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Ross powers Rice to 52-14 win over Louisiana Tech


HOUSTON (AP) - Charles Ross matched a Conference USA record with five rushing touchdowns and Rice rolled to a 52-14 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

Ross finished with a career-high 215 yards rushing as the Owls (7-3, 5-1) bounced back from a 28-16 loss at North Texas on Oct. 31. Luke Turner also had a 1-yard TD run as Rice set season highs with 415 yards rushing and 582 yards overall.

It was an emotional victory for Owls coach David Bailiff, who was on the sideline just days after his father, Bob, died on Tuesday night.

Sterling Griffin had a 74-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter for Louisiana Tech (4-6, 3-3), which trailed 24-0 at halftime. Marlon Seets closed out the scoring with a 9-yard TD run with 1:50 to go.

Ross had TD runs of 2 and 5 yards in the first half, and 2, 1 and 19 in the second half.

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Scoring Summary
RICEDennis Parks 41 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)
RICECharles Ross 2 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
RICEChris Boswell 30 yd FG
RICECharles Ross 5 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
RICECharles Ross 2 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
LATECHSterling Griffin 74 yd pass from Ryan Higgins (Kyle Fischer kick)
RICECharles Ross 1 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
RICECharles Ross 19 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
RICELuke Turner 1 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
LATECHNick Thomason 9 yd run (Kyle Fischer kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1435
Third Down Efficiency5-1314-19
Fourth Down Efficiency1-32-2
Plays-Net Yards59-32792-582
Passing Yds181167
Kick Return Yds6131
Punt Return Yds0-1
Time of Poss.19:4540:15
Individual Stats
LATECH: Tevin King 13-43, Nick Thomason 3-32, Blake Martin 5-30, Paul Harris 3-12, Kenneth Dixon 2-12, D.J. Banks 1-10, Logan McPherson 1-5, Scotty Young 1-2
RICE: Charles Ross 27-215, Jawon Davis 15-76, Luke Turner 9-76, Darik Dillard 11-60, Taylor McHargue 6-1, Team 1--13
LATECH: Ryan Higgins 9-15-138-1, Scotty Young 6-15-43-1
RICE: Taylor McHargue 13-23-167-0
LATECH: Trent Taylor 3-20, Sterling Griffin 2-80, Blake Martin 2-14, Jon Greenwalt 2-13, Richie Casey 1-24, Conner Smith 1-9, Jaydrick DeClouette 1-8, Nick Thomason 1-7, Eddie Johnson 1-7, D.J. Banks 1--1
RICE: Turner Petersen 4-33, Dennis Parks 3-67, Jordan Taylor 3-40, Klein Kubiak 2-21, Darik Dillard 1-6
Louisiana Tech1st Conference USA West6-29-5
Rice5th Conference USA West2-63-9

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