1957 Rice Football Roster
Rice's magical run at the end of the 1957 season could not be sustained when the calendar turned to 1958 and the Navy sank the Owls hopes of winning a fifth consecutive bowl game with a 20-7 win the Cotton Bowl .
After a 3-3 start, the Owls began a spirited run through the last four games of their schedule, shocking #1 Texas A&M at Rice Stadium, then blanking TCU and Baylor by identical 20-0 scores to claim Jess Neely's final Southwest Conference title. Led by the quarterbacking duo of Frank Ryan and King Hill, who took full advantage of All-American wide receiver Buddy Dial's formidable gifts to earn a trip north, the Owls were out-dueled in Dallas by Navy's Tom Forrestal and stymied by a Navy defense that forced five fumbles.
Rice's only touchdown came on an eight-yard pass from Ryan to Ken Williams.
Despite four losses, the Owls late-season run was so impressive that they finished the year ranked No. 7 ranking by UPI, No. 8 by AP.
Hill was an All-America quarterback and a few months later would be taken with the first overall selection in the NFL Draft.