A Rice-UT Football Memory

A Special Moment in Rice Football History. - from the Fondren Library Collection.

On a football Saturday in 2010, nearing the end of a season in which the Rice Owls could use the energy boost and the UT Longhorns couldn’t feel much worse about football than they already do, here’s a one-photo pictorial of a magical moment for the school out on South Main here in Houston, one that sweetly  unfolded on the road in a football game played in Austin a long, long time ago.

On October 27, 1917, 93 years ago, Rice Institute, as it was then known, sent a band of young men over to the playing field at Austin to take on the University of Texas in a game of football. The Owls had not fared well in their three previous meetings with the Longhorns, losing all of these Austin-played games by scores of 16-2 in 1916, 59-0 in 1915, and 41-0 in 1914.

1917 turned out to be a different story for Rice.

The photo shows running back Tony Bell scoring the first touchdown that Rice would ever score against UT – and he did it on an afternoon in which the feisty Owls went on from there to defeat the Longhorns by the shutout score of 13-0 for their first ever victory over the men in orange. I want to thank historian Mike Vance for “reminding” me that the 1917 game also was played in Austin. Rice would finally get UT for a home game in Houston in 1918, but the Owls would lose 14-0 to a Longhorn squad that would go 9-0 on the season.

As for 2010, Rice and UT fans, get ready to chalk it up as another floater down the river of no return while you each hope, pray, work, and play for better luck and good fortune in the next rattle out of the destiny box.

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3 Responses to “A Rice-UT Football Memory”

  1. mike Says:

    Rub it in, Bill. And to make it worse, that game was in Austin. It has been a long season for us Texas-Exes.

  2. Anthony Cavender Says:

    What–no helmets?

  3. Mike Says:

    Anthony – It appears that many (but not all) of the players are wearing close-fitting leather helmets.

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