Rice–Texas football rivalry

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Rice–Texas football rivalry
First meeting October 17, 1914
Texas 41, Rice 0
Latest meeting September 12, 2015
Texas 42, Rice 28
Next meeting 2019
Statistics
Meetings total 94
All-time series Texas leads, 72–21–1
Largest victory Texas, 59–0 (1915)
Longest win streak Texas, 28 (1966–1993)
Current win streak Texas, 13 (1995–present)

The Rice–Texas football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Rice Owls and Texas Longhorns.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Texas leads the series 72–21–1 through the 2017 season.[7]

Game results[edit]

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

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."

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 gone just 2-42 against Texas, including 28 straight losses between 1966 and 1993 and 12 straight from 1995 to the present.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ "When Rice beat Texas: Oct.16, 1994". Houston Chronicle. 11 September 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. 
  7. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/texas/vs/rice