Rice–Texas football rivalry
|First meeting||October 17, 1914|
Texas 41, Rice 0
|Latest meeting||September 14, 2019|
Texas 48, Rice 13
|Next meeting||September 18, 2021|
|All-time series||Texas leads, 73–21–1|
|Largest victory||Texas, 59–0 (1915)|
|Longest win streak||Texas, 28 (1966–1993)|
|Current win streak||Texas, 14 (1995–present)|
|Rice victories||Texas victories||Tie games|
On September 12, 1962, Rice Stadium hosted the speech in which President John F. Kennedy challenged Americans to meet his goal, set the previous year, to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. In the speech, he used a reference to Rice University football to help frame his rhetoric:
"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! 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."
Kennedy's comments implied Rice had a history of losing to Texas; however, the two football teams had split 5–5 in their previous 10 meetings and would tie the following month. On the other hand, Kennedy's comments about Rice-Texas might have been as forward-looking as his statements about going to the moon (which did occur in 1969): Since 1963, Rice has won just 2 games against Texas, including 28 straight losses between 1966 and 1993 and 14 straight from 1995 to the present.
- Bill Durnal (October 16, 1938). "Southwest's Most Bitter Feud Due Saturday in U.T.-Rice Tilt". Austin American-Statesman. p. 10. Retrieved September 10, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
The Texas-Rice rivalry began in 1914 and has continued without interruption.
- Weldon Hart (October 21, 1941). "Rice-Texas Rivalry Soon to Celebrate 12th Real Birthday, and It's No Genteel Ivy-Clad Business". Austin American-Statesman. p. P11. Retrieved September 10, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
It remains that Texas-Rice rivalry. In its adult status as reached in 1930, has been full of sound and fury, signifying a genuine grudge
- "More Fuel Heaped on Blaze of Rice-Texas Grid Rivalry". Austin American-Statesman. October 20, 1938. p. 17. Retrieved September 10, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
The Rice-Texas series has been one of bitter rivalry since the Owls rose up and bumped off the great '30 Texas team that later won the championship. They repeated in '31 to add fuel to the fire.
- Bill Parker (October 26, 1935). El Paso Times. Associated Press. p. 10 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/433173422/. Retrieved September 10, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
Blistering rivalry exists between these two teams. Rice must win to retain a chance at the Conference bunting.Missing or empty
- "More Fuel Heaped on Blaze of Rice-Texas Grid Rivalry". Austin American-Statesman. October 16, 1938. p. 17. Retrieved July 31, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "When Rice beat Texas: Oct.16, 1994". Houston Chronicle. September 11, 2015.
After 28 consecutive losses to the Longhorns, and with their long rivalry taking its final steps toward extinction, the Owls pushed the Longhorns around for all the world -- or at least all of it wired into ESPN -- to see.
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