HOUSTON (AP) - Charles Sims ran for three touchdowns as Houston defeated Rice 35-14 for its first win of the season Saturday afternoon in Reliant Stadium.
Sims scored on a 3-yard run and a 47-yard run that put the Cougars up 28-0 in the third quarter. He would later make a 16-yard run for his third touchdown. David Piland was 26 of 43 for 361 yards and two touchdowns, including a 31-yard pass to Daniel Spencer and a 25-yard pass to Larry McDuffey.
Rice scored in the third quarter when Sam McGuffie caught a 24-yard pass from Driphus Jackson. The two connected again for a touchdown on an 88-yard pass.
Houston (1-3, 1-0) opened its final season of Conference USA play before moving to the Big East.
Rice (1-4, 0-2) had hoped to rebound from an overtime loss to Marshall.
The win keeps the Bayou Bucket in Houston.
|HOU||Larry McDuffey 25 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Daniel Spencer 31 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 3 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 47 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|RICE||Sam McGuffie 24 yd pass from Driphus Jackson (Chris Boswell kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 16 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|RICE||Sam McGuffie 88 yd pass from Driphus Jackson (Chris Boswell kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||10-15||5-16|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||29||97|
|Punt Return Yds||15||-3|
|Time of Poss.||29:13||30:47|
|HOU: Charles Sims 24-158, Braxton Welford 9-36, David Piland 3-25, Kenneth Farrow 4-17, Ryan Jackson 2-13, Team 2--2|
|RICE: Charles Ross 13-52, Jeremy Eddington 7-35, Brandon Hamilton 2-2, Driphus Jackson 12--20|
|HOU: David Piland 26-43-361-1|
|RICE: Driphus Jackson 17-35-272-0, Jordan Taylor 1-1-2-0|
|HOU: Larry McDuffey 8-100, Daniel Spencer 5-99, Kenneth Farrow 4-61, Charles Sims 4-47, Deontay Greenberry 3-32, DeWayne Peace 1-16, Ronnie Williams 1-6|
|RICE: Sam McGuffie 6-119, Donte Moore 3-44, Vance McDonald 2-41, Taylor Cook 2-21, Charles Ross 2-19, Dennis Parks 1-18, Klein Kubiak 1-10, Jeremy Eddington 1-2|
|Houston||4th American Athletic||5-3||8-4|
|Rice||1st Conference USA West||7-1||10-3|