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 fifth installment, we take a look Fred Goldsmith's final game at Rice.
November 26, 1993
Rice 37, Houston 7
On a cold and occasionally freezing afternoon at Rice Stadium, Fred Goldsmith's Owls clinched their second consecutive winning season and gained a measure of revenge after surrendering 61 points to Houston the previous year by rolling to a 37-7 victory.
It also marked the first time since the creation of the trophy that the Owls were able to hoist the Bayou Bucket in victory at Rice Stadium, having won it the previous three times at the Astrodome.
While the day would end in glory, the first five minutes gave Owls fans reason to wonder if the game would be as gloomy as the day.
Houston drove 72 yards with the opening kickoff to take a 7-0 lead and on the ensuing kickoff, Spencer George fumbled after a 15-yard return. But teammate Adrayall Askew recovered the ball to avoid potential disaster.
Jimmy Lee the brought the crowd to its feet on the Owls' first play from scrimmage, dashing 50 yards on a reverse. Bert Emanuel then found Byron Coston on a 19-yard scoring pass to tie things up and the Owls offense was off to the races.
From that point on, the Owls shredded the Cougars defense for an additional 30 points, while the Rice defense eventually forced more turnovers (8) than the Cougars had points. Rice's offensive explosion came despite the fact that senior triggerman Emanuel left the game with an injury late in the second quarter.
In two years on South Main after transferring home from UCLA, Emanuel gained over 4,500 yards and had the distinction of being leader of the first Owl teams in 30 years to post back-to-back winning seasons.
Goldsmith would move on to Duke after the season, and to replace him, the Owls turned to man under whom he had once coached, Ken Hatfield.