Tulane at Rice

Rice trips Tulane 17-13 to reach C-USA title game


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HOUSTON (AP) Taylor McHargue threw for a touchdown and Jawon Davis ran for one on the next possession and Rice held on for a 17-13 win over Tulane to reach the Conference USA championship game for the first time.

The Owls (9-3, 7-1) dominated the game statistically but a date next weekend with East Division champion Marshall was in doubt until the end. BCS rankings will determine the game site.

The Green Wave (7-5, 5-3) opened the scoring with a Cairo Santos field goal but McHargue hit Turner Petersen for a 19-yard score late in the first quarter. Then early in the second Davis bolted 16-yards to make it 14-3. Standout kicker Chris Boswell made it 17-3 7 seconds before halftime.

Despite holding Tulane to 123 yards of offense, a 1-14 effort on third down and holding the ball for 18 more minutes, Rice struggled to close the deal.

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Scoring Summary
TULANECairo Santos 30 yd FG
RICETurner Petersen 19 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)
RICEJawon Davis 16 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
RICEChris Boswell 36 yd FG
TULANEDevon Breaux 13 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANECairo Santos 32 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 TULANERICE
First Downs621
Third Down Efficiency1-148-20
Fourth Down Efficiency1-21-1
Plays-Net Yards52-12383-304
Rushes-Yds21-2655-124
Passing Yds97180
Kick Return Yds022
Punt Return Yds21-7
Passes14-31-014-28-0
Punts8-3276-261
Fumbles-Lost1-12-2
Penalties-Yds5-405-31
Time of Poss.20:939:51
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
TULANE: Orleans Darkwa 14-26, Dante Butler 1-2, Nick Montana 3-0, Rob Kelley 3--2
RICE: Charles Ross 15-80, Jawon Davis 15-57, Turner Petersen 1-10, Darik Dillard 4-5, Luke Turner 3--3, Team 3--6, Taylor McHargue 14--19
PASSING
TULANE: Nick Montana 14-31-97-0
RICE: Taylor McHargue 14-28-180-0
RECEIVING
TULANE: Kedrick Banks 3-4, Ryan Grant 2-45, Dante Butler 2-7, Josh Rounds 2-6, Rob Kelley 2-5, Xavier Rush 1-14, Devon Breaux 1-13, Orleans Darkwa 1-3
RICE: Dennis Parks 5-75, Donte Moore 4-42, Jordan Taylor 2-23, Turner Petersen 1-19, Andre Gautreaux 1-14, Klein Kubiak 1-7
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Tulane5th American Athletic West1-73-9
Rice3rd Conference USA West3-55-7

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