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
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
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
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."