Game Primer: Rice – University of Houston Athletics

Derek Parish vs. Kansas

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Houston seeks seventh straight at Bayou Bucket Classic

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September 24 | 5 p.m. Central Time
TDECU Stadium | Houston Texas
Broadcast: ESPN+
Radio: KPRC 950 AM

Open Box Office | 13:00
Cash Open Parking | 13:00
Tailgating | 13:00
Children’s Zone | 13:00
Cougar walk | 14:45
The stadium opens | 3:30 pm

  • Check out the Red Bull Pitt Stop Challenge outside Gate 2.
  • Come early and enjoy the expanded kids zone near Schroeder Gate 1. This week will feature the Houston Rockets interactive area, plus 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 tent outside Gate 2. Hang out with your friends and enjoy games, TVs, video games, food and giveaways.
  • Come early and join the team for the Cougar Walk at 2:45 pm

  • Live halftime performance from H-Town legends Bun B, Paul Wall and XO.
  • Recognition to the Houston soccer team.
  • Spirit of Houston performances!
  • Cheerleaders and Cougar Dolls available to entertain you!
  • DJ Yobi Yobz 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 rank 18th in team sacks per game (3.0). defensive lineman Derek Parish he is third in the nation with 1.67 sacks per game and set an American Athletic Conference record with 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks at Texas Tech on September 10.

  • Houston is the only school in the country with multiple forward defenders ranked in the Top 20 of the Pro Football Focus (PFF) Player Rankings. D’Anthony Jones ranks 12th with a score of 87.2 and Derek Parish he checks in at No. 16 with a rating of 86.1. Parish’s passing pressure rating of 89.7 ranks fifth nationally, while Jones ranks seventh at 88.8.
  • With 107 receiving yards against Kansas, the Houston running back Ta’Zhawn Henry he became the first Houston running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark since Charles Sims did it on October 18, 2012 at SMU (114 yards). He also became the first Houston player since Alton McCaskill IV to record a receiving and a rushing touchdown in the same game (September 11, 2021, at Rice).

  • The Cougars, members of Conference USA from 1996 to 2012, have regularly battled their former league. Houston is 29-10 against current members of C-USA since the start of the 2006 season, including wins in 11 of the last 13 contests. Houston outscored C-USA member UTSA 37-35 in three overtimes during its season opener.
  • Houston and Rice have the shortest distance between two FBS programs (4.6 driving miles). The two crosstown programs began competing for the Bayou Bucket Trophy in 1974 after it was created by the Touchdown Club of Houston.

  • When the two teams met a season ago at Rice Stadium, it was the first meeting between the programs in more than 1,000 days (September 1, 2018). The 2022 edition of the rivalry will mark the Owls’ first visit to TDECU Stadium since September 16, 2017, a span of 1,834 days. The Cougars won that game, 38-3. It will also be only the second visit of the Owls to the TDECU Stadium.
  • The Cougars opened their season with a three-overtime win at UTSA and a two-overtime loss at Texas Tech. It was the first time in program history that Houston had played consecutive 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 losing consecutive games for the first time since losing to Hawaii, 28-14, on Dec. 24, 2020, in the New Mexico Bowl and to Texas Tech, 38-21, in the Texas Kickoff Classic. on September 4, 2021.

  • Saturday will mark the 44th meeting of all time 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 series win streak (2011–present) is tied for the longest by either school in rivalry history (Houston, 6 games, 1987–92).

  • The Cougars lead the all-time series, which began in 1971, 32-11 and have won the last six (2011-present).

  • With three total touchdowns, Alton McCaskill IV became the first Cougar freshman to score three touchdowns in a game since Bryce Beall’s two rushing and one receiving touchdowns at Tulane on November 8, 2008.

  • The contest marked Houston’s fewest yards allowed (212) since allowing 142 at Texas State on Sept. 24, 2016. Rice’s 86-yard passes marked the fewest by an opponent in the dana holgorsen it was.

  • green art, alex hogan Y Hasaan Hippolytus all interceptions recorded in the game. Hogan returned all 91 yards for his first career touchdown at Houston.

  • It will be Houston’s seventh straight against Rice, marking the longest by 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 losing as many between Dec. 12, 2020, and Sept. 4, 2021.

His Houston Football program just wrapped up a 12-win campaign and the Birmingham Bowl title and fans are encouraged to act quickly to purchase 2022 season tickets while supplies last. Season tickets are available for as low as $99.

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

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