GAMEDAY College Football

Houston 34, Rice 27

Associated Press

HOUSTON - Nelson Ceaser returned a fumble for an 11-yard score with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter and Thabo Mwaniki intercepted a tipped pass on the next possession as Houston beat Rice 34-27 to retain the Bayou Bucket for a record seventh consecutive time.

Houston pinned Rice at its 6-yard line with 24 seconds left. The Owls made two catches to get to their 40 before clocking it at eight seconds. TJ McMahon launched it, Bradley Rozner came down with the ball in traffic at the Houston 9 and the officials ruled there was one second left.

Rice had no timeouts remaining but Houston took one to set up its defense. McMahon was pressured into a rushed pass and it was batted down in the end zone.

Nathaniel Dell sparked the Houston (2-2) offense with seven catches for 134 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown. Clayton Tune was 19-of-26 passing for 249 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Ta'Zhawn Henry added 17 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown.

McMahon passed for 334 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Rice (2-2). Rozner had 123 yards receiving and Luke McCaffrey caught seven passes for 121 yards, including a 52-yard TD.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter RiceHou
Hou TD 0:00 Matthew Golden 19 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Bubba Baxa kick) 0 7
Second Quarter RiceHou
Rice TD 10:19 Ari Broussard 2 yd run (Christian VanSickle kick) 7 7
Rice TD 5:13 Ari Broussard 2 yd run (Christian VanSickle kick) 14 7
Hou FG 0:58 Bubba Baxa 37 yd FG 14 10
Third Quarter RiceHou
Hou TD 13:14 Nathaniel Dell 40 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Bubba Baxa kick) 14 17
Rice TD 9:08 Luke McCaffrey 52 yd pass from TJ McMahon (Christian VanSickle kick) 21 17
Hou TD 6:19 Ta'Zhawn Henry 4 yd run (Bubba Baxa kick) 21 24
Rice FG 2:38 Christian VanSickle 42 yd FG 24 24
Fourth Quarter RiceHou
Rice FG 11:44 Christian VanSickle 43 yd FG 27 24
Hou FG 5:18 Bubba Baxa 32 yd FG 27 27
Hou TD 3:34 Nelson Ceaser 11 yd fumble return (Bubba Baxa kick) 27 34
Team Stats
  Rice Houston
First downs 22 19
  Rushing 5 7
  Passing 14 10
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-11, 36% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 25-90 32-178
Passing Yards 334 249
Return Yards 34 116
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-40-1 19-26-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--16 1--8
Punts 3 3
Punts-Average 47.7 49.3
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-30 10-110
Time of Possession 29:55 30:05
Rice Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. McMahon 25 39 334 1 1
Houston Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Tune 19 26 249 2 1
Rice Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Campbell 1 34 34.0 0
C. Montgomery 4 20 5.0 0
A. Broussard 9 15 1.7 2
L. McCaffrey 1 13 13.0 0
U. West 2 11 5.5 0
D. Connors 1 6 6.0 0
I. Esdale 1 1 1.0 0
C. Servin 0 -2 -∞ 0
T. McMahon 6 -8 -1.3 0
Houston Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Henry 17 112 6.6 1
S. Sneed 6 37 6.2 0
C. Tune 8 26 3.3 0
N. Dell 1 3 3.0 0
Rice Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Rozner 5 123 24.6 0
L. McCaffrey 7 121 17.3 1
I. Esdale 5 64 12.8 0
K. Campbell 1 17 17.0 0
J. Bradley 3 8 2.7 0
B. Groen 1 2 2.0 0
C. Montgomery 1 0 0.0
0
D. Connors 1 0 0.0
0
M. Barnett 1 -1 -1.0 0
Houston Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Dell 7 134 19.1 1
M. Golden 4 49 12.3 1
J. Manjack IV 4 46 11.5 0
K. Carter 1 17 17.0 0
T. Henry 1 7 7.0 0
S. Sneed 2 -4 -2.0 0
Rice Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Morrison 1 0
Houston Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Mwaniki 1 19
Rice Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Hunt 3 143 47.7
Houston Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Wilkins 3 148 49.3
Rice Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Houston Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Dell 3 26 8.7
Rice Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Otoviano 3 34 11.3
Houston Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Sawyer 3 71 23.7
Rice Missed FG
Player Length
Houston Missed FG
Player Length




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