NCAA Game Summary - Rice at Southern Miss|
(Saturday, October 1st)
Final Score: Southern Miss 48, Rice 24
Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) - Austin Davis threw for 284 yards and three
touchdowns, and Kendrick Hardy added 172 yards and another score as Southern
Miss beat Rice 48-24 in Conference USA action at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
Ryan Balentine added seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns for
Southern Miss (4-1, 1-1 C-USA), which outgained Rice 654-to-229 and scored four
unanswered touchdowns in the second half to break the game open.
Taylor McHargue completed 14-of-28 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown to
lead Rice (1-3, 0-1 C-USA), which was held to just 33 yards rushing and used
two defensive touchdowns to stay in the game.
Southern Miss jumped ahead with 4:51 remaining after Hardy broke free for a 47
yard touchdown run, and the Golden Eagles owned a 6-0 lead after the PAT
failed. Balentine made it 13-0 two minutes later after catching a 46-yard
touchdown pass from Davis.
Rice responded with a seven play, 80-yard drive that was capped with McHargue
hitting Vance McDonald on a two-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left in
the first quarter.
Southern Miss fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Michael Kutzler scooped up the
loose ball and returned it 17 yards for the touchdown, spotting Rice a 14-13
lead heading into the second quarter.
Southern Miss countered with a defensive touchdown of its own late in the first
half, as Marquese Wheaton returned a McHargue fumble 75 yards for a touchdown
to give Southern Miss a 20-14 lead with 2:59 remaining in the half. Rice kicker
Chris Boswell connected on a 41-yard field goal with 47 seconds remaining in
the half to pull the Owls within 20-17.
Rice took the lead early the third quarter after Xavier Webb returned a fumble
96 yards for a touchdown.
Southern Miss would take over from there. Davis gave the Golden Eagles back the
lead at the 6:25 mark with a one-yard touchdown plunge, and Lampley came back
three minutes later with a two-yard touchdown run that made it 34-24.
Davis hit Kelvin Bolden on a 45-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds remaining
in the quarter to push the lead to 17. Bolden finished with nine catches for
Balentine added his second score of the game late in the fourth quarter,
catching a 23-yard touchdown pass from Davis with 3:13 left.
10/02 01:36:00 ET