BY THE NUMBERS
Fumble forced by defensive tackle Ed Oliver
300-yard passing game for quarterback Kyle Allen at Houston
Interception and sack by defensive lineman Payton Turner in first career game
Record for Head Coach Major Applewhite at TDECU Stadium
Record for Head Coach Major Applewhite against Rice
Regular-season games for
Head Coach Major Applewhite
Wins for Head Coach Major Applewhite
Fumbles recovered by the Houston defense
Starts for quarterback Kyle Allen
Touchdown passes by Kyle Allen
Record to open 2017 season
Record for Head Coach Major Applewhite
Turnovers forced by Houston
Shutout quarters by the Houston defense
Wins in Houston's last three home openers
Punts inside Rice's 20-yard line
Cougars found the end zone
Cougars saw their first action
300-yard passing games since Major Applewhite came to Houston
Tackles for loss by Houston
Receptions by Linell Bonner
Tackles by linebacker Matthew Adams
Consecutive completions for Kyle Allen to open the game
Straight home wins, longest active streak in the nation
Points off turnovers
Yard field goal by Caden Novikoff
All-time wins against Rice, the most against any opponent in program history
All-time record against Rice
Completions for Kyle Allen
Wins since the start of the 2014 season, tied for most among FBS Texas schools
Wins by the 2017 senior class
Points scored in the first half
All-time in home openers
Completion percentage for quarterback Kyle Allen
All-time in September
Yards receiving for Linell Bonner
Yards passing for Kyle Allen
All-time on Saturdays
All-time record for Houston
Attendance for Saturday's game
Houston improved to 2-0 in 2017.
Houston improved to 428-356-15 all-time.
Houston won the toss and elected to defer. Rice received the opening kickoff and defended the west end zone. Junior safety Garrett Davis, senior linebacker Matthews Adams, senior running back Dillon Birden and senior wide receiver Steven Dunbar were captains.
Attendance was 38,900.
HEAD COACH Major Applewhite
The Bayou Bucket marked the first home game of the Major Applewhite era.
Applewhite improved to 2-1 during his Houston career.
Applewhite improved to 2-0 in the regular season during his career.
Applewhite improved to 2-0 in games played on Saturdays.
Applewhite improved to 2-0 in night games.
Applewhite improved to 1-0 against Rice during his career.
Applewhite improved to 1-0 in home games during his career.
Since Applewhite's arrival in 2015, Houston has had eight 300-yard passing games.
RICE SERIES HISTORY
Houston is 30-11 against Rice all-time and 13-5 at home.
Houston's 30 wins over Rice are the most over any opponent in program history.
With three points scored, Houston held Rice to its lowest point total since a 28-3 win on Sept. 4, 1999, at Robertson Stadium.
Saturday's game marked the first meeting between the two teams at TDECU Stadium and first since a 31-26 win for Houston on Sept. 21, 2013, at NRG Stadium.
HOME OPENER HISTORY
Houston improved to 42-30 in home openers.
Cougars have won their last three home openers. Houston also defeated Tennessee Tech, 52-24, on Sept. 5, 2015, and Lamar, 42-0, on Sept. 10, 2016.
Applewhite became the 10th Houston head coach to win his home opener and the second to do so against Rice.
Houston recorded its 16th straight victory inside TDECU Stadium, the longest active streak in the nation.
Houston improved to 106-95-3 in games played during the month of September.
Houston improved to 373-322-14 all-time in games played on Saturdays.
Houston picked up its 32nd win since the start of the 2014 season, tied with TCU for the most among FBS schools in Texas.
The 2017 senior class recorded its 32nd win, tying for the 12th best in program history.
In the first half, Houston dominated the field position battle. The Cougars' average start was at the own 47-yard line, while Rice averaged a start at its own 17-yard line.
Houston stuck first with an 8-play, 62-yard touchdown drive that lasted 2:52.
With their touchdown late in the first quarter, the Cougars have now scored in 214 consecutive games dating back to a 48-0 loss at No. 15 Texas on Sept. 23, 2000. Major Applewhite split repetitions at quarterback for the Longhorns in the game.
Houston added a 20-yard field goal from junior Caden Novikoff to cap a 4-play, 7-yard drive that spanned 1:50 late in the first quarter to take a 10-0 lead.
Houston registered its 41st straight game with at least 10 points.
The Cougars again found the end zone on a 9-play touchdown drive in the second quarter. The drive, which spanned 73 yards and 2:28 of game clock, to open the second quarter matches the longest scoring drive of the season.
Following Houston's punt on the opening drive, the Cougars recorded six straight scoring drives.
Houston's 38 points in the first half are the most since scoring 43 at Texas State on Sept. 24, 2016, and the most at home since scoring 42 against the Bobcats on Sept. 26, 2015. Houston's 38 points in the home opener are the most to start a season in front of the home fans since scoring 54 in the first half against Texas State on Sept. 4, 2010.
The Houston defense recovered its second fumble of the season when senior linebacker Matthew Adams fell on a botched handoff at the 4:19 mark, Rice's first play from scrimmage of the drive.
On Houston's next defensive play from scrimmage, freshman defensive lineman Payton Turner recorded an interception, marking turnovers on consecutive defensive plays from scrimmage.
In holding Rice scoreless in the first quarter, the Cougars picked up their first shutout quarter of the season. Houston has not allowed more than seven points in a quarter this season.
The Cougars didn't allow a point in the first 30 minutes for the first time since Nov. 17, 2016, when they held No. 5/5 Louisville scoreless at TDECU Stadium.
With three turnovers forced, Houston now has 131 turnovers since 2013, the most among FBS schools. The Cougars have now forced multiple turnovers in 45 of their last 62 games.
Houston had 17 points on turnovers.
After Rice rushed for 306 yards a week ago at UTEP, Houston held the Owls to their lowest rushing total of the season at 129 yards.
Junior quarterback Kyle Allen made the 16th start of his collegiate career Saturday and his second with the Cougars.
Allen recorded the second passing touchdown of his Houston career with a 10-yard strike to junior running back Duke Catalon at the 4:32 mark of the first quarter.
Allen added another touchdown with a 7-yard connection to wide receiver John Leday at the 7:40 mark in the second quarter.
Allen was a perfect 13-for-13 in passing attempts to open the game and had 14 straight completions dating back to his final pass of the Arizona game.
With 309 yards on 31 completions, Allen tallied his first 300-yard passing game as a Cougar and the fourth overall of his career. Allen recorded three 300-yard passing games at Texas A&M, most recently at Vanderbilt on Nov. 21, 2015.
Allen recorded a career-high 31 completions on 33 attempts.
With a 93.9 completion percentage (31-of-33), Allen set the Houston single-game program record. He bettered Delrick Brown's 90.0 percentage (9-of-10) set against TCU on Nov. 3, 1979. Allen's efficiency ranks second all-time in the American Athletic Conference behind Gunner Kiel, who was 15-of-15 against UCF on Oct. 31, 2015.
With a 23-yard reception in the first quarter, senior wide receiver John Leday recorded a career-long catch.
With 7:40 left in the second quarter, Leday recorded his second career touchdown reception with a 7-yard score from quarterback Kyle Allen. The score was his first touchdown reception since Houston's home opener against Southern on Aug. 30, 2013, at Reliant Stadium.
Leday recorded a career-high 60 receiving yards on seven catches.
With a 21-yard reception in Houston's first drive, senior wide receiver Linell Bonner recorded his second catch of 20 yards or more of the season.
Bonner added a 25-yard reception early in the second quarter and a 32-yard haul in in the third quarter. The 32-yard catch is Bonner's longest reception of the season.
With 10 receptions, Bonner recorded his 10th career game of at least seven receptions.
With 132 yards, Bonner recorded his fifth career 100-yard receiving game and first since at Memphis on Nov. 25, 2016.
With 132 yards, Bonner moved into 24th all-time on the career receiving yards list, passing Brian Williams (1,516; 1987-90), Mark Hafner (1,566; 2004-08), Jeron Harvery (1,602; 2005-07) and Justin Johnson (1,624; 2007-11). He's two yards shy of Ron Peters (1,628; 1991-94) for 23rd all-time.
With 10 catches, Bonner moved into a tie with Demarcus Ayers (2013-15) for 16th all-time on the career receptions list with 142 catches, passing Brian Robinson (136; 1998-02), Brandon Middleton (137; 1999-03), Tracy Good (138, 1989-92) and Sherman Smith (140; 1990-93).
Junior running back Duke Catalon scored Houston's first touchdown of the game on a 10-yard reception from junior quarterback Kyle Allen at the 4:32 mark of the first quarter. The score was Catalon's first of the season and the fourth receiving touchdown of his career.
Catalon added his first rushing touchdown of the season, fifth of his carer, with a 1-yard strike at the 13:05 mark in the second quarter.
Catalon's versatile touchdown performance marked the 45th game in which a Cougar accounted for both a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown in program history and first since Kenneth Farrow did so at USF on Nov. 1, 2014.
Senior linebacker Matthew Adams recorded his second career fumble recovery at the 4:19 mark, Rice's first play from scrimmage of the drive.
On Rice's final offensive drive of the first quarter, Adams registered a 1-yard tackle for loss. He later added another to end the third quarter, giving him 17 career tackles for loss.
With 11 total tackles, Adams registered his seventh game of 10 or more tackles, the most among active Cougars.
Making his Houston debut, freshman defensive lineman Payton Turner recorded his first career interception late in the first quarter.
Turner later added his first career sack, dropping quarterback Sam Glaesmann for a 2-yard loss to end the first quarter.
Senior running back Dillon Birden put the Cougars up 17-0 with a 1-yard touchdown run at the 1:30 mark in the first quarter. The score was Birden's second rushing touchdown of the season, eighth of his career.
With 10:01 remaining in the second quarter, junior cornerback Jeremy Winchester recorded a sack for a loss of three yards. The sack is his first of the season and third overall of his career.
With 9:45 left in the second quarter, sophomore defensive tackle Ed Oliver chased down quarterback Sam Glaesmann and forced his fifth career fumble and second in back-to-back games to open the 2017 season.
With five career forced fumbles, Oliver moves into a tie for 13th in the Houston record books.
With a 24-yard reception, senior wide receiver Steven Dunbar recorded his first reception over 20 yards on the season.
With six receptions, senior wide receiver Steven Dunbar moved into a tie for 26th all-time with Marcus Grant (1989-91) with 116 career receptions.
With 57 yards receiving, Dunbar moved up to 28th all-time on the career receiving yards list with 1,489, passing Carl Hilton (1,449; 1982-85).