Scores

Final

Rice 42

(5-3, 2-3 away)

Tulane 17

(2-5, 2-3 home)

3:00 PM ET, October 25, 2008

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 21 14 7 042
TULN 0 0 10 717

Top Performers

Passing: J. Kemp (TULN) - 201 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Ugokwe (RICE) - 18 CAR, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Casey (RICE) - 6 REC, 51 YDS, 2 TD

Rice 42, Tulane 17

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Chase Clement passed for two touchdowns and ran for two as Rice routed Tulane 42-17 on Saturday.

Clement was 20 of 25 for 168 yards, including touchdowns of 7 and 17 yards to James Casey. Clement also had eight carries for 57 yards and touchdown runs of 9 and 6 yards.

C.J. Ugokwe gained 111 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for Rice (5-3, 4-1 Conference USA).

Tulane lost its third straight to fall to 2-5, 1-3.

Rice's Jarett Dillard, the NCAA career touchdown reception leader with 54, did not catch a touchdown pass, ending a streak of 11 consecutive games with at least one. He caught four passes for 41 yards.

The game was scoreless before Rice scored three touchdowns in a span of less than five minutes late in the first quarter and early in the second.

The scoring began when Clement threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Casey with 2:58 left in the first quarter. Clement ran 9 yards for a touchdown with 28 seconds left in the quarter.

Tulane lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and on the next play, Clement threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Casey for a 21-0 lead.

Terrance Garmon intercepted the Green Wave's Kevin Moore on the next possession, setting up Clement's 6-yard touchdown run for a 28-0 lead with 13:30 left in the second quarter.

Tulane's Ross Thevenot tried a 40-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half, but it was blocked and Chris Jones ran 55 yards for a touchdown and a 35-0 halftime lead.

It was the latest in a series of special teams breakdowns for the Green Wave, who allowed a punt return for a touchdown and a blocked punt for a touchdown against Alabama and a blocked field goal return for a touchdown against East Carolina.

Tulane finally scored when Thevenot made a 42-yard field goal on the first possession of the third quarter.

Joe Kemp's 42-yard touchdown pass to Casey Robottom got the Green Wave within 35-10 with 5:21 left in the third quarter.

The Owls came right back with an 8-yard touchdown run by Ugokwe to increase the lead to 42-10 with 2:48 left in the third quarter.

Kemp threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Albert Williams to make it 42-17 with 6:45 left in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
TULN
1st Downs2220
Total Yards398374
Passing168340
Rushing23034
Penalties2-153-28
3rd Down Conversions5-106-14
4th Down Conversions0-02-4
Turnovers13
Possession30:3629:24

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement20/251686.721
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kemp14/2020110.120

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ugokwe181116.2121
Clement8577.1220
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Austin13251.907
King11313.0013

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Casey6518.5217
Dillard44110.3017
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
King710314.7025
Austin57314.6049

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICETULN
TD02:58James Casey 7 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 70
TD00:28Chase Clement 9 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 140
TD00:14James Casey 17 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 210
SECOND QUARTERRICETULN
TD13:30Chase Clement 6 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 280
TD00:00Chris Jones 55 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 350
THIRD QUARTERRICETULN
FG12:11Ross Thevenot 42 Yd 353
TD05:21Casey Robottom 42 Yd Pass From Joe Kemp (Ross Thevenot Kick) 3510
TD02:48C.J. Ugokwe 8 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4210
FOURTH QUARTERRICETULN
TD06:45Albert Williams 18 Yd Pass From Joe Kemp (Ross Thevenot Kick) 4217