The Rice Owls football team will make its debut on Conference USA's newest broadcasting platform on Saturday when their nonconference battle with Hawai'i is broadcast nationally on the American Sports Network. Kickoff is set for 6:04 p.m. (central).
The game will be carried nationally on a network of 66 stations, including seven in the state of Texas. The game will be carried in the Houston market on Comcast Sports Houston and will also be show in Amarillo (KVII-2 CW Plus), Beaumont (KBTV-2 Bounce), San Antonio (KMYS CW), Tyler-Longview ( KLPN White Knight Broadcasting), Corpus Christi KRIS (Cordillera Communication) and El Paso (KVIA-2 NPG of Texas).
Dave Armstrong will handle the play by play duties and will be joined by a pair of former Rice football players on the broadcast. Former NFL standout N.D. Kalu will join Armstrong in the booth, while former Owls safety Trevor Caswell will serve as the Student Sideline Reporter. ASN is using students at the host schools for each broadcast as sideline reporters in order to give aspiring broadcasters on-air experience.
Saturday's matchup between the two former WAC rivals has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Night. For the fifth consecutive year, the Owls will wear pink R's on their helmets. The first 1,000 fans to enter Rice Stadium will receive a pink Rice Owls t-shirt, while the first 1,500 fans to arrive will be a part of the Rice Water Bottle Giveaway courtesy of Houston Methodist. Fans will be able to purchase pink honor ribbons and pink breast cancer awareness towels at the fan information kiosks located at the 50 yard line on both the east and west concourses. Proceeds from those sales will benefit Susan G. Komen Houston. Additionally, a portion of the game's ticket proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and Susan G. Komen Houston.
Tickets for Saturday's game remain on sale online or by calling the Rice Athletics Ticket Office at (713) 522-OWLS.