Houston at Rice

Houston survives scare from Rice for 31-26 win.


HOUSTON (AP) Freshman quarterback John O'Korn threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, and Houston overcame a sloppy start to survive Rice 31-26 on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Lyons returned a blocked field goal 61 yards for a touchdown with 2:19 to go in the game to get Rice close, but the Owls missed on the two-point conversion.

Rice recovered the ensuing onside kick at its 47-yard line but was unable to score.

Deontay Greenberry and Ryan Jackson each caught a touchdown in the second half to help lead the Cougars (3-0).

Greenberry finished with 146 yards receiving on six catches, including a 61-yarder from Korn in the first quarter to set up Houston's first score.

Jackson also rushed for 87 and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Senior Taylor McHargue went 21-for-36 for 232 yards, and Turner Peterson finished with 102 yards and a touchdown on five catches for the Owls (1-2).

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Scoring Summary
RICETurner Petersen 57 yd pass from Luke Turner (blocked XP)
HOURyan Jackson 1 yd run (Richie Leone kick)
RICECharles Ross 1 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
HOURichie Leone 24 yd FG
HOUDaniel Spencer 25 yd pass from John O'Korn (Richie Leone kick)
HOUDeontay Greenberry 28 yd pass from John O'Korn (Richie Leone kick)
HOURyan Jackson 32 yd pass from John O'Korn (Richie Leone kick)
RICETaylor McHargue 1 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
RICEAlex Lyons 62 yd blocked FG return (failed 2pt pass)
Team Stats
First Downs2125
Third Down Efficiency6-165-15
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards73-49482-463
Passing Yds329289
Kick Return Yds2240
Punt Return Yds340
Time of Poss.25:434:56
Individual Stats
HOU: Ryan Jackson 19-87, Greg Ward 9-80, Kent Brooks 2-5, Daniel Spencer 1-1, John O'Korn 4--4, Team 2--4
RICE: Darik Dillard 9-61, Charles Ross 9-55, Turner Petersen 16-44, Taylor McHargue 11-14
HOU: John O'Korn 15-33-281-1, Greg Ward 3-3-48-0
RICE: Taylor McHargue 21-36-232-1, Luke Turner 1-1-57-0
HOU: Deontay Greenberry 6-146, Daniel Spencer 4-76, Ryan Jackson 4-57, Markeith Ambles 1-31, Andrew Rodriguez 1-12, Luke Stice 1-4, Xavier Maxwell 1-3
RICE: Jordan Taylor 6-58, Turner Petersen 5-102, Dennis Parks 3-48, Klein Kubiak 2-36, Connor Cella 2-14, Mario Hull 2-8, Charles Ross 1-14, Donte Moore 1-9
Houston3rd American Athletic West5-39-4
Rice5th Conference USA West2-63-9

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