NCAA Game Summary - S-M-U at Rice|
(Saturday, October 2nd)
Final Score: SMU 42, Rice 31
Houston, TX (Sports Network) -Kyle Padron threw for 371 yards and three
touchdowns to lead the SMU Mustangs to a 42-31 victory over the Rice Owls in
Conference-USA play at Rice Stadium.
Aldrick Robinson hauled in two of Padron's touchdown passes and finished with
148 yards on six receptions. Cole Beasley led SMU (3-2, 2-0 C-USA) with 158
yards on eight catches.
Rice (1-4, 0-1) relied on its ground attack, as Sam McGuffie rumbled for 96
yards and one score on 20 carries. Nick Fanuzzi did threw for 276 yards in the
loss, but was intercepted twice.
The lone touchdown in the opening frame came from Sterling Moore, who returned
an interception 32 yards to give the Mustangs an early 7-0 edge.
A 42-yard field goal by Chris Boswell midway through the second stanza put
Rice on the scoreboard.
However, the Mustangs went into the break with a 14-3 advantage after Padron
hit Robinson for a 23-yard scoring strike in the final seconds of the first
The Owls scored their first touchdown of the game early in the third frame,
but the score was produced by the special teams unit.
The first drive of the second half for Rice stalled, so the team punted, but a
hard tackle by Chris Jones jarred the ball loose. The ball was recovered in
the end zone by Phillip Gaines, cutting Rice's deficit to 14-10.
SMU responded with two straight touchdowns, beginning with a five-yard
touchdown pass from Padron to Robinson.
SMU's special teams took care of the next touchdown, as Ja'Gared Davis
returned a blocked field goal 77 yards, extending the Mustangs lead to 28-10.
Rice cut its deficit to 28-17 early in the final quarter when Charles Ross
plunged into the end zone from the one-yard line.
However, the Mustangs followed the Rice score with two straight touchdowns of
their own, as Zach Line rumbled into the end zone on a three-yard run.
Line's touchdown was followed by a seven-yard scoring strike from Padron to
Patrick Fleming less than two minutes later, extending SMU's lead to 42-17.
The Owls would continue to fight however, as McGuffie and Jeremy Eddington
both scored on one yard touchdown runs to bring the Owls within 11 points, but
Rice was unable to complete the comeback, eventually falling to its league
10/02 23:37:37 ET