HOUSTON (AP) - Turner Peterson rushed for 136 yards and scored two touchdowns, helping Rice defeat Southern Miss 44-17 on Saturday.
Peterson caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Driphus Jackson in the second quarter and capped the scoring with an 8-yard TD run with 3:37 left in the game for the Owls (3-6, 1-4 Conference USA).
Jackson completed 4 of 6 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in relief of starter Taylor McHargue, who took a hit on his injured shoulder in the second quarter and did not return.
Southern Miss (0-8, 0-4) turned the ball over five times and remained winless this season despite gaining more yards - 372 to 370 - than the Owls. Tracy Lampley had four receptions for 101 yards for the Golden Eagles.
One of Southern Miss' turnovers was a 75-yard interception return by Rice's Paul Porras that gave the Owls a 31-10 lead in the third quarter.
|RICE||Dennis Parks 35 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)|
|USM||Corey Acosta 50 yd FG|
|RICE||Turner Petersen 38 yd pass from Driphus Jackson (Chris Boswell kick)|
|USM||Jeremy Hester 1 yd run (Corey Acosta kick)|
|RICE||Donte Moore 9 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)|
|RICE||Chris Boswell 45 yd FG|
|RICE||Paul Porras 75 yd interception return (Chris Boswell kick)|
|RICE||Donte Moore 25 yd pass from Driphus Jackson (Chris Boswell kick)|
|USM||Arsenio Favor 16 yd run (Corey Acosta kick)|
|RICE||Turner Petersen 8 yd run (blocked XP)|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-19||6-11|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-4||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||54||87|
|Punt Return Yds||0||10|
|Time of Poss.||29:55||28:13|
|USM: Arsenio Favor 19-65, Jalen Richard 6-22, Tyre Bracken 1-14, Jeremy Hester 8-13, Desmond Johnson 8-11, Cole Weeks 3-8, Kendrick Hardy 1-0, Team 1--3, Tracy Lampley 1--5, Peter Boehme 1--9|
|RICE: Turner Petersen 19-136, Driphus Jackson 6-27, Taylor McHargue 8-23, Donte Moore 1-9, Luke Turner 5-6, Jordan Taylor 1-6, Charles Ross 2-5, Brandon Hamilton 3--14|
|USM: Arsenio Favor 10-22-180-2, Cole Weeks 4-9-76-1|
|RICE: Taylor McHargue 7-12-80-0, Driphus Jackson 4-6-92-0|
|USM: Tracy Lampley 4-101, Justin Sims 4-28, Justin Burdette 2-8, D.J. Thompson 1-54, Dominique Sullivan 1-34, Francisco Llanos 1-19, Chris Briggs 1-12|
|RICE: Jordan Taylor 3-38, Donte Moore 2-30, Turner Petersen 1-38, Dennis Parks 1-35, Sam McGuffie 1-19, Taylor Cook 1-8, Charles Ross 1-4, Taylor McHargue 1-0|
|Southern Mississippi||5th Conference USA East||1-7||1-11|
|Rice||1st Conference USA West||7-1||10-3|