2008 Rice Owls football team
|2008 Rice Owls football|
C-USA West Division co-champion
Texas Bowl champion
|2008 record||10–3 (7–1 C-USA)|
|Head coach||David Bailiff (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Tom Herman (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Chuck Driesbach
|Home stadium||Rice Stadium
|2008 Conference USA football standings|
|East Carolina x$||6||–||2||9||–||5|
|Championship: East Carolina 27, Tulsa 24|
The 2008 Rice Owls football team represented Rice University in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Owls played six home games at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas The Owls finished the season with an overall record of 10–3 and a conference record of 7–1 in David Bailiff's second season.
- 1 Personnel
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Game summaries
- 4 References
|2008 Rice Owls coaching staff|
|August 29||7:00 PM||SMU||Rice Stadium • Houston, TX (Mayor's Cup)||ESPN||W 56–27||23,164|
|September 6||7:00 PM||at Memphis||Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN||CBSCS||W 42–35||28,351|
|September 13||6:05 PM||at Vanderbilt*||Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN||L 21–38||37,370|
|September 20||2:30 PM||at No. 7 Texas*||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||FSN||L 10–52||97,201|
|September 27||4:30 PM||North Texas*||Rice Stadium • Houston, TX (Rivalry)||KTXA||W 77–20||16,885|
|October 4||7:00 PM||at Tulsa||Chapman Stadium • Tulsa, OK||CBSCS||L 28–63||24,926|
|October 18||2:00 PM||Southern Miss||Rice Stadium • Houston, TX||W 45–40||11,117|
|October 25||2:05 PM||at Tulane||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA||W 42–17||17,841|
|November 1||8:05 PM||at UTEP||Sun Bowl Stadium • El Paso, TX||W 49–44||30,702|
|November 8||2:00 PM||Army*||Rice Stadium • Houston, TX||W 38–31||19,243|
|November 22||2:30 PM||Marshall||Rice Stadium • Houston, TX||CBSCS||W 35–10||15,131|
|November 28||2:30 PM||Houston||Rice Stadium • Houston, TX (Bayou Bucket Classic)||CBSCS||W 56–42||35,534|
|December 30||7:05 PM||vs. Western Michigan*||Reliant Stadium • Houston, TX (Texas Bowl)||NFL Network||W 38–14||58,880|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
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The game kicked off Rice's 97th season of football. Rice began down 13–0, but two scores, both Chase Clement touchdown passes, within 52 seconds put the Owls up by one point to close the first quarter. Clement threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter as well, to Jarett Dillard (21 yards) and Corbin Smiter (12 yards), to take a 28–13 lead into halftime. After a Mustang touchdown pass, Rice exploded for four scores, two Clement passes, a James Casey run, and an interception returned 55 yards for a score by Andrew Sendejo. Logan Turner would throw a touchdown for SMU with 2:10 remaining in the contest.
Clement's six touchdown passes and Dillard's three receiving TDs both tied career highs in Rice's highest offensive output in a season opener in their history.
The Owls were behind the Tigers by fifteen, 35–20, with 8:33 to play. The comeback began when James Casey snared a 41-yard pass from Chase Clement, setting up a 5-yard hook-up with Jarett Dillard on the ensuing play, cutting the Memphis lead to 35–27 with 6:22 remaining. Rice began their comeback. After a quick stop, the Owls were looking to score again, taking over at their own six. Clement would sprint in from the nine four plays later. Casey would haul in the two-point conversion that knotted the game at 35–35.
Memphis would drive to the Rice 38, until the third-and-one slant was intercepted by Chris Jammer, who broke a tackle and scored with eleven seconds left, giving Rice the 42–35 win.
Dillard became the all-time leader in total points and touchdowns during the game, with Clement passing Tommy Kramer on the Rice all-time passing list. James Casey set career highs with 11 receptions and 208 yards, which passed David Houser for the Owl's single-game receiving yardage record.
Rice began the game with a Clark Fangmeier field goal, but it would be all Texas after that. Colt McCoy would run in a score before tossing two touchdowns to Jordan Shipley. Texas also added a field goal to their lead, making it 24–3. The lone Owls touchdown came in the third quarter, a Clement-to-Dillard hook-up of fifteen yards. McCoy would strike again, with a 46-yard completion to Chris Ogbonnaya for a score. Back-up Longhorn signal-caller John Chiles added a rushing touchdown, as did Cody Johnson, to put the final at 52–10.
Colt McCoy of Texas threw four touchdown passes, and led the Longhorns in rushing, as Texas rolled over Rice. McCoy also took the all-time passing touchdown record at Texas. Andrew Sendejo recorded 13+ tackles for the third consecutive game. His 17 stops against the Longhorns also fell one short of a career mark. Jarett Dillard had 158 yards receiving to lead the Owls. Clement also had his second career punt downed inside the twenty.
Rice set a record for most points by a Rice team since 1916, when the Owls defeated SMU 146–3. Quarterback Chase Clement and receiver Jarett Dillard combined to set a record, becoming the most productive duo in NCAA history, eclipsing Tim Rattay and Troy Edwards at Louisiana Tech. Rice took advantage of North Texas mistakes, recovering three muffed punts, picking off three passes (two returned for touchdowns), and blocking a pair of kicks.
Rice opened the scoring with a 50-yard pass from Chase Clement to Toren Dixon. The Mean Green responded with a 71-yard drive capped with a one yard score by Cam Montgomery, but the extra point was blocked. Clement came back with a touchdown pass to Jarett Dillard, giving the Owls a 14–6 lead. Rice would score another touchdown before the close of the first quarter, a 25-yard scamper by Clement. Cam Montgomery again scored in the first period for North Texas. Rice's Jeramy Goodson threw a touchdown pass to Dillard, and North Texas replied with a Giovanni Vizza passing touchdown to push the score to 28–20. Chase Clement then added a rushing touchdown, followed by a Marcus Knox rushing score to give the Owls a 22-point lead. Dillard and Clement hooked up for two scores within four minutes, giving the Owls a 56–20 lead and the two players a place in history.
After halftime, Clement would hit Patrick Randolph for a six-yard touchdown, and two North Texas interceptions would be returned for touchdowns by Rice, first by Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, then by Christopher Douglas. Neither team would score in the fourth quarter, leaving the Owls a 77–20 victory. Clark Fangmeier set a school record by converting eleven extra points in the contest.
Western Michigan, Texas Bowl
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