"One of the key points of emphasis for us in recruiting is to encourage Texas kids to stay in the state," said head coach Mack Brown. "Having the chance to play a traditional game like Texas-Rice in a great place like Reliant Stadium gives us the opportunity to allow our kids to play in front of a lot of their high school coaches as well as family, friends and fans."
Reliant Stadium is the home of the Houston Texans and the site of Super Bowl XXXVIII. It is the first NFL stadium to feature a retractable roof. The retractable roof is able to open and close in 10 minutes.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our fans," said Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds. "To have the chance to play in a city where so many of our supporters can be a part of the event and in one of the finest facilities in the world is something we're really looking forward to."
Facility aside, Texas road games against the Owls have been no fun at all:
On the heels of the 1997 UCLA debacle, an uninspired Texas team eked out a fourth-quarter 38-31 ho-hummer that would have been a loss were it not for RB Ricky Williams. Rices 19-17 upset in 1994, played during a typhoon, snapped a 28-game Texas win streak in the series that would have reached 29 had James Brown (after knocking off Oklahoma in his first collegiate start) lined up behind center rather than a hobbled Shea Morenz. Texas managed a 23-21 nail biter at Rice in 1992. The 26-10 win in 1990 was a rout compared to the 20-13 win in 1988 and 17-14 squeaker in 1986.
Texas holds a decided 63-21-1 series advantage.