Scores

Final

Southern Miss 40

(2-5, 0-3 C-USA)

Rice 45

(4-3, 3-1 C-USA)

3:05 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
USM 6 6 7 2140
RICE 7 10 14 1445

Top Performers

Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 444 YDS, 6 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 17 CAR, 120 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Brown (USM) - 12 REC, 221 YDS, 4 TD

Rice 45, Southern Miss. 40

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Chase Clement threw for 444 yards and six touchdowns, including three to NCAA record-holder Jarrett Dillard to help Rice hold off Southern Miss in a 45-40 win Saturday.

The Golden Eagles kept their hopes alive after Austin Davis hit DeAndre Brown for his fourth touchdown catch with 17.2 seconds left, but Rice recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Dillard, who pushed his NCAA record for career touchdowns to 54, caught seven passes for 141 yards. The Owls (4-3, 3-1 Conference USA) moved to 3-0 at home and have won two of three after a two-game slide.

Southern Miss (2-5, 0-3) has lost four straight.

Davis was 32-of-61 for 461 yards and threw all four of his touchdown passes to Brown, who had 221 yards receiving. Damion Fletcher had a game-high 120 yards rushing on 17 carries.

After Clement hit Dillard for a 44-yard score to make it 38-26 with 11:45 left, Rice got its final touchdown when James Casey scooped up a fumble from teammate Patrick Randolph and ran it 26 yards to the end zone.

The Owls led 17-12 at halftime behind Clement, who finished the game completing 30 of his 43 passes.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
RICE
1st Downs3226
Total Yards573586
Passing461444
Rushing112142
Penalties9-857-78
3rd Down Conversions9-197-14
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers21
Possession26:5233:08

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis32/614617.640
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement30/4344410.361

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher171207.1132
Harrison5163.216
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ugokwe17905.3035
Casey6325.3011

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown1222118.4454
Nelson67111.8018
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dillard714120.1351
Dixon711816.9128

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMRICE
TD10:11Jarett Dillard 17 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 07
TD08:19Tory Harrison 6 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 67
SECOND QUARTERUSMRICE
FG10:55Clark Fangmeier 36 Yd 610
TD08:24James Casey 26 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 617
TD00:04Deandre Brown 8 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1217
THIRD QUARTERUSMRICE
TD12:16Jarett Dillard 51 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 1224
TD11:51Toren Dixon 28 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 1231
TD03:25Damion Fletcher 3 Yd Run (Britt Barefoot Kick) 1931
FOURTH QUARTERUSMRICE
TD14:52Deandre Brown 16 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Britt Barefoot Kick) 2631
TD11:45Jarett Dillard 44 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2638
TD06:48James Casey 26 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2645
TD04:16Deandre Brown 42 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Britt Barefoot Kick) 3345
TD00:17Deandre Brown 17 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Britt Barefoot Kick) 4045