Scores

Final

Rice 48

(1-5, 1-3 away)

Houston 56

(3-3, 2-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 14 20 14 048
HOU 28 0 7 2156

Top Performers

Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 355 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Alridge (HOU) - 24 CAR, 205 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: D. Avery (HOU) - 13 REC, 346 YDS, 2 TD

Houston 56, Rice 48

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Anthony Alridge had 205 rushing yards, Donnie Avery had 346 receiving yards and Houston scored the final 21 points to rally past Rice 56-48 Saturday.

Aldridge scored four touchdowns, including a 33-yard run that put the Cougars (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA) ahead 49-48 with 3:37 remaining. He added a 50-yard TD for the final points two minutes later.

Avery set conference and school records with his receiving total and finished with 427 all-purpose yards. He had two touchdowns.

The Owls (1-5, 1-1) led 48-35 going into the fourth quarter, but Houston quarterback Case Keenum, who replaced starter Black Joseph in the second half, scored on a 2-yard keeper early in the quarter to get the rally going.

Rice trailed 28-24 in the second quarter before outscoring the Cougars 24-7 behind quarterback Chase Clement and receiver Jarett Dillard.

Clement threw for a 355 yards, a career high, and three touchdowns and led the Owls with 52 rushing yards. Dillard had 133 receiving yards and a first-quarter touchdown.

Trailing 34-28 just before halftime, Houston had a chance to take the lead with 16 seconds left, but Joseph committed his second turnover when he fumbled on the Rice 1.

Joseph was 11-of-18 passing for 318 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Avery had 208 receiving yards in the first quarter, a school record for a quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
HOU
1st Downs2328
Total Yards441748
Passing355474
Rushing86274
Penalties2-97-31
3rd Down Conversions8-167-13
4th Down Conversions0-03-4
Turnovers25
Possession28:4931:11

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement24/443558.131
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Joseph11/1831817.731

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clement11363.3013
Hill14231.617
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alridge242058.5450
Ganaway9465.1019

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dillard713319.0129
Dixon47017.5024
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Avery1334626.6277
Harvey59318.6142

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICEHOU
TD11:27Donnie Avery 77 Yd Pass From Blake Joseph (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 77 yds, :41
07
TD08:16Anthony Alridge 7 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 69 yds, 1:11
014
TD07:25Marcus Knox 1 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 80 yds, :51
714
TD06:30Jarett Dillard 18 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 17 yds, :50
1414
TD03:22Jeron Harvey 18 Yd Pass From Blake Joseph (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 65 yds, 3:08
1421
TD01:12Donnie Avery 67 Yd Pass From Blake Joseph (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 67 yds, :08
1428
SECOND QUARTERRICEHOU
FG13:27Clark Fangmeier 41 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 56 yds, 2:45
1728
TD08:06Taylor Wardlow 5 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 5 yds, :04
2428
TD07:10James Casey 2 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 14 yds, :47
3128
FG00:47Clark Fangmeier 46 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 30 yds, 4:42
3428
THIRD QUARTERRICEHOU
TD08:54Tommy Henderson 15 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive: 11 plays, 64 yds, 4:21
4028
TD05:28Anthony Alridge 8 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 78 yds, 3:21
4035
TD04:23Justin Hill 7 Yd Run (Chase Clement Pass To Taylor Wardlow For Two-Point Conversion)
Drive: 6 plays, 65 yds, 1:05
4835
FOURTH QUARTERRICEHOU
TD14:09Case Keenum 2 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 81 yds, 5:06
4842
TD08:16Anthony Alridge 33 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:37
4849
TD02:20Anthony Alridge 50 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 74 yds, 1:37
4856