8:00 PM ET, October 4, 2003
Rice Stadium, HOUSTON, TX
HOUSTON (AP) -- Greg Henderson doesn't get to pass much in Rice's run-oriented offense.
But given the rare chance to win a game with his arm, Henderson threw a 12-yard TD pass to Marcus Battle with 1:16 left in a 28-24 victory over San Jose State on Saturday.
"We don't pass a lot, but our running game allows us to be effective when we do," said Henderson, who ran for 111 yards and a touchdown and was 10-of-13 passing for 110 yards.
"Their safety played it pretty good. I had to jump pretty high, but Greg put it in a perfect spot," Battle said.
Rice (1-4, 1-1 Western Athletic) drove 78 yards in 12 plays to take its first lead of the game on Battle's touchdown. The drive included key completions of 20 and 16 yards to John Brock.
"There were no bigger plays in the game than John Brock's two clutch fourth quarter catches," Rice coach Ken Hatfield said.
San Jose State (1-4, 1-1) led 17-14 after the third quarter behind the passing of Scott Rislov, who went 26-of-33 for 261 yards and a touchdown.
His touchdown pass came on fourth down with 10:22 left, a 5-yard pass to Courtney Anderson to put the Spartans up 24-14.
Rice cut the deficit to 24-21 on Robbie Beck's 2-yard touchdown run with 5:15 left. The Owls then forced a punt to set up the winning score.
"We ran the ball well early. The running game starts with the offensive line and they were still coming off the ball hard in the fourth quarter," Hatfield added.
The Owls pulled within 17-14 at halftime on touchdown runs of 12 yards by Henderson and 1 yard by Beck. Beck's run capped an 80-yard, 14-play drive late in the half.
"Early I thought we executed our offense the way we are capable of. Then they started to blitz and it affected us, "San Jose State coach Fitz Hill said. "We played hard and we had chances to make plays to win the game but we didn't make them. You can't let them convert on third down and long like we let them."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-14||6-12|
|4th Down Conversions||3-4||1-1|
|TD||11:04||DAMARCUS INGRAM 30 YD RUN (JEFF CARR KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:38||KENDRICK STARLING 29 YD RUN (JEFF CARR KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||0:54||GREG HENDERSON 12 YD RUN (BRANDON SKEEN KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||12:56||JEFF CARR 33 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 23 yards.
|TD||7:06||ROBBIE BECK 1 YD RUN (BRANDON SKEEN KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||10:22||COURTNEY ANDERSON 5 YD PASS FROM SCOTT RISLOV (JEFF CARR KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||5:15||ROBBIE BECK 2 YD RUN (BRENNAN LANDRY KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||1:16||MARCUS BATTLE 12 YD PASS FROM GREG HENDERSON (BRENNAN LANDRY KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yards.