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NCAA Game Summary - Rice at Tulane

(Saturday, November 13th)

Final Score: Tulane 54, Rice 49

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Ryan Griffin threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tulane Green Wave to a 54-49 victory over the Rice Owls in a Conference-USA tussle at the Superdome.

Orleans Darkwa, who rushed for a team-high 113 yards, also tossed two touchdowns in the win. Ryan Grant caught two touchdown passes for Tulane (4-6, 2-4 C-USA), and finished with 140 yards on three catches. D.J. Banks scored twice on the ground, and also grabbed a touchdown pass, while finishing the contest with 59 yards on five receptions.

Nick Fanuzzi threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns, but was also intercepted three times for Rice (2-8, 1-5). Taylor Cook also saw time under center and promptly threw for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Vance McDonald hauled in three of the team's touchdown passes, and finished with 103 yards on five receptions. Jeremy Eddington led the ground game for Rice, rumbling for 103 yards and one touchdown.

Tulane opened the scoring in this matchup when Banks found the end zone on a nine-yard run.

Rice evened the score later in the quarter when McDonald hauled in an eight- yard touchdown pass from Fanuzzi.

A 40-yard scoring strike from Darkwa to Grant gave the Green Wave a 14-7 edge as the two teams went into the second quarter.

Cairo Santos' 30-yard field goal pushed Tulane's lead to 17-7 early in the second stanza.

Rice cut its deficit to 17-14 with a six-yard touchdown scamper by Sam McGuffie.

However, the Green Wave wasted little time answering back, as Cody Sparks hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass from Griffin.

Less than two minutes the Owls had their respond, and it was a 40-yard scoring strike from Fanuzzi to McDonald.

With less than two minutes remaining in the first half the Green Waves were able to find the end zone twice, and went into the break with a 38-21 advantage. The first score was an 11-yard run by Banks, and that was followed by a 13-yard scoring strike from Griffin to Sparks.

The Owls dominated the early portion of the third quarter, as McDonald collected a 12-yard TD pass from Cook, and Eddington plunged into the end zone on a one-yard run, cutting Rice's deficit to 38-35.

Tulane was able to push its lead back to 10 points when Griffin hit Banks for an 18-yard scoring strike.

Rice refused to go away however, as the Owls were back within a field goal of tying the game after Turner Petersen broke free for a 36-yard touchdown scamper.

A 23-yard field goal by Santos gave the Green Wave a six-point lead, but with a little of two minutes remaining in regulation the Owls took their first lead of the contest when Cook connected with Patrick Randolph for a 29-yard touchdown pass.

However, that lead was short-lived, as the Green Wave jumped back on top of Rice just seconds later when Griffin hit Grant for a 73-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, but it did not matter, as the Green Wave were able to hold on for the five-point win.

11/13 20:42:23 ET

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