depends upon which team makes more mistakes
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 19)

Owls end Louisiana's 15-game win streak
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 17)
Video view of game from Cajun Country
(KATC3 Lafayette -- Sept. 17)
Coach Bloom Rice-Louisiana postgame quips
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 17)

Streak snapped: Owls knock off Louisiana
(The Roost -- Sept. 17)
Rice defense steps up, ends Louisiana's win streak
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 17)
McMahon leads Rice past Louisiana-Lafayette, 33-21
(Washington Post/AP -- Sept. 17)
Win streak ends as Louisiana falls at Rice
(Ragincajuns.com -- Sept. 17)
Nation's best winning streak ended by Rice at 15
(Lafayette Advertiser -- Sept. 17)
Rice rolls past Louisiana
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 17)


Rice 52, McNeese State 10



ALL BY HIS LONESOME -- Rice defensive back Gabe Taylor en route to his 91-yard TD interception return (PTH photo)

HOUSTON (Sept. 11) – How about let’s just savor this one?

After all, it’s been 14 years since the last time our Boys from the Institute hung such a one-sided victory over an opponent. Then it was North Texas; this time it was a bunch from casino-studded climes of southwestern-most Louisiana, as the Owls flattened McNeese State, 52-10, on a warm, pleasant Indian summer evening at newly-renovated Rice Stadium.

After something of a slow start, it was all Owls, as they converted five Cowboy turnovers into points en route to that 52 point total.
Continues...                         Box score, statistics...       


Cajuns a 79.3 per cent bet to win over Owls
(Underdog Dynasty -- Sept. 16)
Louisiana comes to town riding 15-game win streak
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 16)
Ragin' Cajuns SID notes for Saturday's game
(RaginCajuns.com -- Sept. 16)
Cajun QB has struggled in early games
(Lafayette Advertiser -- Sept. 16)
This week's Louisiana opponent a much tougher out
(The Roost -- Sept. 16)

Deep dive into Rice-Louisiana game
(Acadiana Advocate -- Sept. 15)
Not because it's hard -- Owls beat McNeese
(The Rice Thresher -- Sept. 15)
Treshawn Chamberlain: 'We're here to make a play'
(The Roost -- Sept. 14)

Streaking Louisiana squad has Owls' full attention
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 13)
Coach Bloom, Rozner, Chamberlain at LA week presser
(RiceOwls.com/Youtube -- Sept. 13)
LA Coach Napier left the cupboards full
(Sports Chat Place -- Sept. 13)
Win would put Rice program on strong footing
(The Roost -- Sept. 12)

Mirror-image showing vs. USC in rebound win
(The Roost -- Sept. 11)
Cajuns rally from early deficit, defeat Eastern Michigan
(Lafayette Daily Advertiser -- Sept. 11)
Rice-McNeese State post-game press conference
(RiceOwls.com/Youtube -- Sept. 11)
Fowled Up:  Rice routs Cowboys
(Lake Charles American Press -- Sept. 11)

Owls rocket past McNeese State on space night
(The Roost -- Sept. 10)
TJ McMahon leads Rice to blowout win over McNeese State
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 10)
Rice races past McNeese
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 10)
Turnovers costly in Cowboy loss to Rice
(McNeeseSports.com -- Sept. 10)
Brad Rozner's 75-yard TD catch-and-run
(The Roost/ESPN -- Sept. 10)
Gabe Taylor''s highlight-film 91-yard pick-six
(The/Roost -- Sept. 10)
Loss to Memphis in miserable rain propelled 2012 Owls
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 8)


USC 66, Rice 14




OFF TO THE RACES --Cameron Montgomery is here seen breaking away on a 55-yard scamper through the middle of the USC defense, second quarter  (PTH photo)


HOLD THAT LINE - Rice defensive interior effective in  bottling up SC rushing game but had trouble getting to the quarterback (David Speed Elder photo)

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 4) – In the pregame talk surrounding Rice’s season opener with USC, Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren made it clear that his game strategy against the Trojans was going to be Plan A.

Now his Plan A did sport some new wrinkles, some
 non-Plan-A offensive tactics thrown in, but for the most part, Plan A remained strictly the order of the day.

All of you by now must be well-versed in this football philosophy.  It presupposes equal, if not superior, athletic wherewithal compared to one’s opponent.  It seeks to impose an intellectual form of brutality that bends the enemy to one’s very straightforward dictates.  It depends little upon artifice, upon doing the unexpected, upon unconventional and atypical tactics.

Patton was a Plan A sort of guy.  So was General Ulysses S. Grant.

Mike Bloomgren had, and ought continue to have, reason for optimism going into this, his fifth campaign on South Main.  A more experienced squad awaited this year’s opponents of the Feathered Flock, with better size and speed, more steeped in his coaching philosophy, and with a tantalizing array of skill players on both sides of the ball. So why not dance with who brung you?
(Continues....)          Box score, statistics....

Rice 'Artemis' gear said best of week in NCAA
(ESPN -- Sept. 9
Cowboys are going to bring the pass rush
(College Football News -- Sept. 9)
Rice, NASA to honor Kennedy  moon speech anniversary
(KTLA -5 -- Sept. 9)
Coach Bloom expects big step forward between weeks 1 and 2
(The Roost -- Sept. 8)

Cowboys looking for answers after loss
(American Press -- Sept. 7)
Rice football to wear space-themed uniforms
(Outkick -- Sept. 7)
UH transfers making hay at McNeese
(American Press -- Sept. 7)
Tipped passes, tackling woes doom Owls in season opener
(The Rice Thresher --  Sept. 7)
Fourth-ranked Bobcats pull away from Cowboys
(McNeeseSports.com -- Sept. 4)

Coach Bloomgren's pre-McNeese press conference
(Rice Owls.com -- Sept. 6)
Coach Bloom looks ahead to McNeese, sums up SC
(The Roost -- Sept. 6)
Owls look to even record at home against McNeese State
(The Roost -- Sept. 6)
Montana State dominates on ground in win over McNeese
(KXLH Helena -- Sept. 3)

If you must:  full-game Rice-USC video highlights
(ESPN -- Sept. 4)
Three-pack of pick-sixes doom Owls at USC
(The Roost -- Sept. 4)
Lincoln Riley, 4 takeaways add up to strong impression
(Charlotte Observer/LA Times -- Sept. 4)
No. 14 USC routs Rice in season opener
(AP via "we-didn't-bother-to-hire-a-stringer" Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 4)
SC onslaught wake-up call for bruised but determined Owls
(The Roost - Sept. 4)
The Trojan offense was almost perfect, but...
(Sports Illustrated -- Sept. 4)
Three pick-sixes highlight Trojan defense's day
(Orange County Register -- Sept. 4).
Lincoln RIley's showtime offense delivers
(Trojans Wire -- Sept. 4)
Like a breath of air on a hot day
(Los Angeles Times -- Sept. 4)
Rice falls in season opener at USC
(RiceOwls.com -- Sept. 4)


Eyes of nation on LA Coliseum?
 
1947 WAS A LONG TIME AGO -- in that first meeting between the Trojans and Owls, neither team was able to push across a score.  The next year, Rice returned to the Coliseum and lost 7-0.  Two road games at USC; one TD for the Trojans, not a point for the Feathered Flock.  And that's when we were good!  The betting line has tightened a bit on Saturday's tilt, shrinking from 34.5 to a mere 32.  Can the Owls beat the spread?  You can bet Lincoln Riley's venture into the LaLaLand will encourage him to start with a bang. One discouraging measure:  look how poorly the Owls did recently against Stanford both in Palo Alto and Down Undah...





Wiley Green airs it out in Saturday's (Aug. 20) scrimmage   (David Speed Elder photo)


Ultimate underdog Rice isn't backing away from SC
(Houston Chronicle -- Sept. 1)
Trojans Insider gives slant on Rice-USC
(The Roost -- Sept. 1)
Trojans Wire quizzes Matthew re the Owls
(Trojans Wire -- Sept. 1)
So you think Owls will wilt in LA heat? Try Houston
(Trojans Wire -- Sept. 1)

Coach Bloom says SC won't know what to expect from Owls.  But will he?
(24/7Sports -- Aug. 31)
Behind enemy lines:  Rice previews USC
(USCFootball.com -- Aug. 31)
Now comes hard part:  putting it all together
(Sports Illustrated -- Aug. 31)
Rice USC press conference notes and quotes
(The Roost -- Aug. 30)
Curtain rises on Riley, Caleb Williams with Owls as audience

(Yahoo Sports -- Aug. 30)
Best way to prep for SC?  Watch films of Oklahoma
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 30)
Blowout win would be great start to Lincoln Riley era
(The Daily Trojan -- Aug. 30)
Owls return some intriguing weapons at WR
(USCFootball.com -- Aug. 30)
No. 14 USC kicks off Riley era against Rice
(USCTrojans.com -- Aug. 30)
So what's the path to a bowl game?
(The Roost -- Aug. 29)
Owls not much to offer in way of competition for USC

(24/7 Sports -- Aug. 29)
Riley walks on water, at least according to this video
(Saturday Out West -- Aug. 29)
College superconference makes us nostalgic for Rice
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 29)
Rice won't have prayer of keeping up
(College Football News -- Aug. 29)
Caleb Williams drawing plenty of Heisman buzz
(Trojans Wire -- Aug. 29)
Rice in midst of long rebuild program
(Orange County Register -- Aug. 29)
Rice-USC fourth biggest NCAA point spread this week
(Betting Gazette -- Aug. 29)
Owls are as talented, deep as they've been under Bloomgren
(The Roost -- Aug. 28)
Owls aim to end 7-year bowl drought
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
Rice defense expects to be up again
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
McCaffery, Nyakwol capped for pre-season superlatives
(The Roost -- Aug. 26)
SC DC talks roster building via Rice game
(USCFootball.com -- Aug. 25)
After special offseason, Trojans open as 35-point favorite
(The Daily Trojan -- Aug. 25)

Reactions to Green's being named starting QB in opener
(The Roost -- Aug. 24)

Defense looks back to 2020 numbers
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 23)
Trojans kick off mock game week in prep for Rice
(Peristyle Podcast -- Aug. 23)
USC vs. Rice prediction, game outlook
(College Football News -- Aug. 23)
Wily Wiley gets starting nod against USC
(24/7 Sports -- Aug. 23)
Defense rebounds in Scrimmage 2
(The Roost -- Aug. 22)
This is the year for Owls to come up big
(College Football News -- Aug. 21)
USC wraps up fall camp with eye on defense
(Orange County Register -- Aug. 20)
Trojans' biggest X factor in 2022 season
(Clutch Points -- Aug. 19)
McCaffrey thriving in move from QB to WR
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 17)
For traveling Owl fans:  what you need to know about SC venue
(USC News -- Aug. 17))

Rice overwhelming 'dog in toughest of road trips
(Predict 'em -- Aug. 17)
Enechukwu a menace for Rice defense
(Dave Campbell's Texas Football -- Aug. 16)

Trojan paradox:  successful season opener will have limited success
(MSN.com/Trojans Wire -- Aug. 16)
This year's recruiting class off to strong start
(The Roost -- Aug. 16)
Adding explosiveness main Owl aim on offense
(Underdog Dynasty -- Aug. 16)
Offense, defense deliver big plays in first scrimmage
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 15)
A video peek at Owls' first scrimmage
(Rice Owls Insider -- Aug. 15)
Rice enters season with revamped roster, high expectations
(The Roost -- August 14)
Rice QBs get chance to impress in first scrimmage
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 14)
2022 Ultimate Owls review: ceiling, floor, more
(Dave Campbell's Texas Football -- Aug. 11)
Why Trojans are fascinating team this season
(VSiN.com -- Aug. 11)
Owls, Trojans haven't clashed since '71
(FBSchedules.com -- Aug. 10)
Coach Smith assesses '22 Owl defense
(The Roost -- Aug. 10)
Ari Broussard ready to carry Rice offense
(Dave Campbell's Texas Football -- Aug. 4)
Owls hope to depart C-USA on high note
(Houston Chronicle --  Aug. 2)
George Nyakwol: "Our goal is to get bigger, faster and stronger'
(Rice Owls Insiders -- Aug. 2)
Five Rice players for Trojan fans to watch
(USCFootball.com -- Aug 2)
Five things to watch as practice begins
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 1)
Conference media day:  Rice DE Trey Schuman
(Dave Campbell's Texas Football -- July 28)
Conference media day:  Rice OL Shea Baker
(Dave Campbell's Texas Football -- Aug. 1)
Rice hopes player-led approach leads upward
(Houston Chronicle -- July 28)
Could depth be difference for Owls this season?
(The Roost -- July 28)
Luke McCaffery: "Excited about the bond we have as a team'
(Rice Owls Insider -- July 20)
Trojans' first game should be confidence booster
Fan Nation/All Trojan -- July 12)





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Last season closeout game, a win:
Rice 35, Louisiana Tech 31




Owl defenders were able to mount consistent pressure; well, let's say mostly consistent pressure, on LaTech QB JD Head (David Speed Elder photo)HOUSTON (Nov. 28) – With all the sturm und drang occurring week by week during this underachieving football season, it was an unexpected and gratifying turnabout to see our Owls tuck away the season neatly in coming back from a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to wrest away victory from a Louisiana Tech team which here Saturday appeared to have it safely in its hands.


Cedric Patterson leaps to snag touchdown pass from TJ McMahon that proved to be the game winner (David Speed Elder photo)
With the litany of quarterbacks that the current coaching regime has gone through in the past four years, not to mention more than a handful this year, glory be that it was a young lad off the end of the bench, not so great in stature and girth, but with the heart of a lion, who came in and took a seemingly untenable situation and turned it into an inspiring victory.

When was the last time the Owls were able to overcome a 10 point deficit within the last six minutes of a game? Not in recent history, that’s for sure.

But led by the heroics of back-bencher T.J. McMahon, they did so this time, (a) making a key defensive stop which prevented the Bulldogs from walking away with an easy victory; (b) moving 92 yards in five plays to cut a two-score deficit to a mere three-point reach; (c) making the big play on defense, not once, but twice, and then applying the coup de grace with a minute to go. The final score: Rice 35, Louisiana Tech 31.
Continues....            Box score, statistics....


Latest headlines;
'Tangible progress'?  The future of Rice football according to Bloomgren
(The Roost -- Nov. 28)
Rice rallies to beat La Tech for fourth win
(Houston Chronicle -- Nov. 27)
T J McMahon, defense lift Rice to comeback win
(The Roost --  Nov. 27)
Bloom, TJ, Cedric, Sean Fresch on Owls' win
(RiceOwls.com -- Nov. 27)
LATech falls to Rice in Skip Holtz' final game
(Monroe News-Star -- Nov. 27)
LATech loses battle at Rice
(KPVI.com -- Nov. 27)
Gabe grabs key pick on anniversary of brother's passing
(CBS Sports -- Nov. 27)
McMahon rallies Rice to win over LATech
(Click2Houston -- Nov. 27)
Behind McMahon, Rice rallies for comeback win
(ESPN/AP -- Nov. 27)











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