With the latest edition of the Bayou Bucket set for this Saturday at Rice Stadium, the R Blog will spend this week looking back at some of the Owls' memorable moments in the series with the Cougars since it began in 1971.
In our eighth installment, we take a look at the Owls first victory at Robertson Stadium
September 1, 2001
Rice 21, Houston 14
Kyle Herm ran for 119 yards in his first start for the Owls, while the Rice defense held Houston to just seven yards rushing to hang on the Bayou Bucket with a 21-14 win at Robertson Stadium. The Owls never trailed in the game, but the outcome was still in doubt before the Owls defense made one last stand to pick up their second consecutive Bucket win over the Cougars.
On a soggy night on Houston's campus, the teams battled to a scoreless tie for over 27 minutes before the Owls jumped on top on a 13 yard pass from Greg Henderson to Gavin Boothe. They doubled that advantage to 14-0 late in the third when Clint Hatfield scored on a 25-yard run.
Houston's offense came to life on the following series to cut the margin to 14-7, but Robbie Beck pushed the margin back to two touchdowns with a two-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
The Cougars cut it to a single touchdown with a score with less than four minutes remaining, but the veteran-heavy Owls, who sported 25 seniors on their roster, we equal to the challenge to close out the Cougars final threat of the night.