Nevada 42

(5-4, 3-2 away)

Rice 52

(2-6, 2-2 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 1, 2003

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

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NEV 7 14 14 742
RICE 10 7 21 1452


HOUSTON (AP) -- Quarterback Kyle Herm runs a lot in Rice's offense, but he was still surprised to see the way his school record-tying 95-yard touchdown run unfolded.

"I got out there in the open and I couldn't believe it," said Herm, who finished with 186 yards rushing in a 52-42 victory over Nevada on Saturday. "I was just running on adrenaline.

Herm, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, tied Dicky Maegle's run in the 1954 Cotton Bowl. That touchdown was awarded after Alabama's Tommy Lewis left the bench to tackle Maegle.

Rice (2-6, 2-2 WAC) took a 45-35 lead on Herm's 95-yard run with 10:45 left, but Nevada (5-4, 3-2) started to come back.

B.J. Mitchell scored on a 19-yard run to make it 45-42 midway through the fourth. The Wolf Pack was driving again late when Rice's Raymorris Barnes returned a fumble 69 yards for a touchdown with 1:41 left.

"Everybody did what they had to do today," Rice coach Ken Hatfield said. "Those two touchdowns by the defense were big."

Rice's Terry Holley scored on a 22-yard interception during a wild 35-point third quarter in which the lead changed five times.

Nevada coach Chris Tormey agreed the turnovers were big, as was the Wolf Pack's lack of defense.

"We weren't able to consistently stop them," he said. "We had two turnovers that they turned into touchdowns. That was obviously the difference."

Talib Wise ran for 128 yards on 16 carries and Chance Kretschmer who gained 126 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns for Nevada. Andy Heiser also passed for three touchdowns for the Wolf Pack.

Nevada led 21-17 at halftime on Heiser's second touchdown, a 10-yarder to Del McGee.

Thomas Lott rushed for 12 times for 128 yards, including a 22-yard score late in the third quarter. His TD put the Owls up 38-35 heading into the fourth.

Each team ran easily, with Rice rushing for 387 yards and Nevada going for 316.

They weren't stopping us and we weren't stopping them," Tormey said. "That's why those two turnovers were the difference."