HOUSTON (AP) -- Kevin Kolb threw two touchdowns in the fourth
quarter as Houston came from 16 points down to defeat Rice 31-30
Kolb, who is second on the Houston career passing list behind
David Klingler, hit 22 of 35 for 233 yards and three touchdowns,
including 7 of 13 for 88 yards in the fourth quarter.
Kolb hit his favorite receiver, Vincent Marshall, for an 8-yard
touchdown early in the fourth, then tossed a shovel pass to Anthony
Aldridge for an 8-yard score to take the lead with 10:28 left in
In coach Todd Graham's inaugural game with the Owls, Rice led
30-14 late in the third quarter after a 44-yard field goal by Luke
In the process, Kolb recorded 98 passing yards in the period and
moved past Tulane's Patrick Ramsey into fifth place on the
Conference-USA all-time passing list with more than 9,250 yards.
But Rice, which finished 1-10 last season, took over in the
second quarter, outscoring Houston 27-0 as quarterback Chase
Clements threw for 123 yards and tailback Quinton Smith scored
three times in the period.
Smith set up Rice's first touchdown with a 52-yard run late in
the first quarter. He scored the Owls' second touchdown on an
80-yard catch and run from Clements to tie the game with 10:42 left
in the second quarter.
Smith then scored on runs of 7 and 1 yards to give Rice its
27-14 halftime lead. Smith finished with 108 yards rushing.
T.J. Lawrence hit a 20-yard field goal to make it 30-17 with
2:04 left in the third period to start the UH comeback.
Ernest Miller intercepted a Clements pass with 2:49 left to stop
the final Rice drive.
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