NCAA Game Summary - Rice at Southern Mississippi|
(Wednesday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Rice 31, Southern Mississippi 29
Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) - Jarett Dillard caught a pair of seven-yard
touchdowns, and the Rice Owls held off a fourth-quarter rally by Southern
Mississippi to edge the Golden Eagles, 31-29, in Conference USA action at
Chase Clement completed 9-of-20 passes for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns
and Justin Hill rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown for the
Owls (1-4, 1-0), who earned their first win of the season, as they had dropped
all four of their previous contests, including a 58-14 beating at the hands of
nationally-ranked Texas on September 22nd. Tommy Henderson had a 28-yard
reception as head coach David Bailiff earned his first win at the Owls helm.
After starting quarterback Martevious Young injured his ankle on the game's
third play, Stephen Reaves completed 24-of-44 passes for 231 yards and a
touchdown but got picked off four times for USM (2-3, 1-1), which concluded a
three-game road swing by dropping a 38-16 decision at Boise State last
Thursday. Damion Fletcher rushed for 143 yards on 23 attempts and scored
twice, while Chris Johnson had seven receptions for 51 yards.
Trailing 31-7 after three quarters, Southern Miss came alive in the fourth.
Going 80 yards on seven plays, the Golden Eagles scored on a two-yard
touchdown run by Marcus Raines and converted the two-point conversion.
After Rice was forced to punt, Fletcher ran in a 15-yard score to culminate a
10-play, 95-yard drive with 4:31 remaining. Another two-point conversion cut
Southern Miss' deficit to 31-23 heading down the stretch.
Britt Barefoot then successfully executed an onside kick, recovered by USM on
its own 43-yard line. The Eagles took advantage of the play by scoring on
an eight-yard touchdown reception from Shawn Nelson. But, after Rice again
was forced to punt, Reaves fumbled with 1:07 left, allowing Rice to run out
the clock and escape with the win.
Rice needed only three plays, capped by a seven-yard touchdown reception by
Dillard, to get on the scoreboard with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter.
A five-yard touchdown run by Fletcher finished a seven-play Southern Miss
drive just 35 seconds into the second quarter, tying the score at seven. Less
than a minute later, however, Hill broke free for a 54-yard touchdown dash.
James Casey's two-yard touchdown run with 3:20 left in the second gave the
Owls a 21-7 halftime advantage.
Rice picked up where it left off, scoring 5:25 into the second half on
Dillard's second seven-yard touchdown reception, and a 36-yard field goal by
Clark Fangmeier put Rice ahead, 31-7, heading into the fourth.
10/04 00:36:56 ET