The Owl football team defeats Southern Methodist University 146-3, the largest winning margin in Rice's history. Rice hires director H. G. Thayer in January 1916 to organize the Rice Owl Band. The band plays at football and baseball games and at commencement. It is a wild success and in 1927 wins the title "Best Band" in Harris County, beating groups of professional musicians. For years KPRC radio airs Rice Owl Band concerts.