Game Primer: Rice – University of Houston Athletics

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Houston is looking for its seventh straight in the Bayou Bucket Classic

Houston vs. Rice
September 24 | 5 p.m. CT
TDECU Stadium | Houston, Texas
Broadcast: ESPN+
Radio: KPRC 950 AM

The ticket office opens | 1 p.m
Cash Open Parking Spaces | 1 p.m
tail | 1 p.m
Children’s Zone | 1 p.m
Cougar Walk | 2:45 pm
Opens the Stadium | 3:30 p.m

  • Watch the Red Bull Pitt Stop Challenge outside Gate 2.
  • Come early and enjoy the expanded Kids Zone near Schroeder Gate 1. This week there will be the Houston Rockets interactive area, as well as Howdy’s Ice Cream and Raising Cane’s!
  • Student Tailgate Sponsored by HEB, Dean of Students and SGA: All students are invited to stop by the student tailgate tent outside Gate 2. Hang out with your friends and enjoy games, TVs, video games, food and giveaways!
  • Come early and join the group for the Cougar Walk at 2:45pm

  • Live halftime performance by H-Town legends Bun B, Paul Wall and XO.
  • Houston Soccer Team Recognition.
  • Performances by the Spirit of Houston!
  • Cheerleaders and Cougar Dolls on hand to entertain you!
  • DJ Yobi Yobz is mixing it up in the student section!
  • Houston R12E Seat Covers: All Cougar Pride Athletic Fund members who are football season ticket holders and contributors to the Houston Rise campaign will be recognized with a commemorative seat cover.

  • The Cougars rank 12th nationally in tackles for loss per game (8.7) and are 18th in team sacks per game (3.0). Defensive lineman Derek Parish is third nationally with 1.67 sacks per game and set American Athletic Conference records with 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks at Texas Tech on Sept. 10.
  • Houston is the only school in the country with multiple defensive backs ranked in the Top 20 of Pro Football Focus’ (PFF) player rankings. D’Anthony Jones ranks 12th with a grade of 87.2 and Derek Parish checks in at No. 16 with a score of 86.1. Parish’s 89.7 pass rush grade ranks fifth nationally, while Jones ranks seventh at 88.8.
  • With 107 receiving yards against Kansas, the Houston running back Ta’Zhawn Henry became the first Houston running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark since Charles Sims did it on Oct. 18, 2012, at SMU (114 yards). He also became Houston’s first player since then Alton McCaskill IV to record a receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game (September 11, 2021, at Rice).

  • The Cougars, members of Conference USA from 1996-2012, have regularly struggled with their previous league. Houston is 29-10 against current C-USA members since the start of the 2006 season, including wins in 11 of their last 13 games. Houston topped C-USA member UTSA, 37-35 in three overtimes in the season opener.
  • Houston and Rice have the shortest distance between two FBS programs (4.6 drive miles). The two cross-town programs began competing for the Bayou Bucket Trophy in 1974 after it was created by the Houston Touchdown Club.
  • When the two teams met a season ago at Rice Stadium, it was the first matchup between the programs in 1,000-plus days (September 1, 2018). The 2022 edition of the rivalry will mark the Owls’ first visit to TDECU Stadium since September 16, 2017 – in a span of 1,834 days. The Cougars won that game 38-3. It will also be the Owls’ second visit to TDECU Stadium.
  • The Cougars opened their season with a three-overtime win at UTSA and a double-overtime loss at Texas Tech. It was the first time in program history that Houston played back-to-back overtime games. It’s also the most overtime games the Cougars have played in a single season since 2000. Houston and UTSA are the only schools nationally to have played multiple overtime games this season.
  • Houston is looking to right the ship after dropping back-to-back games for the first time since falling to Hawaii, 28-14, on Dec. 24, 2020, in the New Mexico Bowl and Texas Tech, 38-21, in the Texas Kickoff Classic on Sept. 4 2021.

  • Saturday will mark the 44th all-time meeting between Houston and Rice and the 41st to decide possession of the Bayou Bucket. The Cougars lead the all-time series against the Owls, 32-11. Houston’s six-game winning streak (2011-present) is tied for the longest by any school in the history of the rivalry (Houston, 6 games, 1987-92).
  • The Cougars lead the all-time streak, which began in 1971, 32-11 and have won the last six (2011-present).

  • With three total touchdowns, Alton McCaskill IV became the first true Cougar freshman to score three touchdowns in a game since Bryce Beall’s two rushing and one receiving at Tulane on Nov. 8, 2008.
  • The contest marked Houston’s fewest yards allowed (212) since allowing 142 at Texas State on Sept. 24, 2016. Rice’s 86 yards were the fewest by an opponent in Holgorsen Fund time.
  • Art Green, Alex Hogan and Hasan Hypolite all recorded cuts in the game. Hogan returned it 91 yards for his first career touchdown in Houston.

  • Make it Houston’s seventh straight game against Rice, the longest of any team at any point in the series.
  • Move Houston to 30-10 against current Conference USA programs since the start of the 2006 season.
  • Help Houston avoid its first three-game losing streak since snapping one from December 12, 2020 to September 4, 2021.

The Houston Football program is fresh off a 12-win campaign and a Birmingham Bowl title, and fans are encouraged to act quickly to purchase 2022 season tickets while supplies last. Season tickets are available for just $99.

First time season ticket holders can Click here to purchase tickets or call the Houston Athletics ticket office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

Houston Athletics is excited to introduce our new “Family Four-Pack” seats that offer a fun and affordable entertainment option for families coming to enjoy Houston Cougar Football starting at $80 per ticket (based on a minimum of 4 tickets at select locations seats). For a complete price list and TDECU Stadium seating map, Click here.

Participation Houston Rise, a $150 million fundraising campaign for the Houston Athletics dedicated to championship success in the Big 12 Conference. Each Houston Rise contribution prepares our Cougars to compete and win when we begin Big 12 competition in July 2023. Click here to rise and be counted.

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