NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Luke Turner put Rice ahead to stay with his first of two fourth-quarter touchdowns and the Owls outlasted Tulane 49-47 Saturday.
Turner's go-ahead run was confirmed by review after it appeared he might have been down before crossing the goal line.
The Owls (4-6, 2-4 Conference USA) withstood a comeback led by Ryan Griffin, who threw for 476 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the second half when Tulane (2-7, 2-3) rallied from a 28-10 halftime deficit.
Ryan Travis' 73-yard interception for a touchdown started the comeback. Tulane led 38-35 on Orleans Darkwa's 1-yard run after Griffin's 62-yarder to Ryan Grant moved the ball to the 1.
Rice led 14-0 early after two touchdown runs by Taylor McHargue. The second came after the Owls recovered a Tulane fumble on the kickoff following the first score.
Tulane gained all its offensive yardage by passing, netting 0 yards on 14 rushes.
|RICE||Taylor McHargue 9 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)|
|RICE||Taylor McHargue 11 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)|
|TULANE||Wilson Van Hooser 35 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|RICE||Turner Petersen 6 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)|
|RICE||Gabe Baker 55 yd interception return (Chris Boswell kick)|
|TULANE||Cairo Santos 57 yd FG|
|TULANE||Ryan Travis 73 yd interception return (Cairo Santos kick)|
|RICE||Charles Ross 11 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)|
|TULANE||Rob Kelley 7 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|TULANE||Xavier Rush 62 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|TULANE||Orleans Darkwa 1 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)|
|RICE||Luke Turner 3 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)|
|TULANE||Cairo Santos 42 yd FG|
|RICE||Luke Turner 2 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)|
|TULANE||Wilson Van Hooser 33 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (failed 2pt pass)|
|Third Down Efficiency||10-19||6-13|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||1-1|
|Kick Return Yds||12||59|
|Punt Return Yds||31||0|
|Time of Poss.||40:1||19:59|
|RICE: Charles Ross 20-95, Taylor McHargue 19-60, Luke Turner 7-14, Brandon Hamilton 7-13, Turner Petersen 5-13, Jordan Taylor 1-12, Driphus Jackson 3-4, Jeremy Eddington 1-2, Team 2--2|
|TULANE: Josh Rounds 1-7, Orleans Darkwa 4-6, Dante Butler 1-6, Rob Kelley 4-4, Ryan Griffin 3--11, Team 1--12|
|RICE: Taylor McHargue 12-20-259-1, Driphus Jackson 1-1-12-0|
|TULANE: Ryan Griffin 28-49-476-2|
|RICE: Taylor Cook 3-53, Luke Willson 2-59, Jordan Taylor 2-58, Charles Ross 2-46, Sam McGuffie 2-45, Donte Moore 1-10, Turner Petersen 1-0|
|TULANE: Rob Kelley 8-49, Ryan Grant 5-176, Xavier Rush 5-96, Marc Edwards 3-40, Josh Rounds 3-37, Wilson Van Hooser 2-68, Orleans Darkwa 2-10|
|Rice||1st Conference USA West||7-1||9-3|
|Tulane||4th Conference USA West||5-3||7-5|