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Houston seeks seventh straight Bayou Bucket Classic
Houston vs Rice
24 Sep | 5 p.m. CT
TDECU Stadium | Houston, Texas
Radio: KPRC 950AM
Ticket counter opens | 13 o’clock
Cash Parking Open | 13 o’clock
tailgating | 13 o’clock
Kids Zone | 13 o’clock
Cougar Walk | 2:45 p.m
Stadium opens | 3:30 p.m
- Check out the Red Bull Pitt Stop Challenge in front of Gate 2.
- Come early and enjoy the expanded Kids Zone near Schroeder Gate 1. This week features 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. Get together with your friends and enjoy Tailgate Games, TV, Video Games, Food and Giveaways!
- Arrive early and join the team for the Cougar Walk at 2:45pm
- Live halftime performance by H-Town legends Bun B, Paul Wall and XO.
- Houston Soccer Team Recognition.
- Spirit of Houston performances!
- Cheerleaders and Cougar Dolls are ready to entertain you!
- DJ Yobi Yobz rocks the student section!
- Houston R12E Seat Covers: All members of the Cougar Pride Athletic Fund who are both 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 18th in team sacks per game (3.0). Defensive lineman Derek community is third nationally with 1.67 sacks per game and on Sept. 10 set an American Athletic Conference record with 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks at Texas Tech.
- Houston is the only school in the country with multiple edge defenders ranked in the top 20 on the Pro Football Focus (PFF) player rankings. D’Anthony Jones takes 12th place with a grade of 87.2 and Derek community checks in in 16th place with a grade of 86.1. Parish’s pass rush score of 89.7 ranks fifth nationally, while Jones ranks seventh at 88.8.
Houston is running back with 107 yards against Kansas Ta’Zhawn Henry became the first Houston running back to surpass the 100-yard mark since Charles Sims did so at SMU on October 18, 2012 (114 yards). He also became the first Houston player since Alton McCaskill IV to record a receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game (September 11, 2021, by Rice).
- The Cougars, members of Conference USA from 1996 to 2012, have regularly struggled against their former league. Houston has been 29-10 against current C-USA members since the start of the 2006 season, including wins in 11 of their last 13 competitions. Houston outlived C-USA member UTSA, 37-35 in three overtimes during his season opener.
- Houston and Rice have the shortest distance between two FBS programs (4.6 driving miles). The two cross-town 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 at Rice Stadium a season ago, it was the first matchup between the programs in over 1,000 days (September 1, 2018). The 2022 edition of the rivalry marks 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 only be the Owls’ second visit to 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 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 national-level schools to have played multiple overtime games this season.
- Houston is trying to put the ship back on its feet after beating Hawaii (28-14) in the December 24, 2020 New Mexico Bowl and Texas Tech (38-21) in the Texas Kickoff Classic games for the first time since his fall Episode lost on September 4, 2021.
- Saturday marks the 44th all-time meeting between Houston and Rice and the 41st to decide ownership of the Bayou Bucket. The Cougars lead the all-time series against the Owls 32-11. Houston’s six-game winning streak in the series (since 2011) is the longest by either school in the history of the rivalry (Houston, 6 games, 1987-92).
- The Cougars lead the all-time streak that began in 1971 32-11 and have won the last six (since 2011).
- With three total touchdowns, Alton McCaskill IV became the first true Cougar freshman to score three touchdowns in a game since Bryce Beall scored two touchdowns and received one touchdown on November 8, 2008 in Tulane.
- The contest marked Houston’s fewest yards allowed (212) since he allowed 142 at Texas State on September 24, 2016. Rice’s 86-yard passing marked the least by an opponent in the Dana Holgorsen Epoch.
- art green, Alex Hogan and Hasaan Hypolite all recorded interceptions in the game. Hogan returned his 91 yards for his first career touchdown in Houston.
- Be Houston’s seventh straight against Rice, marking the longest by either 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 his first losing streak in three games since losing that many between December 12, 2020 and September 4, 2021.
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