September 29, 2012
Bayou Bucket 2012
In its 39th Installment, the Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls renewed their annual crosstown rivalry in the battle for the Bayou Bucket. Houston won the game 35-14.
The Houston Cougars were relentless in their Bayou City matchup with the Rice Owls Sunday and took a 35-14 victory. Houston led, 14-0, at halftime, and applied even more pressure in the second half.
Eventually, Rice put points on the board, but only after the Cougars had already gone up by 28. Quarterback David Piland threw for a pair of touchdowns in the first half, then running back Charles Sims carried the weight in the second half with back-to-back scores in the third quarter.
Sims’ first came on an 88-yard drive that took just five plays. Then, Sims broke loose for a 47-yard touchdown run up the middle of the field.
The Cougars responded to the Owls’ first touchdown with another score by Sims, this time for 16 yards. Driphus Jackson and Sam McGuffie hooked up for an 88-yard touchdown pass, but it was too little, too late for Rice.