As the Owls complete final preparations for the 2011 season opener at Texas on Saturday, and as a precursor to the season-long celebration of the 100th season of Rice Football, we bring you the highlights of the Owls last win in Austin, a stunning 20-17 win over the defending National Champions on October 23, 1965.
The Owls came into the game having dropped three straight after an opening week win over Louisiana Tech, while Texas was coming off a last-second loss to Arkansas the week before that knocked the Longhorns from the top spot in the polls to fifth. Rice was a heavy underdog, but Jess Neely proved to have Texas' number one more time in his illustrious career.
The details of the scoring drives are described by the immortal Kern Tipps, the voice of SWC football for many generations and the color highlights are from Humble Oil's Southwest Conference 1965 highlight film. We added the postgame celebration from the Rice game film. Even without narration, we thought you'd enjoy the sight of Jess Neely being carried off the field after what would prove to be his last road win at Rice.
The magnitude of the win was such that KTRK, channel 13 in Houston, broadcast the film of the game the following day so fans in the Houston area could savor the moment. Hope you enjoy a few of the highlights as well.
Look for more of the same throughout the 2011 season as we celebrate 100 season of Rice Owls Football.