WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- The day before a teammates' funeral,
Rice beat Army 48-14 for its first victory of the season on
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
Funeral services are scheduled Sunday for Lloyd in his hometown
"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
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
"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
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
"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.
Jeff Smith pass intercepted Antwan Cordy return for no gain to the Syrac 46
Clemson's Deshaun Watson breaks loose and goes 30 yards, diving for the pylon in style to score upping the Tigers' lead at 21-3.
Deshaun Watson pass complete to Artavis Scott for 28 yds to the SCaro 29 for a 1ST down
Ross Martin 51 yd FG GOOD
Marshall Morgan 19 yd FG GOOD
GEORGIA TECH penalty, Unsportsmanlike Conduct (8 Yards) for a 1ST down, PJ Davis ejected from the game
GEORGIA TECH Penalty, Unsportsmanlike Conduct (8 Yards) to the GTech 8 for a 1ST down, PJ Davis ejected from the game