NCAA Game Summary - Southern Mississippi at Rice|
(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: Rice 45, Southern Mississippi 40
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chase Clement threw for 444 yards and had six
touchdown passes to lead the Rice Owls to a 45-40 victory over the Southern
Mississippi Golden Eagles in a Conference-USA battle at Rice Stadium.
Jarett Dillard grabbed seven passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns in the
Rice (4-3, 3-1 C-USA) victory, while Toren Dixon and James Casey also pulled
in seven balls for 118 and 113 yards, respectively, for the Owls. C.J. Ugokwe
tallied 90 yards on the ground with just 17 carries.
Austin Davis threw for 461 yards and four touchdowns, all of which went to
DeAndre Brown, who finished with 12 catches for 221 yards for Southern
Mississippi (2-5, 0-3). Damion Fletcher ran for 120 yards and a score for the
Golden Eagles in the losing effort.
Clement capped an eight-play, 56-yard opening drive with a 17-yard
strike to Dillard to give the Owls a 7-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles responded midway through the period with a six-yard
touchdown run by Tory Harrison. The extra point attempt was blocked however,
and Southern Miss trailed, 7-6.
Rice took a 10-6 lead following a 36-yard field goal from Clark Fangmeier
early in the second quarter.
Clement found Casey with a 26-yard toss just minutes later to extend the
Davis hit Brown for an eight-yard touchdown toss in the closing seconds of the
half, but a two-point conversion attempt failed and the Golden Eagles trailed
Rice, 17-12, heading into the break.
Clement and Dillard connected once more early in the third period, a 51-yard
completion that gave Rice a 24-12 lead.
A 28-yard strike from Clement to Dixon less than a minute later gave the Owls
a 31-12 advantage.
Southern Miss got on the board again late in the frame following a three-
yard run from Fletcher.
Davis and Brown hooked up once more early in the final period of play, a 16-
yard connection that pulled the Golden Eagles to within five.
But the Owls responded just minutes later with a 44-yard toss from Clement to
Dillard to gain a 38-26 lead.
A 26-yard touchdown pass from Clement to Casey midway through the frame
extended the Rice advantage to 45-26.
Davis and Brown connected for a third time in the contest with a 42-yard
completion late in the frame, as the Golden Eagles trailed, 45-33.
The Davis and Brown connection struck yet again with just 17 seconds remaining
in the contest, a 17-yard completion that proved too little too late as Rice
held on for the 45-40 victory.
10/18 19:50:58 ET