Rice–Texas football rivalry

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Rice–Texas football rivalry
First meetingOctober 17, 1914
Texas 41, Rice 0
Latest meetingSeptember 18, 2021
Texas 58, Rice 0
Next meetingSeptember 2, 2023
Statistics
Meetings total96
All-time seriesTexas leads, 74–21–1[1]
Largest victoryTexas, 59–0 (1915)
Longest win streakTexas, 28 (1966–1993)
Current win streakTexas, 15 (1995–present)
Locations of Rice and Texas

The Rice–Texas football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Rice Owls and Texas Longhorns.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Texas leads the series 74–21–1 through the 2021 season.[8]

Rice has won only twice since 1960. 17 of the 21 Rice wins came between 1930 and 1960, a span over which it enjoyed a slight edge over the Longhorns.

Game results[edit]

Rice victoriesTexas victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 October 17, 1914 Austin, TX Texas 41–0
2 October 16, 1915 Austin, TX Texas 59–0
3 October 7, 1916 Austin, TX Texas 16–2
4 October 27, 1917 Austin, TX Rice 13–0
5 November 16, 1918 Houston, TX Texas 14–0
6 November 1, 1919 Austin, TX Texas 32–7
7 October 30, 1920 Houston, TX Texas 21–0
8 October 29, 1921 Austin, TX Texas 56–0
9 November 4, 1922 Houston, TX Texas 29–0
10 November 3, 1923 Austin, TX Texas 27–0
11 November 1, 1924 Houston, TX Rice 19–6
12 October 24, 1925 Austin, TX Texas 27–6
13 October 23, 1926 Houston, TX Texas 20–0
14 October 22, 1927 Austin, TX Texas 27–0
15 October 27, 1928 Houston, TX Texas 13–6
16 October 26, 1929 Austin, TX Texas 29–0
17 October 25, 1930 Houston, TX Rice 6–0
18 October 10, 1931 Austin, TX Rice 7–0
19 October 22, 1932 Houston, TX Texas 18–6
20 October 28, 1933 Austin, TX Texas 18–0
21 October 27, 1934 Houston, TX Rice 20–9
22 October 26, 1935 Austin, TX Rice 28–19
23 October 24, 1936 Houston, TX Rice 7–0
24 October 23, 1937 Austin, TX Rice 14–7
25 October 22, 1938 Houston, TX Rice 13–6
26 October 28, 1939 Austin, TX Texas 26–12
27 October 26, 1940 Houston, TX Rice 13–0
28 October 25, 1941 Austin, TX Texas 40–0
29 October 24, 1942 Houston, TX Texas 12–7
30 October 23, 1943 Austin, TX Texas 58–0
31 October 28, 1944 Houston, TX Rice 7–0
32 October 27, 1945 Austin, TX Rice 7–6
33 October 26, 1946 Houston, TX Rice 18–13
34 October 25, 1947 Austin, TX Texas 12–0
35 October 23, 1948 Houston, TX Texas 20–7
36 October 22, 1949 Austin, TX Rice 17–15
37 October 28, 1950 Houston, TX Texas 35–7
38 October 27, 1951 Austin, TX Texas 14–6
39 October 25, 1952 Houston, TX Texas 20–7
40 October 24, 1953 Austin, TX Rice 18–13
41 October 23, 1954 Houston, TX Rice 13–7
42 October 22, 1955 Austin, TX Texas 32–14
43 October 27, 1956 Houston, TX Rice 28–7
44 October 26, 1957 Austin, TX Texas 19–14
45 October 25, 1958 Houston, TX Rice 34–7
46 October 24, 1959 Austin, TX Texas 28–6
47 October 22, 1960 Houston, TX Rice 7–0
48 October 28, 1961 Austin, TX Texas 34–7
49 October 27, 1962 Houston, TX Tie14–14
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
50 October 26, 1963 Austin, TX Texas 10–6
51 October 24, 1964 Houston, TX Texas 6–3
52 October 23, 1965 Austin, TX Rice 20–17
53 October 22, 1966 Houston, TX Texas 14–6
54 October 28, 1967 Austin, TX Texas 28–6
55 October 26, 1968 Houston, TX Texas 38–14
56 October 25, 1969 Austin, TX Texas 31–0
57 October 24, 1970 Houston, TX Texas 45–21
58 October 23, 1971 Austin, TX Texas 39–10
59 October 28, 1972 Houston, TX Texas 45–9
60 October 27, 1973 Austin, TX Texas 55–13
61 October 26, 1974 Houston, TX Texas 27–6
62 October 25, 1975 Austin, TX Texas 41–9
63 October 2, 1976 Houston, TX Texas 42–15
64 October 1, 1977 Austin, TX Texas 72–15
65 September 16, 1978 Houston, TX Texas 34–0
66 October 6, 1979 Austin, TX Texas 26–9
67 October 4, 1980 Houston, TX Texas 41–28
68 September 12, 1981 Austin, TX Texas 31–3
69 October 2, 1982 Houston, TX Texas 34–7
70 October 1, 1983 Austin, TX Texas 42–6
71 October 6, 1984 Houston, TX Texas 38–13
72 October 5, 1985 Austin, TX Texas 44–16
73 October 4, 1986 Houston, TX Texas 17–14
74 October 3, 1987 Austin, TX Texas 45–26
75 October 1, 1988 Houston, TX Texas 20–13
76 October 7, 1989 Austin, TX Texas 31–30
77 October 6, 1990 Houston, TX Texas 26–10
78 October 5, 1991 Austin, TX Texas 28–7
79 October 3, 1992 Houston, TX Texas 23–21
80 October 2, 1993 Austin, TX Texas 55–38
81 October 16, 1994 Houston, TX Rice 19–17
82 October 7, 1995 Austin, TX Texas 37–13
83 September 27, 1997 Houston, TX Texas 38–31
84 September 26, 1998 Austin, TX Texas 59–21
85 September 18, 1999 Austin, TX Texas 18–13
86 September 20, 2003 Houston, TX Texas 48–7
87 September 25, 2004 Austin, TX Texas 35–13
88 September 17, 2005 Austin, TX Texas 51–10
89 September 16, 2006 Houston, TX Texas 52–7
90 September 22, 2007 Austin, TX Texas 58–14
91 September 20, 2008 Austin, TX Texas 52–10
92 September 4, 2010 Houston, TX Texas 34–17
93 September 3, 2011 Austin, TX Texas 34–9
94 September 12, 2015 Austin, TX Texas 42–28
95 September 14, 2019 Houston, TX Texas 48–13
96 September 18, 2021 Austin, TX Texas 58–0
Series: Texas leads 74–21–1[1]

Kennedy speech[edit]

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.[9]

In hindsight Kennedy's comments may suggest a frustrated Rice with a history of losing to Texas, but as can be seen above, the two football teams had split 5–5 in their previous 10 meetings, 15–15 in their previous 30, and would tie the following month; presumably this parity would have been understood by both the President and the audience at the time. What made the comparison apt was not just that Texas was perennially strong, but that its enrollment dwarfed that of Rice, and Rice had admissions hurdles UT prospects didn’t face. That playing the Longhorns was "not... easy, but... hard" would have been obvious and appreciated at Rice Stadium.[improper synthesis?]

On the other hand, Kennedy's comments about Rice-Texas might have been as prescient 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Winsipedia - Rice Owls vs. Texas Longhorns football series history". Winsipedia.
  2. ^ 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. Free to read
  3. ^ 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 Free to read
  4. ^ "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. Free to read
  5. ^ 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 |title= (help) Free to read
  6. ^ "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. Free to read
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Winsipedia - Texas Longhorns vs. Rice Owls football series history". Winsipedia.
  9. ^ "John F. Kennedy Moon Speech – Rice Stadium". NASA. Retrieved March 19, 2018.