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Rice 24, Florida Atlantic 21

Associated Press

HOUSTON - AJ Padgett threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns and Rice became bowl eligible by holding off Florida Atlantic for a 24-21 victory.

Padgett led an 11-play, 83-yard drive that took just more than five minutes and ended when he threw a 7-yard score to Luke McCaffrey to give Rice (6-6, 4-4 American Athletic Conference) a 17-14 lead. After holding FAU to a punt after five plays, Padgett led a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with his 11-yard scoring pass to Boden Groen to make it 24-14 as the third quarter expired.

Florida Atlantic (4-8, 3-5) got back in it, responding with a six-play, 75-yard drive that ended when Michael Johnson Jr. ran it in from the 6. Xavier Terrell set up the drive, running 35 yards to Rice's 40-yard line on the first play of the drive.

After Rice punted, the defense limited Florida Atlantic to a six-play, nine-yard drive. From there, Rice established a 13-play, 64-yard drive that lasted 6:20. Though the drive ended on downs, Florida Atlantic took over at its own 21 with just 1:37 remaining. FAU turned it over on downs when its four plays produce zero yardage.

Rice wideout McCaffrey caught 12 passes for 141 yards.

Kobe Lewis, 75-yard scoring run was the first play from scrimmage and gave FAU a 7-0 lead. Lewis finished with 82 yards on seven carries.

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaAtlRice
FlaAtl TD 14:48 Kobe Lewis 75 yd run (Carter Davis kick) 7 0
Rice TD 3:04 Boden Groen 20 yd pass from AJ Padgett (Tim Horn kick) 7 7
Second Quarter FlaAtlRice
Rice FG 0:02 Tim Horn 20 yd FG 7 10
Third Quarter FlaAtlRice
FlaAtl TD 12:36 Tony Johnson 36 yd pass from Daniel Richardson (Carter Davis kick) 14 10
Rice TD 7:27 Luke McCaffrey 7 yd pass from AJ Padgett (Tim Horn kick) 14 17
Rice TD 0:00 Boden Groen 11 yd pass from AJ Padgett (Tim Horn kick) 14 24
Fourth Quarter FlaAtlRice
FlaAtl TD 12:25 Michael Johnson Jr. 6 yd run (Carter Davis kick) 21 24
Team Stats
  Florida Atlantic Rice
First downs 14 32
  Rushing 7 15
  Passing 7 14
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 3-9, 33% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 24-151 42-211
Passing Yards 128 254
Return Yards 20 41
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-19-0 25-39-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--15 1--10
Punts 5 2
Punts-Average 49.8 36.5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-45 3-20
Time of Possession 20:20 39:40
Florida Atlantic Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Richardson 8 9 93 1 0
T. Starks 5 10 35 0 0
Rice Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Padgett 24 37 255 3 1
L. McCaffrey 0 1 0 0 0
Q. Jackson 1 1 -1 0 0
Florida Atlantic Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Lewis 7 82 11.7 1
X. Terrell 4 36 9.0 0
M. Johnson Jr. 2 17 8.5 1
T. Johnson 1 10 10.0 0
L. McCammon III 3 6 2.0 0
D. Richardson 2 5 2.5 0
L. Wester 1 1 1.0 0
T. Starks 4 -6 -1.5 0
Rice Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Connors 14 75 5.4 0
J. Otoviano 15 71 4.7 0
L. McCaffrey 2 31 15.5 0
A. Padgett 7 22 3.1 0
K. Campbell 1 8 8.0 0
A. Broussard 1 7 7.0 0
Florida Atlantic Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Johnson 2 49 24.5 1
L. Wester 4 40 10.0 0
B. Alexander 1 13 13.0 0
D. Price 1 9 9.0 0
K. Brantley 1 8 8.0 0
J. Platt 1 5 5.0 0
Z. Moore 1 3 3.0 0
K. Lewis 2 1 .5 0
Rice Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. McCaffrey 12 141 11.8 1
B. Groen 6 67 11.2 2
L. Ransom-Goelz 1 17 17.0 0
K. Campbell 1 15 15.0 0
D. Connors 4 11 2.8 0
E. Mojarro 1 3 3.0 0
Florida Atlantic Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Hill 1 0
Rice Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Florida Atlantic Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Lupo 5 249 49.8
Rice Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Hunt 2 73 36.5
Florida Atlantic Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Wester 1 -1 -1.0
Rice Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Fresch 4 41 10.3
Florida Atlantic Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Johnson Jr. 1 21 21.0
Rice Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Florida Atlantic Missed FG
Player Length
Rice Missed FG
Player Length




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