3:30 PM ET, September 30, 2006
Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- The day before a teammates' funeral, Rice beat Army 48-14 for its first victory of the season on Saturday.
Chase Clement threw for 299 yards and a school-record five touchdowns and Jarett Dillard caught three TD passes for the Owls (1-5), who snapped a six-game losing streak and won for only the second time in 22 games.
Dale Lloyd, a 19-year-old defensive back, died Monday after becoming ill during a light workout last Sunday. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, which was performed earlier in the week.
"He'll be with us. ... He'll be there for the rest of the season," Clement said. "Dale, he was a quiet kid, but he never, never, never stopped. He was such a hard worker and finished everything that he did. ... He had such a big heart, and that's what we want to imitate and that's who we want to be -- the way he was."
Funeral services are scheduled Sunday for Lloyd in his hometown of Houston.
"We talked to Dale's family, and they wanted us to play," said Andray Downs, a senior safety who mentored the incoming freshman Lloyd during orientation this summer. "And we wanted to play for him."
Lloyd played in Rice's season opener against Houston but didn't take part the last three games. The team planned to redshirt him this season. Rice plans to continue to carry Lloyd's jersey on each trip the rest of the year before presenting it to his parents at the end of the season.
Rice brought Lloyd's No. 39 jersey with them to Michie Stadium, and hung it in their locker room before kickoff. The Owls' helmets bore a No. 39 decal above its mascot's head and between its outstretched wings.
"We're going to go home and naturally celebrate this victory, and we're going to go and we're going to have a victory celebration tomorrow of Dale Jr.'s life," said first-year Rice coach Todd Graham, who recruited Lloyd.
Army's Ricky Lay was hospitalized after being taken from the field by ambulance in the fourth quarter with an injury.
The extent and nature of his injury was not immediately clear, but Army athletic spokesman Bob Beretta said initial indications on Lay's condition were positive.
Lay was injured with 7:38 remaining in the game. Michie Stadium was quiet for 10 minutes as medical personnel attended to Lay on the field. He was immobilized before being placed in the ambulance.
Army (2-3) was attempting to improve to better than .500 for the first time since 1996.
Dillard has caught at least one touchdown pass in his last seven games, the longest streak in the nation.
Clement finished 29-for-39 with no interceptions and became the first Owls quarterback to toss at least four TD passes since 1981.
After Army scored on its opening possession, Rice scored 31 straight points to take control with more than 2½ minutes remaining in the first half.
Rice had not led in a game since its season opener, when it built a 30-14 lead over rival Houston before losing 31-30. Rice had not won since coming from behind to beat Tulane 42-34 in November.
Downs picked off David Pevoto's pass less than five minutes into the second quarter and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown, leading to a 28-7 Rice lead.
"Actually, getting down there, I was thinking a little bit about Dale," Downs said. "That's who we were playing for. It was kind of a bittersweet moment when I crossed goal line, because that's what he did -- he finished."
Clement began the game 11-for-13 with 147 yards and three TD passes.
Pevoto's day began in the reverse fashion -- he went 2-for-7 for only 18 yards and one interception in Army's first four possessions. However, Pevoto did run for his first career touchdown, a bootleg left from 2 yards out that gave Army a brief 7-0 lead.
"I'm disappointed and very embarrassed," Army defensive end Cameron Craig said. "To put it bluntly, we didn't come out to play tonight. That showed out on the filed."
But on fourth-and-5 from the Rice 26 with 6 minutes remaining before halftime, Brian Raines sacked Pevoto from behind, knocking the ball loose. Rice took over on its own 32, and eight plays later, Luke Juist kicked a low, 43-yard field goal to give Rice a 31-7 lead with 2:41 remaining in the half.