Recap: Rice vs. Southern Miss
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Rice Owls took advantage of five Southern Miss to defeat the Golden Eagles, 44-17, in a Conference USA bout at Rice Stadium..
Taylor McHargue started the game at quarterback for the Owls (3-6, 1-4 C- USA), but had been battling injuries and was replaced midway through the third quarter. McHargue completed 7-of-12 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown before giving way to Driphus Jackson. Jackson attempted just six throws, completing four of those passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Turner Peterson led Rice on the ground with 136 yards and a score on 19 carries. He also caught a 38- yard touchdown.
Southern Miss (0-8, 0-4) quarterback Arsenio Favors was benched in the third quarter after throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns on 10-of-22 passes. Cole Weeks made his season debut and completed just 4-of-9 passes for 76 yards and a pick. Tracy Lampley went over 100 yards receiving for the first time this season.
The Owls got on the board first and scored the only touchdown of the first quarter. McHargue took advantage of the short field set up by a Southern Miss fumble and on the fourth play of the drive connected with Dennis Parks for a 35-yard touchdown. Corey Acosta hit a 50-yard field goal to give Southern Miss its only points of the period.
On the first play of the second quarter, Jackson's first pass attempt went to Peterson for a 38-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 14-3. The Golden Eagles responded quickly, scoring less than two minutes later on a drive that had three straight plays go for 14 or more yards, including a 39-yard reception by Lampley. Jeremy Hester finished the drive from one-yard out.
Donte Moore scored on a nine-yard run late in the half to give Rice a 21-10 lead going into the locker rooms.
Both teams moved the ball well in the half and converted 50 percent of their third down attempts.
Rice pulled away early in the third quarter. Cody Bauer came up with a big sack on third down to end the Golden Eagles' first drive and give the Owls' offense good starting field position on their next possession. That led to a 45-yard Chris Boswell field goal. On the ensuing Southern Miss drive, Favors was intercepted by Paul Porras, who returned it 76-yards for a defensive touchdown.
Weeks then replaced Favors for USM, but saw similar results when his first drive ended with an interception. Rice took advantage, scoring just three plays later when Jackson connected with Moore for his second touchdown pass of the day.
Peterson's eight-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter completed the scoring.
Rice has now won two of it's last three games after dropping four in a row, and its lead the all-time series with Southern Miss, 3-1.Game Notes