A while back I ran across this pretty interesting aerial photo I’d never seen before. (Incidentally, I’ve already forgotten where I found it.) It’s labeled on the back: Rice v. Texas, 1950. Note how raw the area around the stadium still was — it struck me that this must have been one of the first games played in the new stadium.
Naturally, I was curious about what happened in the game so off I went and just a little digging turned up the story. The game was, in fact, only the fourth held in Rice Stadium and was also the first Homecoming game played there. The Owls had a decent season in 1950, going 6-4, but I sense that hopes had been somewhat higher for this team. In any event, UT won this game easily, 35-7.
And the analysis of the season so far:
What I found especially delightful, though, were the ads. Here’s one for a local Dodge dealer, shot on campus, right smack in the middle of the Academic Quad:
Just for the heck of it here are a couple more. The Shamrock Hotel: