Houston at Rice

Houston 35, Rice 14


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.

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Scoring Summary
HOULarry McDuffey 25 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUDaniel Spencer 31 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUCharles Sims 3 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUCharles Sims 47 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
RICESam McGuffie 24 yd pass from Driphus Jackson (Chris Boswell kick)
HOUCharles Sims 16 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
RICESam McGuffie 88 yd pass from Driphus Jackson (Chris Boswell kick)
Team Stats
First Downs3017
Third Down Efficiency10-155-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-1
Plays-Net Yards87-60870-343
Passing Yds361274
Kick Return Yds2997
Punt Return Yds15-3
Time of Poss.29:1330:47
Individual Stats
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
Houston3rd American Athletic West5-39-4
Rice5th Conference USA West2-63-9

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