Football, 1957: Arkansas

On November 9, Arkansas came to campus for Rice’s homecoming game.  In contrast to Rice, which had lost to Clemson the week before in a flat performance, Arkansas was on a bit of a roll. The 5 and 2 Razorbacks had been one of the most consistently successful teams in the SWC in recent years and had very nearly beaten Texas A&M the previous week, stopped only by a missed field goal from the 5 yard line. It turned out to be a great game, perhaps the moment that the up-and-down Owls gelled into a remarkable team.

The game also captured the imagination of the Rice student body. Here’s the unusual letter that appeared in the Thresher the following week:

What else? Beverly Montgomery was crowned Homecoming Queen.



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2 Responses to Football, 1957: Arkansas

  1. Karl Benson says:

    The late Beverly Montgomery Koonce was crowned Queen, and, unbelievably, those young ladies’ (“girls”) home addresses were published in the Chronicle! How times have changed.

  2. Timothy Goin says:

    Would anyone be interested in a mint copy of this games program. My father has passed and I found one in his things. I would be more than happy to donate it if it is wanted.

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