College Roundup: Rice, Prairie View are 2-0

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: September 8, 2008

HOUSTON — The Rice Owls and the Prairie View A & M Panthers football teams are smiling right now as they both went 2-0 after handily defeating Memphis and Texas College.

Rice, who has now defeated two consecutive Conference USA opponents this season, moves to 2-0 for the first time since 2004. The Owls exploded for 22 points in the final 6:28, including a 69-yard interception return by Chris Jammer to capture a 42-35 comeback victory over the Tigers at the Liberty Bowl. Jammer interception return for TD came with 11 ticks left.

The Owls were down 35-20 with 8:33 left in the fourth quarter when quarterback Chase Clement and James Casey went to work.

CASEY EARNS C-USA OFFENSIVE HONOR A sophomore, Casey was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after his record-setting performance in the Owls victory over Memphis. He broke the school record for receiving yards in a game against the Tigers, totaling 208 yards to break David Houser’s record of 196 yards set in 1976 against Florida.

Casey finished with 11 catches, matching his career high and caught the game-tying, two-point conversion with 1:15 left in the game. In Rice’s 29-point fourth quarter rally, Casey caught six passes for 120 yards, including catches of 41 and 47 yards in the final two drives.

Four of his six grabs in the final quarter resulted in first downs.

Casey is the second Owl football player in as many weeks to win an individual award from the conference. Teammate Andrew Sendejo earned the conference defensive honor last week for his performance against SMU.


Rice senior wide receiver Jarrett Dillard has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2008 Walter Camp Football Foundation Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding college football player.

This is the second consecutive year that Dillard has been named to the Camp Award list. He was named to the team last year after being named to the Camp Foundation’s All-American second team n 2006.

He enters his senior season as the NCAA active career leader in receptions(205), receiving yards(2,828) and receiving touchdowns(40). His 40 touchdowns rank eighth on the NCAA career list and he is 10 away from the NCAA career mark of 50 set by Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech.

He owns every Rice Owl receiving record.

PRAIRIE VIEW BLOWS PAST TEXAS COLLEGE The Prairie View Panthers led by running back Donald Babers helped to give the school it’s biggest win in 44 years, with a 53-0 victory over Texas College at Blackshear Stadium.

Babers, who scored two touchdowns, rushed 10 times for 35 yards. Senior quarterback Mark Spivey threw for 181 yards and one touchdown.

The margin of victory was the Panther’s largest since a 60-14 win over Southern in 1964. Texas College (0-2) was held to just seven first downs and 111 total yards by Prairie View.

The Panthers defense recorded a safety and added a touchdown when Jasokn Fobbs returned a interception 48 yards for a score in the third quarter.

Prairie View finished with 451 yards of offense, including 266 on the ground. Senior cornerback Jason Fobbs, who intercepted two passes in the game, was named as the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week.

This marked the second consecutive week that a Panthers player has been named as a Player of the Week.


The University of Houston Cougars took a step backwards as they suffered a 56-37 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State exploded for nearly 700 yards of total offense with 379 yards coming from the ground-game, and 320 in the air.

Houston (1-1) had 387 yards passing as quarterback Case Keenum completed 35-of-61 passes. L.J. Castille and tight end Mark Hafner both added one touchdown each in the game, making it their second consecutive game with at least one touchdown. Keenum also had 81 yards rushing.

Oklahoma State and Lufkin, Texas native receiver Dez Bryant stole the show with nine receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt 71 yards for another score.

Running back Kendall Hunter rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns, marking the first time in OSU history that the Cowboys (2-0) had a 200-yard rusher and a 200-yard receiver in the same game.

Houston will look to get back on track this weekend against Air Force in a 2:30 p.m. start at Robertson Stadium.


The Texas Southern University Tigers suffered their most embarassing loss on the road in a 83-10 loss against Arkansas State.

The Tigers (0-2) set a school record for points allowed in a game, topping the 79 points Southern scored against them in the 1952 season opener. The loss was TSU’s 15th straight.

Quarterback Corey Leonard threw four touchdown passes to lead the Red Wolves. Arkansas State, who had a 31-0 lead in the first quarter led 52-3 at halftime. TSU’s lone touchdown came on Bobby Reid’s 32-yard pass to William Osbourne late in the third quarter.

The Tigers will travel to Sacramento, California to play Shaw on Saturday in the Capital City Classic.


– The TSU football team took some historical steps while in Memphis, TN., by visiting the National Civil Rights Museum at the historic Lorraine Motel. They also toured room 306 where Dr. King slept the night before he was killed.

– Texas Southern Tigers will face Texas College in the Rose City Classic on Saturday, September 20th at 5:00 p.m. in Tyler, Texas.

– Prairie View A & M University will face Morehouse at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th in the Angel City Classic in Los Angeles, California.

– Grambling State will take on Prairie View in the annual State Fair Classic in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m.

– In November, TSU will play Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Dallas Lone Star Classic on the 29th at 2:30 p.m. in Dallas, Texas.

– The “Coach Henry Frazier Show” will air weekly throughout the 2008 PVAM football season on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. on KPVU, 91.3 FM. The show will feature Coach Frazier’s insights, Player-of-the-Week segment. Host Leonard Moon, is the voice of PVAM football.

– Catch Cougar Talk with Kevin Sumlin presented by Capital One on Wednesday’s at 7:00 p.m. on 790 The Sports Animal. You can also watch Cougar GameDay with Kevin Sumlin every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on Channel 55, The Tube.