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Rice 42, Louisiana Tech 41

Associated Press

RUSTON, La. - TJ McMahon threw for three touchdowns, ran for a fourth and Juma Otoviano scored in overtime to lift Rice past Louisiana Tech 42-41, wrecking the Bulldogs' homecoming in the process.

McMahon scored on a 64-yard run and Luke McCaffery on a 17-yard run as Rice erased a six-point fourth-quarter deficit and took a 35-27 lead with 3:57 remaining.

Matthew Downing led the Bulldogs on a potential game-tying drive but was injured and taken out of the game with Louisiana Tech at the 34-yard line with 43 seconds remaining. Landry Lyddy, a freshman who had attempted two passes this season, led the Bulldogs the rest of the way, hitting Cyrus Allen for a 19-yard touchdown and Tre Harris for the 2-point conversion that sent the game to overtime.

In overtime, Otoviano gave Rice the lead with a 4-yard run then Lyddy and Harris connected from 18-yards out but Lyddy's 2-point pass was overthrown.

McMahon completed 16 of 27 passes for 208 yards for the Owls (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA). McCaffrey had 10 receptions for 171 yards with two receiving touchdowns and one on the ground.

Harris had three TD catches for La Tech (2-5, 1-2), catching eight passes for 92 yards. Downing was 12 of 24 for 159 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Lyddy completed 3 of 6 passes for 38 yards with two touchdowns.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter RiceLaTech
LaTech TD 6:26 Tre Harris 8 yd pass from Parker McNeil (Jacob Barnes kick) 0 7
LaTech FG 1:48 Buck Buchanan 48 yd FG 0 10
Second Quarter RiceLaTech
Rice TD 2:06 Luke McCaffrey 32 yd pass from TJ McMahon (Christian VanSickle kick) 7 10
Third Quarter RiceLaTech
LaTech TD 11:49 Nate Jones 13 yd pass from Matthew Downing (Jacob Barnes kick) 7 17
Rice TD 8:24 Bradley Rozner 12 yd pass from TJ McMahon (Christian VanSickle kick) 14 17
LaTech TD 5:38 Tre Harris 32 yd pass from Matthew Downing (Jacob Barnes kick) 14 24
Rice TD 1:58 Luke McCaffrey 9 yd pass from TJ McMahon (Christian VanSickle kick) 21 24
LaTech FG 0:00 Jacob Barnes 41 yd FG 21 27
Fourth Quarter RiceLaTech
Rice TD 10:30 TJ McMahon 64 yd run (Christian VanSickle kick) 28 27
Rice TD 3:57 Luke McCaffrey 17 yd run (Christian VanSickle kick) 35 27
LaTech TD 0:37 Cyrus Allen 19 yd pass from Landry Lyddy (Tre Harris 2pt pass from Landry Lyddy) 35 35
OT RiceLaTech
Rice TD   Juma Otoviano 4 yd run (Christian VanSickle kick) 42 35
LaTech TD   Tre Harris 18 yd pass from Landry Lyddy (failed 2pt pass) 42 41
Team Stats
  Rice Louisiana Tech
First downs 24 19
  Rushing 14 6
  Passing 9 10
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 6-13, 46% 4-17, 24%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 4-5, 80%
Rushes-Yards 45-279 39-144
Passing Yards 208 229
Return Yards 29 98
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-27-0 20-37-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--11 4--22
Punts 4 5
Punts-Average 42.5 37
Fumbles Lost 4-3 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-70 6-53
Time of Possession 33:22 26:38
Rice Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. McMahon 16 27 208 3 0
Louisiana Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Downing 12 24 159 2 1
L. Lyddy 3 6 38 2 0
P. McNeil 5 7 32 1 0
Rice Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Montgomery 14 87 6.2 0
T. McMahon 5 67 13.4 1
J. Otoviano 11 56 5.1 1
L. McCaffrey 3 31 10.3 1
A. Broussard 6 18 3.0 0
M. Barnett 1 9 9.0 0
D. Connors 1 7 7.0 0
U. West 2 6 3.0 0
K. Campbell 1 -1 -1.0 0
Louisiana Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Crosby 14 87 6.2 0
C. Thornton 9 29 3.2 0
M. Downing 10 27 2.7 0
L. Lyddy 1 5 5.0 0
T. Harris 1 3 3.0 0
S. Harris 1 1 1.0 0
G. Garner 1 -2 -2.0 0
P. McNeil 2 -6 -3.0 0
Rice Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. McCaffrey 10 171 17.1 2
B. Rozner 3 27 9.0 1
J. Bradley 1 9 9.0 0
D. Connors 1 2 2.0 0
C. Montgomery 1 -1 -1.0 0
Louisiana Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Harris 8 92 11.5 3
S. Harris 6 59 9.8 0
C. Allen 2 50 25.0 1
N. Jones 2 20 10.0 1
K. Maxwell 1 7 7.0 0
M. Crosby 1 1 1.0 0
Rice Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Fresch 1 0
Louisiana Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Rice Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Hunt 4 170 42.5
Louisiana Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. McCready 5 185 37.0
Rice Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Fresch 1 4 4.0
Louisiana Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Harris 1 16 16.0
Rice Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Connors 1 19 19.0
J. Otoviano 1 6 6.0
Louisiana Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Mozee 2 17 8.5
S. Harris 1 65 65.0
Rice Missed FG
Player Length
Louisiana Tech Missed FG
Player Length
B. Buchanan 42




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