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Houston by rice

September 11, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. CT | Rice stadium | Houston, Texas
Broadcast: CBS Sports Network
Radio: KPRC 950-AM

SOMETHING TO SEE

“Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between Houston and Rice (September 11, 1971). The Cougars won the competition 23-21 in front of 62,000 spectators at Rice Stadium. Saturday will be the 43rd all-time between Houston and Rice and the 40th to decide ownership of the bayou bucket.

“As the United States celebrates 20 years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Houston and Rice will celebrate this anniversary with special uniforms. Both teams wear their home shirts in red, white and blue. Houston’s helmets will have a 9/11 memorial plaque on them.

“Houston leads the all-time series 31-11 against Rice and has won the series five times in a row (2011-present). A win on Saturday would give Houston the longest straight winning streak by either team in the series (Houston, 6 games, 1987-92).

«On Saturday there are 1,106 days since the last game between the two teams (September 1, 2018, at Rice Stadium)

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

“Houston has scored 257 games in a row, a brand that ranks ninth longest among active streaks on FBS. The streak began on September 30, 2000. The Cougars have also scored more than 10 points in 85 games in a row (September 6, 2014 to date).

“Eleven student-athletes made their Cougar debuts against Texas Tech last Saturday.

“At the start of the season, the Cougars took third place in The American and tenth nationwide with eight offensive linemen who have at least one career start at the FBS or FCS level. Houston’s offensive line has 110 combined FBS starts, led by center and team captain Kody Russy, who started 46 games at Louisiana Tech before moving to Houston as a graduate in the off-season.

“Houston is returning eight offensive starters from last year’s unit, including quarterback Clayton Tune. Tune returns after throwing 2,048 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight starts in 2020. Houston welcomes five of its seven top receivers, including Nathaniel Dell, who led the team with 29 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns in 2020.

DETECTING RICE

“Rice opens its 72nd season at Rice Stadium with hosts Houston. Since opening Rice Stadium in 1950, Rice has been 39-31-1 back in the home openers and this is the seventh time the Owls have hit Houston to open a home season. The Cougars and LSU were each opponent in seven home opener games for Rice.

“Rice opened the 2021 season for the seventh year in a row with a different starting quarterback, with Wiley Green taking the first snapshots in Arkansas.

Linebackers Myron Morrison and cornerback Jordan Dunbar made their first career starts against Arkansas, while LB Desmyn Baker, QB TJ McMahon and OT Trey Phillippi made their college debuts, and quarterback Luke McCaffrey, wide receiver Cedric Patterson III and kicker Christian VanSickle made their first college debuts. Games played for the owls.

«Offensive linemen Shea Baker (358), Jovaun Woolford (356), Isaac Klarkowski (355) and
Clay Servin (352) led the Owls in Snaps in 2020. Baker and Servin have each surpassed 1000 snaps since 2019 (Baker 1,071 and Servin 1,052).

LAST TIME AGAINST RICE

On September 1, 2018, Houston junior quarterback D’Eriq King threw 320 yards and scored four touchdowns, while junior All-American defensive lineman Ed Oliver 13 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, put the Cougars in front in one 45-27 win over Rice on Saturday afternoon at Rice Stadium.

“The Cougars trailed 27:17 in the middle of the third quarter and used quick punches to recover with 28 unanswered points on four of their next five drives. The four scoring drives used a total of 16 plays while covering 284 yards and only taking 6:01 from the clock.

“Oliver, who was named the nation’s best player by several national outlets last season, led all players with 13 total tackles and 3.5 tackles for one loss. The Houston native enjoyed the fifth double-digit tackle performance of his career, adding two quarterback sanctities to the win.

“With the win, the Cougars retained the Bayou Bucket Trophy for the fifth time in a row and improved to 31-11 in the all-time series against the Owls.

A HOUSTON WIN WOULD …

»To be Houston against Rice for the sixth consecutive year (2011-present), with the longest winning streak for either team in the series (Houston, 6 games, 1987-92).

“Be Houston’s sixth in the last seven street starts.

“Give the Cougars their 33rd ever win over Rice. Houston’s current mark of 32 is the best against any opponent in its history.

“Improve Houston’s record to 63-41 against current members of Conference USA. The Cougars have won 27-10 against current C-USA members since the start of the 2006 season, including nine wins in their last 11 competitions.

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